Reno's CoAuto receives national award

RENO, Nev (KOLO) The Vision Award is given to independent car repair businesses for their community involvement, as well as facilities, automotive repair standards, and highly-trained staffs. It comes from a consortium of independent repair shops around the country.

Another aspect that may have separated CoAuto from others in the category: the shop also displays local artists’ work in the customer waiting area. There are murals inside the repair area of the business, as well as on the outside of the building.

Recently CoAuto paired with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree in a customer’s name after an oil change.

CoAuto co-owner Vinnie Lucido says the business is about more than community involvement. He believes his shop represents the car repair business of the future.

“Not just our platform of being community-involved, but also being technically advanced. That is what is going to change. And that is where auto shops are going to have to change, or they simply will go out of business, which is unfortunate," says Vinnie Lucido.

Lucido and his brother Anthony picked up the award in Kansas City last month. Anthony says the shop’s high standards can be attained by businesses throughout the community.

“A majority of the people in the industry are good-hearted people trying to help the consumer to keep their vehicle on the road. And we are just helping bring that to the forefront,” says Anthony Lucido

You may know CoAuto for its work at Christmas. Each year the staff takes a donated car and works on it throughout the remainder of the year. Then, just before the holiday, the owners and staff present the car to a worthy and unsuspecting veteran. It has become a tradition with CoAuto and one they plan on continuing throughout the years.