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The Holiday Spirit

We are so excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities this Christmas season to collect donations. There will be a collection box set up at each of our shops and the donations will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, and Ronald McDonald House Charleston. If you are not familiar with the Ronald McDonald House charities, they provide vital services and compassionate care to sick children and their families. During Covid and Christmas, donations are greatly needed and sincerely appreciated. If you would like to learn more about RMHC, please visit . 

There is a special box set up at each of our fourteen locations throughout South Carolina and Augusta, GA (to find your nearest location, please visit .The houses  are requesting donations of cleaning supplies, nonperishable foods, office supplies, holiday gifts and gift cards. Please click on the link below to see the detailed list for more ideas!

John Harris Wish List

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The Hurricane Relief Humvee

Humvee Restoration for IOP Police Department

It’s not every day that you get we get asked to help out on special projects, but when the Isle of Palms Police Department reached out and asked if we could love up on this military issue Humvee, we jumped at the chance. We are fairly new to James Island, our newest shop and third in the Charleston area, so we were not only delighted, but honored that we had been asked to partner on this noble venture.

The vehicle was gifted to the Charleston Suburb Police Force a while back, but the department was uncertain how to best utilize such a vehicle, and it had been left to the salt air and natural elements for some time and needed serious TLC to bring it back to life. The IOP explained to our JHBS James Island team that they had envisioned purposing the workhorse as part the Isle of Palms Hurricane Relief force, as well as use it as a show piece that reflected the beachy community spirit when not “on-duty”.

Prep for New Paint

As it stood in the early stages, the Humvee had been spot painted several times and it was covered in uneven layers of cheap paint. Saltwater was eating away at areas and the stripped-out screws buried in the parts of the metal made for a bigger challenge to repair and replace parts. The design team decided that the first step would be to disassemble as much as they could and have the vehicle media blasted to remove the old, chipped up paint and smooth out the surface. Working quicky, the bare metal then had to be primed with epoxy and sent back to our painter, Daniella Johnson, to do her magic. It was decided that unlike the Humvee original paint task (to hide in the background), we wanted it to stand out with BASF matte gray body and black accented doors and trim.

Protect the Interior

All of the interior has been coated with a heavy duty, sprayable bed liner that gives it great protection against severe elements, such as acid rain, salt water and long hours of direct sunlight, that can be harsh on metals. The rails on the sides of the bed will be fitted with wooden slats, so it fits in with the beach vibes of its new home.

Finishing Touches before Delivery

There is still some work to be done and we are waiting on the finishing touches to be added to this one-of-kind addition to the Isle of Palms force. We can’t wait to unveil our creation and hand over the keys very soon. Check back in with us on FaceBook, Instagram and our website for updates and the big reveal!

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Changes Coming to Sumter Location

Look out, Sumter! A new and improved John Harris Body Shop facility is coming your way.

Construction on a brand new, state-of-the-art facility began just a little over a month ago and we couldn’t be more excited.

And – don’t worry – there’s no need to break out a map to find it. The new facility will not be far from our existing, central Broad street location – we’re only moving about 1.5 miles down the road. We believe this top-of-the-line facility will help us better serve the Sumter, South Carolina community.

Construction should be completed in just a few months and we can’t wait for you to see what’s in store! Check back with us for updates on this exciting new development.

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John Harris Body Shop Opens New Summerville Location

What was previously a Meineke and Maaco auto shops, is now the home of our new John Harris Body Shop location in Summerville, South Carolina!

The New Shop

We did a complete overhaul of the exterior and interior office area! Removed was a wall that separated both business to open up the shop floor production area to allow better production flow. New lighting was added to brighten the areas where repairs are being done, and we painted the interior of the shop similar to what you would see at a manufacturing facility like Boeing.

We added a double Prep Booth and Car-O-Liner Frame & Measuring equipment. A pull system was added into the existing paint booth to allow us to increase our efficiency, and to maintain our quality and utilize the existing equipment. The reassembly area is visible from out lobby. This allows the customer to see the vehicle as it comes out of the paint shop and into the build area to complete the process.

Come See Us

If you haven’t seen what our team of professionals can do, take a look at our services here. When you’re ready to make an appointment, give us a call at 843.970.7070 or visit us at 103 Old Trolley Rd in Summerville, SC 29485!

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We Have Arrived, North Charleston!

What used to be a shipping warehouse and lighting gallery is now something completely different. It’s our newest John Harris Body Shop in North Charleston, South Carolina!

What’s New?

We replaced all the lighting inside of the shop and painted the interior of the shop similar to what you would see at a manufacturing facility (Boeing). Our facility has a brand new, state of the art paint booth, a double prep booth, Car-O-Liner frame and measuring equipment, and Hunter alignment and tire equipment.

Uniquely, we were able to convert the lightning gallery into a QC/delivery area. This allows the vehicle to be inspected and delivered inside – almost like a new car showroom experience! From inside this area you can look out of the garage door and into the production shop as vehicles are being repaired through the process.

Click here to learn more about our services and process!

For You To See

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The family and staff of John Harris Body Shop are excited about the opening of our North Charleston location! We have been humbled with the overwhelming outreach from customers, insurance partners, and potential team members. We look forward to continuing to grow and serve our customers in the Charleston area in the years to come.

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Congratulations, South Lake! You’re Honda Certified!

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John Harris Body Shop at South Lake

John Harris Body Shop has GREAT news to share! For those of you who are in Lexington close to our South Lake location, our body shop is now Honda certified!

Honda builds some of the safest and most reliable vehicles available. Our trained technicians will use genuine parts to restore your vehicle to the way it functioned before bringing it into our shop. Working with a Honda certified shop like John Harris Body Shop at South Lake will also maintain your manufacturer warranties. So, when you go to trade in or sell your vehicle, you’ll get the best value possible.

About John Harris Body Shop

We have been veteran and family-owned since 1975, and price-match aftermarket and used parts for OEM, when possible. We offer limited lifetime warranty on repairs for as long as you own your vehicle. Our body shops have lower in-stock inventory, which means faster repairs for you (30-40% faster than our competition).

Follow us on Facebook for tips, before and afters, and more news about John Harris Body Shop at South Lake!

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CAUTION: Fog Is On Its Way

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, isn’t it? The leaves start to change into rich, warm colors, and the air becomes cool and crisp – not to mention the two holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving!

However, there is one unfortunate thing we’re here to warn you about: fog.

driving in fog is dangerous

Fog is it’s heaviest in the mornings and/or evenings. With that said, when you’re on your way to and from work or wherever the day takes you, be sure to keep these tips in the forefront while behind the wheel during a foggy drive:

  • Make sure to minimize or cut out distractions – cut off the phone, turn down the stereo, etc.
  • Use your headlights and fog lights – NOT YOUR BRIGHT LIGHTS! Using your bright lights will reduce visibility even more.
  • Be sure to allow more distance between you and the surrounding vehicles.
  • In order to maintain your lane most effectively, try to use the white line on the right side of the lane as a guide. If there are reflectors, those will help just as much, if not more!
  • Reduce your speed a little. There’s no need to exceed the speed limit when your visibility is limited.
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North Charleston Location is Making Progress

You may already know The Palmetto State is welcoming two new body shops in the Summerville and Charleston areas!

As we welcome the crisp cool air of fall in October, we’ll be welcoming the North Charleston location. For those of you whom reside in West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, and Downtown Charleston, we would love for you to choose us as your destination auto body and repair shop!

Our Progress

Here are the most recent photos of the offices, paint rooms, etc. from construction, and we’ve certainly come a long way since day one. We’re so excited to open up this location, and we hope you are too!

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Hey Charleston – Look for John Harris Body Shop this Fall!

Coming Soon to CharlestonTo the those in the Charleston area: Have we got news for you!!! We’re opening up a John Harris Body Shop in North Charleston, South Carolina this fall!

If you’re in the areas below, you’re in luck! You’ll have close access to our experts.

Serving the following areas:

Mount Pleasant
Downtown Charleston
West Ashley
North Charleston



We look forward to the opening of this new location! The construction has already begun; take a look at the pictures below. Stay tuned to our Facebook pages to keep up with the progress. October 1, 2017 is the expected opening date!

Take a look at these photos from our progress!

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From Our Military Family to Yours

Wishing all of you a peaceful day of remembrance this Memorial Day!

Family & Veteran Owned Since 1975

May is a very important month for the Harris family. Not only is Memorial Day on May 29th, May is National Military Appreciation Month. We take pride in having been veteran (and family) owned since 1975! Our three generations of military service give us special appreciation for those who have served and those who have lost loved ones while serving our country. We were able to gather a couple of photos for you to see!

Pictured are John Harris III and his wife, Elinor. John served in The U.S. Army Infantry.
Here is John Harris Sr. He served in The U.S. Army Chemical Corps and Infantry during WWII.

Listen below to Heather’s testimonial, who happens to be the wife of a soldier. After her husband was deployed, her vehicle was broken into.

May 12th is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and we would like to thank the spouses of those serving our country, and acknowledge the support and tremendous strength that you all have!

To the past, present, and future soldiers of this country: We honor your dedication, service, and strength.

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The easiest and most convenient way to pay for your portion of the repairs to your vehicle is to endorse your insurance claim check and submit it to the shop. Of course, cash and checks are always welcome. Credit cards may also be used. We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover. For more information, please see our Payment Policy.

If your deductible is not waived, it will be your responsibility to pay us when you pick up your vehicle. If you aren’t sure about your deductible, you can call your agent and he can tell you whether your insurance company has waived your deductible or whether it will be your responsibility.

Claim numbers are issued by your insurance company at the time you report your accident. Just jot it down and bring it in with you when you come in to begin the repair process, we will do the rest.

You will be notified by phone when your vehicle is ready to be picked up. You can also check this website. You will see a message next to the last picture of your vehicle telling you that your vehicle is ready to be picked up. Feel free to call or e-mail your advisor during the repair process if you have questions or concerns.

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