Five decades of body work
“Make sure that you write that all our jobs are 100 per cent guaranteed,” says Lise Larocque.
She is obviously proud of the work done at Ray’s Body Shop, the Alexandria business her husband, Raymond, started in 1967.
There is no substitute for experience, notes Raymond Larocque’s son, Christian, who grew up working alongside his father in the shop on County Road 25 south of Alexandria.
Specializing in auto collision repairs and frame straightening, the Larocques have handled every sort of job over the years, says Christian, who is manager of the operation.
“I was born doing this,” remarks 30-year employee Fern Lalonde, as he buffs the roof of a stretch limousine.
“We work on all sorts of vehicles. Over the last few days, we have an Audi, a Mercedes, a BMW,” relates Christian Larocque. “It doesn’t matter what it is, we can fix it.”
In the lot stands a massive camper trailer. It is here because of an almost undetectable blemish in its paint job.
“Business is steady. There are a lot of collisions with deer,” observes Mr. Larocque.
Dents and rust keep the shop hopping. Plus, there is the vehicle sales line. “In the last few years, we have been selling used cars. Last week, we sold a snowmobile,” says Mr. Larocque.
EXPERIENCED HANDS: (Above left) “I was born doing this,” remarks Fern Lalonde. (Above) Christian Larocque examines a stretch limo. (Below) Raymond Larocque with son, Christian, at Ray’s Body Shop.