AN ANDOVER automobile repair centre has been awarded the best independent Bodyshop across the UK.

IM Accident Repair Centre, located at Unit 1 and 2 Darby Gate in Hopkinson Way, West Portway Industrial Estate, has been awarded the prestigious best independent Bodyshop of the Year award by the Association of Bodyshop Professionals (ABP).

John Mihalache, director of IM Accident Repair Centre, said that it was an honour to receive the award.

"My wife and I were amazed by this recognition as we’ve only been doing this for three years now and it felt amazing to have our hard work nationally recognised."

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The award was presented to John and his team at a massive event in Manchester held by the ABP, after being nominated as the best independent Bodyshop finalist.

For John and his wife, hard work is a way of life.

"We are very hardworking people who don’t know what nine hours a day work means or weekends and we have pushed as much as we could to achieve this with customer service and satisfaction being our main priority."

John credits his team for the success of the centre.

"We are very lucky to have an amazing team and we like the idea of having all eyes on Andover," he added.