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Philosophy

At Cooks Collision, we know a motor vehicle accident doesn’t just affect your car. It steals time, convenience, and peace of mind from you, the vehicle owner.

Cooks Collision is the largest wholly family-owned collision repair provider in California and the largest in the nation. The Wood family story begins in 1920 when Clyde Wood decides to try his hand in the automotive industry. His son Bob Wood follows in his footsteps buying what would be know as the first Cooks Collision, Cooks Autobody in 1980.

Bob’s sons, Rick and Don Wood also follow in the same foot steps and begin working alongside their father. They were faced with obstacles to sell or continue the Cooks Collision growth and chose the later. Today Bob is retired while Cooks Collision welcomes the fourth generation of Woods into the family business.

We’re vested in our families security, that’s why we’ve made it our mission not only to service your vehicle, but also to care for you. With more than 35 years of business in California, we’ve built a superior customer service experience with our commitment to quality and attention to detail. We work hard to restore you-and your vehicle-to pre-accident condition. After all, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have an exceptional experience getting your vehicle repaired.

We have 37 locations in Northern and Southern California, servicing more than 30,000 vehicle per year. We are I-CAR and ASE certified as well as factory certified by Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo.*

Trusted by customers, car dealers, and insurers alike, we receive referrals from more than 45 cal dealerships. Our breadth of knowledge and depth of experience enables us to know exactly what your car needs and what your unique situation requires.

Cooks Collision’s outstanding repair professionals are qualified in the latest technology for high-performance vehicles. Our confidence in the quality of their work means we’ll guarantee your repairs for as long as you own your vehicle.

By putting people first and providing superior quality and service, we’re serving our mission to be the premier provided of collision work in California.

*Factory certifications are based on location. For a complete list of our locations and certifications please visit our affiliates page.

Cooks Collision History

Clyde Wood is born on his family’s farm.

1920's

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Clyde decides to try his hand in the auto repair industry during the Great Depression. He builds car bodies at Ford Motor Company and later works as a metal man in a Denver auto body shop.

 

1930's

Clyde moves to California. He works in auto body shops, but shifts to working in shipyards to help with the World War II war effort.

1940's

Clyde opens his own auto body shop in San Francisco. Clyde builds his own bake oven to cure paint and sets up an assembly line.

1945's

Bob Wood begins working alongside his father Clyde at the age of 10. His job includes painting tires, stripping wheels, performing detail work, and cleaning the shop.

1952

Clyde and the Wood family return to their farming roots in Colorado, but Clyde ultimately realizes his passion lies in the auto repair business. He and his son Bob work at a family auto body shop for several years.

1965

Following in his father’s footsteps, Bob relocates the business to San Francisco in 1967.

1967

Bob begins working for Saltnes Volkswagen as a Body Shop manager, learning from his boss two fundamental aspects that would have a great influence his future-how to properly run a business and the importance of employees.

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1979

Never giving up on his dream of owning a body shop, Bob takes a loan and buys out Cooks Auto Body in Redwood City from ray Cook. Because of its excellent reputation, Bob decides to keep the name of the business. Rick is now a freshman in college and Don is in eighth grade.

1980

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Rick and Don began working alongside their father Bob, just as Bob had done while growing up.

1982

Cooks Collision expands to Burlingame and Walnut Creek, strengthening the company’s relationship with luxury car dealers.

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1985

Cooks Collision is faced with  the opportunity for either growth or acquisition. The company opts to strengthen its footprint in Northern California.

1995

Bob retires in Idaho, but remains involved with Cooks Collision. He skis in the winter and races stock cars in warmer months.

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1996

Rick and Don write their first business plan and decide to grow even further throughout Northern California.

1998

Cooks Collision continues to strengthen its footprint. With 37 locations and over 700 devoted employees, Cooks Collision proudly welcomes the fourth generation of Woods to the family business.

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