Distinctive Auto Works first opened in Calgary in 1975 in response to the growing need for an auto body repair facility with the skills, experience and product knowledge to service luxury cars, and in particular, Mercedes-Benz. In 2008, it became part of an organization with a long and respected pedigree of autobody repair: North Vancouver-based Craftsman Group of Companies, which owns and operates an additional 42 multi award-winning auto body repair facilities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and California including other well known brands like MB Autoworks and Craftsman Collision.
The Craftsman Group is a family affair headed by Bill Hatswell, Owner and CEO along with his children Rick Hatswell, President, Melanie Allan, Vice President USA and Greg Hatswell, President, Real Estate. It is the largest privately owned and operated collision repair chain in Canada.
In 2014, Distinctive Auto Works in Calgary, Alberta became MB Autoworks a leading Mercedes-Benz bodyshop, with a full staff of painters, body technicians and equipment approved by the legendary German marque. As the sole autobody facility in Calgary certified by Mercedes-Benz, we handle all of Mercedes’ autobody-related warranty claims. Many of our non-warranty-related customers come from direct referral by Mercedes-Benz dealerships as well, or from private insurance companies including Intact Insurance.
In 2013, we expanded to a second location in Victoria, BC, in response to the need for a factory-authorized repair facility for that other famous German marques. Distinctive Auto Works in Victoria is factory certified for all levels of body repair and painting by the BMW Group (including MINI)- and it is the only BMW and MINI Certified Collision Repair Centre on Vancouver Island.
In 2016, we have continued our growth to include a Distinctive Auto Works in Edmonton. This state of the art, 24,000 square foot facility is the newest Certified Collision Repair Centre in Edmonton for Audi, the BMW Group, Jaguar and Land Rover. In 2020, factory certifications have been expanded to include Volkswagen, Nissan, Ram, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Fiat. As luxury car collision experts, you can be assured your vehicle will be repaired using the highest standards.
In 2021, the Distinctive Auto Works brand continues to grow and the newest location has opened at the same location as our sister brand MB Autoworks. It is great news for Calgary drivers who can now have their fine automobile, regardless of make and model, repaired at the same luxury collision centre.