Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas 1945.

In case you blinked at that headline, it is a rather popular topic.  It is actually the title of a book written by Don Bracken.  It was America’s first Christmas after the horrors of WWII.  With the troops coming home, America “lit up”.  President Harry Truman set a precedent by declaring a four-day weekend for government workers.

Loved ones who had not been seen for as much as four years were home or on the way. The Army and Navy initiated "Operation Magic Carpet," sending tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors and Marines to separation points in Europe and the Pacific, then launched "Operation Santa Claus" to get Americans home by plane, train, ship or anything else that moved.

It was at this time that our late patriarch Joe Bellocchio Sr. returned from the South Pacific having served in the Army.  See his strikingly handsome post-war photo on our website under the history tab at  It has been well over 70 years, but Arrow Body and Fender continues to serve Chicagoland from our shop located at 7536 W. Grand Ave. in Elmwood Park.  Merry Christmas from our family to yours. 

Winter Break Programs and Activities

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"Plan ahead for when the magic of the holidays wears off and register your children for the Park District’s winter break camps and activities."


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Freedom to Choose.

Those words pop up a lot these days.  Usually, the topic is not auto body collision repair, but it applies there too!  After an accident you file a claim with your insurance company.  Often, insurance companies and body shops disagree over repairs.  Your insurance company has their own preferred body shops that they will insist that you go to.

Remember this…it is NOT in the insurance company’s best interest to put an unsafe car back on the road leading to another claim.  Commonly the two will disagree about the quality of the parts that are being used, the cost of those parts, how long the repairs should take, as well as the rate that labor is being charged.

If you have become comfortable with Arrow Body and Fender as your father and your father’s father did then you should stick with a friend to get your vehicle back on the road better than ever.  Insist on Elmwood Park auto body shop Arrow Body and Fender EVERY time.  Just call ahead at (708) 456-9424.

December 2018 events calendar for Chicago

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"Find the best holiday activities in Chicago, including free things to do, and picks from theater, art and music."


Thursday, November 15, 2018

History is our Pride.

Every now and then we like to focus on the history of Arrow Body and Fender.  We believe that longevity within a family is the backbone of a successful business.  Let’s go back 70 years when Big Joe Bellocchio opened Arrow Body and Fender Service located at the corner of Fullerton and Maplewood in Chicago.

After 7 years in the city Big Joe looked to the west and what was then the remote western suburb of Elmwood Park.  Then, eventually he moved the entire business to this beautiful, growing suburb in 1963.  At the time, the Grand Avenue location was an empty lot across from the train station where he had re-located his family.

Fast forward to the dawn of 2019.  Now, Joe Bellocchio Jr. keeps the family tradition thriving with the latest equipment and techniques in auto body repair.  Oh yeah, you don’t survive seven decades on just good looks!  Discover what your father and his father knew decades ago.  When you need auto body repair you call Arrow Body and Fender at (708) 456-9424.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals November 17 & 18, 2018

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"The Tenth Annual Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals show, the world’s largest all indoor specialty event devoted to muscle cars and Corvettes, will take place Saturday November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL."

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

How do Collision Repair Techs Match Paint Color?

Job one for a collision repair professional is to restore your vehicle to its original, naturally appealing beauty.  Some of the best collision repair technicians can even make a damaged car look brand new.  To perfectly restore dents, dings, and scratches on the body of your car, collision technicians need to apply a coat of paint, which sometimes is easier said than done.

IF a vehicle already had a custom paint job, it is more difficult for collision repair technicians to find matching colors to complete their job.  With some of the more advanced practices that are used by collision technicians in modern-day garages, it is possible to match almost any paint color on a vehicle that needs a new coat.

Great news Chicagoland!  Arrow Body and Fender Service uses a chromavision color scanner.  What does that do?  Well, it ensures that your automotive refinish is a perfect match to your vehicle’s original color.  Come by our shop located at 7536 W. Grand Ave. Elmwood Park or give us a call at (708) 456-9424.