SIX NATIONS – Darcy Powless has been repairing and restoring cars on Six Nations since 2010 and wants to continue serving the community and surrounding areas for years to come.
Darcy is the owner of Classics to Customs Autobody on Six Nations and first got hooked into auto repairs and restorations by learning alongside his uncle Bud when he was younger.
“I learned most of the mechanical stuff from my uncle,” said Darcy. “He taught me a lot and watching him is what first got me interested in cars.”
Darcy moved from Six Nations to Akwesasne in 2000 and started working for a friend there in his garage where he learned a lot more about car restoration and detailing. Powless had his own garage there until he decided to move back home in 2010 and up shop on 1372 Onondaga Rd.
“Our autobody repair includes services like rust repairs, dings, scratches, dents, glass replacement, customizing old cars, window tinting, and more,” said Darcy, adding that he and his small team offer a little bit of everything to their clients.
“We don’t advertise much mechanical services because we focus mainly on autobody repairs, but we will also fix a customer’s breaks, change their oil or tires over if they need it done and we have the time.”
Darcy said that he and his team of two or three don’t like to send customers away and will do their best to fit them in.
“Especially in an emergency; we’ll do our best to fit a customer in.”
Darcy said he charges a lot less than surrounding cities would for the same types of services. A lot of his customers are from Six Nations but he’s had customers from Waterford, Hagersville, Brantford, Hamilton and others.
“We’re definitely growing. The business is bigger than I first thought it was going to be and we’re looking forward to continuing on the path we’re going.”
He said that they are usually the busiest during the change of the seasons.
“Definitely busiest during the fall and spring. Everybody wants their rust cleaned up before the winter comes in or they’ll wait until the snow is gone and it warms up.”
Darcy said that rust repair is one of the most asked for services, but his favourite thing to do is work on restoring old automobiles.
“Years ago I started by being told to sand down an old frame and worked my way up from their little-by-little,” he said. “It’s a different experience with each and every car we get in here and that’s what I like about it. A lot of customers are just looking for their cars to be repainted and shined up, but some come in and ask me to completely strip their cars down and almost start from scratch. We can do it all.”
Darcy said that if he can’t order in a part they need for a custom job then he and his team will fabricate it themselves in the shop.
“People have come to know me and my team and they trust that we are here to do a good job,” said Darcy. “I want to thank the community and all the other communities we’ve gotten work from over the years for their loyalty and we want to continue serving you.”