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  • Workin with Randy

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Yesterday was a crazy day for me so this is actually the first of 2 blogs today to make up for not blogging yesterday.

    When I had the misfortune of hitting a deer with my Nissan Rogue I took it to BRB Autobody for the repairs. One of the owners, Randy Yach, took care of my car from start to finish. Because of this blog I pestered him everyday that he worked on it. Randy is one of the nicest guys I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He explained my repairs right down to the very last pin. He's got a great attitude and really loves what he does.

    I asked Randy how long he's been working on cars and his response didn't surprise me, he said that he's been doing body work most of his life. He first put paint on a car his brother was working on when he was only 7 years old. He's come a long way from spraying a little paint on a bumper to this:


    This paint job took more hours than Randy wants to count. It has black pin stripes creating this awesome burst design and the colors in between build from yellow to red. The yellow contains glitter, well Randy calls it metal flake, but I'm a girl so to me it's glitter. The truck is painted to be noticed and you certainly won't miss it if it's traveling down the highway, but in order to really appreciate it you have to look at it up close.

  • Driving my old car

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    grand prixBecause my SUV has been at BRB Autobody getting fixed from my run-in with the deer I've been driving my old car and I remember how much I love it. Don't get me wrong I love the Rogue too, but my Grand Prix is such a nice car. 

    If you're wondering why I got a new vehicle if I loved the old one so much here's the story. The first car I ever bought on my own was a 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage in 2002. Josh owned a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix at the time. 4 years later we decided it was time to part with Josh's Grand Prix because it would've cost us more to fix it than it was worth so we started looking for a new vehicle. We found a good deal on a 2005 Grand Prix and we loved Josh's Grand Prix so much we decided to buy another. I did a lot more driving than Josh at the time and my Mirage was older with lots of miles on it, but still in good shape so he decided to take that car and let me drive the Grand Prix.

    Well, last winter while driving the Grand Prix I got stuck twice. Once on my way out the driveway and Josh didn't appreciate me waking him up at 4:30 in the morning to push me out. So when we found out I was pregnant last March he convinced me that I needed a 4 wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle. This would allow us to finally part with the Mirage that was approaching 200,000 miles and starting to look pretty beat up. We found a screaming deal on a 2008 Nissan Rogue for me to drive in August and Josh started driving the Grand Prix.  

    When I hit the deer I took back the Grand Prix and Josh has been driving his truck. The Grand Prix is so comfortable and it's got so many more bells and whistles than the Rogue. I say the Rogue drives like a car, which it does, but there's something about driving a car and being low to the ground that just feels good. The all-wheel drive of the Rogue makes me feel so much safer though.

    BRB Autobody is working on the Rogue and I've been checking in on it. I'll keep you updated here on the body work so you can see what goes into fixing a car. I will tell you right now that I'm stretching the process here on the blog so the posts don't become too long, it really isn't taking them a month to fix my car.

  • Oops I hit a deer!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery


    car deerThursday, February 2nd I was driving to work on I39 North at 4:30 in the morning. It was still dark and I was just north of the exit ramp for Maple Ridge Rd in Mosinee when I saw a flash right behind the car slightly ahead of me in the left lane. I didn't realize what it was until I slammed into it going 70mph. As it was barrell rolling through the air in front of me I got a look at it, a small doe had run out in front of me. When it hit the ground it rolled some more and I pulled carefully and safely over to the side of the highway as far as I could. When I stopped, my heart was pounding and I was afraid to get out to inspect the damage. I was in the SUV that Josh and I just bought in August. I was not only afraid to see how much damage I had done, I was also scared that I would find deer blood and body parts all over the front of my car. When I finally got up the courage, which seemed like a long time, but wasn't, I got out and called Josh. He asked if it was drivable which I thought it was, but I wasn't quite sure. He wanted to come check it out, but I didn't want him bringing Mia out so I asked if he could just give me the Marathon County non-emergency number. I called in the accident and they sent out an officer in the area.

    deer 2While I waited for the officer I tried to reach Bryan to let him know I'd be late, but he didn't answer his cell phone, the studio phone or his desk phone, and didn't reply to my text either so I just kept trying. I finally got in touch with him when the officer pulled up. He used his flashlight, a tool that I did not have, but will from now on, to check out the damage. He thought I could at least get it to Wausau and to a body shop. Once the report was written up I was off to work.

    Of course we had to talk about my misfortune on the air, so I asked where I should go to have the work done. The place with the most amount of votes was BRB Autobody in Rothschild. I've seen their trucks around town, but I wasn't sure where to find them, luckily they have an ad on our website so I just clicked on it to go to their website where I found a map to their location. When I saw it on the map I realized I used to go to the dentist right near BRB.

    deer3I called BRB Autobody to set up an appointment to get an estimate and they got me in right away. In the meantime I called my insurance company and let them know what was going on, but after that initial phone call BRB took care of any other communication with my insurance company.

    My mom just happened to be in Rothschild that day for an interview so I met her for lunch at Denny's then she and I scooted right down XX past Harley Davidson of Wausau and you can't miss their bright yellow and orange sign out front. 

    Jason took a look at my damage and told me that I shouldn't drive it and offered me a loaner car, but why use theirs when Josh and I have an extra vehicle? My mom just drove me home on her way home.

    BRB got back to me with the estimate within a couple hours, $4714.32!! They got the parts ordered right away and told me they'd start working on it on Monday. They mailed me a detailed list of repairs and costs. They took care of everything with my insurance company and they told me they'd have it done by February 16th.

    If you ever have the misfortune of hitting a deer, and lets face it you live in rural Wisconsin it's bound to happen, head to BRB Autobody your complete auto body & paint professionals.