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Photo credit: D & H Auto Body
A family-owned auto body shop in Richmond
Hill celebrates 73 years in business
BY JENNA BAGCAL
For the past 73 years, D & H Auto Body
has been a mainstay on Atlantic Avenue in
According to owner Guy Perino, the key
to the shop’s longevity is ensuring customer
“We’ve had hundreds of thousands
of satisfi ed customers because of our
old fashioned work ethic,” Perino said.
“Generation aft er generation of families
have been coming to us for decades.”
Perino’s uncles Dominick and Harry
Ezzo established the shop in 1946, christening
the business name with their initials.
Back then, the family business
provided auto body work, painting and
Perino took over business operations
of D & H over 40 years later in 1988.
Prior to inheriting the shop, he owned
an auto body shop in Williamsburg,
Brooklyn, and also worked on the
insurance adjustment side of the business.
He returned to the industry when his
uncle started getting older and decided
to retire. Today, Perino runs D & H
with his business partner Bruno Loia.
They offer customers a “full line of auto
body service” as well as CARCO auto
Since taking over, Perino has noticed
“drastic changes” in the operations and
costs of running the business, including
increased automation and computerization
as well as higher costs for parts and
The owner said that despite the challenges,
they have found ways to stay on
top of the costs and improve the quality
control of their services.
“We make sure to do the job right
and efficiently the first time so we don’t
have to spend extra money on parts,”
He shared that the most rewarding
parts of running the business are doing
quality work for the customer, meeting
new people and seeing them happy.
D & H Auto Body is located at 109-14
Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill. Th e shop
is open Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. To learn more, call 718-847-
This Richmond Hill auto body shop has served the local community since 1946