As RAC celebrates its 110 year anniversary, it presents an opportune time to take a look back at the people who have been with us on the ride.

And some of those people are the team at Midland Smash Repairs.

The family-run business has been in operation since 1965, and has been a preferred valued repair partner of RAC Insurance for 50 years. 

“For as long as I can remember, we have been in partnership with RAC Insurance,” says Midland Smash Repairs owner, Paul Smith.

“We average around 1,500 repair jobs from RAC Insurance every year. That’s roughly 75,000 jobs RAC has sent our way over the course of our working partnership.

“Midland Smash Repairs was originally set up next to the old Midland steam train railway station as a small panel beater shop.

“In 1965, my dad, Daniel Smith, bought the shop and named it Midland Smash Repairs.

“Since I can remember I’ve been at my dad’s workshop. I’ve got fond memories of playing out the back of the shop in all the old car wrecks with my sister.

“I then officially came to work as a panel beater with my dad when I was 21.

“Now, Midland Smash Repairs has 18 staff – most of which are my family, including my children and brother in law. Even my 75-year old mum works here, helping us out with the books.

“The plan is to continue keeping the business in the family, I have a 25 year old son named Lachlan who basically runs the shop.

“He will be in charge one day.”

RAC Insurance General Manager of Claims Services, Andrew O’Hara, says RAC Insurance is proud to be working with successful local family-run businesses such as Midland Smash Repairs.

“RAC Insurance values its strong relationship with the various local repairers that help our members every day in their time of need,” says Mr O’Hara.

“Midland Smash Repairs has been serving its local community by providing high quality car repairs to RAC members for 50 years.”