Hertrich acquires Lewes Body Works Collision Center

April 3, 2024

The Hertrich Family of Automobile Dealerships recently announced the acquisition of Lewes Body Works Collision Center, a fixture of the community since 1982.

The collision center at 16205 New Road will be Hertrich’s second in Lewes, just three miles from the 16271 Willow Creek Road location that opened in January 2021.

“Another location in Lewes will expand our ability to provide the world-class service our customers expect and love at Hertrich’s. We are exhilarated by this opportunity to serve the Lewes community in a greater capacity and add the legacy of Lewes Body Works to the Hertrich family,” said Fred Hertrich IV.

Richard Perez, current owner, began his career in the automotive industry at age 13, pumping gas and changing oil after school and on weekends at a station in Lewes. The owner of that station purchased Lewes Body Works in 1982, but when he passed away suddenly in 2001, Perez purchased it from the family in 2002.

He is proud of the state-of-the-art facility Lewes Body Works has become over the years through extensive renovation and modernization. Perez said, “I loved being able to take care of and complete repairs for people I’ve known around Lewes my whole life.” He said he is grateful to the Lewes community for a business built without advertising or direct repair relationships with insurance companies. It has been nothing but repeat business and referrals keeping him busy seven days a week for over 20 years. Lewes Body Works also has a staff of longtime employees who will be welcomed to the Hertrich Family.

When asked what he would do with his newfound free time, Perez laughed and said, “Take the opportunity to travel with my wife and stay busy as always.”

The Hertrich Collision Center of Lewes New Road marks the 13th collision center in the Hertrich Family. Like all other Hertrich Collision Centers, it will offer free estimates, paintless dent repair, glass replacement, insurance assistance, 24-hour towing and rental assistance, and lifetime warranty. All Hertrich Collision Centers are direct-repair partners and accept all insurance companies performing customer repairs from minor dings and dents to major collision restoration. The collision center is also equipped with the latest technology to ensure the highest-quality repair, including a manufacturer-approved frame machine and the latest in unibody measuring tools used to align vehicles.

“We understand that any situation in which a collision repair is needed can be a stressful one, and it is our goal to use our knowledge, experience and partnerships to create a positive resolution. Customers always have the right to choose any repair facility in the event of a collision, and we are proud to service another location in Lewes,” said Hertrich. “We would like to thank the team who has worked hard to make this a successful acquisition and welcome the Lewes Body Works employees to the organization for an exciting new chapter.”

To schedule a free estimate, or for more information about joining the team, call 302-645-5595 or go to

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