The History of Courtenay Collision


After relocating from Vancouver, Walter and Pat Burkett started Courtenay Collision in 1995. For many years prior, Walter and his father ran Johnny's Auto Metal, a successful auto body shop in Vancouver. The operation eventually outgrew the small east Vancouver location and a change was in order.

Having always been attracted to the Island way of life, Walter and Pat made the decision to move the operation to Courtenay. Upon their arrival Walter and Pat immediately looked to become involved in the community. Walter became a member of the Rotary Club while Pat joined the Comox Valley Crime Stoppers. The shop received its ICBC c.a.r. shop accreditation in 1996 and quickly earned a reputation in the community for quality repair work. Walter and Pat established long term relationships with many repeat customers and local auto dealers who have been an important source of business over the years.

Unfortunately, Walter passed away in 2013, but Pat and the shop's loyal employees kept the operation going. In January 2014, Pat sold the business to Paul Flynn, a veteran of the auto body trade with over 30 years of experience. Paul has been with Courtenay Collision since it opened its doors in 1995 and was the first employee that Walter and Pat hired after they relocated to Courtenay. Under Paul's ownership and management, the shop expects to serve the needs of the Comox Valley for many more years to come.