Our History

Providing quality auto body repairs for the residents of South Louisiana for over three decades.

How did we get our name? The shop began in Southern California during the heyday of the airbrushed conversion vans (Remember the Star Wars murals on vans in the 70s?). Bruce McKay started the shop when he was in high demand as an airbrush muralist, and was invited to New Orleans to spray a few vehicles for the World of Wheels event in the Superdome. Seeing that the demand was high, and his skills were unique, he decided to set up shop in Harvey, LA in 1976 — and so began California Customs.

At a time when Manhattan Blvd was relatively void of businesses, California Customs was established, and perpetuated a California stucco and palm tree style that is very prevalent on the street today. As business grew, and capabilities expanded, the company added more work bays and an additional paint shop wing to keep up with the growing demand for quality automotive repair and paint.

Today the shop is still located on Manhattan Blvd in Harvey, across from The Sam’s Club, and is ready and willing to take on your late model vehicle repairs. In 2016 alone, we repaired and delivered over 1,700 vehicles, and we are hopeful that you will give us the opportunity to serve you.

General Information

Since 1976 California Customs Collision Center has set the standards for quality in the collision repair industry. We are also rated high among all major Insurance Companies for quality, precise repairs at reasonable prices. Our locally owned facility in Harvey, Louisiana is rated among the finest and progressive collision shops in North America. The “Custom” in our name refers to the high standard of quality we strive for in all our repairs.