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Despite how well a car may actually run, it is inevitably judged by how it looks.'
A dented fender, fading paint job or missing window will cause people to stare at a lemon, "hoopty" or wreck on wheels. They are usually not stares of admiration.'
The staff at Dyna-Blaze Auto-Painting and Bodyworks on Boundary Street are looking for one person with a banged-up car they can fix, and starting this week, they are accepting letters from car owners who want their vehicle's exterior to get a makeover.'
Randy "Blaze" Bazemore, who owns the shop, said he is looking for an honest, hard-working individual whose car has seen better days. Though they can't replace an engine block or do heavy mechanical work, he said his crew will make a good-running car look like new.'
"I don't want someone who has got a 1965 Mustang sitting in some field that he wants to be repaired, and they can't pull it out of a junkyard," shop manager David Sebby said. "And I can't devote 80 hours to it."'
Those interested in getting their car a new look should try to include a photo of their car, and Sebby said they are looking for some background information on the person as well as the vehicle.'
Sebby said letters should include a bit about the owner's life, why they can't get their car looking better and why they should be chosen.'
"We want someone who is trying hard to better themselves," he said.'
Sebby said the folks at Dyna-Blaze came up with the idea as a sort of toned-down version of MTV's "Pimp My Ride" show, where broken-down cars are given a high-grade new look.'
But he cautioned that those hoping to get their car fixed up should not expect the amenities that are provided on that show.'
They will slap on a new coat of paint, maybe a new vinyl top if necessary, and clean up the interior.'
"This shop doesn't do that kind of money," Sebby said of the MTV-financed upgrades that "Pimp My Ride" offers. '
Still, staff will throw on a little something special if they think it is warranted.'
"If we think it'll look good with flames on the side, we might do something, but we're not going to put a 30-inch plasma screen in the trunk," Sebby said. "But, we can do that if someone ever wants to pay for it."