Company profile

On the 26th November 1948, Sergeant Thomas George Parkes, XV 126295, successfully completed and passed a Motor Spray Painting Course after his discharge from the Australian Army at the close of the war.

Tom Parkes sought and gained employment as a vehicle re-finisher. After years of practical experience he was employed as a painter at one of Melbourne's prestigious vehicle importers and distributors, working on such cars as Packard, Rolls Royce and Bentley.

In May 1951, he resigned on his own accord to commence his own business contracting the smash repair paintwork for a large Ford dealership in Bridge Road, Richmond.

In July 1960, Tom Parkes moved to the present site and opened for business trading as Ulysses Body Works with a partner. The business prospered and grew and in 1963 Tom bought his partner out and began trading under his own name as Parkes Body Works.

In 1965, Trevor Parkes with a background in commerce, management and marketing, joined his father in the business. Together they established their identity as quality collision repairers with a genuine desire to satisfy their customers' needs and wants.

Parkes Body Works was incorporated in January 1971 and a rebuilding programme on the present location was commenced in 1977. Shortly after this period, Tom and Trevor imported and installed some of the most sophisticated and precise body alignment and paint systems, which were almost unknown in Australia.

With this "state of the art" equipment, conscientious staff, attention to detail, and a professional business approach they established Parkes Body Works Pty. Ltd. as a market leader.

In 1982 and 1984, Parkes Body Works was the recipient of two Government grants, via the Small Business Development Corporation to travel overseas to study the smash repairs industry.

In 1986, operations were computerized and Parkes Body Works developed and progressed at a rapid rate.

Parkes Body Works trebled their size in 1988 by acquiring the property next door. With proper planning and industrious endeavour, Tom and Trevor have turned their complex into one of the most modern, well equipped, smash repair shops in Australia, capable of restoring your accident damaged vehicle to its pre-accident condition with a minimum of down time.

Parkes Body Works consider it would be a privilege to repair your car and extend an invitation for you to visit us and inspect our facilities.

Who are we? What do we do? How well do we do it?

Based on out market research, these are the most asked questions when people deal with us for the first time.

We are proud professionals with an entirely new concept in collision repairs and we give all due considerations to adjusting our services to suit your requirements.


We are a family business established 35 years ago with spacious, clean, modern and secure premises with public transport at the door.

Repair Quality?

Our "state of the art" precision jigs ensure structural realignment is top manufacturers specifications. Three ovens ensure our baked enamel will duplicate gloss retention and durability of factory finish paint standards.

Warranty and Guarantee?

Our workmanship is guaranteed for as long as you own your car. Manufacturers and suppliers warranty applies to parts and materials.

Accessibility and Availability?

We are open 12 hours weekdays and 6 hours Saturday. Our after hours numbers are available for emergencies and we carry pagers. We can pick up and deliver on a "you drive us back" basis.

Speed of Repairs?

As quick as humanly possible, but with no sacrifice of quality and safety.

Loan Cars?

Sometimes available.

Trade Accreditation and Memberships?

  • VACC Accredited Body Repairer.
  • Society of Collision Repair Specialists of USA.
  • Panelcare Pty. Ltd.
  • AARN  (Australian Accident Repair Network.).
  • Motorcare Approved Repairer.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers of Australia.

Streamlined Procedures?

Fully computerised, our experienced claims staff will complete and process all your insurance documentation.

Technology Changes?

We travel the world to maintain pace with international technical advancements.

Track Record?

We invite you to read our proudly displayed letters of commendation and photos.

Status Reports?

We phone or forward a digital image of your car’s progress, if requested.

"A beautiful job."

Margaret Brew, Hawthorn.

"Your workmanship is without peer."

Michael Dennis, Fitzroy.

"Thanks for the speed with which you completed the task."

Robert Debelle, Carlton.

"Thanks for the prompt job."

Lisa Lam, Elsternwick.

"A professional job by a professional company."

Pederson Aust. Bayswater.

"Thanks once again for a professional job, given with friendly service."

Nicholas Turnbridge, Melbourne.

"Congratulations on being a market leader in your field."

Robert Jenkins, Burwood.

"The dedication of your staff in the workmanship and the courtesy they extended to me has been superb."

Stephenson and Turner, Melbourne.

"I would like to say how happy I am with the work your Company did."

Phillip Yeo, Melbourne.

"Thanks for the flawless job."

John Ward, St. Kilda.

"You did an excellent job of the panel beating and repainting."

Elizabeth Helmond, South Melbourne.

"Thanks a million for a great job."

Ian Price, Richmond.

"I would recommend your firm whole heartedly to anyone for both your service and your standard of work."

Simon Casey, St. Kilda.

"We will refer you to our friends and associates with the highest recommendations."

Robert Heathcote, Melbourne.

"Thanks for a great job, it sold to the first person who saw it."

John Blackett-Smith, Glen Iris.

"It is truly refreshing especially of recent time to find the professionalism, honesty and dedication displayed in your efforts."

David Shaw, Noble Park.

"I will recommend you to my colleagues and friends in future."

Fred Giannaros, Richmond.

"Your workmanship is a credit to your company which is hard to find in many service industries today."

Laurie Crabtree, Thomastown.

"Thank you for fixing my car exactly as you said you would, perfectly.... you can really appreciate great service."

Robert Lind, Hawthorn.

"Thanks for a great job again."

Mellisa Chung, South Melbourne.

"Thank you for your prompt attention."

Sol Norman, East Brighton.

"Thank you very much for your care."

Walter Tereszkiewicz, Glen Iris.

"My appreciation to you."

Tony Nimmo, Doncaster.

"I have seldom struck such a high level of professionalism in yours and allied industries."

Graham Lahman, South Yarra.

"My car is just like brand new, even better than brand new."

Gavin Wood, Melbourne.

"Your satisfaction will be achieved with a minimum of fuss due to the professionalism of Trevor Parkes."

Rod Chapman, Waitara, NSW.

(Originals of these and many other testimonials are proudly displayed in our office and may be inspected at any time.)

Our interstate representatives

We can recover your vehicle from anywhere in Melbourne at no cost to you.

If you are interstate, we have reciprocal arrangements with these professional Smash Repairers, all of whom will act as agents on our behalf. They will honour and support our warranties and if requested, collect and forward your vehicle to us if an accident occurs in their respective state.

Alternately, if you elect to utilize any of these facilities you may do so with complete confidence and our total endorsement.


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