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Custom Collision car give away kicks off Festival Days


August 17, 2018

Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Chris Preputin poses with a 1998 Dodge Caravan outside Custom Collision Repair Wednesday. The Caravan is one of three vehicles that will be given during Festival Days to people in need of a car in an event organized by Custom Collision.

A local auto repair shop is expanding its car giveaway again this year, with Custom Collision Repair coordinating presentation of three vehicles to people in need during Havre's Festival Days, with other members of the community donating two to the effort.

"It's about giving back to the community," said Chris Preputin, owner of Custom Collision.

Four years ago, Preputin started fixing up a vehicle each year to give to someone. Applicants are asked to write a short essay about why they need a car and a panel of judges chooses the person to receive the vehicle.

Last year, he upped the give...

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