3PE founder turned passion for cars into budding auto repair business

3PE Autobody is one of 20 finalists in 2017 Sage Small Business Awards with 702.

3PE specialises in scratch, dent and major vehicle accident repairs and are also equipped to spray-paint cars.

The auto body repair specialists is based in Randburg and was born when founder Solly Letsoalo bought himself an invoice book with a mere R20.

He started by polishing two cars at a local Gauteng dealership and now Letsoalo works with a staff compliment of 25 employees.

I started the company and at some point I was actually doing the work myself. These days I get the opportunity to sit in a cosy office.

Solly Letsoalo, Managing Director of the 3PE Autobody

I was an IT professional and I quit my job to be an entrepreneur.

Solly Letsoalo, Managing Director of the 3PE Autobody

I raised money with polishing cars and grabbed the opportunity. Everything grew from there.

Solly Letsoalo, Managing Director of the 3PE Autobody

It's the passion that people saw in me that encouraged them to bring me more business.

Solly Letsoalo, Managing Director of the 3PE Autobody

Access to funding has been a challenge.

Solly Letsoalo, Managing Director of the 3PE Autobody

The critical thing is to take what you have and grow that.

Solly Letsoalo, Managing Director of the 3PE Autobody

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