About Advanced Auto Body

The Pucino family’s experience with auto repair dates back to 1939 when Michael Pucino Sr. and his father Luigi Pucino opened a repair garage. Michael’s sons Lou and Joe continued the tradition when they opened a repair garage in 1970. In 1981 son Michael Jr. opened a shop in Wakefield (currently known as Advanced Auto Body). Today, Michael's children; Ronny, Wendy, and Julie Pucino, continue to uphold the family commitment and dedication to the automobile service industry.

With over 75 years of service, and thousands of satisfied customers, our family along with our talented and qualified technicians will continue to provide you with outstanding service and quality repairs. You can rest assured that the Pucino family is fully committed to our customers’ needs.

With Advanced Auto Body (a complete collision repair facility) and Advanced Auto Service (a full service mechanical repair center) we offer repairs ranging from minor dents to major collisions. Need brakes, tires or a tune up? Advanced does it all. Need a rental car? We will have one waiting for you when you drop off your car. Consider us your one stop auto service center.

Customer Bill of Rights

10 Things to Know Before Having Your Vehicle Repaired:

  1. You have the right to go to the repair shop of your choice. Rhode Island Law stipulates that your insurance company cannot require you to go to a particular shop.
  2. You are not required by law to obtain more than one estimate or appraisal.
  3. Your vehicle is the second largest investment you’re likely to make. Preserve its value and your safety by having it repaired professionally.
  4. Never drive a vehicle that could be unsafe due to damages.
  5. Some Insurance companies may want you to visit a drive-in claims center before having your vehicle repaired. You can do this, or you may leave your vehicle at our shop and ask the insurance company to inspect the vehicle here.
  6. Differences in repair estimates are common. A lower estimate may not include all necessary repairs. If you’re unsure why one estimate is different from another you’ve received, please ask us. We will be more than happy to explain the cost differences.
  7. Choose a shop that has unibody repair equipment and certified technicians (I-CAR or ASE, for example).
  8. Ask if the shop will be using genuine manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts and what your options are.
  9. Ask if the shop offers a repair warranty.
  10. You have the right to ask Advanced Auto Body to negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf.


As our customer, we welcome you. You will receive the finest quality repairs available. These repairs are made possible only by our continued dedication to the collision industry. We are equipping our shop with the technology needed to fix today's complex vehicles, keeping our technicians up to date through on-going training, striving to meet standards of top quality paint and repair work, and dedicated to improving the collision repair industry.

As a member of the business community, we adhere to a Code of Ethics – our pledge to you of honesty, integrity, safety, and craftsmanship. If you have any questions concerning the estimating and repair process, please ask us. Our trained professionals are ready and willing to help you in any way they can. For us, safety and customer satisfaction are our most important goals. Our work is guaranteed for the duration of ownership of your vehicle.

PRESS RELEASE 5/1/2009: Advanced Has Expanded

Tucked away in quiet Peace Dale is a family owned business that is about to make the lives of South County’s vehicle owners simple. Known for the past 30 years for its extraordinary ability to repair damaged vehicles to “like-new” condition, Advanced Auto Body has recently increased its capacity to provide greater and even more efficient service for its customers.

The company’s ability to complete repair work on damaged vehicles in a timely fashion is enhanced with the addition of a state-of-the art USI ITALIA paint booth. The booth’s completely sterile environment assures a faultless finish on every vehicle and dries the vehicle faster – making it possible to apply a factory-like finish. The filtering system in the booth cleans the air and protects the health of the company’s technicians…both of which are incredibly important to this environmentally and employee concerned company. Maybe that is why some of its employees have been with the company for over 25 years!

Increased room means more room to work on parts of many vehicles at a time. Now they can begin work on a vehicle when it enters the shop—space is not an issue.

Speaking of timely repairs… numerous insurance companies have chosen Advanced Auto for their Direct-Repair program. This authorizes Advanced Auto Body to evaluate the required repair work and provide this information and pictures of the damage to insurance adjusters. The approval is based on Advanced Auto Body's evaluation…meaning you don’t have to wait a week or two for an insurance company’s appraiser to get to the shop.

The best part of all of this expansion is that you still get the same dedicated people who are committed to providing the best service and quality work. One difference you will see is the inviting new waiting room. If you bring your vehicle in for an oil or tire change or other quick repair, you can now hunker into a comfortable space and enjoy a moment of quiet, sip a ten cent coke or spend some time chatting with the friendly personnel. Wendy and Julie will cheerfully schedule your appointments or answer questions about your vehicle repair, and Ronny will gladly share information on their newest equipment that helps make them so efficient. Behind the scene, the same mechanics and technicians continue working to return your vehicle in perfect condition. Perhaps the best news about Advanced Auto’s expansion is that now you do not have to wait for an accident to meet the wonderful people in this company or to benefit from their extraordinary ability to service all of your automobile needs.

In 1981 when Michael Pucino added body repair to the then 26 year old family business, his primary goal was to provide exceptional auto body repair for vehicles damaged in an accident. As he became increasingly aware of the need for mechanical repair of the damaged vehicles, he brought equal attention to those details as well.

The mechanics of Advanced Auto generally work on vehicles with extreme motor or engine problems; now they have space to bring their expertise to individuals seeking quality general vehicle maintenance.

Advanced Auto mechanics are schooled in identifying potential safety issues and in identifying the best way to fix both minor and major mechanical problems. Whether you need an oil change, tire replacement, rotation or balancing, new spark plugs or a whole new engine, Advanced Auto Body now has the space to service your vehicle. With this service, you will be guaranteed the level of efficiency, attention to detail and quality service that has helped make Advanced Auto Body a trusted provider of automobile maintenance and body repair.