John Lopez, owner and president of car service company Tuned In Style, has established himself in the field of vehicle customization by employing his technical background and expertise using the latest technology. His colorful clientele, includes celebrities.
Back in 2013, actress Gretchen Barretto commissioned his company to customize a full-sized bus and design it like a business class Emirates. She took the customized vehicle to her shoots. Before long, inquiries and referrals from other celebrities poured in.
No one wants the same design so it made Tuned In Style’s work challenging and more exciting. Soon enough, Lopez and his team immediately saw themselves servicing vans of matinee idol Coco Martin, ace comedian-TV host Vice Ganda, and seasoned actor Albert Martinez.
Coco Martin’s Inkas Sentry is a bullet-proof armored personnel carrier equipped with a privacy partition and power seats with leg rest. The air-conditioning works even when the engine’s off so the actor can rest inside during taping breaks.
John with Daniel Padilla (right)
Maja Salvador’s Ford Transit has four captain seats, a TV, and ambient lighting while Vice Ganda’s Volkswagen Crafter, similarly with four captain seats and a TV, has a partition and a comfort room.
Romantic celebrity partners Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo also got a Volkswagen Crafter in black, furnished with a shower and a bed.
The creatively energetic car designer also refurbished Albert Martinez’s Ford E150 that was flown in from the US.
Always leaning his designs to the taste of the customers, Lopez said he recently worked with singer Angeline Quinto, actress Ryza Cenon, and actor Christian Bables.
John (right) and JM De Guzman (center)
Interestingly, Tuned In Style is among the few business entities that benefited from the new normal. He said, “Inquiries now are somewhat larger compared before the pandemic started. Maybe it’s because of the limitation in air travel which prompted them to do road travel both for leisure and business.”
But while Tuned In Style speeds up to match its fast-increasing number of patrons, it still carefully kept its foot on the brakes by providing help and support to its employees.
“We have to provide for our employees which covers a large amount as an added compensation to suffice in their daily needs,” Lopez expressed. “We also follow strict safety protocols for disinfection and frequent swab testing of our employees.”
Inside van of Manilyn Reynes
Currently doing its transactions via virtual meetings or specially arranged appointments, Tuned In Style makes sure to offer its services to industries in need of, like designing a swab testing van for Maxicare, or customizing mobile salons and optical shops.
With 32 ongoing van customization projects, Tuned In Style is no doubt on a high gear complementing its three warehouses, and one showroom called Primera Klasse located on Quezon Ave. The road to triumph stretches as it aims to branch out in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, and on a farther route, in South East Asia.
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