Our
Motto

  •  Repairing cars to the very best of our ability, each and every time. No shortcuts!
  • Being responsible with repair cost and competitive in pricing while working diligently to be the best in the business!
  • Providing consumers with honest information about the auto repair industry to better educate them and protect their rights!
  • Respecting the environment by recycling as much as possible and instituting environmentally friendly practices!
  • Being fair to our employees by paying them for what they earn and rewarding them for being the best in the business!
  • Participating in local volunteer projects to make our community a better place and helping those less fortunate in countries abroad!
  • Supporting neighboring businesses by purchasing locally, when possible!
  • Sharing our knowledge with others to help improve our industry as a whole!

Our history

Autosport Body Works was started in 1979. We began by restoring primarily Ford Mustangs, although there was the occasional Jaguar and even a 1969 Ferrari Dino. In 1985, a hail storm transformed us into what we are today, a leading Automotive/ Rv collision repair shop. We have been voted “Best body shop” in Lee county numerous times and are one of the largest producers in our area. In 2012, after some 33 years, in the same location, we moved one block to a newly remodeled facility allowing us the ability to continue producing repairs better and faster due to our unique processes and drive thru repair laneSM systems.

In 2009, our company was reorganized with a renewed commitment to reinvest in our personnel, community, equipment, and facilities to offer a truly unique collision repair experience.

Over the years, we have made repairs for the Pat Dye Family, Bill Kazmaier, Pat Sullivan, Jason Campbell, Bo Jackson, Chuck Persons, Jimbo Fisher, Ace Atkins, David Marsh, Heath Evans, Gogue family, Theo Gantt, Sherill Baker, and many others. We look forward to serving YOU also!

We are proud to have served many surrounding areas including Auburn, Opelika, Salem, Smiths Station, Phenix City, Waverly, Camp Hill, Jacksons Gap, Dadeville, Alexander City, Lake Martin, Loachapoka, Notasulga, Reeltown, Tallassee, Beulah, Lanett, Valley, Tuskegee, Hurtsboro and West Point, Pine Mountain and Columbus Georgia.

 

About the operators:

Samantha Sweatman

Samantha was born in Opelika; However, when she was young, she lived in Utah for two years and then returned to Opelika with her family. Growing up around her mother’s large southern family, Samantha has always been family oriented and proud of her roots. Since she was little she has had a fondness for film, reading, cooking, and spending time with family. Samantha attended Beauregard High School and graduated in 2008 with honors. She was awarded several scholarships including the Auburn Spirit Foundation Scholarship for her school of choice, Auburn University, where she studied Liberal Arts until 2011. Afterwards, Samantha worked with NeighorhoodTour.com, her father’s business, where she earned the role of Production Manager creating multimedia presentations for listings, overseeing marketing, and building/managing the company’s website and mobile app. After nearly six years with NeighborhoodTour.com, Samantha was recruited to join the Autosport team as their new Office Manager in December 2014.  She also enjoys being mom to Ollie.

 

Marcus Payne

Marcus was born in Opelika, AL in 1987. Even as a kid, Marcus has always had an interest in cars. While attending Opelika High School, he was enrolled in automotive courses each semester as they were his favorite. After graduating OHS, Marcus attended Southern Union Community College where he received an associates in automotive collision repair and refinishing. Through the teachings of instructor Ronny Smith, he learned the fundamentals of safely repairing vehicles back to their original state after being involved in an accident. A while after, Marcus joined the team at Autosport where he began repairing minor damages under the wing of an old friend, David McClurg. As time passed, Marcus developed an interest in the management side of the business. Currently, Marcus manages all repairs throughout the facility as Autosport’s Production manager. Aside from Autosport, Marcus is an Opelika Rotarian and proudly supports his community each chance he gets.

 

Jeff Bryant

Jeff is a lifelong resident of Lee County since 1969 graduating from Opelika High School in 1988. Jeff attended Southern Union Community college immediately afterwards. Jeff married Steffani Bryant in 1997 and they have one son Brenden.

Jeff grew up with a fascination for all things mechanical which led to his love of cars, boats and motorcycles. It seemed only natural that he would ultimately choose a career in the automotive industry.  Jeff started work at Autosport in 1986 working after school and summers learning the trade.  Passionate about this field of work he quickly became lead refinish technician in 1989 and continued this role until 2001 when taking on a management position allowing him to learn the business side of the collision repair industry.  In 2003 Autosport opened the Valley location where Jeff served as the general manager leading to co-ownership of the business.

Jeff has been active in supporting workforce development by serving on the advisory boards for Southern union and Trenholm Tech auto body programs.  Jeff has also been involved in consumer advocacy campaigns and industry associations such as the Coalition for Collision Repair Excellence and Collision Repairers for Consumer Choice.  He currently serves on the board of CCRE.  He is also very active and supports the local community as an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn and a Disaster services captain (DAT) with the Lee County Red Cross. Jeff has spent much of his spare time being involved in multiple competitive motorsports and support and coaching his son in area sports.

 

Shey Knight

Shey was born in Jacksonville, Florida.  In 1985, and in between college semesters, Shey started working for Autosport and began writing estimates and learning his current trade.  After graduating from Jacksonville State University in 1989 with a degree in Business and minor in Real Estate, Shey worked for CKM Realty and was the youngest Broker/ Realtor in Birmingham, AL.  Shey also worked for Southtrust bank in downtown Birmingham.  Shey was recruited back to Autosport in 1990 where he began his career in Auto Collision Repair.  Shey is married to Terri Knight, an Auburn University PR/ Communications instructor, and has 2 children, Corey and Morgan. Corey recently graduated from Auburn University and is employed as store manager with Pike Nurseries in Charlotte and Morgan is a recent graduate of Auburn University and is employed with Lee County DHR as a social worker and is currently working on her masters at FSU.

They are  members of First United Methodist Church in Opelika.   Shey is an Opelika Rotarian and serves on the board, a current member of the Lee county Master Gardeners Association and currently serves as Board Chairman for the Opelika Chamber of Commerce and as a disaster team captain for the Lee County Red Cross.  He is a former board member of the Lee county Red Cross, Southern Union State Junior College collision repair advisory boards, former Jaycees member and past president and former board member for the Youth for Christ.  Shey’s passions include serving Christ through many trips to Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras as well as other trips through church and Red Cross for disaster clean up.  Shey’s hobbies include gardening, scuba diving, motorcycle riding, traveling, and snow skiing.  Shey is also a professional sand sculptor.