Coachbuilders of America

alteregomc.com is taking the Leadership Role in offering Memberships into Coachbuilders of America, which is a networking organization of people and their businesses at very high levels of Automobile Restoration or New Automobile Production within the United States of America, & Its Holdings and Territories.

This Page is the location for membership application for the American people who ARE the Coachbuilders in this industry - those with the amazing hands who restore and build automobiles to their highest level in the USA.

By "American" we mean within the United States of America, It's Holdings, and Territories. Our listing memberships for the Coachbuilders of America are for individuals and or their businesses within those regions of the USA.

If you are an American living and working abroad, please consider application into Coachbuilders International, and, you may certainly mention your US Citizenship there, if you wish.

If you reside outside of the United States of America or Its Holdings or Territories please return to our Home Page and go to Coachbuilders International and make your application for membership there.

Naturally, if you have a SAME business operating within the USA as well as Abroad, you are eligible to apply for either, or both, the Coachbuilders of America as well as Coachbuilders International. Individuals and or businesses may make application, but each are separate listings and each are individual costs per year.

About Membership, Terminology and Skill Classifications

There's a contemporary trend of calling a rusty vehicle restored. No. Just no.

These rusty autos sometimes don't even run and yet the owner still calls the poor car restored! Oh my goodness...

So we've named these vehicles " rusty rollers" since that might be the only WAY to move them - ROLL them.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but rusty cars are dead unless someone intercedes and tries to save them. Rust is an unrelenting ARCH enemy to the automobile.

So we'll respect the fans of rusty rollers and know they have their right to choose how they keep their cars. But we ask the same respect for our STRONG opinion that rust and cars do not combine in any way to be considered a restoration.

They are not included in our Coachbuilder Organization in any way. And, anyone who applies for membership as a Coachbuilder of America is verifying BY making application, that you or your shop will NOT work on rusty rollers.

..enough said...

Please comprehensively read the requirements for membership application in differing LEVELS of Coachbuilding Skills as we designate them here.

Disclosure, Integrity, and Common Interest are high on the priority list here at the Coachbuilder Network now available for application to many membership in a wide variety of areas.

Please view all of the other memberships available by going to our Home Page and looking at the variety of Coachbuilding Memberships and Indexes we are providing for you.

We feel very strongly that the time has come to succinctly describe exactly what it means to be at different levels of Coachbuilding Skills; to give Coachbuilders a central organization to network, profile their talent, provide their contact information for potential clients; and, to have the recognition they deserve for the many years of acquired expertise under their belts.

We honor the hands of the amazing Coachbuilders throughout the United States of America, and, abroad.

Please select one listing of SKILL Classification honorably according to our standards which we designate to apply for the membership - Coachbuilders of America.

The cost for a one year listing in the Coachbuilders of America varies according to skill level, and, the annual fee will renew on the anniversary date of membership.

Please note this special gift to you if you are accepted as a Charter Member...

As a special thank you for your membership in this very select group, Charter members (new members joining now through April of 2020) will always pay the same exact amount as the fee when joining.

That means if you are accepted as a Charter Coachbuilder of America Member you will never receive an increase in membership cost throughout your lifetime - should there be any increase in membership fees over time.

The current annual fee listed for you under your skill qualification, provides a listing profile of fifty words or less describing your expertise and what services or Coachbuilding related products you offer, and, designates by the (SKILL) classification you choose, what LEVEL of restoration or production you provide your clients based on OUR terminology regarding SKILL categories.

In your fifty word narrative, your contact information does not count toward the fifty words. We will be providing your contact information with your listing at no charge to you as a paid Coachbuilders of America Member. Please note, if you go over fifty words the profile narrative may be cut off accidentally! Brevity challenges, I know.....

We want to support the seasoned and salted hands of each of our American Coachbuilders, and, we require an honorable selection of Skill Category. It will be regret-able, but, if we do have evidence that a listing is not truthful, we will remove the listing, refund the pro-ration of the membership fee which remains unused, and, ban that listing from Coachbuilders of America.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

Select only one Skill CLASSIFICATION and Make your Application for Coachbuilder of America Membership directly under that designation. Please note that you may apply both as an individual, and, also make application for your shop as a separate listing if you want to, but, they are two different memberships with each listing at an individual cost per year.

The first step to membership is to pay with the button at the end of the information related to your skill level. Please make your application ONLY in the SKILL designation you are qualified for with the appropriate PAY BUTTON.

Then,

no matter which classification you choose, send the photos (listed below) that we need for your skill verification and for inclusion into your profile and send your fifty word narrative with all those photos to linda@alteregomc.com. We will contact you as soon as we verify your skill level with the photos.
Then, your profile will be posted here on this Coachbuilders of America Page.

At a bit later date we'll make entering information more user friendly for members, and, for ourselves. Thanks for being patient, and, for joining in this wonderful new endeavor to streamline the professions connected with Coachbuilding here in America, and, abroad.

Please make certain you have provided us a phone number in the email to Linda.


Skill Classifications For Coachbuilders of America Application

ARETE - Introducing a New Term to Coachbuilding at its Highest

"Arete" is a Greek Word which means excellence at the highest level - the highest level in skill, the highest level in action, the highest level in honor and integrity, reaching and attaining the highest level of potential.

The word goes beyond the human ability to describe such a high level of everything - it is a philosophical term which you can't put your finger on exactly, but, you know what is referenced by the word and its esoteric meaning once you have become acquainted with the word, ARETE.

We chose to coin the word for our use, because, not everyone has the same experience and expertise in the field. Builders have just been called Builders in the past, but now, we are distinguishing levels of skill so universally it is acknowledged what is meant by the Four Terms we've designated for the Four SKILL levels of the folks who previously have all been called, collectively - Builders (an abbreviated version of the word "Coachbuilders" for curious readers new to all of this).

Those at the very peak of excellence in everything to do with Coachbuilding we are calling - the ARETE Coachbuilder - whose completed projects win the top of the top awards in national and international competitions - with little recognition of their own until now...

These are the Builders with the salted and seasoned hands who love what they do so much that they have stayed the course in the profession in spite of the paramount obstacles of high overhead, and, the lifelong lack of a regular paycheck for themselves and their families.

Kudos to you, Arete Coachbuilders of America.

ARETE Coachbuilder of America Classification

ARETE Listing Criteria:

You've owned your own shop for twenty years (can have been under other names during this time)
It may not be a "Home Garage" Shop
You have been a Builder for twenty years or more
Every completed restoration meets all local, state, and federal safety requirements
You use (VERY!) minimalist amounts of filler
You are at an Arete Level of Skill working with metal
You can make obsolete parts yourself in your shop to OEM Specs
You can work on all parts of the chassis yourself
You can paint the vehicle to Arete levels
Your finished restorations consistently each meet Concours d' Elegance Standards
At least one of your restorations must have won a major competition and tell us details about the award(s) by emailing linda@alteregomc.com
The award(s) must be for (a) very prestigious National Competition(s) - not small local shows
You must provide five to ten (no more than ten) photos of what you believe verifies your Arete Skills in Coachbuilding- sent to linda@alteregomc.com, and, we might politely ask you for more photos if we feel we need more verification of your Arete Expertise
We will post five of these photos with your profile. Please send a photograph of your shop with the signage visable. This will also be posted on your Profile. Please send a photograph of yourself which will be posted with your profile. Send all photos to linda@alteregomc.com.

If you meet the above criteria as an Arete Coachbuilder of America, please make your application below

BUY ARETE COACHBUILDER OF AMERICA MEMBERSHIP for One Year

price: $125.00 - ARETE Coachbuilder of America (CHARTER) Membership for One Year

ARETE Coachbuilder of America SHOP Classification

ARETE Shop Criteria:

Your shop must have been in business for at least twenty years (you can have had your shop under other names in this time)
It may not be a "Home Garage" shop
You, the Shop Owner, must meet all the criteria above for an Arete Coachbuilder - in other words you cannot just HAVE Arete Coachbuilders working FOR you in your shop - YOU must have the Arete expertise listed above
You must provide one to three photos of your shop signage on the shop also showing the shop building, sent to linda@alteregomc.com - One will appear on your Shop profile
You must send five to ten photos displaying your Arete Expertise five of which will appear on your shop profile
You must provide a picture of yourself as Shop Owner which will appear on your Shop Profile
We may ask for more photos to verify your Arete Shop Expertise

BUY ARETE COACHBUILDER OF AMERICA SHOP MEMBERSHIP for One Year

price: $125.00 ARETE COACHBUILDER OF AMERICA SHOP (CHARTER) MEMBERSHIP for One Year


MASTER BUILDER Coachbuilder of America Classification

Criteria for Master Builder Classification:

You must have had a shop for at least ten years
It must not be a "home garage" shop
All restorations completed at your Shop meet all local, state, and federal safety requirements
You use minimalist amounts of filler
You must have Master Builder Skills in working with metal
You yourself can make obsolete parts in your shop to OEM Specs
You can work on all components of the chassis yourself
You can paint vehicles to Master Builder Levels
Your finished restorations consistently each meet Concours d' Elegance Standards
You must provide five to ten (no more than ten) photos verifying your Master Builder Skills, and, we may politely request more photos to verify your Master Builder Level Expertise
Three of these photos will appear on your profile
You must send a photo of your shop building with the signage in view
This Shop photo will appear on your profile
You must send a photo of yourself which will appear on your profile as well as your fifty word narrative which you want to appear in your listing along with all of your contact information to appear in the listing with the contact data not counted toward the fifty words
Please send all photographs and your narrative to linda@alteregomc.com

If you meet the criteria as a Master Builder, please make your application below

BUY Masterbuilder Coachbuilder of America Membership for One Year

price: $100.00 - Master Builder Coachbuilder of America (CHARTER) Membership for One Year

Master Builder Coachbuilder of America SHOP Classification

MASTER BUILDER SHOP Classification Criteria

You must have had your own shop for at least ten years
This cannot be a "Home Garage" Shop (You may have had a name change for the Shop in that time - but let us know and tell us the other names of the shop)
You as the Shop Owner, must meet all the criteria above for a Master Builder - in other words - you may not just have employees who are Master Builders in your Shop, YOU must be a Master Builder by our criteria
You must send one to three photographs of your shop signage on the shop building (one will appear on your Shop profile here on Coachbuilders of America)
You must provide five to ten photos showing your Master Builder skills - three will appear on your Shop profile
We may request more photo evidence of your Master Builder expertise
You must send one photograph of yourself which will appear on your profile
Send your fifty word narrative and your contact information you want listed on your membership profile (contact info doesn't count toward the fifty word limit), and, the photos we have requested above to linda@alteregomc.com

BUY Masterbuilder Coachbuilder of America SHOP Membership for One Year

price: $100.00 Membership - Master Builder Coachbuilder of America (Charter) SHOP Membership for One Year


CUSTOM Coachbuilder of America Classification

Custom Coachbuilder of America Classification Criteria

Must have had your own shop for at least three years and it is
not a "Home Garage" Shop
All completed restorations from your Shop meet all local, state, and federal safety requirements
When completely building a vehicle - you do not leave parts in disrepair, with rust, or body damage at the project completion
You use minimalist filler
The engine must run properly as the obvious completion of a vehicle build
At the project completion the vehicle must be completely painted
However, you may as a component of your work - specialize in specific areas without a full build such as top chops, body sectioning, channeling, frenching, flared fenders etc. as just a few examples

If you meet the criteria above for Custom Coachbuilder of America
please use the Pay Button Below to apply, and, then send your narrative of fifty words, one photo of yourself (this will be posted in your profile), one photo of your shop with the signage visable (this will appear on your profile), and, five to ten photos showing your Custom Coachbuilder Skills (two of which will appear on your profile) to linda@alteregomc.com. Make certain you include all of your contact information in the email.

BUY Custom Coachbuilder of America Membership for One Year

price: $75.00 Membership-Custom Coachbuilder of America (Charter) Membership for One Year

Custom Coachbuilder of America SHOP Criteria

You must have had the shop for at least three years
It must not be a "Home Garage" shop
You, yourself, must have the skill sets named here in the criteria - in other words, you don't just have employees who can do the work
When completely building a vehicle - you do not leave parts in disrepair, with rust or body damage - at the completion of the project
The engine must run properly as the obvious completion of a project
At the project completion, the vehicle must be completely painted
However, you may as a component of the work you do you may specialize in specific areas without a full build such as top chops, body sectioning, channeling, frenching, flared fenders, etc., as just a few examples

If your SHOP meets the criteria listed above to be a Custom Coachbuilder of America Shop
please pay below with the Pay Button, and, then email linda@alteregomc.com with your fifty word narrative about your shop along with five to ten photographs of your work displaying your Custom Coachbuilder Shop expertise. Two of these photos will appear in your listing. Please also send a photograph of yourself, and, a photograph of your Shop with the signage in view. We may ask for additional photographs to verify your Custom Coachbuilder expertise.

BUY Custom Coachbuilder of America (Charter) SHOP One Year Membership

Price: $75.00 - Membership - Custom Coachbuilder of America SHOP One Year (CHARTER)


NOVICE Coachbuilder of America Classification

Novice Coachbuilder of America Criteria

You must have had your own shop for at least one year
You must meet the other criteria for a Custom Professional Coachbuilder of America as listed above
The only only difference between yourself and a Custom Professional Coachbuilder, is that you have had your shop for a year and not three or more years
Send a photo of yourself, a photo of your Shop with your signage in view, and - five to ten photos displaying your Novice Skills - one of those will be used in your membership profile
send your fifty word narrative about yourself, your contact information, which doesn't count toward the fifty words but will appear in your membership profile, and, the photos we have requested to linda@alteregomc.com

BUY Coachbuilder of America Novice One Year Membership

price: $50.00 Membership-Novice Coachbuilder of America (Charter) Membership for One Year

Novice Coachbuilder of America SHOP Classification

Novice Coachbuilder of America SHOP Criteria
Your Shop must meet all the Classification Criteria for a CUSTOM Shop
with the only difference that you have had your Shop for a Year rather than three years
Send one photo of yourself as Shop Owner which will appear in your profile, one photo of your shop with the signage in view which will appear in your profile, and - five to ten photos displaying your Novice Skills- one of which will appear in your profile
send those photos along with your fifty word narrative and your contact information (which doesn't count toward the fifty words to linda@alteregomc.com

BUY Coachbuilder of America Novice SHOP One Year Membership

price: $50.00 Novice Coachbuilder of America SHOP (Charter) Membership for One Year


If you don't see applicable skill categories here on this Page for you, we invite you to return to our Home Page here on alteregomc.com and then to "Coachbuilder Friends and Associates" to make application for membership there.


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