Even though Javier still carries a heavy workload, he has found the time to build a few cars over the years since he began his career with the Nissan truck. One of his cars, a Cadillac Brougham named "Los Angeles Nightmare," has been featured in Lowrider Magazine. He is a member of Los Angeles Car Club, and, after taking a short break from the car show scene, he recently completed a 1958 Chevy Impala for the show circuit with two other 58's that will be completed when time allows.
In 1992, the family decided to go back into business for themselves again. The new business would be called Mexico Collision Center (MCC). The family found a location and went right to work. Javier was getting a lot of work painting lowriders, and many customers were being referred to him through word of mouth. A lot of his clients came from different backgrounds, and were non Spanish speaking. He had trouble communicating with these clients because he didn't speak English that well at the time. The communication problems often frustrated those customers, so they would mock him and often times refer to him as the "little Mexican". As someone who always sees the positive in any situation, Javier let his work speak for itself and the more cars he painted, the more his reputation grew, and his clients began calling him "Mexico," in a much more respectful tone. Over time, the nickname stuck and Javier's English improved. Javier overcame the language barrier and gained a large following as well as a nickname that not only is painted on the front of the shop building, it also appears on the bodies of many of today's top lowriders.
After moving the shop a few times over the years, the shop now resides in South Gate, California. The shop focuses on a variety of work; they work on lowriders, do complete car restorations, frame off builds, custom fiberglass interiors and trunks, body modifications, hydraulics, motorcycles and of course they also build lowrider bikes. With the new generation of DUB style cars, they do plenty of work on SUVs and Chrysler 300Cs. The shop is known for their candy paint jobs, and excellent body prep that is done by Javier's mother. Javier's work on customers' cars has received awards and recognition on the show circuit and also has garnished quite a bit of media coverage. His client base includes celebrities, corporate customers, and traditional Lowrider enthusiasts. The shop maintains a rigorous schedule and is able to complete about 200 jobs a year.
The shop is still a family affair, and every employee of MCC is a member of the family. Javier's father Don Beto, his mother Dona Juana, his sister Eliza, Javier's wife Socorro, Javier's brother Junior, his brother in law Peter, his children Chris and Frankie, his niece Lupita, El Maestro, and little Ramon are all currently employed at MCC. The work ethic and values that Don Beto and Dona Juana have instilled in Javier have been passed along to the whole family. Javier and his family emphasize that there is power in unity, and that working together not only keeps the family close, it helps to make the business successful.
One thing that Javier stressed is that his success is not his alone, his entire family is successful, and they deserve just as much credit for the recognition he gets as MCC is a family business, and not just his alone. It is very apparent that Javier's passion for lowriders plays a huge role in his family's lives, they support Javier one hundred percent, and the family thrives on his love for cars and the dedication he shows through his work. Whether its setting up for a show, or last minute projects, they always back him up. Javier is already getting the next generation ready to take over, his goal is make sure MCC is thriving and that it leaves a steady foundation for his children. When I asked Javier how long he planned on painting and lowriding, he responded "Ask me when I'm fifty. As it looks right now, I still have a lot of gas in my tank."