Jad Dunning, vice president and general manager of MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, says MOTOSHOP will continue to drive its products forward with new features in 2016.
Las Vegas—MOTOSHOP® Technology ToolsSM, a product portfolio of Web-based technologies for commercial shop owners and technicians offered by Advance Auto Parts, has introduced enhancements to its estimating and shop management
Doug Richman of Kaiser Aluminum said rumors of shortages of aluminum constraining automakers’ increased use of the material “couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Automaker requirements for aluminum repair certification include a separate work area and dust-extraction system in part because of potential explosion hazards caused by aluminum dust.
Lyle Burgess (r.), founder of Rare Parts, and his son, Danny Burgess, president, stand behind every one of the more than 18,000 parts made by the company with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.
Stockton, Calif.—The average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. has climbed to 11.5 years, according to IHS Automotive, a global provider of critical information and insight to the automotive industry.
Andrew Drager stands next to one of his favorites at Drager’s Classics, a 1954 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday for sale at $42,500.
Seattle-Since 1960, Jeri Drager has been in the business of restoring and selling hot rods, classics, and muscle cars at Drager’s International Classics, but he said his roots were firmly with motorcycles.
Kris Hulett and Lisa Malott-Hulett, the husband-and-wife owners of Autos-2NV, show off the Factory Five Mk4 (Cobra-replica) Roadster they are building.
ASA-Midwest Affiliate President Jerry Holcom co-founded the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in the early ‘90s to address a need for quality training.
Jad Dunning, vice president and general manager of MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, says MOTOSHOP will continue to drive its products forward with new features in 2016.
Doug Richman of Kaiser Aluminum said rumors of shortages of aluminum constraining automakers’ increased use of the material “couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Lyle Burgess (r.), founder of Rare Parts, and his son, Danny Burgess, president, stand behind every one of the more than 18,000 parts made by the company with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.
Andrew Drager stands next to one of his favorites at Drager’s Classics, a 1954 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday for sale at $42,500.
The ADPKIT features more than 60 different tools to effectively work with aluminum.
Kenosha, Wis.—Snap-on knows technicians and shops need the right tools to meet the demands of an ever-evolving vehicle service industry. Take the new Snap-on ADPKIT Aluminum Dent Pulling and Tool Kit, which helps address the increasing use of aluminum for body panels by vehicle manufacturers. The...
The 2016 Scion iA achieved an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the only minicar to receive any top safety pick rating.
Top safety picks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced its top safety picks for the new year. To qualify for the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness categories and an advanced or superior rating for front-...
The car, in its initial stages of restoration, made its first public appearance in the fall.
McHenry, Ill.—The restoration of the Raybestos 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback is underway. To keep up with the progress, follow Raybestos on its special Facebook and Twitter social media platforms dedicated to the car build. “Car enthusiasts everywhere will be interested in seeing the evolution of the...
Mitchell’s Brian Elmi, director of product management, Auto Physical Damage Solutions, demonstrates at the recent SEMA Show how the company’s mobile offering mirrors its desktop RepairCenter program.
Las Vegas — Making shops run more efficiently — and thus allowing them to make more profit — is the goal of Mitchell’s RepairCenter, and a few recent additions enhance those functions, said Brian Elmi, director of product management for Auto Physical Damage Solutions, who spoke with Parts &...
Jim Svigel Jr. plans to shutter his 85-year-old family business, Svigel’s Auto Parts Inc., liquidating a one-of-a-kind inventory of NOS, RNOS, and used vintage and classic car parts.  The majority of the inventory has been stored indoors at the same location since 1959.
Englewood, Colo.—For more than eight decades, four generations of the Svigel family have been buying and selling new and used auto parts in Colorado. During that span, the Austrian family name has become synonymous with hard-to-find used, new old stock (NOS), and replacement new old stock (RNOS)...
Kris Hulett and Lisa Malott-Hulett, the husband-and-wife owners of Autos-2NV, show off the Factory Five Mk4 (Cobra-replica) Roadster they are building.
Rocheport, Mo. — Call it the “Overhaulin’ Effect.” With the popularity of the recently concluded TV show and ones like it, enthusiasts don’t always appreciate the amount of time – and money – that it takes to restore a car, said Kris Hulett and Lisa Malott-Hulett, the husband-and-wife owners of...
Morfit says finding good people and keeping them has been vital to the shop’s success. Arvada Auto’s five technicians and Zack Endicott, shop manager, continue to work honestly and efficiently, which has led to the best four years the shop has seen in 20, Morfit says.
Arvada, Colo.-A few times a month, Ken Morfit, owner of Arvada Auto Center, parks across the street from his shop to look at it from the perspective of what his customers see. “It’s easy to forget what your customers actually see,” he said. “Most owners park in the back, come in through the shop...
Trick Tools Owner Bruce Van Sant said the company focuses on high-quality specialty metal fabrication tools such as this MetalAce 28F Imperial English Wheel. One of the company’s flagship English wheels, the 44F model, sits unfinished in the background at the company’s 25,000-square-foot warehouse.
Pella, Iowa — It’s a piece of equipment that harkens back to old-world coachbuilders, requiring a craftsman to methodically pull a piece of metal between polished wheels attached to a large, sturdy frame. With successive motion and increasing tension on the wheels, what was just a flat piece of...
 
 

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