Kurt Andersen (left) and his brother, Karl Andersen, work to modernize Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, a business that has been in Colorado since 1953.
Golden, Colo.—When Al and Ila Andersen decided to relocate their established repair shop, Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, from West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood up the road to Golden in the late ’70s, some thought it was a risky move. 
From left: Standing near their award-winning SEMA Mustang are Phillip Skelton, sales and marketing manager; Zac Thureson, lead technician on the Mustang project; and Brandon Knowles, shop owner.
Everett, Wash.—Simply said, Brand-X Customs does not fit the description of a typical collision repair shop for several reasons.
The Service Sales Academy offers online virtual training.
Raleigh, N.C.—Advance Auto Parts is pedaling its foot on the gas to drive industry concerns, such as technician training and workforce issues, to the forefront and keeping them in its headlights.
From left, Honest Accurate Auto Service West owners Jesse Schillinger, Vicki Schillinger, and Bola Shonoiki, (outgoing owners Randy and Rob Schillinger not pictured) and a team of 15 employees staff the Colorado Springs shop.
Colorado Springs, Colo.— When Bola Shonoiki and Jesse Schillinger stepped into ownership roles at Honest Accurate Auto Service West in 2013, the team that awaited them quickly helped them adjust their expectations.
John Anderson, owner of Anderson Automotive, relies on the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo for much of the shop’s management and technical training.
Olathe, Kan.—Like most “overnight successes,” Anderson Automotive faced its share of growing pains to get to nearly $2 million in annual sales from the 21-bay, nearly 15,000-square-foot shop.
California shop owner Lorenzo Avila says many of the systems for parts and production he’s implemented at his two shops will work in any size single-location shop.
Anyone who’s done any sort of racing — or even just made a long highway road trip — is familiar with the concept of “drafting,” positioning yourself just behind another vehicle to ride in that vehicle’s wake where’s there’s less resistance or requ
From left: Jeff Yergovich and his team at R & A Motorsports, Jason McCoskey, Richard Jackson, Mike Poston, and General Manager Noel Jennings, specialize in concours-level Mustang restorations.
Lee’s Summit, Mo.—For Jeff Yergovich, it’s all about the details. His shop, R & A Motorsports, specializes in the restoration of ’65-’70 Mustangs and their Shelby variants.
Kurt Andersen (left) and his brother, Karl Andersen, work to modernize Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, a business that has been in Colorado since 1953.
From left: Standing near their award-winning SEMA Mustang are Phillip Skelton, sales and marketing manager; Zac Thureson, lead technician on the Mustang project; and Brandon Knowles, shop owner.
The Service Sales Academy offers online virtual training.
From left, Honest Accurate Auto Service West owners Jesse Schillinger, Vicki Schillinger, and Bola Shonoiki, (outgoing owners Randy and Rob Schillinger not pictured) and a team of 15 employees staff the Colorado Springs shop.
John Anderson, owner of Anderson Automotive, relies on the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo for much of the shop’s management and technical training.
California shop owner Lorenzo Avila says many of the systems for parts and production he’s implemented at his two shops will work in any size single-location shop.
From left: Jeff Yergovich and his team at R & A Motorsports, Jason McCoskey, Richard Jackson, Mike Poston, and General Manager Noel Jennings, specialize in concours-level Mustang restorations.
MotoLOGIC now provides unedited OE repair and diagnostic information for more than 98 percent of the cars and light duty trucks on the road today.
Roanoke, Va.—Throughout last year, MOTOSHOP invested in customer feedback and observed how they are using its suite of shop management products — from MotoLOGIC Repair & Diagnostics, MotoREV Shop Marketing, MotoSKILL Shop Tech Training to the MotoSHOP Shop Management System — to enhance and...
Custom Painter Charley Hutton (right) talks about the role color plays in a vehicle’s image as part of a recent SEMA Show panel discussion featuring (from left) PPG experts Gareth Hughes, Bill Eibon, and Frank Jemiola.
Las Vegas—From a retina-searing orange pearl to a cool “liquid metal” gray, color is often used as a styling element for custom cars and new cars. Distinctive paint evokes an emotional response, said Charley Hutton, who’s painted four Ridler Award-winning cars in his shop, Charley Hutton’s Color...
The Concept-i from Toyota has a space-age design and features advanced artificial intelligence to assist drivers.
A record breaker. When all the dust settled and the final counts were tabulated, U.S. vehicle sales for 2016 totaled 17.55 million, breaking 2015 sales by .04 percent. As noted in our previous column, truck and SUV sales were the sales leaders as sedans in general were sluggish sellers. For Toyota...
Kurt Andersen (left) and his brother, Karl Andersen, work to modernize Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, a business that has been in Colorado since 1953.
Golden, Colo.—When Al and Ila Andersen decided to relocate their established repair shop, Andersen’s Foreign Car Service, from West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood up the road to Golden in the late ’70s, some thought it was a risky move.  The desired building, a six-bay body shop, was surrounded by...
Clore’s built-in printer documents results for customer or job tickets.
Clore Automotive printing battery tester performs both battery and system tests Lenexa, Kan.—The Clore Digital Battery and System Tester with Integrated Printer (BA427) performs complete battery and/or system testing on 6 and 12 Volt batteries and 12 and 24 Volt charging systems. The built-in...
Lance Getz, of PPG, presented on OEM position statements and scanner use.
St. Louis—As more and more OEMs incorporate advancing electronics, including sensors that can be damaged or disrupted during a collision, shops must be increasingly diligent in their repair processes to ensure a safely repaired vehicle. Several vehicle manufacturers have recently issued position...
Owner Patrick Banta has developed a communication platform called Ryde that helps his production and keeps his phones from ringing all day.
San Francisco, Calif.— By using a wide range of time-saving devices in its daily operation, All American Automotive in San Francisco almost runs like an autonomous car, according to its forward-thinking Owner Pat Banta, who started his career in automotive repair as a technician before opening All...
Federated Auto Parts’ Larry Pavey says there will be a test coming of the OEs and aftermarket of working together from a service, distribution and manufacturing standpoint
Bethesda, Md.—Vehicle technology is impacting all segments of the aftermarket community, as well as consumer repair choices, as data information and its accessibility becomes a battle ground for market share with OEs. “Aftermarket product development will face greater challenges as the industry...
 
 

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