Linda (l.) and Arthur Scott opened Bumper Doc Denver nearly a year ago. They are the second Colorado franchisee for the San Diego-based franchisor. With them is their daughter Lauren Scott, the shop’s marketing analyst.
Denver—When Arthur and Linda Scott were looking for a franchise opportunity, their broker suggested they consider Bumper Doc, a San Diego-based franchisor that focuses on light auto body repair, bumper repair, and appearance services.
Parts Manager George Harris at Toyota Vallejo has enjoyed a  45-year career working only for Toyota and has no immediate plans to retire.
Vallejo, Calif.—By providing OE parts for its own busy service department, on top of wholesaling to mechanical and collision repair shops throughout the East Bay Area, the parts department at Toyota Vallejo plays three distinctly different roles.
A double winner in the World Car Awards, the Mazda MX-5 is a sharply designed roadster that exceeded all of the criteria for jurors as they judged cars from around the globe.
World car award. Mazda was a big winner at the New York International Auto Show with the fourth generation MX-5 being named the 2016 World Car of the Year.
Mike Crabtree said keeping his shop at its current size gives the business more flexibility in the jobs they take, and more control over the quality of work they do.
Bend, Ore.—Mike Crabtree said he sometimes wishes his 4,000-square-foot shop was a little larger. Then he remembers when he had more employees than he currently has, he had more overhead and more demands.
 More than 150 invited guests and VIPs attended H&H Wholesale Parts 30th anniversary celebration at the Petersen Automotive Museum. (Photo by Marco Patino)
Los Angeles, Calif.—The newly remodeled Petersen Automotive Museum set the stage for H&H Wholesale Parts 30th Anniversary celebration in March.
Harry Christman, market/brand manager for Axalta Coating Systems, says Cromax Mosaic was developed for a specific type of customer, but that niche is large.
Linda (l.) and Arthur Scott opened Bumper Doc Denver nearly a year ago. They are the second Colorado franchisee for the San Diego-based franchisor. With them is their daughter Lauren Scott, the shop’s marketing analyst.
Parts Manager George Harris at Toyota Vallejo has enjoyed a  45-year career working only for Toyota and has no immediate plans to retire.
A double winner in the World Car Awards, the Mazda MX-5 is a sharply designed roadster that exceeded all of the criteria for jurors as they judged cars from around the globe.
Mike Crabtree said keeping his shop at its current size gives the business more flexibility in the jobs they take, and more control over the quality of work they do.
 More than 150 invited guests and VIPs attended H&H Wholesale Parts 30th anniversary celebration at the Petersen Automotive Museum. (Photo by Marco Patino)
Bullard’s 88VX series airline respirator is NIOSH-approved as a Type C and CE continuous flow class respirator for abrasive blasters and painters.
Overland Park, Kan.—It squishes between your toes, grittily yielding to the pressure of your bare feet. It’s the essence of a sunny, carefree day at the beach or youthful play in a sandbox. But much of what makes up sand can make workers sick — and even kill them, when it’s broken down into...
CSU Health and Safety Consultation officials Patty Jeffries and Todd Plumer (third from l.) present John Elway Chevrolet’s GM Josh Letsis (l.) and Principal Todd Maul with OSHA’s SHARP plaque. John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley also earned Sharp certification in May.
Englewood, Colo.—John Elway Chevrolet and John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley have earned OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification, making them the first automotive dealerships in Colorado to earn the elite certification. They are now among three...
Grant Kennedy (l) and Ben Falconer from Aims Community College will represent Colorado for the second year in a row. Falconer finished first in the nation last year and is striving to win Nationals again.
Colorado Springs, Colo.~Thirty-five high school and post-secondary students competed in the Collision Repair Technology and Automotive Refinish divisions of the 2016 Colorado SkillsUSA competitions at Pikes Peak Community College, April 8.      The students came from six Colorado schools: Morgan...
The crew at Euro-Tech Automotive specializes in servicing German makes. Pictured, from l., are Ernie Keller, Tyler Keller, Chris White, Matt Noteboom, Tony Urioste, and Becky Kyger.
Golden, Colo.—Ernie Keller carefully works under the hood of a 1994 BMW 530i, replacing the valley pan on a car he knows well. That’s because its owner, who has logged 385,000 miles, has trusted Keller to service it since it was new. Keller has fostered that kind of customer loyalty from his...
Martech Service Company’s P-20 Personal Air Breathing Unit, used properly, provides Grade “D” breathable air using the existing compressed air supply.
OSHA grade “D” breathable air from compressed air supply Mazeppa, Minn.—Martech Services Co.’s Model P-20 Personal Air Breathing unit (www.breathingsystems.com) complies with OSHA’s Grade “D” breathable air requirement, according to the company. When used properly, it will work with the existing...
The Tesla Model 3 will have its first deliveries in late 2017.
So long Scion. For some time, Toyota has had plans to cease its Scion line that debuted in 2003 with small boxy, fuel-efficient cars. That year the brand sold 10,898 units with just a few models available and had it best year in 2006 with sales of 173,034. In 2015, just 56,167 Scions were sold. The...
Gian Pieroni (l.) is the third generation in his Argentinian family to work in the collision repair industry. He owns and operates Highlands Auto Body, a business his father Mario Pieroni founded 37 years ago after immigrating to the U.S.
Littleton, Colo.—In an industry where large consolidators and MSOs have become commonplace, the father-son duo Gian and Mario Pieroni, who own Highlands Auto Body, are anything but. It’s a personal touch that many corporate shops lack today, said 27-year-old Gian Pieroni, who took over the family...
From l., the staff at RM Automotive includes Zachary Culp, service advisor; Jeff Steiniger, technician; Jovani Razo, technician; Rich Wilson, service manager/advisor; Heidi Buchanan, office manager and shuttle driver; Emilio Chavez, technician; and Co-Owners Reed Galloway and Mike Wright.
Northridge, Calif.—Most owners of independent repair shops find that diversity is the key to success. But not Mike Wright and Reed Galloway, owners of RM Automotive, which specializes in providing personalized service for Asian imports only – primarily Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus, but also Scion,...
 
 

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