Business at BMW specialist Autobahn Motorwerks is up lately, Owner Joe Sanderson says.
Kansas City, Mo.—It’s a study in contrast, this ’57 Chevy Bel Air.
Roy and Johanna Doral employ two dedicated diagnostic technicians, and all techs are salaried. “Everyone works together in a collaborative environment,” he says.
San Leandro, Calif.—Potential customers at Doral’s Auto Repair often ask, “Are you expensive?” Well, that depends.
Founders Jeff and Nicole Sloan transitioned Hybrid Automotive in San Jose, Calif., into the hybrid battery reconditioning business four years ago.
San Jose, Calif.—A hybrid battery discharge and recharge system hit the aftermarket in a do-it-yourself-friendly rendition in November, boasting 90-95 percent effectiveness at eliminating error codes and reviving dead and dying hybrid batteries.
From left: The staff at Taylor Truck and Auto includes Technician Josh Barbagallo, Owner Charlie Taylor, Technician Tyler Buxton, and Service Writer Jonathan Barbagallo.
Pevely, Mo.—Charlie Taylor, owner of Taylor Truck and Auto, is preparing for shop expansion with new bays and lifts, as well as additional new investments in tools and equipment.
Larry Hohl, president of UTI-Long Beach, says he is proud of the school’s industry-leading job placement record and its more than 30 OEM and aftermarket partners.
Long Beach, Calif.—Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the largest provider of post-secondary education in the automotive field, is also one of the most successful of its kind, placing four out of five students in their chosen industry career wit
Jeff and Janet Sloan are the newest Christian Brothers Automotive franchisees in Colorado. Their Greeley location marks the ninth for Colorado.
Greeley, Colo.—Jeff Sloan admits his current role as a shop owner is outside his comfort zone, intentionally. After 25 years of service as a jet engine mechanic in the Air Force, he said he wanted to do something completely different.
Business at BMW specialist Autobahn Motorwerks is up lately, Owner Joe Sanderson says.
Roy and Johanna Doral employ two dedicated diagnostic technicians, and all techs are salaried. “Everyone works together in a collaborative environment,” he says.
Founders Jeff and Nicole Sloan transitioned Hybrid Automotive in San Jose, Calif., into the hybrid battery reconditioning business four years ago.
From left: The staff at Taylor Truck and Auto includes Technician Josh Barbagallo, Owner Charlie Taylor, Technician Tyler Buxton, and Service Writer Jonathan Barbagallo.
Larry Hohl, president of UTI-Long Beach, says he is proud of the school’s industry-leading job placement record and its more than 30 OEM and aftermarket partners.
Jeff and Janet Sloan are the newest Christian Brothers Automotive franchisees in Colorado. Their Greeley location marks the ninth for Colorado.
CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini encourages attendees to bid on auction items to benefit CAWA’s scholarship program.
Las Vegas—The CAWA annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, raised more than $26,000 for CAWA’S Memorial Scholarship Fund, generated from the event’s live auction and raffle. “The auto care industry is in the public interest and the public good,” CAWA President...
Robby Bartlett, body shop manager for Spradley Barr in Cheyenne, intends to increase car counts with upgrades in layout, equipment, and processes.
Cheyenne, Wyo.—When shop space is limited, relocation isn’t an option, and car counts are abundant, there’s only one thing to do, says Robby Bartlett, body shop manager for Spradley Barr Automotive Group. Eliminate inefficiency. After 10 years at the helm of the dealer-owned body shop in southeast...
AASA’s Bill Long says there is an estimated $67 billion in unperformed or deferred maintenance.
Las Vegas—The automotive aftermarket continues to show steady growth in the face of drastic and dramatically changing technologies, said Bill Long, president and COO of AASA, during a media briefing prior to AAPEX in Las Vegas. “We are no longer a parts and service industry — we’re a hi-tech...
Body Shop Manager Jamie Leonard and Auto Body Director Todd Stadel say the addition of the GFS track-and-dolly system allows for a 50-percent reduction in floor space, and the bottleneck turned out to be in the metal department.
Lawrence, Kan.—Todd Stadel, auto body director for Briggs Auto Group, with 10 dealerships in eastern Kansas, had plans in 2012 for an expansion at the Lawrence body shop. But with little space to work with, he needed to get creative. With some help, he got the shop on “track” to where it’s now...
Owner Randy Pickering brought his three children onto his team to boost his business’ operations, marketing and finance expertise.
Lakewood, Colo.—More than just an early adopter, Pickering’s Auto Service has its finger on the pulse of the future for both its staff, its business and the industry. The shop recently won an award from ASA for having a Top 10 Best of the Best website, is in its 40th year in business with a second...
Co-Owner Manuel Garcia stands next to the many certifications his shop has earned. (Photos by Justin Abner)
San Lorenzo, Calif.—It sounds simple enough: offer good service and quality work and become a successful collision repair shop. It’s the mantra of many shops to consumers, but some shops take it to another level. George McGill’s Body Shop, in San Lorenzo, Calif., co-owned by Manuel Garcia and Luis...
Mazda is an OEM that shops should be closely studying, as a large percentage of its vehicles don’t visit Mazda dealerships for service, Donny Seyfer says.
Las Vegas—The AAPEX Let’s Tech & Tour session, “Don’t Get Your ADAS Kicked,” focused on the technology of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the challenges it presents to the aftermarket service and repair community. “ADAS has been described and defined in many ways,” said speaker...
Equipped with a roll cage and other safety equipment for desert racing by Foutz Motorsports, this 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCab is powered by a 3.5-L EcoBoost high-output V-6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. (Photos by Jay Sicht)
Las Vegas—The top trending vehicle models in five categories were announced at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Selected by manufacturing exhibitors, the SEMA Award winners are the Ford Mustang as the Hottest Coupe, the Dodge Charger as the Hottest Sedan, the Ford Focus as the Hottest Hatch, the...
 
 

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