ASA National Chairman Donny Seyfer informs repair shop owners about a new OEM diagnostic and service information resource, oerepairinfo.com, during the ASA of Colorado symposium in February.
Washington, D.C.—In a bid to make most automakers’ diagnostic and repair information more accessible to independent repair shop personnel, Automotive Service Association (ASA) National and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, also known as th
CIC Chairman Randy Stabler voiced support for continued work on CIC’s Class A shop definition.
Palm Springs, Calif. — What tools, equipment, and training should a “Class A” collision repair shop have – and should the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) continue to play a role in defining the essentials?
Mike Torres (r.) applies the industry training he learned throughout his career in his new shop, Mountain View Automotive.  With him is newly appointed store manager Chris Neeley.
Thornton, Colo.—Mike Torres, a technician-turned-shop-owner, openly admits that he made costly mistakes early in his first attempt as an entrepreneur.  Now, after seeking the advice of industry trainers and mentors and some soul searching, Torres
Service Manager Chuck Rappuhn and Service Advisor Chelsea Gill work the customer service counter at High-Tech Automotive with Owner Gary Hymer.
Wenatchee, Wash.—Though High-Tech Automotive is not on a main arterial, the busy shop continues to grow, mainly because it is the only independent AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility in the area, said Owner Gary Hymer.
Green Park Co-Owner Kevin Hughes purchased the business along with Bob Haag in 2011 after running it for his late Uncle Robert Jackson.
Green Park, Mo.—If you’re wondering as you drive by Green Park Automotive in South St.
ASA National Chairman Donny Seyfer informs repair shop owners about a new OEM diagnostic and service information resource, oerepairinfo.com, during the ASA of Colorado symposium in February.
CIC Chairman Randy Stabler voiced support for continued work on CIC’s Class A shop definition.
Mike Torres (r.) applies the industry training he learned throughout his career in his new shop, Mountain View Automotive.  With him is newly appointed store manager Chris Neeley.
Dave Everman (l.) bought En-Tire Car Care Center in Gardner, Kan., in July, and is assisted by Manager Jeff Sapp, who has been at the shop since its 2007 opening.
Service Manager Chuck Rappuhn and Service Advisor Chelsea Gill work the customer service counter at High-Tech Automotive with Owner Gary Hymer.
Green Park Co-Owner Kevin Hughes purchased the business along with Bob Haag in 2011 after running it for his late Uncle Robert Jackson.
Associations seek common-ground collaboration with vehicle manufacturers regarding telematics The Auto Care Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equalty (CARE) continue attempts to inform and educate legislators about the impact of vehicle telematics on the auto care industry. Recently...
Glen Mills, Pa.— Many custom car enthusiasts throughout the United States endeavor to have their vehicles featured in Axalta’s Custom Finishes Calendar. Collision repair professionals in Pomona, California; hot rodders in Bangor, Maine; and artists everywhere in between compete to appear in the...
Suburban Mfg.’s Tsunami Rove provides a portable air filtration package for immediate service.
Tsunami Rove provides portable packaged air filtration      Monticello, Minn. — Suburban Mfg.’s (www.gosuburban.com) Tsunami Rove provides the shop with a versatile packaged system including a water separator, oil-coalescing filter, and automatic float drain to assure proper draining of water, oil...
Owner Ray Seidel says his employees, most of whom have been with him for more than a decade, are the fabric of his business. He says Four Seasons’ intimate small-business feel has led to his success over the past 37 years.
Lakewood, Colo.—Ray Seidel, owner of Four Seasons Automotive, might never have moved to Colorado from North Dakota had it not been for a surplus of people wanting to be teachers in the 1970s, or if his wife liked the idea of living on an Indian reservation. “My original plan was to be a teacher and...
Since dropping his DRP agreements, Pat Weber, (c.), owner of AutoSport Collision Repair, has seen his sales volume recover, with greater margins and customer satisfaction. Flanking him are Estimators Terry Thomas, (l.), and B.J. Thompson.
Golden, Colo. — Just 10 miles or less down the road, vying for attention are the large signs of a half-dozen or so shops now owned by the big multi-shop operator (MSO) collision repair companies that have recently entered the Denver market. They’re not in his backyard. But even so, Pat Weber, owner...
The Speed is the premium offering in Global Finishing Systems’ REVO shortwave infrared curing product line. With sonar distance sensing and automatic temperature control, it offers repeatable, predictable results with complete through-curing of refinish materials.
Osseo, Wis. — The paint department is often the shop’s bottleneck. And faced with looming promised delivery dates, painters sometimes push the limits of their paint system, which can result in comebacks in the form of sand scratches or dieback once the materials finally cure after delivery.     ...
Cecil Bullard delivers the breakfast keynote at the ASA-CO symposium. Bullard’s talk focused on leadership and the importance of attitude.
Golden, Colo.—On Feb. 13, more than 160 repair shop owners and their employees chose to improve themselves and their businesses by attending the Automotive Service Association of Colorado’s (ASA-CO) Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, held at the Denver Marriott West hotel.      Hosted...
(Back row, l.) Frank Dabbiero, 2nd place post secondary   Collision; Luis Rodrigues, 3rd place post secondary Collision; Ben   Falconer, 1st place secondary Refinishing   (Front row, left to right) Austin Grider, 2nd place secondary   Refinishing; Grant Kennedy, 1st place post secondary Collision
GREELEY, Colo. – Aims Community College automotive students competed at the district SkillsUSA competition in February at the Aims Automotive & Technology Center’s Windsor campus. The following winners will compete in April at the state SkillsUSA competition in Colorado Springs: High School...
 
 

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