Rick Yancey (left) and Rob Johnson, the owners of WAWD, have added breadth and depth to their linecard and business operations through their Alliance membership.
Denver—In a competitive market, Rick Yancey and Rob Johnson, the owners of Western Automotive Warehouse Distributors (WAWD), say they’re able to better compete in Colorado, in part, thanks to the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, known simply as th
Nathan H. Shipley discusses 2016 data and NPD’s projections for 2017.
Las Vegas—Last year brought a decline in retail prices in the industry and saw a roughly 3-percent increase in miles driven for 12 months straight.
Jeff Lovell
Most automotive aftermarket industry professionals have said 2016 was another solid rebuilding year, and if SEMA and AAPEX attendance figures (in the range of 160,000) are an indicator, that appears to be accurate.
Las Vegas—The average amount of electrical wiring in cars will nearly double, recalls will continue to be dominated by software-related issues, and OEMs will attempt to make further inroads to corner the market on vehicle data and telematics.
“We’re coming to a point where we’ll be working on cars that don’t need a driver and we need to be ready for what that means for the aftermarket,” Mitchell 1’s Ben Johnson says.
Las Vegas—Change and advancement continue their tireless drive into the auto industry, making inroads into how people use their cars and how they are serviced and repaired, each bringing with them new challenges, concerns and, for those who embrac
Mike and Marcia Bach, owners of Mike Bach Auto Body, are preparing for their son, Jeremy, to take the reins of the business in the future.
Belleville, Ill.—Among the antique memorabilia and imposing gas pump, the I-CAR Gold Class plaque on the wall is one of the first things to catch the eye at Mike Bach Auto Body.
Chris Tobie, of American Honda, says post-repair scanning is necessary after even minor collision damage if the shop “disconnected any wires” as part of repairs.
Las Vegas—Get collision repairers in a room with representatives of the automakers these days and one topic is likely to dominate the conversation: pre- and post-repair scanning of collision damaged vehicles.
Rick Yancey (left) and Rob Johnson, the owners of WAWD, have added breadth and depth to their linecard and business operations through their Alliance membership.
Nathan H. Shipley discusses 2016 data and NPD’s projections for 2017.
Jeff Lovell
“We’re coming to a point where we’ll be working on cars that don’t need a driver and we need to be ready for what that means for the aftermarket,” Mitchell 1’s Ben Johnson says.
Mike and Marcia Bach, owners of Mike Bach Auto Body, are preparing for their son, Jeremy, to take the reins of the business in the future.
Chris Tobie, of American Honda, says post-repair scanning is necessary after even minor collision damage if the shop “disconnected any wires” as part of repairs.
Owner/GM Javier Vejar at Fix Auto Palo Alto is a third-generation collision repair professional and currently a board member for the California Autobody Association.
Palo Alto, Calif.—With autonomous cars driving by the shop almost every day and companies such as Tesla and Google nearby, Fix Auto Palo Alto (formerly Cavallino Collision Center) is right smack in the middle of the future of the automotive industry. Owner/GM Javier Vejar, 37, has been in the...
Rick Yancey (left) and Rob Johnson, the owners of WAWD, have added breadth and depth to their linecard and business operations through their Alliance membership.
Denver—In a competitive market, Rick Yancey and Rob Johnson, the owners of Western Automotive Warehouse Distributors (WAWD), say they’re able to better compete in Colorado, in part, thanks to the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, known simply as the Alliance. “We’re locally owned, just like our...
Chris Tobie, of American Honda, says post-repair scanning is necessary after even minor collision damage if the shop “disconnected any wires” as part of repairs.
Las Vegas—Get collision repairers in a room with representatives of the automakers these days and one topic is likely to dominate the conversation: pre- and post-repair scanning of collision damaged vehicles. That certainly held true at the “OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit,” hosted in Las...
Campbell, Calif.—Staying ahead of the game by pursuing ongoing training and adapting to emerging technology while being a leader at ASCCA, Dave Kusa, the owner of Autotrend Diagnostics Auto Repair in Campbell, Calif., is taking his veteran shop owner experience to guide ASCCA in 2017. As the 2017...
Steve McEnany, vice president of marketing and technology for Midwest Wheel Companies, says the company reaches 95 percent of its customer base with overnight deliveries.
Des Moines, Iowa—As vehicles have grown more complicated and diverse in both the light-duty and heavy-duty markets, customers look for easier ways to do business, said Steve McEnany, vice president of marketing and technology for Midwest Wheel Companies, founded in 1911 to service the market for...
From left: ASE-Certified Service Consultant Greg Poland, ASE Certified Master Technician Karsten Reece, General Manager Scott Elmore, Shop Helper Guillermo Guitteriez, ASE-Certified Master Technician and Service Consultant Dallas Benter, and ASE-Certified Master Technician Trace Copple have been part of the Stan’s Team for more than 15 years.
Lafayette, Colo.—After more than 40 years in the industry, Stan’s Automotive pulled back on most of its industry involvement but will keep two staples: a heavy investment in people and ASA membership. General Manager Scott Elmore said ASA-Colorado’s annual training event, The Summit, fits perfectly...
The 2017 Subaru Outback, popular amongst skiers, hikers, off-roaders, and other outdoor enthusiasts, continues to be a top seller for the automaker.
Sales review. As 2016 closed out, U.S. light-duty vehicle sales were on track for more than 17 million units sold. In general, YTD sales indicated that pickup trucks and SUVs/crossovers were up, while most car sales in all four categories (small, midsize, large, and luxury) were down. Minivan sales...
At the recent SEMA Show, Tim Fischer (left), sales and marketing manager for Keco Professional Paintless Dent Repair, and PDR expert Jonathan Vandenfontyne show the company’s K-Bridge Track Puller, which is pulling up on an adapter attached to its centipede tab using Cactus Green adhesive.
Oklahoma City — Among paintless dent repair (PDR) technicians, glue-type PDR is a proven method, especially in areas inaccessible to rod-type tools. But with recent advances in equipment, pull-tab design, and adhesives, collision repairers employing those methods as part of their “conventional”...
 
 

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