Blue Streak’s 2534 iflash VCI product was recently approved by Honda as one of the few providers of J2534 devices for Web diagnostic use. It is fully compliant with all Honda J2534-1 diagnostic protocols.
Ontario, Canada—The automotive industry experienced a 300-percent increase in software-related recalls in the past three years, representing 15 percent of OEM recalls in 2015, and with right to repair legislation leaning on the side of shop owners
Co-owner and vice president, Mike Passof, of B&J Body Shop, works hard to grow the business in the Sacramento area, with its main location in Rancho Cordova and a smaller feeder facility in Folsom.
Rancho Cordova, Calif.—Mike Passof, the owner of B&J Body Shop Inc., knew that whatever career he was going to pursue, it wasn’t going to include wearing a suit to work every day.
Wesco’s Roger Howe reviews pending acquisition data in his office at Wesco Group’s corporate headquarters in Lynnwood, Wash.
Lynnwood, Wash.—Now headquartered in a 64,000-square-foot building that has had new front fascias and redesigned offices that occupy 14,000 square feet, the Wesco Group is moving forward with its expansion efforts, said Roger Howe, one of three pa
John Baker has opened a second business, JBS Training Center, a facility that is outfitted with a paint booth and mixing room, which is available for lease to all types of collision repair businesses.
Englewood, Colo.—John Baker knows first hand how bad paint booth airflow can negatively impact a job and diminish a shop’s efficiency.
Kent Dickson (left) and Brian Scott recently expanded from a 6,000-square-foot building to a 10,500-square-foot facility two blocks away, improving operations and customer service.
Newton, Kan.—As the automotive industry consolidates and corporate America moves in, independent paint distributer Brian Scott doesn’t blink. He’s been there before.
North Richland Hills, Texas—As the vehicle parc demographic changes and evolves to include more electric and hybrid vehicles, so will shop business models, as they will perform less traditional services such as oil and transmission fluid changes a
Wayne Krause, of Mitchell International, says it’s not uncommon for OEM repair procedures to change over time.
Altoona, Iowa—Wayne Krause doesn’t fix collision-damaged vehicles for a living, but he’s well aware of the importance of checking OEM repair procedures every time on every vehicle.
Blue Streak’s 2534 iflash VCI product was recently approved by Honda as one of the few providers of J2534 devices for Web diagnostic use. It is fully compliant with all Honda J2534-1 diagnostic protocols.
Co-owner and vice president, Mike Passof, of B&J Body Shop, works hard to grow the business in the Sacramento area, with its main location in Rancho Cordova and a smaller feeder facility in Folsom.
Wesco’s Roger Howe reviews pending acquisition data in his office at Wesco Group’s corporate headquarters in Lynnwood, Wash.
John Baker has opened a second business, JBS Training Center, a facility that is outfitted with a paint booth and mixing room, which is available for lease to all types of collision repair businesses.
Kent Dickson (left) and Brian Scott recently expanded from a 6,000-square-foot building to a 10,500-square-foot facility two blocks away, improving operations and customer service.
Wayne Krause, of Mitchell International, says it’s not uncommon for OEM repair procedures to change over time.
Santa Monica, Calif.—With four days of training, show floor exhibits, multiple co-located events and new business opportunities, the slate of offerings at NACE Automechanika Chicago will bring current information to automotive professionals from all segments of the industry. Technical and...
Blue Streak’s 2534 iflash VCI product was recently approved by Honda as one of the few providers of J2534 devices for Web diagnostic use. It is fully compliant with all Honda J2534-1 diagnostic protocols.
Ontario, Canada—The automotive industry experienced a 300-percent increase in software-related recalls in the past three years, representing 15 percent of OEM recalls in 2015, and with right to repair legislation leaning on the side of shop owners, software now represents a rapidly expanding...
John Baker has opened a second business, JBS Training Center, a facility that is outfitted with a paint booth and mixing room, which is available for lease to all types of collision repair businesses.
Englewood, Colo.—John Baker knows first hand how bad paint booth airflow can negatively impact a job and diminish a shop’s efficiency. That’s because he has been diagnosing and solving airflow problems with paint booths in Michigan and Colorado for more than 26 years. During that time, he...
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse had its best-ever overall sales in February, and its best retail sales since 2011.
Sales slump? While light vehicle sales in the U.S. were generally sluggish in January, February picked up for GM and Nissan, both up for the month, and Mercedes-Benz had its best-ever February sales, up almost 7 percent. Ford, Toyota, and FCA US all had positive truck and SUV sales, but a decline...
Rob Brago, owner of Diagnostic Equipment, has built a reputation as a mobile diagnostician, performing programing services for repair shops along the Front Range.
Lakewood, Colo.—When shops call Rob Brago, owner of Colorado Diagnostic Equipment, it’s usually to be the “clean up man” and complete the final step in a diagnostic procedure. Over the last few years, he has built a reputation as a go-to diagnostician for programming newly installed modules and...
Co-owner and vice president, Mike Passof, of B&J Body Shop, works hard to grow the business in the Sacramento area, with its main location in Rancho Cordova and a smaller feeder facility in Folsom.
Rancho Cordova, Calif.—Mike Passof, the owner of B&J Body Shop Inc., knew that whatever career he was going to pursue, it wasn’t going to include wearing a suit to work every day. So, when he initially began researching the collision repair industry back in the early 1990s, he liked what he saw...
Wayne Krause, of Mitchell International, says it’s not uncommon for OEM repair procedures to change over time.
Altoona, Iowa—Wayne Krause doesn’t fix collision-damaged vehicles for a living, but he’s well aware of the importance of checking OEM repair procedures every time on every vehicle. As manager of editorial content at Mitchell International, Krause said Mitchell labor times are based on OEM...
Owner/GM Julio Castillo is always looking for better tools, equipment and repair techniques to fix approximately 70 cars monthly.
San Francisco—A skilled musician who once had a popular Bay Area salsa band, Julio Castillo plays all the right chords as the owner of Emerald City Auto Body in San Francisco. A 45-year veteran of the collision repair industry, Castillo opened his doors in 1972 with his partner, Bruce Davis, and no...
 
 

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