Dealership-sponsored Frank’s Auto Body specializes in certified Nissan and VW repairs

St. Louis—Now in its third generation as a family-owned business, Frank’s Auto Body a few years ago became certified in Nissan and Volkswagen collision repairs, which make up the bulk of its work, said Owner H. Joseph Rohatsch, who runs it together with his son, Joseph M. Rohatsch.

Luxury Car focuses on dealership-level Mercedes-Benz service

Hazelwood, Mo.—Offering Mercedes-Benz owners affordable dealership-quality service and parts while explaining their vehicle’s often complex needs in terms the customer will understand is the specialty of Luxury Car Service, husband-and-wife Co-owners Ed and Regena Richardson said.

Valve jobs aside, high-performance engines are Morley’s specialty

Fenton, Mo.—For a stock-block 700-HP engine running at 9,000 RPM in a 20-minute dirt-track race, machining and assembly techniques adequate for stock rebuilds may spell disaster when the driver’s wringing out the last bit of power as he comes off turn four with the checkered flag in sight.

Audi Denver announces grand opening of new dealership facility

Littleton, Colo.—Audi Denver, a McDonald Family Dealership, announced the official grand opening of its new 67,000-square-foot facility in Littleton, which is the largest Audi dealership in the nation, said Scott Sievers, parts manager and president of the VW Audi national parts council.

“We were busting at the seams in our previous store,” he said, adding that Audi Denver does the most sales-by-volume of any Audi dealership in North America’s Western region, which includes Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

June 2014 Mountain People & Places


The Larry H. Miller Dealerships of Denver, which includes Larry H. Miller Volkswagen, Kia, and Nissan, hosted their annual LHM Day of Service at the Food Bank of the Rockies on Friday, April 25, to honor the founder Larry H. Miller, who passed away in 2009.

Northwest Events Calendar

  • June 1 * 42nd annual Early Ford V-8 Car Show, Bellevue College, Bellevue, Wash. Visit
  • June 1 * All-Mopar Spring Roundup, sponsored by MOPARS Unlimited/Seattle, Mariner High School, Everett, Wash. Visit
  • June 13-14 * Car d’Lane Classic Car Weekend, downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit

Successful channel partners focus on value-added services and technicians

Denver—So what’s in the box? Or, more appropriately, what else is in the box? Professional installers want to know.

Not only do shop owners, managers and technicians rely on quality parts, they also require product information, benefits, training and marketing, which are value-added services suppliers and distributors can deploy to make them successful channel partners.

Denver is the ‘most competitive and consolidated MSO market in the U.S.’

Denver—National MSOs have developed an appetite for the Denver collision repair market, as evidenced by recent acquisitions in the past year: Caliber bought Hank’s (three locations: Denver, Wheat Ridge, Littleton) and Global (nine Denver-based locations); and Service King entered the ring, acquiring two locations.

Mile Hi Automotive adds Subaru to longstanding Saab specialization

Denver—What do Saab and Subaru vehicle owners have in common?  A lot, says Jerry Danner, who owns and operates Mile Hi Automotive.  Aside from a penchant for driving turbo-charged wagons and for enjoying the outdoors, these folks also own 2.9 dogs, he said with a smile during a recent visit with Parts & People.

June 2014 Mountain motorsports roundup

Automotive race tracks throughout Colorado and the mountain region provide opportunities for all motorsports enthusiasts to compete on asphalt and dirt, spring to fall. Events such as Bandimere’s 35th annual Mopar Mile High Nationals, and new events such as Colorado Offroad Extreme’s (C.O.R.E.) 7 desert race series on 800 acres of track in Deertrail are hot items in this year’s motorsports roundup.