National Collision

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...
Polyvance, formerly Urethane Supply Company, an innovator in plastic repair and refinishing since 1981, completed the February 2016 24 hours of LeMons race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  “This was a fun team-building exercise for our company,” said Kurt Lammon, Polyvance’s...
Strongsville, Ohio – Registration is now open for PPG’s annual spring MVP Business Solutions Conference, which will be held April 24-26 at the JW Marriott Camelback in Scottsdale, Ariz. This MVP conference is slated to provide advanced business strategy and innovative solutions to PPG customers....
Daytona, Fla. – Denny Hamlin brought home the 2016 Daytona 500 checkered flag for Joe Gibbs Racing as his No. 11 Toyota won the closest Daytona 500 finish in history. Hamlin’s car crossed the finish line first, shimmering in its ULTRA 7000® Refinish System provided by Sherwin-Williams Automotive...
Warrensville Heights, Ohio – Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes’ second quarter 2016 collision repair industry courses will take place at training sites nationwide April 4-June 27.  Participants will learn through a combination of classroom, digital, and hands-on settings at various metropolitan...
At the recent Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Mobile Diagnostician Eric Ziegler shows a case full of hard drives for a Panasonic Toughbook that can be quickly swapped to load the diagnostic and programming software needed for various vehicle makes.
Overland Park, Kan. — With the ever-growing  complexity of today’s vehicles, many repair procedures are not as straightforward as they used to be. But the typical independent shop can’t justify the expense of having on hand all of the OEM scan tools, software updates, and other resources needed to...
Warrensville Heights, Ohio – The Martin Senour Co. has posted its second quarter training schedule, with courses running from April 19 to May 19. Training courses emphasize painter certification and maximizing shop profits and will be held at training facilities nationwide. Martin Senour automotive...
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.     ...
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...
Neale Phillips of the European research firm Thatcham predicts that accident-avoidance technology will help reduce the severity of some accidents, resulting in those vehicles being repaired rather than totaled.
Between the growth of large collision repair chains, the increased implementation of crash avoidance technology, and the seeming lack of interest among young people in car-ownership and driving, it can be discouraging for independent collision repair shop owners to think about where their business...

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