by John Yoswick

Shops, I-CAR and OEMs discuss availability and use of automaker repair procedures

Palm Springs, Calif.—A recent industry meeting was organized to discuss how to get more OEM structural repair procedures into collision repairers’ hands more easily. But the discussion during at least a portion of that meeting turned to a very different question: Are collision repairers even using the OEM structural repair procedures that do exist?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Cornelius, Ore.—Like a growing number of body shop owners, Neal Knight went to SEMA last fall to look at more than just collision repair tools, equipment, and products. “I’ve decided our next venture here will be to open up an off-road shop,” said Knight, the owner of Cherry...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Cathedral City, Calif.—Mark Stewart said that anyone shifting from operating a mechanical repair operation to owning a collision repair shop, as he has done, will notice a key difference from the start. “When a customer comes and picks up a car after mechanical work, they don’t...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Portland — Bill Hall is pleased with the two journeyman technicians who work with him at Bill Hall Body & Frame. But he’d like to add just the right additional employee or two. “I’d like to find someone who wants to apprentice here,” Hall said, inside his 6,500-...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Palm Springs, Calif.—For body shop owners, the odds of having a workplace safety inspection are higher than usual right now. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stepped up inspections of body shops nationwide as part of a three-year emphasis (until mid-2016) on...
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 01:11
Chehalis, Wash.—Add Twin City Collision to the growing list of shops that have made a successful transition to waterborne paint. Shop owner John Hankins Jr. said the transition about six months ago to BASF’s Glasurit waterborne line went smoothly and required little more than the...
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 01:11
Talk to former shop owners who have sold their business and they are likely to tell you that preparing to sell is something you should start years or even decades before you ever plan to make that move. “If you’re in business, you need to be in business to sell your business,”...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 01:11
Irvine, Calif.—As a business owner using personal computers since 1983, Randy Stabler said he has always looked for ways to improve his business through electronics and automation.  So it’s no surprise that Stabler has implemented an electronic parts procurement system at his six...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 01:11
Las Vegas—Is there a need for creation of a new independent third party to develop and implement formalized collision repair standards? And would such standards affect the cost of repairs? Those were among the questions a panel of shops and automakers tackled in November in Las Vegas during...
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:48
A collision shop owner might decide to add one or more additional shops for a variety of reasons, ranging from purely personal to professionally strategic, said John Walcher, of the consulting firm Veritas. It could be to diversify risk if the owner’s retirement portfolio depends heavily on...
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 01:11
This year’s Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW), sponsored by the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and held in Las Vegas in October, was different from the past right from the start. For the first time, there were separate opening sessions for the collision and mechanical segments...
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