Honda’s Scott Kaboos says collision repair shops need to understand what processes trigger the need for resets or calibration of vehicle safety systems.
Las Vegas—Through its annual “OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit,” the Society of Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) aims to give collision repairers increased access to automakers and repair information.
Maximum Performance Owners Glen Smith and Byron Parkinson flank Service Adviser Greg Bronson, who say everyone at the shop is involved in some level of motorsports, from drag racing to Jeeping to stock car racing.
Puyallup, Wash.—Founded by friends Glen Smith and Byron Parkinson in January 1994, Maximum Performance Inc. has grown and diversified in its 24 years, the pair said, adding that they were both “car tinkerers” in high school.
From left: The front office staff at family-owned Bussard’s All-Pro Automotive Center includes Harout Papirian, Ani Papirian, Vatche Papirian, Mary Garabedian, Garry Papirian, and Jose Ramirez (seated).
Los Angeles—Garbis “Garry” Papirian, owner of Bussard’s All-Pro Automotive Center, has grown his business by following a simple philosophy with his customers and the people he works with.
South African transplant Rian Conradie (right) opened Premier Collision Center with a customer-first business model that has served the shop well for 18 years. With him is Manager and Painter Shannon Cardinal.
Denver—In a sea of construction along Brighton Boulevard Corridor north of downtown Denver sits an unassuming body shop, Premier Collision, an AAA-approved shop and an AAA Insurance DRP.
“Thanks to local leaders and industry professionals, we rebuilt the mid-Missouri area to infuse a positive energy back into the region,” says Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator.
Columbia, Mo.—The new Mid-Missouri I-CAR Committee has hit the ground running with its recent first meeting to identify the needs of the state’s collision repairers and schools.
Kraig Weninger says he’s proud of the quality work and service his family-run business offers its customers.
Portland, Ore.—Kraig Weninger said two of the tools getting increased use at his business, Si’s Auto Body, is the company’s AllData subscription and a Snap-on scanner.
The lightweight, versatile Ingersoll Rand IQV20 W5132 Impactool™ is designed to lessen a technician’s fatigue and has a 360-degree shadowless LED task light.
 Davidson, N.C.—While pneumatic tools have been a mainstay in the vehicle service and repair industry for decades, new technologies and innovation have made cordless battery-powered tools an increasingly popular choice.
Honda’s Scott Kaboos says collision repair shops need to understand what processes trigger the need for resets or calibration of vehicle safety systems.
Maximum Performance Owners Glen Smith and Byron Parkinson flank Service Adviser Greg Bronson, who say everyone at the shop is involved in some level of motorsports, from drag racing to Jeeping to stock car racing.
From left: The front office staff at family-owned Bussard’s All-Pro Automotive Center includes Harout Papirian, Ani Papirian, Vatche Papirian, Mary Garabedian, Garry Papirian, and Jose Ramirez (seated).
South African transplant Rian Conradie (right) opened Premier Collision Center with a customer-first business model that has served the shop well for 18 years. With him is Manager and Painter Shannon Cardinal.
“Thanks to local leaders and industry professionals, we rebuilt the mid-Missouri area to infuse a positive energy back into the region,” says Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator.
Kraig Weninger says he’s proud of the quality work and service his family-run business offers its customers.
The lightweight, versatile Ingersoll Rand IQV20 W5132 Impactool™ is designed to lessen a technician’s fatigue and has a 360-degree shadowless LED task light.
Industry veteran Philip Eickmann (right) purchased Parker Automotive last summer.  Eickmann and his manager, Adam Civilla, have laid the groundwork for aggressive growth over the next four years.
Parker, Colo.—When Philip Eickmann went to work for Gary Hansen at Parker Automotive, he secretly intended to purchase the shop someday. Two years later, Eickmann popped the question to Hansen and his wife, Karen, over dinner, and within 12 months, he found himself at the helm. “It took some...
Done With Care Auto Repair Service Writer Bell Riddell and Owner David Roman strive to make automotive service as convenient as possible for their customers.
Merriam, Kan.—David Roman positions his shop, Done With Care Auto Repair, as “Your Honest Alternative to the Dealer,” because he said he selects the highest quality parts, provides training to his technicians, and can diagnose and repair the latest makes and models. Roman, who was first trained as...
Maximum Performance Owners Glen Smith and Byron Parkinson flank Service Adviser Greg Bronson, who say everyone at the shop is involved in some level of motorsports, from drag racing to Jeeping to stock car racing.
Puyallup, Wash.—Founded by friends Glen Smith and Byron Parkinson in January 1994, Maximum Performance Inc. has grown and diversified in its 24 years, the pair said, adding that they were both “car tinkerers” in high school. Both partners attended Clover Park Technical College — Smith in Aviation...
B.J. and Kim Berger took over ownership from Kim’s father, Bob Distler, in January of 2017.
Shiloh, Ill.—Located in the “backyard” of Scott Air Force Base is the small town of Shiloh, Ill., wherein lies Distler’s Automotive Repair. “We have quickly realized that servicemen and women love European cars. Being so close to the base has really helped drive our success,” said B.J. Berger, who...
The lightweight, versatile Ingersoll Rand IQV20 W5132 Impactool™ is designed to lessen a technician’s fatigue and has a 360-degree shadowless LED task light.
 Davidson, N.C.—While pneumatic tools have been a mainstay in the vehicle service and repair industry for decades, new technologies and innovation have made cordless battery-powered tools an increasingly popular choice. These tools deliver comparative performance and durability with additional...
Honda’s Scott Kaboos says collision repair shops need to understand what processes trigger the need for resets or calibration of vehicle safety systems.
Las Vegas—Through its annual “OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit,” the Society of Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) aims to give collision repairers increased access to automakers and repair information. Among the highlights of the 2017 summit, held in November during SEMA week in...
Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager, talks about shops participating in college automotive department advisory committees, intern and apprenticeships, and mentoring.
Orange, Calif.—It takes a village to build an aftermarket career. Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager and Western states liaison between independent repair shop owners and community colleges, recently held a roundtable and working lunch at Karco Specialties, in Orange, that brought...
Precision Auto Body President Audrey Coletta has made recent investments in LED lighting, solar panels and an aluminum room.
Reseda, Calif.— Audrey Coletta had just recently assumed ownership of her father’s shop 13 years ago when a man walked in for an estimate. She gave him a shop tour, explained the repair process, and let him know they were highly experienced and trained. “About halfway through the tour, the guy...
 
 

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