Linda (l.) and Arthur Scott opened Bumper Doc Denver nearly a year ago. They are the second Colorado franchisee for the San Diego-based franchisor. With them is their daughter Lauren Scott, the shop’s marketing analyst.
Denver—When Arthur and Linda Scott were looking for a franchise opportunity, their broker suggested they consider Bumper Doc, a San Diego-based franchisor that focuses on light auto body repair, bumper repair, and appearance services.
Parts Manager George Harris at Toyota Vallejo has enjoyed a  45-year career working only for Toyota and has no immediate plans to retire.
Vallejo, Calif.—By providing OE parts for its own busy service department, on top of wholesaling to mechanical and collision repair shops throughout the East Bay Area, the parts department at Toyota Vallejo plays three distinctly different roles.
A double winner in the World Car Awards, the Mazda MX-5 is a sharply designed roadster that exceeded all of the criteria for jurors as they judged cars from around the globe.
World car award. Mazda was a big winner at the New York International Auto Show with the fourth generation MX-5 being named the 2016 World Car of the Year.
Mike Crabtree said keeping his shop at its current size gives the business more flexibility in the jobs they take, and more control over the quality of work they do.
Bend, Ore.—Mike Crabtree said he sometimes wishes his 4,000-square-foot shop was a little larger. Then he remembers when he had more employees than he currently has, he had more overhead and more demands.
 More than 150 invited guests and VIPs attended H&H Wholesale Parts 30th anniversary celebration at the Petersen Automotive Museum. (Photo by Marco Patino)
Los Angeles, Calif.—The newly remodeled Petersen Automotive Museum set the stage for H&H Wholesale Parts 30th Anniversary celebration in March.
Harry Christman, market/brand manager for Axalta Coating Systems, says Cromax Mosaic was developed for a specific type of customer, but that niche is large.
Linda (l.) and Arthur Scott opened Bumper Doc Denver nearly a year ago. They are the second Colorado franchisee for the San Diego-based franchisor. With them is their daughter Lauren Scott, the shop’s marketing analyst.
Parts Manager George Harris at Toyota Vallejo has enjoyed a  45-year career working only for Toyota and has no immediate plans to retire.
A double winner in the World Car Awards, the Mazda MX-5 is a sharply designed roadster that exceeded all of the criteria for jurors as they judged cars from around the globe.
Mike Crabtree said keeping his shop at its current size gives the business more flexibility in the jobs they take, and more control over the quality of work they do.
 More than 150 invited guests and VIPs attended H&H Wholesale Parts 30th anniversary celebration at the Petersen Automotive Museum. (Photo by Marco Patino)
Glen Mills, PA – May 4, 2016: Are you revving up for summer?  One of the hottest hot rod shows on the East Coast, the 26th Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City, will bring the heat to Ocean City, Maryland, on May 19–22.  Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings,...
Polyvance’s Bumper Mate 2 allows one technician to fixture a bumper for repairs.
Polyvance introduces 6075 Bumper Mate 2 Plastic Repair Workstation      Rainsville, Ala. — Polyvance’s (www.polyvance.com) new 6075 Bumper Mate 2 makes it easy for a repair technician to hold floppy plastic bumper covers solidly in place so repairs can be made most efficiently. One technician can...
From (l) Byron Frantz (VP Wholesale Product Management at NAPA), Dave Carroll (President, Americas at Gates), Jack Ramsey (Senior Vice President at Gates, Automotive Aftermarket), Scott Howat (Director of Sales & Marketing at Gates), Mike Gordon (General Manager at Gates), Scott LaProhon (Executive VP Merchandising/Product Strategy at NAPA)
COLORADO Gates Corp., a global diversified manufacturer of industrial, automotive, and heavy-duty aftermarket products, was presented with the NAPA Auto Parts “Excellence in Quality” award at the recent 2016 NAPA Supplier Summit in Atlanta. The award recognizes Gates for its consistent product...
Harry Christman, market/brand manager for Axalta Coating Systems, says Cromax Mosaic was developed for a specific type of customer, but that niche is large.
Glen Mills, Pa. — When Axalta Coating Systems introduced its solventborne Cromax Mosaic refinish system about two years ago, it was to meet the demand for a product that sprayed like a traditional solvent basecoat while meeting the low-VOC regulations in most of the United States and in Canada. “It...
After selling Southeast Auto Body, Ken and Delores Stafford now own and operate a mechanical repair shop, Next Auto Care Repair.
Littleton, Colo.— Just three months after selling his longtime collision repair shop, Southeast Autobody, and moving with his wife Delores to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Ken Stafford said he realized that an early retirement wasn’t for him. “I thought I was finished working, but I wasn’t,” said...
From l., ASA Mechanical Division President Stacia Hamp, ASA Exec. Director Kari Foster, State Sen. Laura Woods, ASA Sec-Treas Dana TePoel, ASA Chairman Steve Horvath, met recently at Learning Circle to discuss legislative issues with the senator.
Westminster, Colo. – Members of the Automotive Service Association-Colorado met recently with Colorado Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada) to discuss abandoned vehicles and other issues that face the auto repair industry.  The ASA-Colorado “Learning Circle” is a monthly meeting in which the ASA members...
Education and thorough documentation helps insurance adjusters understand the required parts and procedures required to properly repair highly engineered vehicles, says Randy Blackburn, manager of BMW Certified Baron Collision Center.
Merriam, Kan. — Insurers and collision repair shops often find themselves at odds over the cost and methods of repair. But it doesn’t have to be that way, said Baron Collision Center Manager Randy Blackburn. “Whether we’re the insurance company, the repair facility, or the parts people, we’re in...
Dave Mattson, parts manager, says that by working to build a foundation for processes and procedures in the parts department over the last three years, the business has been able to regain a favorable reputation.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—While it’s difficult to make up for lost ground in any business, it’s particularly hard to do so in the automotive sector, said Dave Mattson, parts manager of the Bob Penkhus dealership group. Since taking over as parts manager three years ago, Mattson has worked tirelessly...
 
 

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