UV-cured primer surfacer is ready to sand in a matter of seconds after using the UV Fastlane 2K.
Delray Beach, Fla.—If a shop could deliver up to two more cars per day using its existing footprint, it might consider changing its priming processes to the latest in ultraviolet primers and curing lamps.
Jeremiah Curtis, owner of Bodacious Diesel, and “Santa” Bill, chat as Santa takes the wheel of his new truck for the first time.
Golden, Colo.—Bill Lee, or perhaps better known as “Santa” Bill, a beloved local Santa impressionist and owner of Laughing Valley Ranch in Idaho Springs, Colo., where he keeps reindeer and other livestock, received a Christmas gift of his own this
Justin Calhoun bought Custom Automotive Care in 2014 after working for the previous owner as a technician for eight years.
Lincoln, Neb.— When his available diesel testing equipment just didn’t cut it, Justin Calhoun took matters into his own hands.
From left: Service Writer Ally Clark, Technicians Trevor Parque and Gary Melton and Owner Don Tupper at Tri-Valley Auto Repair use autotext.me and Kukui to boost repairs throughout their shop.
Dublin, Calif. — Don Tupper, the owner of Tri-Valley Auto Repair, isn’t located in Silicon Valley, but many of his customers work there and that’s why he said he is constantly looking for new technology to do a better job.
Dave Higgs (left) and Greg Feigel are seeing an increasing number of Open Shop assignments through CCC Information Services.
Boise, Idaho—Dave Higgs said that working with a handful of other shop owners about six years ago to revitalize the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association, which had been dormant for nearly a decade, has had a positive impact on his business, Frankl
From left are Service Advisors Jeff Bornefeld and Larry Schlichting, Owner Ron Tinner, and Technicians Doug Orf and Doug Ziegler. Sparks Tire and Auto embraces new technology and equipment as a NAPA AutoCare Center and AAA approved repair facility.
St. Charles, Mo.—Since taking over ownership of the shop he had worked at as a tech for 15 years, Ron Tinner has always been an early adopter of new technology and products.
Technician Pedro Martinez (left) and Pedro DaSilva, lead technician, confer on a repair order with a smartphone, part of AutoTextMe’s paperless software.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.—Nelson Vargues, owner of Boulevard Auto Repair, said his father, Casimiro Vargues, and Mario Pontes, both Portuguese immigrants, opened Boulevard Mercedes-Benz in Encino in 1975, and five years later moved to its present 10,00
UV-cured primer surfacer is ready to sand in a matter of seconds after using the UV Fastlane 2K.
Jeremiah Curtis, owner of Bodacious Diesel, and “Santa” Bill, chat as Santa takes the wheel of his new truck for the first time.
Justin Calhoun bought Custom Automotive Care in 2014 after working for the previous owner as a technician for eight years.
From left: Service Writer Ally Clark, Technicians Trevor Parque and Gary Melton and Owner Don Tupper at Tri-Valley Auto Repair use autotext.me and Kukui to boost repairs throughout their shop.
Dave Higgs (left) and Greg Feigel are seeing an increasing number of Open Shop assignments through CCC Information Services.
From left are Service Advisors Jeff Bornefeld and Larry Schlichting, Owner Ron Tinner, and Technicians Doug Orf and Doug Ziegler. Sparks Tire and Auto embraces new technology and equipment as a NAPA AutoCare Center and AAA approved repair facility.
Technician Pedro Martinez (left) and Pedro DaSilva, lead technician, confer on a repair order with a smartphone, part of AutoTextMe’s paperless software.
From left are Service Advisors Jeff Bornefeld and Larry Schlichting, Owner Ron Tinner, and Technicians Doug Orf and Doug Ziegler. Sparks Tire and Auto embraces new technology and equipment as a NAPA AutoCare Center and AAA approved repair facility.
St. Charles, Mo.—Since taking over ownership of the shop he had worked at as a tech for 15 years, Ron Tinner has always been an early adopter of new technology and products. “If it makes life easier for my techs and our customers, then why not embrace it,” said Tinner, who has owned Sparks Tire...
From left: Service Writer Ally Clark, Technicians Trevor Parque and Gary Melton and Owner Don Tupper at Tri-Valley Auto Repair use autotext.me and Kukui to boost repairs throughout their shop.
Dublin, Calif. — Don Tupper, the owner of Tri-Valley Auto Repair, isn’t located in Silicon Valley, but many of his customers work there and that’s why he said he is constantly looking for new technology to do a better job. “I’m not afraid to try something and if doesn’t fit, I’m also not reluctant...
Justin Calhoun bought Custom Automotive Care in 2014 after working for the previous owner as a technician for eight years.
Lincoln, Neb.— When his available diesel testing equipment just didn’t cut it, Justin Calhoun took matters into his own hands. “We have been getting more and more diesels in for repair here recently and we had a leak somewhere in the system on a 6.0 Ford,” explained Calhoun, owner of Custom...
UV-cured primer surfacer is ready to sand in a matter of seconds after using the UV Fastlane 2K.
Delray Beach, Fla.—If a shop could deliver up to two more cars per day using its existing footprint, it might consider changing its priming processes to the latest in ultraviolet primers and curing lamps. It’s a combination that increases shop throughput and with lower energy and labor costs. First...
Jeremiah Curtis, owner of Bodacious Diesel, and “Santa” Bill, chat as Santa takes the wheel of his new truck for the first time.
Golden, Colo.—Bill Lee, or perhaps better known as “Santa” Bill, a beloved local Santa impressionist and owner of Laughing Valley Ranch in Idaho Springs, Colo., where he keeps reindeer and other livestock, received a Christmas gift of his own this year. Jeremiah Curtis, owner of Bodacious Diesel,...
Dave Higgs (left) and Greg Feigel are seeing an increasing number of Open Shop assignments through CCC Information Services.
Boise, Idaho—Dave Higgs said that working with a handful of other shop owners about six years ago to revitalize the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association, which had been dormant for nearly a decade, has had a positive impact on his business, Franklin Auto Body. “It’s important to get shops together...
Technician Pedro Martinez (left) and Pedro DaSilva, lead technician, confer on a repair order with a smartphone, part of AutoTextMe’s paperless software.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.—Nelson Vargues, owner of Boulevard Auto Repair, said his father, Casimiro Vargues, and Mario Pontes, both Portuguese immigrants, opened Boulevard Mercedes-Benz in Encino in 1975, and five years later moved to its present 10,000-square-foot location in Sherman Oaks. A lot has...
From left: Erick Estrada, co-owner, Veronica Someza, parts locator, and Erick’s father and co-owner, Federico “Fast Freddie” Estrada, focus on body and paint services and outsources other repairs.
Ontario, Calif.—Not every body shop has the same business model. Most want to do everything in-house, but some want to focus on what they do best and develop a network of professionals for the rest of the work. “When my dad, Federico Estrada, who they call ‘Fast Freddie’ because he paints so fast,...
 
 

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