Investing in a quality tool that matches diverse vehicle service applications can enhance productivity, make work easier and improve cost savings in the long run.
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Scott Benavidez (center) owns and operates Mr. B’s Paint & Body Shop with his parents, Raymond and Rosie, and brother, Robert (left). He still finds time to work on behalf of the industry, serving as Collision Division director for ASA.
Albuquerque, N.M.—Scott Benavidez, AAM, knows all too well the relationship between insurers, collision repair shops, and motorists is delicate. Benavidez, owner and manager of third-generation Mr.
Rick Wood, of Cooks Collision, says he’d like to see more automakers restrict the sale of some parts sales to only certified shops.
Chicago—Rick Wood says there can be some downsides to earning automaker collision shop certifications.
From left: ColorVision’s Connor, Kathy, and Gary Allen have added four locations in six months and increased the PPG Platinum Distributor’s footprint.
Springfield, Mo.—In only six months, PPG Platinum Distributor ColorVision has nearly doubled its store count.
Tin Ha (right), owner of SoCal Collision Center, and John Phan, operations manager, are constantly learning new ways to improve turnaround time and the quality of work.
Pomona, Calif.—Tin Ha originally opened shop as SoCal Collision Parts & Repair in December 2010, as a parts business selling aftermarket collision replacement parts.
Gregg Cordes (left) and Lance Getz, who is also general manager, have partnered to open Quincy Auto Supply, a PPG Platinum Distributor and Auto Plus parts store, after Cordes purchased Abbott Supply’s automotive division.
Quincy, Ill.—After a long working relationship, Gregg Cordes and Lance Getz have partnered to open Quincy Auto Supply, the only independent parts and paint store in that town, after buying Abbott Supply’s automotive division.
Owner JR Montelongo at Mathews-Carlsen Body Works was hired as a detailer at the shop in 1978 and has co-owned the shop since 2003.
Palo Alto, Calif.—By building mutually beneficial relationships with its insurance partners and local luxury car dealerships while pursuing training and select vehicle certifications, Mathews-Carlsen Body Works is thriving in the middle of Silicon
Investing in a quality tool that matches diverse vehicle service applications can enhance productivity, make work easier and improve cost savings in the long run.
Scott Benavidez (center) owns and operates Mr. B’s Paint & Body Shop with his parents, Raymond and Rosie, and brother, Robert (left). He still finds time to work on behalf of the industry, serving as Collision Division director for ASA.
Rick Wood, of Cooks Collision, says he’d like to see more automakers restrict the sale of some parts sales to only certified shops.
From left: ColorVision’s Connor, Kathy, and Gary Allen have added four locations in six months and increased the PPG Platinum Distributor’s footprint.
Tin Ha (right), owner of SoCal Collision Center, and John Phan, operations manager, are constantly learning new ways to improve turnaround time and the quality of work.
Gregg Cordes (left) and Lance Getz, who is also general manager, have partnered to open Quincy Auto Supply, a PPG Platinum Distributor and Auto Plus parts store, after Cordes purchased Abbott Supply’s automotive division.
Owner JR Montelongo at Mathews-Carlsen Body Works was hired as a detailer at the shop in 1978 and has co-owned the shop since 2003.
The raceway sustained a few grass fires and damage, and it escaped without harm to structures and facilities.
Sonoma, Calif.—Sonoma Raceway opened its doors and 50 acres of campground to Northern California fire evacuees in October as flames licked the outer edges of the facility. “At its peak, we probably had 75 RVs and tent campers in our parking lot and a few folks who went through our temporary...
Investing in a quality tool that matches diverse vehicle service applications can enhance productivity, make work easier and improve cost savings in the long run.
Click here for video presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk2hM3FxCxQ     Davidson, NC -- Impact tools are used every day within the vehicle service and repair industry. Choosing the right impact tool for the job is a simple process of matching the application with the proper torque level...
Owner Chad Dearth shows off a transparent “Vossen Red” Vossen Wheel at KC Trends Motorsports. Vossen offers 24 transparent finishes and 24 solid finishes.
Overland Park, Kan.—Faced with competition from online retailers, KC Trends Motorsports prospers in offering unique products and services, Owner Chad Dearth said. “As the economy changes and as the internet continues to flourish, the showroom, in my opinion, is always going to be important in our...
Alan and Helen Yu say their consultants have been “worth every penny” as they taught him how to offer genuine value to their customers in order to build loyalty.
San Jose, Calif.—GIC Car Clinic offers a three-year/36,000 warranty on all of its work, even though its Owner Alan Yu says it might cost him a little down the road. With many other warranties on the market at one year/12,000 miles or less, he knows that he has to do repairs that will last. After...
Owner Ben Schaefer’s average RO is $600 and business has increased, on average, $100,000 per year over the last three years. He’s set to break that mark this year.
Belleville, Ill.—As shock and strut manufacturers introduce fall promotions to get the word out on the importance of ride control, Ben Schaefer, owner of Schaefer Automotive, says customers should be prepared for the upcoming winter months by properly maintaining those systems. “We like to make...
Kay Parks Autobody Owner Nathan Mack (left) with Operations Manager Bruce Fraser, a 27-year veteran of the shop, are both proponents of supporting local automotive training programs.
Tacoma, Wash.—There is little doubt that Nathan Mack is not aware of the legacy and reputation of the collision shop he and his wife, Melissa, purchased three years ago in June. “We’re hoping we’ve done justice to former owners Kay Parks and Dan and Sue Meyer,” he says. The legacy began in 1946...
From left: ColorVision’s Connor, Kathy, and Gary Allen have added four locations in six months and increased the PPG Platinum Distributor’s footprint.
Springfield, Mo.—In only six months, PPG Platinum Distributor ColorVision has nearly doubled its store count. Now renamed ColorVision, the four new locations bring the total to nine stores in five states, strengthening the company’s competitive position as a regional refinish distributor. Although...
Scott Benavidez (center) owns and operates Mr. B’s Paint & Body Shop with his parents, Raymond and Rosie, and brother, Robert (left). He still finds time to work on behalf of the industry, serving as Collision Division director for ASA.
Albuquerque, N.M.—Scott Benavidez, AAM, knows all too well the relationship between insurers, collision repair shops, and motorists is delicate. Benavidez, owner and manager of third-generation Mr. B’s Paint & Body Shop in Albuquerque, serves as an advocate for his customers and the industry as...
 
 

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