Midwest

From left are Brad Wilkins (Alan’s son), sales; Account Manager Leon Fales; Co-owner Mike Salmen and his nephew, Tim, sales; Co-owner Alan Wilkins; Matt Mynatt, sales; Account Manager Scott Kitivoravong; and Sales Manager Kevin Bradhurst.
Kansas City, Mo.— “‘Price, quality, and service: pick any two, because you’re not going to get all three,’” said Sales Manager Kevin Bradhurst, who is familiar with the old adage. “But you pretty much get all three with us. We offer a fair price, but we have excellent support and service. If...
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas, June 29, 2018 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced that ASA President and Executive Director Dan Risley will be resigning effective July 13. Risley has accepted a position with CCC Information Services Inc. in his home state of Illinois. For the past...
Gladstone, Missouri - Shop owners and industry suppliers throughout the country have responded in strong support of the recent announcement of “Member Choice” that was instituted in ASA-Midwest. Effective September 14, former ASA-Midwest members will have the opportunity to select their membership...
GERMANTOWN, Tenn., June 8, 2018 – Auto Pride member Motor Parts Central recently attracted nearly 200 car enthusiasts from Sioux City, Iowa, and the surrounding area, including several of their own customers, for its 17th annual car show.  “This event has grown exponentially each year, providing a...
Gladstone, Missouri - In the interest of better serving their members, the ASA-Midwest Board of Directors announced a significant change to the organization. On Thursday, June 14, the ASA-Midwest Board and House of Delegates voted unanimously to disaffiliate with ASA National and become an...
MIDWEST 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and the Collision Repair Education Foundation announced 33 recipients in the 2018 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients included students who have served or are currently serving in the military and their family members. They include Taylor Bozarth,...
Larry Piper, of Wamego, Kan., starts a burnout with his Top Dragster at Heartland Motorsports Park. (Photo courtesy Daryl Hurley, www.darylsphotos.com)
Whether you prefer the chest-pounding staccato of two dragsters filling the air with acrid nitro and burned rubber fumes or a pack of alcohol-fueled sprint cars throwing dirt in the air as they dive into a corner, race fans have a wide variety of events to choose from. Parts & People has...
Terri and Andrew Otto bought Otto Service from Andrew’s father, founder Alan Otto, in January 2017, and added Toyota and Lexus in July.
Kansas City, Mo.—With their expansion last July into servicing Toyota and Lexus vehicles, Andrew and Terri Otto, owners of longtime Honda/Acura specialist Otto Service, grew their customer list while also making for a slightly less harried lifestyle. There was pent-up demand for the two marques for...
Attorney Todd Tracy points to an often-overlooked safety feature he’s thus far identified in 2012-up Toyotas, the seat cushion airbag.
Kansas City, Kan.—Attorney Todd Tracy made national headlines in the trade press last fall following his victory in a $42 million lawsuit over improper collision repairs. In that lawsuit, a Honda Fit previously repaired by John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas was damaged in a subsequent collision...
Kansas Auto Body Association members at the first meeting include, from left, Jamie Leonard, Jeff Oldenettel, Ementi Coary, and Tony Adams.
Kansas City, Kan.—Kansas collision repairers have not had an organization at the state level for several years. Talk began about changing that in November and forming the Kansas Auto Body Association, said President Jeff Oldenettel, who manages two Eddy’s Body Shop locations in Wichita. The group’s...

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