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Washington D.C.—The Missouri House Transportation Committee held a hearing in February to address House Bill (HB) 1444. HB 1444 would repeal Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection program. During the hearing, proponents of HB 1444 cited consumer expense and overall inconvenience as justification for...
MIDWEST Two license plate bills have been introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The first bill would increase the mileage limitation from 6,000 to 9,000 miles per year for special-interest vehicles and permit the vehicles to have personalized plates. A second bill would allow...
High-tech service equipment allows Bienie’s to work on the latest vehicles, including recalibrating those with ADAS, while keeping work in-house, says Owner Aaron Bien.
Ottawa, Kan.—Staying on top of the latest technology is a tradition for Aaron Bien, owner of Bienie’s Body Shop & Repair, whose family began in the collision and mechanical repair business more than 60 years ago. So even though he just paid off the tire service and alignment equipment he bought...
Honest Wrenches Owners Travis Troy (right) and Josh Mullins (second from right) and their technicians, from left, Brian Rush, Larry Kenworthy, and Mike Guthrie, use extensive inspections for thorough service and maintenance.
Des Moines, Iowa —With few customers daring to venture out, a recent sub-zero cold snap brought a lull in business for Honest Wrenches, the shop owned by Travis Troy and Josh Mullins. That was the bad news. But the good news was the shop, which uses the tagline, “We keep the wheels rolling,” passed...
The construction for the 34,300-square-foot Audi Shawnee Mission dealership will begin in April for an April 2019 opening.
MIDWEST CARSTAR Don & Ron’s Collision Center was named the January Small Business of the Month by the Greater Omaha Chamber in recognition of their excellent customer service and community involvement. It has been caring for Omaha auto body repair needs for morew than 50 years. The shop has...
Owners Sherri Stock and Jared McPike position inMotion Auto Care as a dealership alternative, offering comprehensive digital inspections and a five-year, 50,000-mile warranty. From left are Jared McPike, Henry Bull, Bryan Tepe, Ben Cordova, Alex Fayman, Jason Delgado, Chris Stock, Pat Heng, and Sherri Stock.
Lincoln, Neb.—Whether it’s a service advisor or a technician, hiring the right people is probably the hardest part of her job, said Sherri Stock, co-owner of inMOTION Auto Care, noting that, “People can make or break your business.” So after a thorough hiring process that includes a phone interview...
Chris and Mallory Jones, who own and operate Precision Collision Center’s two locations in Pleasant Valley and Gladstone, Mo., push for customers to look for certifications, just as they would in choosing a doctor.
Pleasant Valley, Mo.—It’s an ad designed to elicit an emotional response: clutching a teddy bear, a smiling young girl is cradled in her mother’s arm as they leave a doctor’s office. “Would you take your child to a noncertified doctor?” the headline asks rhetorically. “Then why would you take your...
NORFOLK, Nebraska, January 8, 2018. Technology company Continental has announced a $9.3 million expansion of the rubber mixing operations at its industrial hose plant in Norfolk, Nebraska, to accommodate its North American manufacturing facilities by providing rubber for industrial hoses and...
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...
“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. “Today’s vehicles are more complex than ever,” said Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator. “To repair...

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