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On April 18, 2019, the Bureau of Automotive Repair will host a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to regulations related to auto body repair. These include revised definitions, updated equipment requirements, and additional trade standard requirements for repairing supplemental...
Three Teams Advance to London for the Drivers’ World Championship
SONOMA, Calif. (April 7, 2019) –  Make the Future Live California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas drew more than 1,000 students to Sonoma Raceway to compete for the title of most fuel-efficient vehicle. Northern Illinois University of DeKalb, Illinois took home first place in the Internal...
CHARLOTTE (April 1, 2019) – On April 12, two Paradise, CA, residents will experience a life-changing event – the presentation of vehicles to provide them reliable transportation following the massive wildfires that destroyed the region – thanks to the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™...
Steve Torp says the restoration business is appealing than in the past, but collision repair is still his company’s bread-and-butter.
Berkeley, Calif.—Steve Torp still recalls when someone decades ago called him to say there was an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle that listed his business, Classic Auto Body in Berkeley. Surprised, Torp found the ad, which had been placed in the newspaper by Consumers Checkbook, an independent...
CARSTAR hosted a grand opening event in celebration of its largest multi-store owner joining the CARSTAR family.
Santa Clara, Calif.—CARSTAR hosted a grand opening event in celebration of its largest multi-store owner joining the CARSTAR family. “My father started Chilton Auto Body 50 years ago with our San Mateo location and brought me into this business in 1984,” said Mike Chilton, owner, CARSTAR Chilton...
Mopar recently announced its lineup of Mopar “Top Tech” and “Top Advisor” award recipients, recognizing 100 technicians and 30 service advisors out of a pool of 35,000-plus candidates across the nation. Winners included Tech Matthew Langer, of Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Vacaville; Tech John Bottarini,...
Eric Quan says his shop’s strong point is its diagnostics, proper tooling, and programming and updating vehicles.
Alameda, Calif.—As Caeser once said, “Fortune favors the bold.” Through a lucky stock tip from a savvy mobile truck salesman and other personal friends, Eric Quan bought a penny stock that went from 25 cents to $17 a share — it helped bank the launch of his current business. “I’m pretty good at...
The industry is migrating toward three general platforms: conventional, multi-energy, and skateboard style, which is designed for pure BEV applications.
Napa, Calif.—The OEM need for — and consumer acceptance of — battery-electric vehicles is coming, but the internal combustion engine is not going away anytime soon, according to IHS. “Internal combustion engines (ICE) will remain a good opportunity for repairers in the foreseeable future, despite...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California green vehicle market continues to experience increases year over year, especially zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) where sales nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018. Despite ZEVs achieving that all-time high market share, consumers still strongly prefer gasoline powered...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that AZAA Investments Inc., formerly known as AutoAnything Inc., paid $1 million to resolve violations of the California Health and Safety Code and Vehicle Code related to the sale of illegal aftermarket performance auto parts...

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