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Klamath Falls, Ore. (March 30, 2018) — Excel Auto Body announced today that they received their Assured Performance Certification, officially recognizing them as a preferred repair shop for Kia®, Hyundai, General Motors, FCA, Nissan® and Ford®. “This is an exciting recognition by the auto body...
One of the Subaru Rally Team USA entries in the 2017 Oregon Trail Rally traverses the rally course in the Columbia Gorge area.
IDAHO The 24th annual Spring Swap Meet is April 14, at Firebird Raceway in Eagle (Boise). The event is the largest automotive swap meet in the five-state Intermountain region and features hundreds of exhibit booths and thousands of attendees. For details, visit www.firebirdonline.com. H.B. 506 was...
Ed Schaplow, of Allview Services, diagnoses a Lincoln Navigator using a probe he helped design.
Lynnwood, Wash.—While repairing vehicles was always a top priority for Ed Schaplow, the process of owning a shop, becoming a noted automotive diagnostician, and being an automotive trainer and consultant followed a fascinating course. “I worked on cars before I could drive, as well as farm...
Cris Kuhnhausen and John Kimpton became Fix Auto USA franchisees about four years ago when they shifted their business focus strictly to collision repair.
Springfield, Ore.—John Kimpton and Cris Kuhnhausen, of Fix Auto Springfield, took an uncommon route to becoming collision repair shop owners. Back in the mid-1980s, the two college friends knew they wanted to eventually own a business together, and before that decade ended, they had opened a...
George Velichkov (left), who was an import parts supplier to Owner Glenn Macmillan for 14 years, is the service manager at Eastside Autoworks and Bellevue Auto Service & Electric.
Bellevue, Wash.—Long before hybrids were as popular as they are today, Eastside Autoworks was servicing the gas/electric vehicles on a regular basis, as well as providing unique engineering and repair services for electric vehicles at the shop through a separate business known as Pacific Electric...
March 27-29 * 69th annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC), Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Wash. Visit www.vmmc.us. April 1-30 * National Car Care Month (Be Car Care Aware Campaign), coordinated by the Car Care Council. Visit www.carcare.org for details on sponsoring an...
The ATS eScope Elite will be demonstrated in the Auto Master Training booth at ATE.
SeaTac, Wash.-In addition to more than 60 management and technical classes, there will be more than 50 exhibitors at the Automotive Training Expo (ATE), held at the DoubleTree Hotel across from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, March 16-18. The trade show will be on Friday and Saturday evenings...
Crowds on the floor of the 2017 Boise Roadster Show, one of the best-attended car shows in the West.
IDAHO The 46th annual Boise Roadster Show, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, will be March 9-11, at Expo Idaho in Boise with Chip Foose, one of the nation’s leading designers and builders, as the show’s special guest. The event is a Western Division Summit Show Car Series stop, and children can...
Dave Burnett, AAM, (left) of the ASA-NW staff, introduced Jude Larson, who presented an AMI-approved seminar at the ASA-NW retreat.
Leavenworth, Wash.—ASA Northwest (ASA-NW) staged its Semi-annual Retreat & Management Conference, Jan. 25-28, at the Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth. The event drew attendees from Oregon and Washington for a full weekend of business and social activities. The retreat had an opening...
Bret Bothwell has grown his company from three employees at one shop to more than 75 employees at six.
Portland, Ore.—Bret Bothwell made a full-price offer about four years ago to the owner of a collision repair shop in Southwest Portland who was looking to sell, but then heard nothing for months. “It turned out he was doing a bunch of due diligence on who I was, but it made me nervous when a full-...

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