Mountain People & Places - March 2019
Advance Auto Parts announced that Rawlins Auto Parts in Rawlins, Wyo., owned by Jeff McGuire, was among the 2018 Top Performing Independent Partner Award Winners. Winners, selected from more than 1,200 independently owned Carquest stores throughout the U.S., were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including 2018 store performance and program activation. Advance Auto Parts named the winners during its recent Leadership Summit in Dallas.
A bill deemed harmful to collision repairers and consumers has stalled in the Wyoming House of Representatives. Opposed by ASA and collision shop, the “crash parts” bill – SF0095 – had been on a fast track after garnering quick approval from the Wyoming Senate.
Legislation (L.B. 38) has been introduced in the Nebraska Legislature to require the issuance of only a single license plate for all motor vehicles. If passed, the bill would protect the aesthetic contours of cars and relieve vehicle owners of the burden of having to create mounting holes on some original bumpers. L.B. 38 currently awaits consideration in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.
CADA (Colorado Auto Dealers Association) has sued the State of Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), challenging its decision to rubber stamp California’s vehicle emission regulations and impose them on Colorado’s citizens as unlawful. The new regulation will add a tax of more than $2,000 to the sticker price of average new vehicles in Colorado; that tax will be higher on the SUVs and trucks.
CARSTAR has announced its 2019 advisory council members for the U.S. The franchise partners meet throughout the year to review operations, explore growth initiatives and provide guidance on key issues or opportunities. Region 7 and Co-Chair Gary Boesel (CARSTAR Alpine and CARSTAR Jordan Road) will represent Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, California, and Nevada.
A 1936 Ford named the 3-Penny Roadster built by Pinkee’s Rod Shop in Windsor, Colo., earned the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster during closing ceremonies of the 70th annual Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The award is presented each year to the best open hot rod in the country. The 1936 Ford 3-Penny Roadster was also awarded a $10,000 prize and a 9.5-foot tall trophy.
Legislation (H.B. 231) has been introduced in New Mexico to require registration plates on the front and back of all motor vehicles. Under current law, all motor vehicles in the state are only issued a single plate. The bill is currently awaiting consideration in the House Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is hosting a two-day career fair on March 29-30, in collaboration with the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA). Held during the Denver Auto Show at the Colorado Convention Center, auto dealers and collision professionals will have a chance to present career opportunities to student training for a transportation career and other attendees. The career fair is held during the Denver Auto Show, Friday, March 29, from 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center located at 700 14th St. in Denver.
Diversified Body and Paint Shop Inc. in Denver is building new headquarters with a target completion date of December. The building will be 50,000 square feet on 10 acres in Commerce City off of 96th Avenue and Willow Court. A ground-breaking ceremony was held in January. This year also marks the company’s 30th anniversary.
SEMA is again partnering with Santa Fe Early College Opportunities High School – Santa Fe, N.M., along with four additional high schools in 2019 for a total of five vehicle builds. In 2018, SEMA partnered with the school for a pilot vehicle build program, which was aimed at high school auto shops, and offered students real-world auto tech skills while promoting the interest and knowledge of young people in accessorization and customization. The students will customize Jeep Wranglers between the ’96–’06 model years with aftermarket products. All five customized vehicles will be auctioned at the end of the school year to fund the continued expansion of the program.
Legislation (SB19-054) has been introduced in the Colorado Senate to create a process for the titling and registration of “Demilitarized Motor Vehicles.” A similar bill was also introduced in Nebraska. Currently, “Demilitarized Motor Vehicles” are not allowed to be registered or titled for on-road use in the state. The bill defines a “Demilitarized Motor Vehicle” as a vehicle purchased for nonmilitary use that was commonly used by the U.S. Armed Forces to transport persons or property over the highway. SB19-054 currently awaits consideration in the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee.