Regional Coverage

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...
Mike and Mary Ann McNicol, co-owners of Ventura Hybrid, say the shop has seen a 60 percent increase in business since opening in 2016.
Ventura, Calif.— According to data from ChargePoint, which operates more than 31,000 electric vehicle chargers in the U.S., the total number of hybrids/EVs on the road in the U.S. and Canada at the end of 2017 was to close to 735,000. And nearly 200,000 were sold in the U.S. in 2017, the best year...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California green vehicle market continues to experience increases year over year, particularly in the electric vehicle space where sales increased more than 30 percent in 2017 from 2016, making up 2.5 percent of total new vehicle sales for the year. However, according to the...
John Rost’s father, Joaquim, started German Auto Body back in 1966 in Palo, Alto.
Concord, Calif.—By working hard to attain the right skills, training and OEM information to work on some of the finest vehicles made in the world, German Auto Body has been growing since its inception in 1966. Its second-generation owner John Rost has taken his father’s shop and continued the...
Robert Grieve, Nylund’s Collision Center, in Englewood, Colo., is a guest panelist at the SCRS Repairer Roundtable.
Prosser, Wash.—The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will be hosting the annual “Repairer Roundtable” from 9-11 a.m., on Wednesday, April 11, at the Westin in Westminster, Colo. The meeting is open to all industry participants, and is free of charge. SCRS requests that attendees pre-...
MOUNTAIN Northeastern Junior College, in Sterling, Colo., recently received a 2011 Freightliner Model 114SD Heavy Duty Truck donated by Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner’s parent company, from its Portland, Ore., training facility, thanks to the NJC program’s sponsor, Floyd’s Truck Center...
Luke Walch, owner of Green Eyed Motors in Boulder, caters to customers in the market for previously owned hybrids and EVs. His independent dealership also conducts service and repairs.
Boulder, Colo.—When Luke Walch’s employer, Tesla, asked him to relocate from Boulder to Lone Tree or California he wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of either. The NorCal transplant instead decided to stay put in Colorado and follow his hunch that there was a market for a used EV and hybrid...
Original One Parts Sales Representative Ryan Collins explains to a booth visitor how each part is VIN-verified and validated for form, fit, and function.
MIDWEST More than 500 attended the Iowa Collision Repair Association’s eighth annual Midwest Auto Body Trade Show, Feb. 16-17, at the Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel in Altoona. There were 46 exhibitors at this year’s Expo. CARSTAR Don & Ron’s, of Omaha, Neb., recently hosted a First Responder...
The “Shop of the Future” panelists discussed how and why shop owners must prepare for a near future that includes specialization and fewer traditional repairs.
Overland Park, Kan.—As the pace of changing technology continues to quicken, the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, now in its 26th year, continues to draw technicians, service advisors, and shop owners for top-notch technical and management training. This year’s event, March 1-4, in Overland Park...
Wednesday Night Drags & Drift powered by UTI runs most Wednesday evenings from March 14 - Nov. 14.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Mike’s Auto Body recently added its second aluminum facility in a 13,000-square-foot building near the shop in San Ramon. “We can load level, so that if we get a large amount of Ford F-150s at one location, we can adapt quickly and seamlessly, so that it won't impact our cycle...

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