Regional Coverage

Bill Haas, AAM, keynote speaker and trainer at ATE.
SeaTac, Wash.—The Automotive Training Expo (ATE) returned to Seattle for its 2019 event, March 22-24. Classes were once again sold out and the trade show was a success. Several new technical classes were added this year, which included both intermediate and advanced alignment courses, hybrid/EV...
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™...
LINCOLN, Neb – Residents and business owners in Boone, Buffalo, Custer, Knox, Richardson and Thurston Counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may now apply for disaster assistance for losses resulting from the severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding in March. Additional counties may be...
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...
During the training dealer session,THS CEO Martin Kruszelnicki says the company’s focus is on building shops’ business and teaching technicians how to diagnose and repair HEV/PHEV/EV vehicles.
Torrance, Calif.—According to the 2018 SEMA Future Trends Report, there more than 5 million hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) on the road in the U.S. Roughly 4 percent of all new vehicles produced. By the end of 2020, that number is expected to reach 8.3 percent of new...
Denver and Colorado Springs were ranked among the worst U.S. cities for vehicle repair by RepairPal, which states, “As one of the economically hottest places in the country, the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area has a lot of people commuting to work. They’re also paying a lot for their car repair...
Kansas City, Mo.—Tyler Hubbard is in the fourth year of a seven-year succession plan to become the owner of a business, in an industry that had no place in his life 11 years ago.  “I had no aspirations whatsoever to work in the automotive industry. It was 2008, I was between jobs, and was presented...
Brad Harder from Emporia, Kan., was recently awarded the 2019 World Class Technician award.
Brad Harder from Emporia, Kan., was recently awarded the 2019 World Class Technician award. The Auto Care Association, in partnership with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), provide the annual designation to recognize professional technicians who have achieved ASE...
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...
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,...

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