Regional Coverage

CTI’s Chris Chesney spoke to a crowd of more than 100 students and parents about career opportunities in the aftermarket.
Lincoln, Neb.— Southeast Community College along with MWACA-Lincoln Chapter and the CARQUEST Technical Institute (CTI) hosted a career expo that focused on high school students who might be pursuing careers in the automotive field. The students in attendance were from three Lincoln-area high...
Eveland Bros. President Bill (right) and Vice President Mark Eveland were early adopters of OEM certification programs, dating back to 2004.
Shawnee Mission, Kan.—Three years ago, General Motors CEO Mary Barra predicted that because of advanced complexity, the automotive industry would change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50. For Bill Eveland, president of Eveland Bros. Collision Repair Center, that...
Scott Brown (right) says a person that holds a VSC is now called a vehicle security professional.
El Cajon, Calif.—A report from the ASCCA Connected Cars Committee, comprised of ASCCA member shops and National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board members, was part of the association’s first-ever Connected Cars training session at its recent Team Weekend. “Traditional service...
ASE-certified Master Technician John Bradley enters data on the tablet version of the Repair Shop Solutions digital inspection system now in use at Tom’s Automotive Repair in Seattle.
While digital inspections have been widely used by the collision repair industry for some time, the mechanical segment has adopted the process more recently. From perspectives obtained from repair shops in the region, it appears that the systems being used are efficient and well liked by customers...
Joe Barton from Bosch/Robinair provides an overview of the past, present and future of R-1234yf at a recent AASP-MO meeting.
Fenton, Mo.— There are more than 61 million vehicles in the world with R-1234yf and about nine million in the U.S, and the global warming impact of R-1234yf is far less than R-134a, so the use of R-1234yf will continue to increase drastically over the next five years. That was the message delivered...
From left: Erick Estrada, co-owner, Veronica Someza, parts locator, and Erick’s father and co-owner, Federico “Fast Freddie” Estrada, focus on body and paint services and outsources other repairs.
Ontario, Calif.—Not every body shop has the same business model. Most want to do everything in-house, but some want to focus on what they do best and develop a network of professionals for the rest of the work. “When my dad, Federico Estrada, who they call ‘Fast Freddie’ because he paints so fast,...
Lakewood, Wash.—ASA Northwest has announced that its Independent Technicians Automotive Committee (ITAC) apprenticeship program was approved Oct. 18 by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC), a division of Labor & Industries (L&I). “We were thrilled to have our...
From left: Erick Estrada, co-owner, Veronica Someza, parts locator, and Erick’s father and co-owner, Federico “Fast Freddie” Estrada, focus on body and paint services and outsources other repairs.
Ontario, Calif.—Not every body shop has the same business model. Most want to do everything in-house, but some want to focus on what they do best and develop a network of professionals for the rest of the work. “When my dad, Federico Estrada, who they call ‘Fast Freddie’ because he paints so fast,...
From left: Ron Fornaca of Frank Subaru, Darryl Holter of Felix Chevrolet, and Todd Blue of indiGO Auto Group, are winners of the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year award.
Three Southern California new-car dealerships have been chosen among dealerships across the U.S. to receive the TIME Dealer of the Year award for exceptional performance and their tireless efforts to improve their communities and the world around them. Members of the Automotive Trade Association...
Dave Higgs (left) and Greg Feigel are seeing an increasing number of Open Shop assignments through CCC Information Services.
Boise, Idaho—Dave Higgs said that working with a handful of other shop owners about six years ago to revitalize the Idaho Autobody Craftsman Association, which had been dormant for nearly a decade, has had a positive impact on his business, Franklin Auto Body. “It’s important to get shops together...

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