Regional Coverage

Ferguson, Mo.—As more plastics are being used in car manufacturing, there’s more hidden damage with something as seemingly simple as a bumper repair or replacement, which can affect customer car rental lengths and billable items, said Jason Lonero, who runs 30-year-old Lonero’s Auto Body in...
NATIONAL Wells Manufacturing has officially adopted the Wells Vehicle Electronics name as its corporate identify. The change was made following the acquisition of the Wells business by global ignition products manufacturer NGK Spark Plug. Wells is a global manufacturer and supplier of advanced...
Dellwood, Mo.—Complete Auto Body & Truck Repair’s Dellwood, Mo., location, next door to Ferguson, recently reopened its doors in July with a remodeled store and brand-new Total Fleet Service expansion after being vandalized by last year’s riots. The original Total Fleet Service business opened...
Corona, Calif.—If there’s one thing that Jonny Lightning Owner Jon Kinne would say about his shop, it’s that it is anything but ordinary. On any given day he’ll be working on everything from a classic Camaro, Mustang, or Dodge Super Bee, to a slammed sport truck, a rock-crawler Jeep with an LS1...
ILLINOIS Exhibitor registration for The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois Convention & Trade Show is now open. The event will be Sept. 18-19, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, in Rosemont, and there will be a drawing for a Mexico trip for two for all that register. Attendee registration...
Rancho Dominguez, Calif.—The nationwide “Garage Gurus” technical training network for automotive repair professionals has expanded to Los Angeles County with a July grand opening of a state-of-the-art training center in Rancho Dominguez. Established by global vehicle components manufacturer Federal...
Vallejo, Calif.—Jim Boyle, who co-owns Regal Collision Repair with his wife, Shellie, said working in a collision shop requires effectively balancing chaos with production, and to be successful, it takes training, teamwork and community involvement. “Proper staging and communication are vital to...
Orange, Calif.—Long-term relationships with dealerships drive business to Tom Miller’s Dynamic Auto Images, which preps new cars for delivery and reconditions used cars for sale at more than 70 dealers throughout California, as well as Dynamic Collision Centers, with five collision repair shops in...
St. Louis—It’s been the busiest summer in years for Jake Grebe, manager of J&W Automotive, in St. Louis. Its average RO has been increasing throughout the year to $265, he said, as have RO counts, which are circling around 300, up from the low 200s end of last year. “The automotive business is...
San Bernardino, Calif.—Among the many independent repair shops located on busy Base Line Street in downtown San Bernardino, Eddie’s Auto Care stands out, said Co-owner Edmundo “Eddie” Galindo. “I have the honor of saying we are one of the best shops in the area,” he said. “And I believe it’s...

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