Regional Coverage

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...
Portland, Ore.—The week of July 27 was filled with a myriad of electric vehicle venues appropriate for Portland. Known for being one of the world’s most “green” cities, the environmentally conscious Rose City has been a leader in promoting alternative-fueled vehicles, as well as supplying an...
Centric Parts in Industry, supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components for import and domestic cars and trucks, has hired Peter Chen as a supplier quality engineer. He will be part of the company’s Corporate Quality group responsible for overall supplier quality, interacting with...
Olathe, Kan.—For the owner of a newly lifted Jeep, the honeymoon phase can be very short, said Jay Blazier, owner of Stomper Off-Road. “Everybody who lifts their Jeep, for 30 days, they’re going to have a big ol’ grin on their face, because they’re going to walk outside and they’re going to look at...
Littleton, Colo.—Whether he’s installing a lift kit and wheel-and-tire package on a brand new Ford F-150 or a bull bar for a late model SUV, it’s Jerry Jones’ goal to never turn a customer away because a job’s too small. Jones, owner of Colorado Off Road, a Total Truck Center, said his business...
Boise, Idaho—Bob Miller said expanding his shop, Treasure Valley Collision Center, onto an adjacent vacant lot has helped his business in two ways. The recently completed addition not only boosted the shop’s production capacity, but also improved its visibility to the estimated 38,000 cars that...
Gunnison, Colo.—If you happen to be strolling the aisles of a national trade show, you’re likely to see Steve Landry, owner of Precision Automotive in Gunnison, Colo., checking out the latest in diagnostic test equipment. Having established Precision Automotive in 1984 at the very dawn of the...

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