Regional Coverage

LITTLETON, COLO. – July 2, 2015 – The true secret to financial success in an automotive repair shop is having the right information at the right time. But, what shop owners really want is to spend time in the shop and with customers, or with family and friends, and not sitting behind a screen...
Glen Mills, PA – June 23, 2015: It's time to rev up to celebrate Independence Day weekend! How about checking out one of the hottest hot rod shows in the Midwest? It’s the Goodguys 24th Heartland Nationals at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa on July 3-5. Axalta Coating Systems, a...
CARDONE Industries was on hand at the recent 2015 NAPA Expo in Las Vegas, where NAPA was celebrating its 90 anniversary with presentations, networking events and seminars. CARDONE was one of 150 exhibitors on the trade show floor. Show attendees visited with vendors and enjoyed a variety of food...
Chicago—Two key battles — one in Congress and one in the courtroom — could have a dramatic impact on the future availability of non-OEM crash parts. Not surprisingly, both the legal battle between Ford Motor Co. and the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA), and proposed federal legislation...
Bill Maggs, president and CEO of National Pronto Association and co-CEO of the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group), was recently honored with the Art Fisher Memorial Award. Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts and co-CEO of The Group, presented the award to Maggs during the Federated...
Las Vegas—There was no mistaking the venue for the 2015 NAPA Expo, as sequined showgirls swirled across a stage under a cascade of lights at the beginning of the Store Owners Meeting, which opened the weeklong display of celebration, networking and education in Las Vegas, May 5-8. “It’s a special...
Eugene, Ore.—Sharree Strausbaugh, who invested $5,000 in employee training last year, said she can’t understand why more shops aren’t maintaining the I-CAR Gold Class designation. “We’re all about education here,” Strausbaugh said, adding that some I-CAR courses are even being held at her shop, A...
COLORADO Denise Wells from Part of the Club reported that Ozzie’s Body Shop & Towing of Loveland won a drawing whose prize was a catered lunch on June 10, for the shop’s crew. To be eligible for the drawing, a shop must complete an entry card attached to each wholesale parts purchase, Wells...
While most owners of a Lincoln Navigator are not likely to do a great deal of off-roading, we found this full-size SUV to perform admirably while traversing a variety of rugged roads near Mt. Rainier recently. With a 119.0-inch wheelbase (the L model is 131.0) and 207.4 length, the Navigator 4x4...
Edwardsville, Ill.—With the second wave of consolidation rolling across the country buying up independent shops, it may be tempting to think that MSOs, which thrive largely on their DRP relationships, could soon be the only game in town. But even industry merger and acquisitions experts recognize...

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