Regional Coverage

AIST will be implementing curriculums, classroom designs and project-based learning from school models across the country and unifying them under one roof.
Colorado Springs, Colo.—Progress is being made on a school in Colorado Springs to address one of the aftermarket’s biggest pain points — developing new techs who are well trained and prepared when they enter a shop. The Automotive Institute of Science and Technology (AIST) will be ready for its...
International Rally Driver Ken Block and the Hoonigan Team recently revealed their newly built Ford Escort Cosworth that began competing in the ARA 100 Acre Wood Rally in March and is expected to be front runner in the Olympus Rally.
IDAHO      Michael Gonzalez, of Larry Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Boise, is one of 30 service advisors nationwide to receive the Mopar “TopAdvisor” award from FCA. Award winners received a trip to FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., and a Mopar Shinola watch. Mopar parts has honored...
Todd Black instructed Hybrid Battery Repair & Rejuvenation classes throughout the Northwest region.
While combustion engines powered by gasoline and diesel products remain the top sellers in the U.S., hybrid and electric vehicles continue to see growth each year. Most industry analysts predict hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electric vehicles (EVs) will continue sales growth dramatically...
First-place winner in the 2018 “Hit a Buck, Win Some Dough” contest is Jerry Kelly, here with Eric Montroy, painter; Charlie Cunningham, prep; Morgan Cavalier, body technician; Jadon Creamer, quality inspection; and Shawna Martin, vice president.
Sparta Collision Repair Facility has announce the winners of “Hit a Buck, Win Some Dough” contest. Overkill Custom Inc. runs the contest from Oct. 1 through Jan. 31 every year. “We try to make a bad experience a little fun for the customers. The top three insurance claims due to a deer hit receive...
Overland Park, Kan.—Diagnostic specialist and WTI (WORLDPAC Training Institute) instructor Gary Smith began a recent training session with a few words of advice about hybrid vehicles to a room crowded with 50 technicians and shop owners. “Ladies and gentlemen, this technology is not another fad...
From left are: Ben Wysocki, Federated Insurance; Billy Eordekian, 1-800EveryRim – OEM Wheels; Chris Barry, ITDG sales manager; Brian Rigney, Dill air controls president; Allan Keefe, SEMA WTC manager; and Matt Burroughs, Yokohama.
Attendance grew at the CTDA annual meeting as it boosted membership and networking opportunities. The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) held its CTDA-Federated New Year Luncheon recently at Geezers Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs, with tire industry leaders from 48 companies and...
Dennis Carroll, owner of Don’s Body Shop in Overland, Mo., is celebrating his 40th year as owner.
Overland, Mo.—“Hey man, do you want to help me paint my car after work one day?” That question was the catalyst for a chain of events which would lead to a 45-year journey in the collision industry for Dennis Carroll, owner of Don’s Body Shop. Carroll is now celebrating his 40th year as a shop...
From left: A panel discussion, lead by Steve Scaheber, MACS technical editor, talks about replacing factory A/C condensers with more efficient parallel-flow designs.
Anaheim, Calif.—Over 700 attendees took advantage of more than 20 training classes and networking events at the recent 2019 Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Training Event and Trade Show, Feb. 21-23, at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim. It’s theme was “A/Ccess” to mobile A/C technical...
Greg Bunch outlines what it takes to become a multi-shop owner.
Denver—The wave of acquisitions and consolidations continues to spread across the aftermarket, particularly in the collision repair segment, and now it is cresting on the mechanical service sector. “The auto repair industry is collapsing,” said Greg Bunch, owner of five-location Aspen Auto Clinic,...
Pre- and post-repair scans are an SOP at Best Body Shop. Owner Clay Hoberecht added the Mitchell Diagnostics system a little more than a year ago. (Photo By Chris Williams)
Wichita, Kan.—For Clay Hoberecht, owner of Best Body Shop, scanning has become just as important to restoring a vehicle’s crashworthiness as following OEM procedures. “We are no longer just repairing bumpers and fenders,” he said. “The electronics that go into your vehicle help protect your life.”...

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