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Pat’s Garage is one of the few shops in the country that can work on Karmas, a high-end plug-in range-extended vehicle with only 1,900 on the road, says Pat Cadam.
San Francisco—Pat Cadam, 70, has been running the show at Pat’s Garage for 32 years and doesn’t have any plans to retire anytime soon. He says fixing primarily Asian, hybrid and EV vehicles is still a lot of fun and when you walk into his shop, one can see why. With funky posters, original art and...
Washington D.C.—For the first quarter of the year, gas prices have been expensive. On average, motorists are paying a quarter more than at the same time last year. While pump prices have dipped in recent weeks, this is not a trend consumers should expect to linger. AAA forecasts the national gas...
Scott Schaefer says certifications from OEMs such as Tesla give confidence to consumers and insurance companies, and also attract quality-driven technicians.
Crestwood, Mo.—As Tesla aficionados await delivery of the highly anticipated Model 3, which a Morgan Stanley analyst in September predicted would triple the Tesla population by the end of 2019, the OEM has added 300 additional collision repair shops to its Tesla Approved Body Shop program. In...
Washington D.C.—For the first quarter of the year, gas prices have been expensive. On average, motorists are paying a quarter more than at the same time last year. While pump prices have dipped in recent weeks, this is not a trend consumers should expect to linger. AAA forecasts the national gas...
George Velichkov (left), who was an import parts supplier to Owner Glenn Macmillan for 14 years, is the service manager at Eastside Autoworks and Bellevue Auto Service & Electric.
Bellevue, Wash.—Long before hybrids were as popular as they are today, Eastside Autoworks was servicing the gas/electric vehicles on a regular basis, as well as providing unique engineering and repair services for electric vehicles at the shop through a separate business known as Pacific Electric...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California green vehicle market continues to experience increases year over year, particularly in the electric vehicle space where sales increased more than 30 percent in 2017 from 2016, making up 2.5 percent of total new vehicle sales for the year. However, according to the...
Mike and Mary Ann McNicol, co-owners of Ventura Hybrid, say the shop has seen a 60 percent increase in business since opening in 2016.
Ventura, Calif.— According to data from ChargePoint, which operates more than 31,000 electric vehicle chargers in the U.S., the total number of hybrids/EVs on the road in the U.S. and Canada at the end of 2017 was to close to 735,000. And nearly 200,000 were sold in the U.S. in 2017, the best year...
Robert Grieve, Nylund’s Collision Center, in Englewood, Colo., is a guest panelist at the SCRS Repairer Roundtable.
Prosser, Wash.—The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) will be hosting the annual “Repairer Roundtable” from 9-11 a.m., on Wednesday, April 11, at the Westin in Westminster, Colo. The meeting is open to all industry participants, and is free of charge. SCRS requests that attendees pre-...
John Rost’s father, Joaquim, started German Auto Body back in 1966 in Palo, Alto.
Concord, Calif.—By working hard to attain the right skills, training and OEM information to work on some of the finest vehicles made in the world, German Auto Body has been growing since its inception in 1966. Its second-generation owner John Rost has taken his father’s shop and continued the...
SONOMA, Calif.  (March 28, 2018) – A 75-year old Napa resident died after an on-track crash at Sonoma Raceway on Wednesday evening. The participant was racing his 1976 Ford Pinto in the Wednesday Night Drags program on the facility’s quarter-mile drag strip. The accident occurred at approximately 6...

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