Regional Coverage

Tire’s Warehouse has opened a 122,000-square-foot distribution center in Fresno.
Tire’s Warehouse Inc. (TWI) opened a new 122,000-square-foot distribution center in Fresno in early July, bridging the gap between TWI’s Southern and Northern California branches. It is the company’s eighth warehouse and brings its total distribution center square footage to more than 700,000. “The...
Kenneth L. Selinger has joined APC.
NATIONAL Kenneth L. Selinger has joined APC Automotive Technologies (APC) as vice president of Product Management for Centric Parts. The announcement was made by Greg Woo, president of Centric Parts, who noted that Selinger will be responsible for all market research, competitive analysis and...
Christina and Phil Harmon say remaining independent delivers superior repairs.
Tacoma, Wash.—Ask Phil and Christina Harmon about recent equipment purchases they’ve made at Precision Auto Body, and one brand comes up time after time: Car-O-Liner. The shop has two Car-O-Liner welders, including a spot welder and its most recent addition, the CTR 12,000 resistance spot welder. “...
Office Manager Sam Long uses the Mitchell Diagnostics MD350 scan tool to run a pre-scan, saving the shop cycle time.
Waukee, Iowa—The adage, “Time is money,” is never more true than in the collision repair world. Olson’s Body & Paint strives to provide “timely services that keep you on the road,” so its addition about a year ago of the Mitchell Diagnostics MD350 scan tool has improved cycle time by keeping...
From left: Chad DeVries, vice president, Trisha Krapes, chief financial officer, Richard DeVries, president, and Mike DeVries, technician, have adapted to the market and outmaneuvered big box e-commerce with manufacturers and local partnerships.
Wheat Ridge, Colo.—Chad DeVries, vice president of Four To Go, does not buy from Amazon.com - not at home and certainly not at work. He has seen the effects of big box e-commerce and its toll on brick-and-mortar off-road specialty shops, some of which have caved as a result of the tightening profit...
Head Estimator Matt McDermott, owner Jeff Gil, Front Office Manager Denise Gil and Assistant Manager Troy Gil celebrate the shop’s 30th anniversary at Gil’s Body Works.
Pleasanton, Calif.—Looking back fondly on 30 years in the collision repair industry, owner Jeff Gil is proud of what he and his family have achieved at Gil’s Body Works. As a former metal technician and painter, this second-generation operator has witnessed many changes since 1988, when he began...
The 4x4 market is huge and growing, and unless we have another bubble in the economy, I see this market continuing to grow,” says Andy Sokso, of Andy’s Automotive & Off Road.
Olympia, Wash.—Andy Sokso is candid that the off-road segment of his business is a niche market many shops may not want to approach. “I started this about 10 years before my dad retired and it has paid off. The 4x4 market is huge and growing, and unless we have another bubble in the economy, I see...
From left: The front office staff, Patrick Howard, owner, Barbara Hunt, office manager, and Rob Soto, sales manager, give every car a full 39-point inspection.
Brea, Calif.—Before Patrick Howard took over the reins of Star Auto Service in February,the full-service shop, which opened in 1987, had always been price-focused instead of value-focused.   That quickly changed. “I immediately changed the business model from being car count-oriented to focusing on...
Richard Rawlings (center) and Kukui are working together to help shops succeed in Garage Rehab.
San Jose, Calif.—Kukui Corporation joined Richard Rawlings and crew for the second season of the hit Discovery Channel program Garage Rehab. Kukui supports the shop featured in each episode with a new website designed to help them revitalize their marketing efforts and achieve ultimate success. In...
Marketing Manager Chris Ripper shows a popular combo: a 37x13.50x22 Fury Country Hunter, mounted on an RBP wheel, in the showroom of Chux Trux’s 18,000-square-foot headquarters.
Independence, Mo.—Customizers, fabricators, racers, and aftermarket companies come together each year to the world’s center stage of the SEMA Show, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, in Las Vegas, to showcase their talents and latest products for classic hot rods and the latest models from the showroom floor. And...

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