Regional Coverage

HMC Sales Rep Joe Ramos (left) and Mevotech Prize Pack winner Adan Castaneda of Castenada Brake Masters.
Mevotech has announced the winners of the drone prize pack at the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance (AAPA) Jackpot Convention in Las Vegas, including Adan Castenada, owner of Castaneda Brake Masters, in Lake Elsinore, serviced by Hanson Distributing, in Pomona. Alliance customers who visited the...
Owner Santiago Lozano and Finance Manager Melissa Ibanez say the shop turns out an average monthly car count of 135 in its 25,000-square-foot facility. Annual revenues average $5 million.
Santa Clara, Calif.—Upstairs and nested above Akins Collision Center’s offices is a library of non-industry business training books for staff to finger through. Below, the customer lobby’s walls are weighted with numerous certifications from I-CAR, AMi, and OEMs. None of which should come as a...
Gipe Auto Color announced it will open the doors to its ninth location, serving the collision repair industry in the greater Lexington, Ky., area.
Gipe Auto Color announced it will open the doors to its ninth location, serving the collision repair industry in the greater Lexington, Ky., area. The new location at 1051 Floyd Drive Suite 100 in Lexington will be open to customer walk-ins, over-the-phone ordering, fax orders and online ordering....
Wreck Expert Owner David Cowan reminds shop owners and managers that the consumer is with whom they have a liability and responsibility.
Olathe, Kan.—Do you work for your customer, or do you work for the insurance company? It’s a question that David Cowan, owner of WreckExpert.com, often asks shops. He provides post-collision services to consumers in Kansas and Missouri. “Not all body shops realize who the real customer is. The...
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has best-in-class payload at 1,600 pounds.  (Photo by Jerold B. Smith )
People & Places          compiled by Jerold B. Smith   IDAHO      The 47th annual Boise Roadster Show will be March 8-10, at Expo Idaho in Boise. The event is a 2019 Western Division Summit Car Show Series stop that also features an International Show Car Association (ISCA)-sanctioned...
Brothers Nathan (left) and Joel Baxter say their experienced staff leads their shop to $1.3 million in annual business with an average RO of $742.
Bremerton, Wash.—Brothers Nathan and Joel Baxter have been providing service and repair to Olympic Peninsula customers for 36 years at B&B Auto Repair. And with precise tracking, they said their underhood service represents 75 percent of overall business in today’s market. “Diagnostic work is...
Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes will return to Sonoma for the first time in over a decade.
Legislation has been introduced to repeal 2018 California Exhaust Noise Law. California Assembly members Jim Frazier and Tim Grayson introduced SEMA-supported legislation (A.B. 390) to repeal a 2018 law (A.B. 1824) that amended how California law enforcement officials issue citations for exhaust...
Perry and Roxie Hause, with their pet Harlee, owners of Weddle Auto Body, are proud of the shop’s 25-year partnership with AAA, its only DRP.
Whittier, Calif.—For more than 50 years, Weddle Auto Body has been one of the most recommended shops for quality collision repair and restoration in Whittier and surrounding cities, said Perry Hause, who purchased the shop from founder Brittin Weddle in 1998. “My wife Roxie and I have owned the...
Axle & Wheel Aligning Co. in Old Town Wichita, Kan., caught fire recently.
Axle & Wheel Aligning Co. in Old Town Wichita, Kan., caught fire recently. Firefighters said no one was inside the building at the time and no one was injured. To gain access to the building, crews had to saw open a garage door. Firefighters say the bulk of the damage to the building is from...
Manager Christopher Hudson oversees a staff of 48 focused on OEM repair procedures.
Denver—Even before Rickenbaugh Automotive Group distributed an open letter in October committing to OEM parts and repair procedures, it had begun transitioning away from DRPs in favor of OEM certification programs, procedures, and parts. “From the beginning of 2018 to the end of the year, we...

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