River Valley

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...
Jon and Trista Parmentier are owners of two new CARSTAR locations.
RIVER VALLEY Bill Breuer, of Breuer’s Service Inc., in St. Louis, and Jeff Bates, of Bates Automotive & Restoration Inc., in Crystal City, Mo., were both semi-finalists in ACDelco’s 2017 Top Shops. As participants in ACDelco’s Professional Service Center (PSC) program, they excelled in...
Ranken’s John Helterbrand (left) worked with Chief’s Mike Croker to place some of Chief’s latest equipment in the department, which has been a “win/win” for both parties.
St. Louis — As vehicles rapidly become more complex and require manufacturer-specific repairs, proficiency in operating the latest in equipment will be fundamental for tomorrow’s collision repair technician, said John Helterbrand, department chair of the Automotive Collision Repair program at...
Owners Mike and Linda Silva are looking forward to holding their annual spring Basic Car Maintenance Class, April 19.
St. Louis—What began as an automotive class for women in 1998, has evolved immensely over the last 20 years at Advanced Auto Service. This month will mark the 61st anniversary of the shop’s opening and, on April 19, the shop will celebrate the 20th year of its bi-annual Basic Car Maintenance Class...
Washington D.C.—The Missouri House Transportation Committee held a hearing in February to address House Bill (HB) 1444. HB 1444 would repeal Missouri’s vehicle safety inspection program. During the hearing, proponents of HB 1444 cited consumer expense and overall inconvenience as justification for...
ST. LOUIS (January 31, 2018) Ranken Technical College is launching a new educational partnership with Subaru of America that will provide its students with specialized training, certifications and additional career opportunities within the expanding network of Subaru dealerships. Beginning in the...
Brad Zara (third from left) and Brady Smith (fourth from left) of Zara’s Collision Center present the Doenation check to members of BBBS.
RIVER VALLEY Telle Tire & Auto Service Inc. has acquired Shamel Auto & Tire in Bridgeton, Mo. It will give Telle Tire seven locations in the greater St. Louis region and is its fourth acquisition in two years. The company is continuing its plans to acquire two-to-four locations each year...
Dan Shymanski poses with, from left, incoming Chairperson Shelly Jones, I-CAR National Business Development Manager Terry Ticel, and I-CAR Performance Training Coordinator Elisabeth Sobczak.
     Maryland Heights, Mo.—After more than a quarter century of I-CAR leadership, with more than 20 of those as chairman of the St. Louis I-CAR Committee, Dan Shymanski has retired from that position at the same time he retired as property claim trainer at State Farm in January. Shymanski was...
Owner’s Scott and Beth Buenger say they will soon perform digital inspections.
Granite City, Ill.—“We’re the best-kept secret in Granite City,” said Beth Buenger, referring to the fact that despite being in business for 85 years and that 40 percent of their business is automotive care, many people still think O’Brien Tire & Service Center is and always has been just a...
Chris Doria takes on restoration or resto-mod projects, such as this ’51 Ford F1 pickup.
St. Louis—With its roots in the specialty of restoring ’50s and ’60s Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs, Frisco Hill Auto had tooled up for insurance-based collision repair before devoting all of the shop’s time, energy, and production space to restorations and “resto-mods.” It was tough to make the two...

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