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Look forward to CAWA Leadership registration materials later this month. Presentations will include:• "Automotive Aftermarket eCommerce Secrets - A Comprehensive Approach to Making Your Competitors Irrelevant" - Tony Minock, CEO of Cellacore, Inc.• "Understanding the Warehouseman's Role in the...
Sacramento, Calif.—On April 18, 2019, the Bureau of Automotive Repair will host a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to regulations related to auto body repair. These include revised definitions, updated equipment requirements, and additional trade standard requirements for repairing...
The Pro Spot jackets went on and the welding helmets were lowered for a day of first-hand welding experience for the Collision Market Department of American Honda Motor Co.
Carlsbad, CA (April 8, 2019) – Pro Spot hosted the Collision Market Department of American Honda Motor Co. this past week for some hands-on welding training in their state of the art Training Center in California. Continually improving their program, American Honda Motor Co. had the Collision...
On April 18, 2019, the Bureau of Automotive Repair will host a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to regulations related to auto body repair. These include revised definitions, updated equipment requirements, and additional trade standard requirements for repairing supplemental...
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...
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...
From left: Rudy Romero oversees a front-office staff that includes estimator Mario Ramirez, customer service representative Veronica Guevara and estimator Lisa Collier, who help lead to $400,000 in monthly sales.
Hemet, Calif.—About seven months after becoming director at Gosch Toyota Collision Center, Rudy Romero points to a transition to the Axalta Coating Systems’ Spies Hecker paint line at the company’s three body shops as among the biggest changes he’s made. “That was a major undertaking, not only for...
During the training dealer session,THS CEO Martin Kruszelnicki says the company’s focus is on building shops’ business and teaching technicians how to diagnose and repair HEV/PHEV/EV vehicles.
Torrance, Calif.—According to the 2018 SEMA Future Trends Report, there more than 5 million hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) on the road in the U.S. Roughly 4 percent of all new vehicles produced. By the end of 2020, that number is expected to reach 8.3 percent of new...
The industry is migrating toward three general platforms: conventional, multi-energy, and skateboard style, which is designed for pure BEV applications.
Napa, Calif.—The OEM need for — and consumer acceptance of — battery-electric vehicles is coming, but the internal combustion engine is not going away anytime soon, according to IHS. “Internal combustion engines (ICE) will remain a good opportunity for repairers in the foreseeable future, despite...
From left: Brian’s Automotive and Pacific Auto Glass owners Laurie and Brian Noppert, and Service manager Rob Neil use their combined skill sets to grow the bottom line of both businesses.
Ontario, Calif.—Brian and Laurie Noppert are off to a fast start this year. Since increasing their shop’s diagnostics capabilities and hiring experienced service manager, Rob Neil, the repair shop is already on target to have a “great 2019” with higher AROs.  “Our car count is on the uptick and our...

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