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MINNEAPOLIS – January 19, 2016 – House of Kolor, a Valspar Automotive brand, joins the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California this month at the Fairplex, 1101 West McKinley Avenue. Valspar Automotive’s custom brand will showcase nothing but color and candy at this year’s event in...
Jordan Holt and her daughter enjoy their new car.
PALM SPRINGS, CA (January 19, 2017) -- Golfers at the National Auto Body Council’s Golf Fundraiser in Palm Springs last week witnessed first-hand the impact of their support when a beaming young mother and her three-year-old daughter were presented with a Recycled Rides™ car fully loaded with toys...
NORTH HILLS, CA (Jan. 5, 2017) – Galpin Motors, the internationally known leader in automobile retailing and home of famous custom shop, Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), announced today that the VLF Rocket V8, formerly known as the Galpin Rocket, is officially in production and will be produced through...
Dan Rowland (right) receives the Gates/ASE Instructor of the Year award from ASE Board Member Bobby Bassett.
Body Shop Manager Matt Weir and Painter Mark Rubish, of Caliber Collision – Poway, were among winners of Garmat USA’s 2016 Sharp Shooter contest. The contest recognizes quality paint techs and shop owners that use Garmat equipment, and are dedicated to providing quality paint jobs, superior...
Rocky Carlisle, instructor for the BAR, explains new rules, procedures, and resources available for instructors and students.
Fullerton, Calif.—The California Automotive Teachers (CAT) association most recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 at its two-day fall conference at Fullerton College in Fullerton. “The conference was a great success,” said Don Schumacher, president of CAT and automotive technology...
From left: Carty’s Collision Center General Manager, Chuck McCarty, his wife and office manager, Janice, and Estimator Joe Morales, refuse to sacrifice on repair quality regardless of industry pressures.
Ontario, Calif.—Carty’s Collision Center’s business has grown 25 percent over the past few years, which is due to a combination of core values, continuous training, and a qualified team. “Our business has grown primarily by sticking to our core values,” said Chuck McCarty, general manager and son...
Las Vegas—The average amount of electrical wiring in cars will nearly double, recalls will continue to be dominated by software-related issues, and OEMs will attempt to make further inroads to corner the market on vehicle data and telematics. Those are only a few items of concern highlighted by...
Dave and Zoie Carney (seated center), owners of Hillside Auto Repair, and the crew are dedicated to delivering an exceptional experience to every customer.
Torrance, Calif.—Dave Carney, owner of Hillside Auto Repair, voted Best Independent Auto Repair Shop in the South Bay for 12 years running, and one of ATI’s top 25 independent repair shops in the U.S., said he has changed his business model through the years, embracing the latest technologies to...
Campbell, Calif.—Staying ahead of the game by pursuing ongoing training and adapting to emerging technology while being a leader at ASCCA, Dave Kusa, the owner of Autotrend Diagnostics Auto Repair in Campbell, Calif., is taking his veteran shop owner experience to guide ASCCA in 2017. As the 2017...
From left: The front office staff at Santa Monica Body Craft includes Temo Jimenez, estimator; Bob Sexton, manager; Stan Krant, owner; and Heather Villanueva, office manager. They say making customers part of the repair process is important.
Santa Monica-Calif.—The beachfront community of Santa Monica has the highest population density and average income of any city in California, which are among the reasons Stanley Krant, owner of Santa Monica Body Craft, said he purchased the business in 2011 from its previous owners who were looking...

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