River Valley

Proudly serving in their 81st-Year of Customer Service… McKay NAPA Auto Parts, with its 21 Central and Mid-West Illinois locations raised another huge benefit amount of funds in 2018, for Make-A-Wish Illinois to take care of local ill children.  McKay, the Family Owned and Operated Corporation...
San Jose, CA - Oct.  11, 2018: Kukui Corporation, the maker of the All-in-One Success Platform®, has formed a partnership with the Midwest Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) to help conquer financial barriers to success faced by auto repair shop owners. In this partnership, shops who join both MWACA and...
Owner Chris Steger (left) and his crew helped make repairs to a vehicle which was donated to CFS along with help from NAPA.
St. Louis—Sometimes the best way to beat the competition is to just buy them out. As Chris Steger’s shop, Steger Service, has grown, so has the need for expansion. Steger recently acquired a former Midas facility across the street which, for many years, was the source of the shop’s most direct...
Mazda’s G067 Doppler Simulator costs more than $3,000 and is used to calibrate blind spot monitors on the CX-3, MX-5, and some Mazda 6 models, while other models use a tripod-mounted stainless steel reflector. (Photos by Kirk Holland, Gladney Automotive Solutions)
Peoria, Ill.—A recent example illustrated what Eric Ziegler, owner of EZ Diagnostic Solutions, calls “The Wild West” of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), in which simple repairs now sometimes create new difficulties. His technician, Bryan Henry, was having trouble recalibrating the forward...
AASP-Missouri State President Mike Moehlenkamp explains how an inspection is performed and its overall importance to safety by catching possible future maintenance problems or failures.
St. Louis—To inspect or not inspect. While Missouri House Bill (HB) 1444, which failed to pass in May, would have ended the requirement of Missouri vehicle owners to have a state safety inspection before plates are issued or renewed. However, supporters of the bill have already filed motions to...
Kristen Sherrill, a teaching assistant in Fredericktown, is the prize winner of a car from Auto Plaza Group’s Facebook contest.
Mark Easter, a salesperson at Auto Plaza Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Farmington, Mo., and his wife personally gave away a car as a result of a Facebook contest. Easter and his wife received 235 emails from four states, one as far as Idaho. “We started with a Facebook contest. This car was for...
Michelle Johnson, Senior Manager, Aftersales Strategy for Nissan North America, Inc., addresses Ranken students and representatives, during an announcement about their new partnership.
ST. LOUIS (Sept.11, 2018) Ranken Technical College is launching a new educational partnership with Nissan North America, Inc. that will provide automotive students with specialized training, certifications and additional career opportunities with Nissan and Infiniti dealerships. As part of Ranken’s...
CHARLOTTE (September 10, 2018) – CARSTAR, North America’s largest network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Bridgeton in Bridgeton, MO as well as CARSTAR Wentzville in Wentzville, MO. Jon Parmentier, owner of both CARSTAR Bridgeton and CARSTAR...
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Associated Equipment Corporation (AEC) announces the Model 12-2415 Battery and Electrical System Tester was selected as winner of MOTOR Magazine’s prestigious Top 20 Tools Award.  The 12-2415 is featured in the September 2018 issue as a new, exciting and innovative product for...
Kevin and Lori Ball were quick to see the need for pre- and post-repair scanning to restore pre-loss condition.
Leadington, Mo.—Kevin and Lori Ball, who opened Kevin Ball Auto Body in 1990, have long been early adopters of the latest collision repair developments. They attended PPG MVP management training in the early 2000s, converted to PPG’s Nexa Aquabase paint, from Licari Auto Body Supply, in 2005, and...

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