Twenty-year-old Dylan Ahmdt took home gold at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (SkillsUSA) in Louisville, KY, which took place from June 19-23.

Estimating is often said to be one of the most important components of running a successful body shop.

In Anchorage, AK, body shop owner Ryan Cropper often tells customers that Able Body Shop is where strong values merge with quality work. Cropper currently operates two locations in The Last Frontier and said he has built his business on relationships and trust---one customer at a time. 

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State legislation on disclosure and consumer consent involving the use of non-OEM parts has been proposed – or challenged – in a number of states this year. Panelists on both sides of the issue squared off at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Chicago this summer.

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When I began writing on this industry, there were no DRPs and all of the cars still had carburetors in them (remember those good old days?). Over the years, I have seen body shops step up in almost every way. 

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Representatives from four major insurance companies weighed in on scanning, automakers’ influence on consumers’ choice of shops, and referring drivers to OEM-certified shops at the sixth annual MSO Symposium.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:18

Shop Owner David Ludwig Uses His Art to Give Back

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Dave Ludwig, 58, owns Prestige Auto Body in Manchester, NH, a shop he started with just one helper back in 1986. 

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Has this ever happened to you? 

Tim Briggs, 44, and his wife, Ginger Briggs, are the owners of Collision Edge and the inventors of many products, including The Tape Thing, The Dent Viewer and The Estimating Kit. 

On Thursday, June 29, the Competition Automotive Group hosted its Annual Car Show and BBQ in the parking lot of its BMW dealership in St. James, NY, to show appreciation for the group’s wholesale customers. Many industry professionals were in attendance, including members of the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA).

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