On April 18 and 19, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) headed to Washington DC for its 9th Annual ARA State Legislative Summit and Hill Day.

Friday, 13 May 2016 20:10

Quality Control in 6 Easy Steps

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With increased pressure for improved quality from both the consumer and insurance partners, systems must be put in place to ensure a higher quality standard.

Body shops are always looking for a better and affordable way to keep their name in front of their customers.

Every 15 Minutes 1

The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks, by staging a realistic reenactment of a serious accident.

NJ Shop Owner Gets an Offer He Can't Refuse

Shop Owner Joe Rodi came to Italy in 1956 and thanks to a recent sale to Wawa, a large retailer, he will soon be able to return to visit his homeland of Calabria for an extended vacation.

 

Joseph Rodi, 78, is the owner of Rodi's Auto Body in Cherry Hill, NJ and happy to say that he is living the American Dream. He's proud of his two sons who work in the business and of all the things he has achieved through his shop in its 56 years of existence. And that's why the Rodi family and many members of the community in Cherry Hill were a little concerned when Wawa, a large retailer, started looking at Rodi's property and subsequently approached him to purchase his shop and the strip mall he also owns nearby.

Do Vehicle Wraps Make Sense for Your Shop?

The King of Wraps in San Jose, CA did this wrap that tells a story and uses humor to promote the Waffle Roost in northern California.

 

You've seen them everywhere and the graphics are pretty spectacular. Food trucks, large 16-wheelers, vans of all sizes and cars of every type now have advertising messages that entice viewers. Some people have allowed companies to put their logos on their daily drivers and paying them handsomely for doing so and this movement is growing fast.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 18:25

Retro News: May 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011

ASA Lobbyists, Allstate Acquires Sterling, Recycled Parts Market Share, Chinese OEMs

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Sean Fitzgerald is only 33, but he's already owned Phantom Autobody in Jeffersonville, IN for three years now.

 

Sean Fitzgerald, 33, has a busy work schedule as he balances two jobs--body shop owner and bartender--but he makes it all work because he stresses quality in everything he does. While running the show at Phantom Autobody in Jeffersonville, IN, he is a hands-on owner who still paints most of the vehicles that come into his shop. And after his 10-12 hour days fixing cars and doing custom paint, he is off to work as a bartender to help him pay the bills.

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The front of the Phil Long Collision Center building in Colorado Springs, CO

About 37 percent of shop who bill for “masking the vehicle for priming” say they get paid by insurers for this operation “always” or “most of the time” – yet about an equal percentage of shops say they have never asked to be paid for this not-included operation.