Jamal Mills graduated from Central Louisiana Technical Community College in May 2017, and is already working fulltime at Select Motors Auto Restoration & Repair in Ball, LA.

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More than 20 years ago, auto body shops routinely ordered individual paint colors from a paint distributor to repair vehicles.

On a typical day at Pacific Elite Collision Centers, Cortney Arthur might run through the shop’s production list, help write estimates, order parts or even detail cars. As the general manager of the company’s Downey East location in California, Arthur also spends time taking care of the insurance side of the business, keeping up with KPIs and ensuring the facility is compliant.

At Smith Bros Collision Center and Truck Accessories, brothers Chad and Adam Smith work hard to ensure every repair is a positive experience for their customers.

ASA Northwest members convened at the Clearwater Resort in Suquamish, WA  from June 22--25 for the association's 2017 Summer Retreat.

Bryan “BJ” Barger was an Air Force jet engine mechanic for a decade and was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. Today, he is the owner of Son of a Fink Kustoms in Mountain Home, ID.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:34

Are You Gearing Up for Voice Search?

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"Siri, what is the meaning of life?"

 

"I find it odd that you would ask this of me, an inanimate object."

20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (August 1997)

 

A ban on the use of non-OEM parts on vehicles covered under warranty, and a call for insurers to share more information about their claims handling guidelines were among the issues debated by shop owners, association leaders and other participants at the National Leadership Conference held in August.

In early May, Allstate announced it will be dropping its drive-in inspection stations, instead directing customers to the photo estimating system available through its mobile app – citing that customers have embraced the technology, with many opting for the virtual experience.

Monday, 26 June 2017 21:32

Lean Thinking of America’s Greatest Body Shops

Written by Dave Luehr

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Dave Luehr teaching a lean blueprinting workshop

 

When mentioning the word lean, most people in the collision repair business conjure up images of large corporate lay-offs attempting do more work with less people. Others think of lean as an attempt to do car repairs faster, also conjuring up false images of people working harder with less resources. To America’s greatest body shops, lean means something entirely different.

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