It seems like technology is going to change our lives whether we want it to or not. Some people think it overly complicates things while others rush to embrace it because they believe that it makes their lives and businesses better.

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Justin Maldonado learns something new every day at Texas State Technical College.

 

Justin Maldonado started taking courses at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, TX 10 months ago. Before his “love and passion for vehicles” led him to pursue a career in collision repair, he spent his winter holiday and summer breaks painting gym floors across the state.

Friday, 16 June 2017 21:51

Do You Know Your Terms? Scanning, ESC, SAS and ADAS

Written by Toby Chess

What if a vehicle was involved in accident and your shop repaired the vehicle, but failed to scan it and make sure that all of the ADAS were in operation. Who would be liable if the same vehicle was in another accident and wound up in litigation? You of course. I know that scanning is the buzz word today, but is it something new? The answer is NO.

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Jody DeVere’s breakout session addressed the importance and value of employing females in the collision repair industry.

 

Among the three breakout sessions offered on Tuesday afternoon during WIN's 2017 Educational Conference was "Why Is It So Important to Attract, Hire and Retain Women Employees?" presented by Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com.

Friday, 16 June 2017 21:17

Techs of Tomorrow: Student Shares Father’s Passion for Custom Painting

Written by Victoria Antonelli

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Destiny Armendariz worked at her father’s custom paint shop before taking auto collision classes in school.

 

Destiny Armendariz is not your average teenager. Apart from playing football as a middle linebacker at Kingwood Park High School, she will begin her third year of collision and refinishing courses in the fall.

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Lobbyist Will Nordwind of the Quality Parts Coalition said his organization is pushing federal legislation to reduce automakers’ parts patents from 14 years to just 30 months.

 

Federal and state legislation related to non-OEM parts was a key topic at the recent Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) convention. About 150 people, primarily representing manufacturers or distributors of non-OEM parts, attended the event, held in Atlanta.

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Employees attend training on a consistent basis to stay up-to-date with changes in the industry

 

At Marshall’s Auto Body in Billerica, Massachusetts, Jayce Mitchell said the primary focus of the body shop is to always get a customer’s car and life back in order ASAP.

Thursday, 08 June 2017 23:23

Is Tesla Backing Away From Third-Party Shops?

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Tesla is evidently gearing up for the Tesla Model 3, which will reportedly be flooding the market soon and requiring more shops to repair them.

 

For many years, body shop owners all over the country expressed their desire to become Tesla certified, but in the end is it really a good deal for them? Are Teslas just too difficult to repair and require too much training?

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Steve Schoolcraft while giving a presentation. Many remember him as an animinated presenter.

 

Steve Schoolcraft, often referred to as a visionary by many in the collision repair industry, died unexpectedly on May 19, peacefully in his sleep. He is survived by his wife Alexis, his two sons, Nicholas and Michael, and granddaughter Noelle.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 18:45

10 Myths About Autonomous Vehicles

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10 common myths about self-driving cars.

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