Ed Attanasio

 

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian. He can be reached at era39@aol.com.

John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas, TX, and State Farm are being sued in two separate cases for $1 million for allegedly using glue to adhere a new roof on a Honda Fit rather than welding it, as required by Honda.

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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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. 

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."

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.

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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With a full fleet, Elite Electronics is able to respond quickly when their customers call, which include MSOs such as ABRA, Service King, Gerber Collision and Caliber Collision.

 

After the economic implosion of 2008, many body shops decided to add mechanical repair to their menus of services and quickly found out it wasn't quite that easy.

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Regal Collision's Co-Owner Shellie Boyle with the "Pirate's Ride." More than $10,000 in parts and labor went into this show-stopping piece of art.

 

Dogs and the collision repair industry seem to go together, and that's why there are so many shop dogs working for free as they help their crews all over the country.

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Guest speaker Assemblyman Ed Chau was on hand to discuss his salvage bill during 2017 Legislative Day.

 

Every year in April, the California Autobody Association co-hosts CAA/ASCCA/CalABC Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day as the automotive repair industry in the Golden State lets their voices be heard as they convene at the Capitol in Sacramento.

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