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Each year, the demand for qualified automotive service and collision repair technicians and other industry employees far exceeds the supply of incoming professionals. To ensure a future workforce to keep Minnesota consumers driving, Minnesota Careers in Automotive Repair and Service (MNCARS) has launched a multifaceted campaign that provides students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors with a better picture of the pathways to success and career opportunities in the automotive industry.

Ohio Named 3rd Least Expensive State to Fix Your Car In

Auto mechanic Joe Valenti changes a battery in a Honda Acura at his garage in Dormont, Pa. (Gene J. Puskar)

 

It may not make you feel any easier about all the potholes and constant road repair. But Ohio does have one thing going for it when it comes to taking your car to the mechanic: It's not as expensive as other states.

On June 21, 112 golfers and 25 sponsoring companies enjoyed a day of golfing and socializing at the 22nd Annual AASP-MN Golf Outing at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood.

D and S apprenticeship

 

Few auto body students can say they’ve had professional experience prior to obtaining a job in the field, but D&S Automotive (D&S) in Mentor, Ohio is trying to change that.

Northland, MO woman Receives $1,435 Tow Bill
Photo Credit: KSHB

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Northland woman received a tow bill for more than $1,400 after she needed a tow 14.4 miles.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on June 8 secured a Default Judgment and Final Order for Permanent Injunction from Judge William Collette in the Ingham County Circuit Court against Liquidation, LLC, several associated alias companies, and company manager Mark Edward Weiner.

A controversial bill that would have restricted aftermarket parts vendors to sell only certain types of parts on newer vehicles to licensed repair facilities in Michigan was vetoed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in June.

Ray Fisher of ASA Michigan Addresses Changes to Motor Vehicle Service Repair Act

Autobody News spoke to Ray Fisher, executive director of ASA-Michigan, about House Bill 4344. Fisher has been on a mission to update the state law in order to ensure that all parts used in collision repairs are certified.

Automechanika Chicago and its organizers Messe Frankfurt and UBM Americas | Automotive Group (formerly Advanstar Communications, Inc.) had more than 100 automotive professionals attend their inaugural single-day training program at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Preparations are underway for two fall events in cooperation with technical colleges in select markets to help support automotive repair professionals in the service repair and collision repair markets.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the "Boyd Group") has announced the opening of a collision repair center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.