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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 18:49

IA Body Shops Busy After Snowy Weekend

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After a snowy mid-December weekend, many drivers are going to auto body shops in hopes of repairing their cars.


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A family business that has served Garrettsville for nearly 40 years is consolidating its talent and resources in Ravenna, OH, effective January 1, 2017.



Newell’s Auto Body in Decatur, IL has been certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications.

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Owners Jason Lisko, left, and Mike Held stand in the garage as vehicles are washed Tuesday morning at Coachwork Auto Body in the town of Addison. (John Ehlke/Daily News)

After more than 35 years, Coachwork Auto Body in Addison, WI has new owners.

On the heels of the signing of the SAVE Act legislation to support autonomous vehicle testing and deployment in Michigan, General Motors will immediately begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads.

Waubonsee Repair Contest

Winners of the Waubonsee Auto Body Repair Contest


With a host of auto body sponsors and repair shop owners serving as judges, the Waubonsee Community College Auto Body Repair program in Chicago, IL hosted its annual hood painting competition.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:31

Auto Body Shop in KS on A Rapid Growth Path

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Technician Bob Notz works on a bumper in the Derby Auto Masters body shop. Segments of Auto Masters have been purchased by Collision Works of Oklahoma, which plans to expand its presence in the area.


The sign at 910 N. Nelson Drive says “Auto Masters,” and while that’s the business’ working name, the venture has been owned since August by Oklahoma City-based Collision Works, a rapidly expanding auto body and service enterprise.

Freer Auto Body Cookies

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The Freer Auto Body Cookies and Cocoa for Community Christmas was once again a way to draw the area together for the best of causes: making sure children in need have presents under the tree when the holiday comes.


A customer of a Richfield, MN autobody business shot the shop’s owner in the foot on the morning of Nov. 16.

Four independent auto body shops sued Progressive Casualty Insurance Company in state court in Cleveland.