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The second annual Dave’s Autobody Gator Run, a mile fun walk/run, the Go Outside and Play 5K and the Galesburg Half Marathon Express will start and finish at the corner of South Kellogg St. and East Simmons St. on Sunday.

“It looks pretty good. This weather could have hurt us some with signups this week, but runners are anxious and excited to get out and run. With the extended outlook, we should be OK,” said Dave Dunn, owner of Dave’s Autobody and co-owner of Master’s Education Services, who is serving as the marketing coordinator.

Receiving proper paint material reimbursements from insurance carriers continues to be a challenge to the collision repair industry and Michigan is no different.

Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the collision repair industry has never caught up to the increases that were incurred during this time period. Add in the challenges the industry faces when attempting to itemize and properly be reimbursed for the feather, prime and block labor operations necessary for a repaired panel and they absorb even additional costs. We have been battling this for years and the solution is quite simple—shops have to use the tools that are available in the marketplace, that means the paint material calculators and insurance carriers have to be cognizant of real costs!

Compare paint materials to parts pricing: When have you ever known a repair facility to have to wait 12, 18 or 24 months for a parts price increase (PPI), all the time hoping that next month they will get the PPI that was owed? Paint material increases are not any different!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:38

1Collision Adds Illinois Shop

1Collision Network announced that Community Auto Body in Carol Stream, IL, is the newest member of the Midwest group of independently owned collision repair businesses.

Community Auto Body owner Ed Zuniga said, “In looking for a group of shops to affiliate with, I chose the 1Collision Network because they offered practical and affordable solutions to the marketing and operating aspects of my business.”

The 1Collision Network includes 21 locations throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:35

ABRA Grows in Michigan

ABRA Auto Body & Glass added a new franchise collision repair shop location in Holland, MI. Previously known as Chrispell Auto Body Repair and independently owned by Nate Yonker, this is ABRA’s second location in Michigan.

Keith Shellhouse, 46, owner of Independent Autobody in Shelby, OH, was convicted May 7 of aggravated theft, a third-degree felony, and theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, at the Richland County Courthouse. Shellhouse was arrested on April 11, 2012, under more than a dozen customer complaints from as far back as 2002, claiming that customers were swindled out of nearly $300,000 in payments for the restoration of their hot rods. Shellhouse will be sentenced on May 20.

Gary Bishop, a Richland County assistant prosecutor, was one of several victims who reported losing thousands of dollars to Independent Autobody owner Keith Shellhouse.

Collex Collision Experts recently opened its Technical Training Center in Sterling Heights, MI. All new Collex employees, including managers, estimators, parts specialists, customer-service representatives and detailers, will be trained at the 9,000-square-foot facility.

Church Brothers Collision Repair in Indianapolis recently teamed up with the Indiana Pacers, the NBA’s Central Division champions, to benefit a local community center with a $5,000 donation.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has added Superior CARSTAR Paint and Body Shop in Tipp City, OH, to its network. Owned by Greg Arnett, Superior CARSTAR Paint and Body Shop is located at 125 W. Broadway and has been serving the region since 1980. They specialize in paint and body restoration on American and foreign cars, trucks and vans.

“By teaming up with CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, we are able to acquire new resources that allow us to improve our customer service, cycle times and relationships with insurance companies,” said Arnett, owner of Superior CARSTAR Paint and Body Shop. “And, all the while still keeping our hometown characteristics.”

The CARSTAR Management System provides stores resources to improve key business metrics such as cycle time, participation in CARSTAR’s 19 corporately managed DRP programs, and improved purchasing power from 45 corporately managed purchasing programs.

“We are excited to have Greg Arnett join the CARSTAR network,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR.

Michigan’s governor recently signed off on Senate Bill (SB) 61 and 62, effectively striking down most favored nation (MFN) clauses by health care corporations and insurers in the state.   

Though the legislation did not address property and casualty insurers, the Automotive Service Association says this is good news for automotive repairers.

MFN clauses appear in a number of agreements offered by major national insurance companies and allow insurance companies to negotiate that they get the absolute best price available on services.

Indianapolis firefighters are investigating a fire that broke out the afternoon of April 14 at Deluxe Auto Shop, 2301 E. 38th St, Indianapolis, which had recently closed.

Crews were called to the area of 38th Street and Hillside Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. to the fire at the former auto body shop. They arrived and found heavy black smoke pouring out of the building.

The shop closed down a few weeks ago and the shop's former employees were cleaning when they noticed the fire. Fire crews said the former paint and auto body shop had just closed on the first of the month.

Lt Larry Tracy, from Indianapolis Fire Department said, "They were cleaning it out. They did have a paint booth inside the building but it was inactive and they were in the process of tearing it out as well."

The fire spread to the roof. Crews had a hard time getting to the flames, but were able to break through a wall and gain access to the roof.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, however it does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

There were no injuries reported.