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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.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:00

Student Goes From Sheet Cake to Sheet Metal

Written by Sarah E. Reynolds


Painted Fender By Thia Carter
Gold medalist Thia Carter shows the fender she used in her job skills demonstration at the Maine SkillsUSA competition. She will take her demo on the road in June to compete in the nationals in Louisville, KY.


Thia Carter, of Camden, ME, has been an auto body repair student at Mid-Coast School of Technology for less than two years, but she has come a long way in that time – far enough to win a gold medal for her job skills demonstration in the SkillsUSA Maine competition, held at the United Technology Center in Bangor March 2 and 3.

Monday, 15 May 2017 20:10

Sole Female Contestant Takes Second at SkillsUSA Competition

Written by Eric Retzlaff, The Leader-Herald

Megan Alikonis at the New York state SkillsUSA competition, where she was the only female out of 22 contestants. She took second place. (Photo submitted)


"I didn’t think I was going to win," said Megan Alikonis.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:35

PA Auto Body Shop Owner Accused of Scamming Customers

Written by Tribune-Review

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North Huntingdon, PA police arrested a township man who owns an auto body shop on multiple theft and deceptive business practice charges for allegedly scamming customers.

Toyota’s Collision Repair and Refinish (CRR) Training Center, located in West Caldwell, NJ, hosted an Open House on April 26.

Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) is proud to welcome Chassis Liner Supply, Purified Air and Quality Finish Services to the GFS Auto and Truck Refinish distribution team.

NABR has announced the launch of the VRS Labor Rate Survey in New York, sponsored by an anonymous western New York collision repairer.

Monday, 17 April 2017 18:11

Nurse Fights to Get Car Back from Bronx, NY Auto Shop

Written by Arnold Diaz,

Car Held By Shop
A nurse is fighting to get her vehicle back from an auto body shop in the Bronx three months after bringing it in. (Photo credit:


Stephanie Guttierrez, a nurse in the Bronx, is worried she’ll never see her car again.

Castle Collision in Westbury, NY has been officially 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.

Friday, 14 April 2017 16:53

Automotive Tech Programs in MA Restoring 1926 Model T Ford

Written by Rich Harbert, Wicked Local

Removing Rusted Bolts
Joshua Meleski, 14, and Nick Torrey, 14, work together using a socket wrench and other tools to remove rusted bolts from the cowl of the 1926 Model T Ford. [Wicked Local Staff Photo/Alyssa Stone]

Students in the technical studies program at Plymouth South High School in MA are punching their way back in time, rivet by rusty rivet.

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