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Utah Shop Focuses On OEM Certifications & Educating Customers About Parts

The family-owned business in Salt Lake City, Utah was founded by Karl Otto Schmidt in 1936


Karl Schmidt has managed Go Collision Repair’s body shop in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2007. The family-owned business was founded by Karl Otto Schmidt in 1936, and is currently owned by Walter Schmidt. Autobody News spoke to Karl about the importance of OEM certifications and how he educates customers about the difference in parts.

Mike Orso

Mike Orso, owner of Nick Orso's Body Shop and Service Center and president of NY State Auto Collision Technicians Association

Dusty Brown

Located in Zanesville, Ohio, Brown's Body Shop has 15 employees, including two students who work there part-time

carstar john hine


Autobody News spoke to Steve Ranck at CARSTAR John Hine in California about the collision center’s decision to join the network in April 2015 and find out how it has benefited the business.

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Audra Fordin, owner/operator of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop in Flushing, NY


Autobody News spoke to Audra Fordin, owner of Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, New York about the body shop she has run since 1997.

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 Autobody News talked to Barry Jost Sr., general manager of Jost Garage in New Jersey, about the fourth-generation family business. Established by Wesley Jost in 1923, Jost Garage started as a Studebaker dealership in Long Island, New York.

Providence Auto Body

Providence Auto Body's owner, John Petrarca, still operates the family-run business he established more than 30 years ago in Rhode Island.


David Osburn “Ozzy," the collision center manager at SouthWest Auto Group

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