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Friday, 17 March 2017 17:21

Fire at San Antonio Body Shop Starts in Paint Booth

Written by Caleb Downs, mySA

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A fire that originated in the paint booth of an auto-body shop in the far Northwest Side on March 10, 2017 caused about $65,000 in damage.

 

A fire that originated in the paint booth of an auto body repair shop in the far Northwest Side of San Antonio on March 10 caused about $65,000 in damage, according to officials.

Maaco 500th Opening Dallas

 

Maaco Auto Painting & Collision Repair cut the ribbon on its 500th location in North America as it kicks off its 45th anniversary of serving customers across the continent.

 

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:25

Soldiers Handed ‘Recycled’ Keys

Written by Kelby Wingert, Fort Hood Sentinel


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Spc. Nikolai Patterson, WTU, holds up the keys to his new-to-him refurbished car gifted by the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program. (Photo credit: Kelby Wingert, Sentinel Staff)

 

Three Fort Hood Soldiers were handed the keys to their brand-new (to them) cars during the Cowboys Military Combine at AT&T Stadium on February 25. The cars were gifted as part of the Recycled Rides program from the National Auto Body Council.

A wave of 32 apprentice technicians officially joined the Service King family recently as the organization further expanded the reach of its Apprentice Development Program.

The Arkansas House Insurance and Commerce Committee voted down Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291, introduced by state Sen. Greg Standridge, R-16, by a voice vote.

Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291, introduced by State Sen. Greg Standridge, R-16, would repeal the requirement for the use of aftermarket crash parts in repair of a vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty without the vehicle owner’s written consent.

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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) kicked off a series of yearlong commemorative events at its annual convention and expo in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 26 to 29.

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Billy Walkowiak, founder of Collision Safety Consultants

 

Since Billy Walkowiak founded Collision Safety Consultants seven years ago, he has helped consumers, body shops, dealerships and even insurance companies with diminished value claims as well as inspecting post-repair vehicles to determine whether they were fixed properly.

After meeting all of American Honda’s stringent requirements, Ellis County Auto Repair of Waxahachie, Texas has been certified and approved to be the 955th ProFirst Certified Shop in the nation.

Chief Adds 2 New TX

 

Chief has appointed two new distributors to represent its full line of collision repair equipment in Texas.

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