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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 21:47

College Grad Goes From WorldSkills Medalist to Parts & Service Director

Written by Victoria Antonelli

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Daniel Lehmkuhl competing at WorldSkills London in 2011.


At the age of five, Daniel Lehmkuhl started working on cars with his father, who is an automotive instructor at San Luis Obispo High School.

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Santa was a big hit with all of the children whose families received completely refurbished vehicles from Mike's Auto Body, complete with trunk loads of gifts and toys.


When Mike's Auto Body in northern California's East Bay gave away its first car back in 2000, did they ever imagine that it would become one of the largest Benevolence programs of its type run by a single family-operated body shop chain in the country? Without fail, Mike's Auto Body presents completely refurbished vehicles to deserving families and non-profit organizations from throughout the Bay Area, and this year, it marked its 16th straight year of involvement.

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On January 5, City Attorney Mike Feuer took aim at two businesses alleged to have been involved in a catalytic converter theft ring.

On December 13, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued new Anti-Steering in Auto Body Repair regulations that increase consumer protections to prevent consumers from being misled or claims delayed when a collision-damaged vehicle needs to be repaired.

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The grand opening at Service King's new 70,000 square foot shop in Milpitas, CA was attended by more than 200 people.


Service King Collision Repair Centers, together with automotive leaders from across Northern California, recently celebrated the grand opening of their new Milpitas location, which is one of the largest and most advanced collision repair facilities in the state.

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The College of Alameda swept both first and second place awards at the 18th Annual and Final Toys for Tots/Model Truck Competition, where 130 people came out to support auto tech students from five Bay Area schools.


It is very hard for a team to win anything three years in a row.


The San Diego District Attorney's Office, along with 50 other California District Attorneys offices, announced a $9.86 million settlement against Missouri-based O’Reilly Auto Parts as part of a civil environmental prosecution alleging the company mishandled hazardous waste.


2016 Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment Los Angeles winner, John Frye, receives his championship belt.


John Frye, a principal designer and digital modeling group leader for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., was named the winner of the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ Los Angeles, presented by BASF.


Wednesday, 07 December 2016 22:56

New California Laws That Can Impact Your Shop

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Every year without fail, hundreds of new laws are enacted that will impact automotive repair shops throughout the state of California.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 22:15

Spotlight on: Premier Auto Body in CA

Written by David Minsky, Santa Maria Sun

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From left to right, Hector Paz Jr. and Sr. opened Premier Auto Body in August 2009, right in the middle of the recession. Despite facing hard times, the father-son team built a reputation for quality work.
Photo credit: David Minsky


If you take a look around Northern Santa Barbara and Southern San Luis Obispo counties in the coming weeks, you might notice that the Sun’s newspaper boxes are repainted, some with fresh yellow paint and some adorned with murals.

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