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Kevin Christensen receives his gold medal at the SkillsUSA California competition.

Courtesy of Alhambra High School

California is the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase.

Preliminary discussion at the recent Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Seattle, Wash., seemed to indicate there are more questions than answers when it comes to the topic of “alt-OE” or opt-OE” parts.


Rio Hondo College students inspect a hydrogen fuel cell as part of the Automotive Technology Program’s focus on alternative-fuel technologies. Rio Hondo College received approval on April 27 to offer California’s first Associate of Science degree in hybrid/electric vehicle/fuel cell technology.


Rio Hondo College’s Automotive Technology Program received approval April 27 to offer California’s first Associate of Science (AS) degree in hybrid/electric vehicle/fuel-cell technology, a high-demand career field.

used car dealer to pay $125,000 for wrecked car scam discount auto sales


On May 2, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Discount Auto Sales LLC will pay $125,000 in restitution and attorney’s fees after selling unsuspecting customers previously wrecked cars that had been declared a total loss.

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Gary Murray, of Gary’s Auto Body and 24-hour Towing, with his award winning 1958 Chevrolet Impala and his first place plaque from the 24th Annual Winter National Chevrolet Convention in Orlando, Florida in February.
Credit: Heather Hoelscher - Daily News

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The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks, by staging a realistic reenactment of a serious accident.

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Scott Drake’s 1965 Ford Mustang has undergone its third restoration since he paid $300 for it when he was 16 years old

Larry Edsall / Special to The Detroit News

Maaco Grand Opening

The grand opening took place at the Spring Mountain Road location in Las Vegas


Maaco expanded into the Las Vegas, NV market with the addition of two new locations under new ownership. Customers were invited to come out for the grand opening celebration with a BBQ, music, a car show, and more on April 2.

From My Position:
Kerry Soat,
CEO Fas-Break

The Auto Glass Fraud Law changes of HB 2500 or SB1162 were stopped in the Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee of the Arizona Senate on March 17th, 2016.