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Mopar Masters Guild Las Vegas NADA

L to R: Greg Palazzo, Matt Jarvis, Jim Hagan, Don Cushing (Bald Hill DCJ) with party characters at the MMG party reception.

Parts and service directors across the country gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada March 29-April 1 for the Mopar Masters Guild (MMG) annual meeting. Susan McDaniel, newly elected president of MMG, said that communication was the main item on the agenda.


James Logan Kassner


The Wesco Group Inc. announced on March 30 the acquisition of St. Anthony's Supply's warehouse and six jobber stores, located throughout the state of Idaho and Utah.

Auto Care Association Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Aaron Lowe, testified on behalf of the association, Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) and California Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA) before the California Senate Judiciary Committee on March 15, warning legislators about the impact of vehicle telematics on the auto care industry.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced on March 22 that it has added five collision repair centers in the Oregon region through the acquisition of a multi-store operation (MSO) in the Portland area.

Los Angeles-area Consumer Protection Attorney Robert F. Brennan has obtained a large jury verdict with punitive damages against Sunrise Ford of North Hollywood, CA for fraudulently concealing the collision-damage history of a used 2010 Kia Forte, and then representing to an unsuspecting consumer that the car was safe and collision-free. The case was Deborah Leonhardt v. Sunrise Ford of North Hollywood, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 546 010.

CARSTAR Espana's Collision Repair has just posted a new blog to their website that is devoted to reviews. As the blog notes, the company has been in business for more than 25 years. 

Shirtless Photo

Sukhrob Rabimov submitted this photo to the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries.

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.

Bumper Doc Escondido has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.