Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
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.
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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.
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.
Sukhrob Rabimov submitted this photo to the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries.
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.
North Fresno Collision Center recently earned official certification from consumer advocacy group Assured Performance for its auto body repair services.
TechnaGlass recently announced the acquisition of Precision Auto Glass in Clackamas, Oregon. The expansion into the Portland-Vancouver market allows TechnaGlass to continue its growth into the Pacific Northwest.
A stakeholders’ meeting was held March 7 for Arizona House of Representatives Bill 2500, “Unlawful Practices: Auto Glass Repair.” The bill passed the state House and the discussion now revolves around its approval in the Arizona Senate. A glass shop owner risks criminal penalties if he violates the bill’s requirements.
Albany Policie search a car involved in an elude attempt that ende with the car crashing into the side of a building at the corner of Second Avenue and Montgomery Street (Mark Ylen, Democrat-Herald)