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CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced June 2 the opening of CARSTAR ARA Collision Seattle.



D M Auto Body located in Van Nuys, CA has been officially Certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training, and facility necessary to repair the participating Automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

A Nevada bill that would have revised the provisions governing total loss vehicles was pending a vote in the state Assembly before it was removed from the table. Now, all parties involved are looking to see how this might affect future decisions in regard to totaling a vehicle.

If you are a body shop owner in California, you have likely received an email from the California Autobody Association or a colleague that had the words "Emergency Meeting" in the subject line.

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Regal Collision's Co-Owner Shellie Boyle with the "Pirate's Ride." More than $10,000 in parts and labor went into this show-stopping piece of art.


Dogs and the collision repair industry seem to go together, and that's why there are so many shop dogs working for free as they help their crews all over the country.

Monday, 15 May 2017 17:58

CAA Members Urged to Fight Potential Labor Rate/Steering Bill

Written by Victoria Antonelli

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CAA lobbyist Jack Molodanof flew down from Sacramento to Orange County to educate members on a bill that was introduced in early April.


The California Autobody Association (CAA) Orange County Chapter held an “emergency” meeting on April 22 so CAA lobbyist Jack Molodanof could inform members of a potentially problematic bill for shops and consumers. 

Friday, 12 May 2017 17:06

4 Out of 5 UTI LB Students Hired Within a Year

Written by Victoria Antonelli

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All of the students who participated in the 2017 UTI Top Tech Challenge posed for a photo after the winners were announced.  Photo credit: Daniel Rhodes


Since its doors opened in August 2015, Universal Technical Institute (UTI)-Long Beach has worked toward establishing itself as a vital workforce partner to the automotive industry in Greater Los Angeles.

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Guest speaker Assemblyman Ed Chau was on hand to discuss his salvage bill during 2017 Legislative Day.


Every year in April, the California Autobody Association co-hosts CAA/ASCCA/CalABC Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day as the automotive repair industry in the Golden State lets their voices be heard as they convene at the Capitol in Sacramento.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 18:43

State of the Art Auto Shop Opens at Morro Bay High School

Written by Michael Colaianni, KCOY

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Morro Bay High School for a brand new, state of the art body shop. (Michael Colaianni / KCOY photo)


A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 5 at Morro Bay High School in CA for a brand new, state of the art body shop.

Monday, 08 May 2017 18:02

ISU Graduate Enters Nontraditional Career Path

Written by Kendra Evensen, Idaho State Journal

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Abigail Rhoads, right, works on the fender of a car at Jack's Auto Body in Pocatello, ID, as mother Teena Rhoads looks on.


Abigail Rhoads is among the 2,313 students graduating from Idaho State University this spring.

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