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This month, National AutoBody Research (NABR) will launch a new version of its labor rate survey, specifically tailored to the standardized labor rate survey format defined by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) in their new, recently implemented Auto Body Labor Rate Survey regulations.

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More than 300 people celebrated the Grand Opening of RGI Spray Booth Company's new 60,000 sq. ft. facility in Tracy, CA on Feb. 11.


On February 11, RGI Spray Booth Company opened its second location in Tracy, CA at a Grand Opening that was attended by 300 body shop professionals, product distributors, assorted vendors and guests.

Demry In Shop


For Technical High School student Demry Polum, working in a male-dominated environment doesn’t intimidate her. In fact, it’s in her blood.

Service King Collision Repair Centers® has announced the opening of its 20th location in the greater Los Angeles area.

Service King Collision Repair Centers® has announced that the company has completed a partnership with Gene Townsend Auto Body and Paint, located in the greater San Diego metro area.

FinishMaster, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uni-Select Inc., recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Hi-Tec/Professional Paint and Auto Body Supply, Inc. ("Hi-Tec").

Auto Body Hawaii is holding its 6th annual Essay Contest for high school seniors.

Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo recently announced that on February 22, defendant Antonio Arias, age 47, of Salinas, pled guilty to a felony charge of auto insurance fraud and defendant Martin Lopez, age 49, of Salinas pled guilty to a felony charge of auto insurance fraud and a misdemeanor violation of worker’s compensation insurance fraud.

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Matthew McDonnell, owner of Big Sky Collision Center


Body shops across the country watched with interest as the world’s largest publically-traded property and casualty insurer announced it would pay for pre- and post-repair scans on vehicles 1990 and newer. 

Stockton Three Alarm
Stockton firefighters battled a three-alarm commercial fire on Sunday, February 19.  Two automotive businesses in the large tin building on East Oak Street next to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were destroyed.  No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. (Joel Goldeen/The Record)

At least two automotive businesses were destroyed in a three-alarm fire on Sunday, February 19 just east of downtown Stockton, CA.