Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
New Century BMW in Alhambra, CA was chosen as the Best Overall Certified Collision Repair Center (CCRC) by BMW of North America for 2014 and 2015. Here is Ed Cobett, the Collision Center Manager with the two awards.
In 2010, New Century BMW, a large BMW dealership in Alhambra, California (between Los Angeles and Pasadena), opened their own collision center. Early on, the decision was made to become a BMW Certified Collision Repair Center and to fix only BMWs. All personnel, equipment, tool and facility decisions were made with this goal in mind. Certification was granted two months after opening.
Autopark Collision in Escondido, CA delivers quality repairs to their market.
Autopark Collision has been serving customers in the Escondido, CA, by capitalizing on their reliability and trustworthiness to build their business with superior customer service and high quality repairs.
Two California Assembly Committees have passed important, life-saving drunk driving legislation with unanimous votes. The next stop for SB 1046, which would require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders in California, is the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
In March, Crystal Toner found her 2011 Subaru had been stolen, and the car title was fraudulently placed in someone else's name. TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ
Crystal Toner was aghast to find an empty carport outside her Southwest Portland condominium in March, her supposedly theft-proof Subaru missing.
When she reported her car stolen, she received an even bigger surprise. Nearly two weeks earlier, her vehicle title had been transferred to someone else without her knowledge — fraudulently, according to police.
A driver charged with DUI drove through a fence at Pringle and Hoyt streets SR in Salem (Photo: Special to the Statesman Journal)
A couple of months ago, an SUV missed the turn at Pringle and Hoyt in southeast Salem and plowed through the fence at Carzntrux Collision Repair, wrecking four vehicles.
Shop owner Denis Lafferty, who has coped with a few similar crashes through the years, decided he'd finally had enough.
Auto Data Direct, Inc., (ADD) has announced the launch of DropClaim.com, a secure, paperless compliance tool for California tow operators and businesses taking possession of towed vehicles.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) has announced the grand opening of its new $6.8 million Pacific Northwest Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Rocklin, CA.
Built on nine acres of land, the newly-constructed Ken Garff Chevrolet in American Fork features hundreds of new and used cars and state-of-the-art amenities. (PRNewsFoto/Ken Garff Automotive Group)
Ken Garff Automotive Group is relocating Ken Garff Chevrolet to a new location situated right off Interstate 15 (Exit 276), next to Ken Garff Ford.
The Boyd Group Inc. (the "Boyd Group") has announced the June 11 opening of a collision repair center in Airway Heights, WA, about nine miles west of Spokane. The center previously operated as City West Auto Body.
Mark Brnovich, Attorney General of Arizona, has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against A.J.'s Auto Glass, a Prescott Valley-based provider of windshield repair and replacement services.
Otto Nikoleyczik, 75, poses in front of J P's Paint and Body Works in Chico, CA.
Otto Nikoleyczik began dabbling in the collision repair industry at the age of 13. He had just moved from Germany to Long Island, NY, to live with his aunt and uncle, who owned a body shop.
High school students work together to solve hands-on auto technician challenges at UTI’s Top Tech Challenge, an educational opportunity to win scholarship funds and industry tools.
This spring, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) awarded six students from Upland High School and Monte Vista High School a total of $45,000 in scholarships for exemplary performance in a series of auto technician tests at the Top Tech Challenge event.
To fill an enormous need for new collision professionals, Erick Bickett, CEO of FixAuto, and Charlie Robertson, a veteran automotive tech instructor, recently launched the Collision Career Institute (CCI) in Anaheim, CA.
Auburn Collision 1 is a family-owned and operated shop in Auburn, WA which has seen significant improvements in productivity and profitability with BASF paints and primers.
Located in Auburn, WA, Auburn Collision 1 is one of two local shops owned and operated by the Stamps family. After working as a body tech for several years in the late 1970s, owner Gary Stamps ventured out on his own and opened Auburn Collision 1 with a single office and only four garage bays in 1981. “He did it all for eight years and built the business from the ground up,” recalled Barrett Stamps, Gary’s son and current shop manager who is positioned to transition to the role of coowner alongside his sister within the next year and a half.