At Smith Bros Collision Center and Truck Accessories, brothers Chad and Adam Smith work hard to ensure every repair is a positive experience for their customers.
Bryan “BJ” Barger was an Air Force jet engine mechanic for a decade and was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. Today, he is the owner of Son of a Fink Kustoms in Mountain Home, ID.
20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (August 1997)
A ban on the use of non-OEM parts on vehicles covered under warranty, and a call for insurers to share more information about their claims handling guidelines were among the issues debated by shop owners, association leaders and other participants at the National Leadership Conference held in August.
In early May, Allstate announced it will be dropping its drive-in inspection stations, instead directing customers to the photo estimating system available through its mobile app – citing that customers have embraced the technology, with many opting for the virtual experience.
Dave Luehr teaching a lean blueprinting workshop
When mentioning the word lean, most people in the collision repair business conjure up images of large corporate lay-offs attempting do more work with less people. Others think of lean as an attempt to do car repairs faster, also conjuring up false images of people working harder with less resources. To America’s greatest body shops, lean means something entirely different.
Mike Anderson of Collision Advice said he sees several ways to measure whether his quarterly “Who Pays for What?” surveys, now in their third year, are having an impact.
From compensation and benefits to training and recruitment, Autobody News has everything you need to know about beginning a career in collision repair.
It seems like technology is going to change our lives whether we want it to or not. Some people think it overly complicates things while others rush to embrace it because they believe that it makes their lives and businesses better.
Justin Maldonado learns something new every day at Texas State Technical College.
Justin Maldonado started taking courses at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, TX 10 months ago. Before his “love and passion for vehicles” led him to pursue a career in collision repair, he spent his winter holiday and summer breaks painting gym floors across the state.
What if a vehicle was involved in accident and your shop repaired the vehicle, but failed to scan it and make sure that all of the ADAS were in operation. Who would be liable if the same vehicle was in another accident and wound up in litigation? You of course. I know that scanning is the buzz word today, but is it something new? The answer is NO.
Destiny Armendariz worked at her father’s custom paint shop before taking auto collision classes in school.
Destiny Armendariz is not your average teenager. Apart from playing football as a middle linebacker at Kingwood Park High School, she will begin her third year of collision and refinishing courses in the fall.
Lobbyist Will Nordwind of the Quality Parts Coalition said his organization is pushing federal legislation to reduce automakers’ parts patents from 14 years to just 30 months.
Federal and state legislation related to non-OEM parts was a key topic at the recent Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) convention. About 150 people, primarily representing manufacturers or distributors of non-OEM parts, attended the event, held in Atlanta.