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    Turn Eight Common Shop Owner Mistakes into Positive Life Lessons with Mike Anderson

    Published in Autobody News Mike Anderson of Collision Advice recently explained how to turn eight common collision shop owner mistakes into life lessons to benefit their businesses. “When you look at mistakes you’ve made, you have to realize that they aren’t mistakes if you’ve learned from them, and when you learn from them, they become life lessons. I’ve got a lot of life lessons I’d like to share today,” Anderson began. While presenting “Life Lessons of Collision Shop Owners” on Sherwin-Williams’ Ecolean University, Anderson was joined by Mike Lanza, Manager of Business Consulting Services at Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, as they discussed why shops struggle and how to fix it. Anderson’s…

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    VersionEX Autobody Hooked on GenRock by Lusid Technologies

    Printed in Autobody News Shop & Product Showcase Devin Hansen, owner of VersionEX Autobody in Eugene, OR, was raised in Okinawa, Japan and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 15 years old. “I always had a passion for cars because that was a big part of my culture,” he shared. “When I moved to America, I bought a 1996 Nissan in honor of my heritage. I started working on the car in my parents’ driveway, but the cold, rainy weather in Oregon wasn’t ideal, so a friend and I invested in a small, 300 square foot shop space where we could work on cars.” After tinting his own windows,…

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    CARSTAR Owner Shares Vision for Success

    Printed in Autobody News Shop & Product Showcase Bob Waldron, owner of Waldron’s Auto Body in Marlboro, MA, was among the first shop owners to join the CARSTAR franchise network in 1989. According to Waldron, “It’s hard to go it alone. CARSTAR does tons of research and development, and while I must be the driving force behind implementation, what they do for shops is huge – I can’t quantify how greatly it has benefitted my business! Joining CARSTAR has given me a wonderful quality of life, and I believe it will someday give me a really good retirement.” Waldron entered the collision repair industry as a vo-tech student in 1975,…

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    ARA Takes Summer Road Trip Virtual, Annual Convention to Follow Suit

    Printed in Autobody News The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) planned its inaugural ARA Summer Road Trip for July 23-25, 2020, with the intention of connecting up-and-coming industry leaders with experienced auto recycling veterans through tours of several ARA member facilities. The Road Trip is an evolution of the association’s FLARES (Future Leaders of Automotive Recyclers Educational Summit), which was established in 2018. The tour was scheduled to begin in Chicago, but unfortunately, in the days leading up to the tour, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued an emergency order requiring two w eeks of self-quarantine for travelers from 15 different states due to COVID-19 concerns. Although ARA was forced to postpone…

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    From Fender to Fashion: CRASH Jewelry Reveals Beauty in Discarded Vehicle Parts

    Published on AskPatty.com Most people only see scrap metal when a fender is removed from a vehicle, but Christi Schimpke, Founder of CRASH Jewelry, sees something beautiful and worthy of rebirth. After moving her studio into her husband’s auto body shop in Los Angeles, her admiration of the aesthetic appeal of discarded automotive parts led her to imagine a way to re-purpose those materials. Goal in mind, she set out to create unique cuffs, earrings and other accessories from the metal of luxury vehicles. What is CRASH Jewelry? CRASH Jewelry specializes in creating sustainable uni-sex jewelry from the metal of luxury automobiles. My husband’s shop, Beverly Coachcraft, specializes in repairs…

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    Auto Body Concepts Guarantees “Best of the Best” with Accudraft Paint Booths

    Printed in Autobody News Shop & Product Showcase Crossing state lines between its two locations in Texas and Oklahoma, Auto Body Concepts must comply with each state’s requirements and ensure clients in both markets are pleased with the high-quality repairs the shops perform. According to owner Dan Ott, “The main thing that sets our shop apart from others is our dedication to our customers. We aren’t here for the insurance companies or the tow companies – we are here for our customers, first and foremost. We are a local business, so these are our neighbors, friends and family, and we treat them as such.” In order to guarantee customer satisfaction…

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    NORTHEAST Collision P.R.E.P. Kicks Off with Mark Olson’s Bulletproof File

    Printed in Autobody News This year’s Collision P.R.E.P.  program commenced on August 6th with “Documenting for Repair Process and Liability, and Building a Bulletproof File,” presented by Mark Olson of VECO Experts. Hosted by the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA), Collision P.R.E.P. is the educational portion of AASP/NJ’s Virtual 2020 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show. “There’s a much bigger picture than what you’re probably already doing in your shop,” Olson began. “You’ve got to get it right the first time. You don’t have a second chance to get the right information. As soon as the car enters your shop, you need to start taking pictures of the vehicle and the…

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    Hawaii Shop Increases Net Profit with AkzoNobel’s ACOAT Selected Performance Group

    Since 1937, Island Fender has been providing high-quality collision repairs to Honolulu, Hawaii and the surrounding area. Utilizing the latest technology in collision repair, framework, alignment and painting, Island Fender offers superior workmanship and service. According to owner Van Takemoto, the key ingredient to his shop’s success is his involvement with AkzoNobel’s Acoat Selected Performance Group. He shares, “The Acoat Selected Performance Group helped me build my body shop from $50,000 monthly sales to $250,000 and increased our net profit. With the profit generated from the shop, we were able to invest in the real estate instead of paying rent. Over the years, the cash flow from the shop and…

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    Mill Run Collision Praises Matrix Edge as Asset to Business Due to Cost, Coverage and Ease of Application

    Printed in Autobody News Mill Run Collision Center opened in the quaint borough of Mill Village, PA in 1984, but despite being located in a historic district, the shop owned by Lee DeBrakeleer is anything but dated. Six employees work on an average of 40 vehicles each month in the facility’s two buildings which are outfitted with the industry’s latest and most technologically advanced tools and equipment. Two of the most valuable tools in Mill Run’s arsenal are the Spectrometer and the Matrix Edge™ refinish system, a Valspar Automotive® brand. DeBrakeleer said, “The reasonable cost of the Matrix Edge system, as well as the excellent coverage and ease of application,…

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    MCTEC Student Continues Collision Education During Lockdown, Earns 95 Certifications

    For the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) The mandates for social distancing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak has necessitated that schools around the world close their doors and transition to a virtual learning format. Teachers reacted quickly by creating lesson plans for students to complete remotely; however, without any in-person engagement, many students have forsaken their studies and essentially disappeared from the education system’s radar. This is not true of Alex Pruitt, a senior year student at Mercer County Technical Education Center (MCTEC) in Princeton, W. Va. MCTEC Collision Repair Technology Instructor Daryl Barton first boasted about Pruitt’s dedication to his education and the industry in an online forum:…