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Estimates: Waste of Time or Path to Profit?

Estimates are as much a part of the collision repair industry as golf balls are to a golf tournament – there’s simply no way to do without them. There’s at least one estimate for every job that comes through the shop, and it provides technic...

My Car Is Back!

Guess what? My car’s back, good as new! Well, some people might dispute that, stating that body shops can never actually return a vehicle to pre-accident condition because they can’t duplicate certain factory procedures. But…my Honda Civic look...

Upcoming Meeting to Focus on Combating Insurer Involvement in Collision Repair Industry

SafeCars has announced that it will host a special meeting Saturday, Oct. 18 at the DoubleTree Hotel, BWI Airport, in Linthicum Heights, Md., to discuss how to best combat increasing insurer involvement in the collision repair industry. The free even...

ASA Solicits Top 10 Insurers on 'Blend Within/Zone Refinish' Issue

The Automotive Service Association’s board of directors and Collision Division Operations Committee have begun their second initiative as they continue to focus on refinish issues and the issues’ effects on collision repair facilities. ASA’...

All Roads Lead to SEMA

Ah, November. Summer’s long gone, the days are getting shorter by the minute and the holidays are right around the corner. But while most of the country is starting to cool down for winter, things are just beginning to heat up in Vegas. Notoriou...

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes to Host Next EcoLean Workshop at Daytona International Speedway

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes announced it will hold its next EcoLean Level 2 workshop Oct. 21-22, 2014, in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the iconic Daytona International Speedway. The EcoLean Level 2 workshop is an extensive, two-day course that...

Masters School of Autobody Management Offering Prepayment Special for Spring Classes

Masters School of Autobody Management has announced that it is offering a prepayment special for March and April Bodyshop Management Essentials classes. Collision repairers who are interested in attending can pay by Dec. 31, 2014, and save $500 or...

Refresh Your Marketing

Out with the old, in with the new. Some of the marketing strategies utilized in today’s collision repair industry are as outdated as Grandma’s living room carpet. They’ve been exhausted so much that they could be used in a GEICO commercial ...

Refresh Your Marketing

Out with the old, in with the new. Some of the marketing strategies utilized in today’s collision repair industry are as outdated as Grandma’s living room carpet. They’ve been exhausted so much that they could be used in a GEICO commercial ...

A Glimpse Into the Future

Optima Automotive employs people who are charged with being what we call “futurists.” They’re responsible for keeping their eyes open for the dreams and long-term plans of the movers and shakers in technology. They look for what’s out the...

Ringing Up the Profits

Add-on businesses give body shops opportunities to ring in sales rather than turning requests for sprayed-on bedliners, glass work, detailing and aluminum repairs to other outlets. But are you ready to expand your core business? And what’s the best...

Defying the Odds

There’s a scene in the beginning of the holiday movie favorite “The Santa Clause” where, after Tim Allen completes his first night as Santa Claus and still believes it has all been a bad dream, he flies off in his sleigh to the North Pole and s...

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