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DON’T GET CAUGHT IN LOW TIDE

Strategic Planning Creates Sustainable Business for Years to Come The old saying “A rising tide floats all boats” would certainly apply today in the collision repair industry. With record collision repair volume, the collision repair industry is stretched beyond capacity. That means that some body shops are taking overflow work from collision repair facilities who

Overcoming Supply Chain Issues in Today’s World

Many legislative and environmental mandates have affected the collision repair industry over the last decade. To comply with such mandates, vehicle manufacturers continue to design vehicles with increasingly advanced electronics, ranging from Advanced Driver Assistance Systems that increase safety, helping people with everything from parking to driving, to the recent push for electric vehicles. They’ve

The Reviews Are In: AirPro’s AUGGIE Leads a Calibration Revolution 

By Joel Gausten What a difference a year makes… In September 2021, AirPro Diagnostics appeared at the Texas Auto Body Trade Show to provide a hands-on demonstration of AUGGIE, a new wireless device designed to revolutionize the world of vehicle recalibrations. The system promised a new direction by rendering a scaled-down, digital version of required

Building Communities & Experience through Give Back Programs

It is no secret the automotive and collision repair industry depends on expendable products. From the staff working in the front office to the body technicians and painters in the shop, supplies are being used up daily. But when we focus on the shops and the obstacles they are facing today, especially with consideration to

The waterborne basecoat system for high production shops

When it comes to performance, there are multiple considerations when selecting a refinish system. At the top of the list are the ability to deliver excellent color matching and fast throughput. And given the shortage of experienced paint technicians, it would be a plus if the system is easy to learn and apply. The ENVIROBASE®

Consolidation – the way forward?

Now, more than ever before, body shops are reinforcing their services with additional offerings to remain profitable. Steve Leal provides his insights into the trend.

The Path to Increasing Throughput and Reducing Cycle Times Is Not A One Size Fits All Process.

Cycle time is one of the many metrics collision repair shops use to gauge their operational efficiency. Whatever can be done to shorten the time it takes to repair and return a vehicle to the consumer not only helps to achieve high customer satisfaction rates, but also maximizes throughput potential.  There are a few paths

Forward-Facing Innovation: Inside AUGGIE by AirPro Diagnostics

By Joel Gausten “HELP!!” This four-letter combination ranks among the most taboo words in the industry, although there’s no shame in needing assistance in this ever-evolving field. With everything from supply chain issues to simply paying utilities weighing on the minds of anyone who turns the key to a shop’s door each morning, being a

Finding Success in Succession

Succession planning is one of the most overlooked aspects of a business strategy. Steve Leal argues its significance for the aftermarket industry, where most body shops are family owned.  You’ve worked hard for many years to build a flourishing business, earned the goodwill of your customers and are now wondering what happens to your legacy

Certifications: Do they really make a difference?

Advancements in both the technology and materials in new vehicles have continued to accelerate, making collision repairs more complex than ever before. This, in turn, puts more responsibility on collision repair facilities to self-manage the changes. Insurers, OEMs, and fleet partners are also relying on the shop owners to keep their team up to date

The MP-V8 Spray Gun from Fuji Spray Auto

A high-performance spray gun has been sweeping across body shops through North America and quality-conscious spray professionals are showing they’re quick on the draw by adopting Fuji Spray’s MP-V8™ Mid-Pressure Spray Gun. Maxwell Larmour knows the importance of quality equipment when it comes to doing good work for his clients. The 14-year automotive repair professional,

A Guide to Retaining Qualified Talent

With the changes in technology, processes, and even the work environment within the collision repair industry, it has been a world-wide struggle to acquire and retain qualified talent. Fortunately, for ABRA Auto Body Repair Centers, the network has access to key resources to help address this significant challenge. The ABRA family has continued its focus