2008 Editions Archives - BodyShop Business
You Get What You Give

You get what you give. Every so often you hear one of these wise old sayings about life, but to me, the one above is proven to be true every day. To me, it means that the more effort you put into life, the more you’ll get out of it. “You reap what you sow”

Legislative Lowdown

California – The California Autobody Association (CAA) announced that it supports the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) performing a survey of the automotive repair industry that would include labor rates. The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA), however, opposes the BAR’s inclusion of labor rates in its survey. The CRA opposes the survey because of

Hydrate Your Business

A recruiting and training plan now can stave off your thirst for employees later.

BUSINESS FEATURE: Blueprint for Efficiency

Spending more time creating a complete and accurate damage evaluation results in more profit, faster repairs, reduced headaches and improved efficiency.

Get Good Air

Your compressed air system is vital to most of the functions in your shop. That’s why ongoing, preventive maintenance is crucial to maintaining
performance and efficiency.

Here’s to the New Year

As I sat on a plane headed for the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) several weeks ago, my thoughts turned toward what the upcoming event might bring. It wasn’t until I finally reached the show floor that I was struck with that overwhelming feeling of how we the BodyShop Business team were going to

It’s All About Attitude

I think Doug Goethe got it right in this month’s story about his personal transition to waterborne basecoat when he said, “It’s all about attitude. Everything’s about attitude.” It is all about attitude. Specifically, having a positive and open-minded attitude. When you were down 5-0 after the first inning in your league softball game, there

Sectioning the Front Frame Rail on a 2007 GMC Sierra

During the course of a busy day, we often overlook important updates or new procedures for repairing a vehicle. Repair procedures related to the structural performance of a vehicle are critical to an estimator formulating a repair plan and a technician repairing the vehicle to factory safety standards. Structural sectioning procedures have always been a

Giving Life to a Deathtrap
GUEST EDITORIAL: Follow the Leader

We’re playing insurers in the game of business, and we’re losing. So let’s play the game their way and run our shops like the profit-making ventures they are.

Green & Mean

More and more consumers are seeking out green businesses that help the environment, and a growing number of body shops are seizing the opportunity.