2011 Editions Archives - BodyShop Business
Alignment Tips for 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5

If you were to look at the underside of a 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt or Pontiac G5, the recipe doesn’t look that much different than a 1995-2004 Chevrolet Cavalier or Pontiac Sunfire. The basic ingredients of a strut front suspension and loaded beam axle rear suspension are still there. But GM introduced several new ingredients that

Buyer Education: Sandpaper

Understanding the differences between different kinds of sandpaper and how they’re made will equip you with the knowledge to make smarter buying decisions.

Pinstriping and Lettering: The Lost Art

Quality pinstriping takes lots of practice, but if you dedicate yourself to it and market it well, you can make it a thriving add-on business.

Steering: The Good and the Bad

When a car is snatched away from us, we call it
steering. When a car is steered to us from another shop, we call it a referral. Some would argue, then, that steering isn’t all bad. But what everyone agrees is bad is “deceptive referral.”

The Standard is Set?

The leaders of the three main collision industry associations announced their unanimous endorsement of OEM repair procedures as the industry’s repair standards: now what?

Here’s to You, Mike

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the 2011 National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician Recognition Awards celebration.

Choosing the Right Masking Tape

Industry changes have had a big impact on masking tapes. A look at the new technology out there should help you with your buying decisions.

I Am a Car Nut!

The first thing I get asked at cocktail parties outside of the collision repair industry after telling people what I do for a living is, “Are you a car nut?” When I answer no, I’m invariably met with a gasp…

Thanks, Ron and ASA!

A recap of NACE 2011.

Plastic Repair: Be Flexible

More plastic is coming down the line in vehicle construction. If you don’t start repairing plastic in the next five years, your competition surely will.

Girl Power: Perspectives from Three Young Female Techs

These top-performing young women are proving there’s room for more than just boys in the collision repair industry. Meet Haley Krueger, Jessica Anderson and Alley Domar.

Lexus, GM Repair Procedures

Here are some excerpts from current OE repair articles and TSBs found in ALLDATA Collision S3500.