2013 Editions Archives - BodyShop Business
The Heat Is On

Infrared heaters are making a comeback as shops search for a supplemental and more versatile way to cure coatings.

The Shop: Ken Hernecek of Fred Martin Collision Center

This body shop manager loves his Chevelles…and loves to put the pedal to the metal.

Custom Dreams

The SEMA Show has me wanting to turn my ’09 Honda Civic into a mad whip.

Farewell, 2013

The year was a challenging one, and next year will be no different. Rest assured that BodyShop Business will continue to bring you all the collision-related information you need.

How Do Those Who Do It Well Do It?

Fresh out of a beer-soaked college career with just a few weeks of auto body supply sales calls under my belt, I could tell who was good at what they did in the industry…and who wasn’t.

Resolve to Keep Your Online Marketing Resolutions!

By pledging to boost your Web presence, you’ll be able to reach more customers throughout 2014.

Confessions of a Lean Rookie

Implementing lean/kaizen in a high-production shop produced some major challenges for me.

Slideshow: SEMA 2013

This year’s SEMA Show was arguably the most successful to date, particularly for the Collision Repair & Refinish section. Check out our recap of the hottest rides, newest technology and more from the show floor!

Carve Out Your Space

I sit here planning to leave for AAPEX and SEMA on Sunday and I can’t help but reflect back on the excitement at NACE. The shops that attended were engaged and truly committed to growing their businesses and staying out in front. It was, to say the least, refreshing to see this level of interest

Seeing the Light

Repairers must understand they are far beyond bending metal, and insurers need to get out of the Dark Ages when it comes to paying for proper repairs.

The Shop: Paul Struhar of Centerline CARSTAR Collision Center

Paul Struhar Owner Centerline CARSTAR Collision Center, Strongsville, Ohio So what’s the story with that giant pike on your office wall? My son caught it on one of our fishing trips when he was 7 years old. Fishing is my favorite hobby – I wish I had more time to do it! Where do you

Without OEM Information, You’re Flying Blind

Mike is a great guy who runs a collision repair facility in Joliet, Ill. We’ve always had a good relationship, and he never holds back when we talk. Good or bad, you’ll get exactly what you asked for – complete honesty. Mike had only been using OEM repair information for a couple of weeks, so I