December, 2011 Archives - BodyShop Business
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.

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?

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.”

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.

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.

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