May, 2009 Archives - BodyShop Business
COVER STORY: 2009 Industry Profile

The award-winning BodyShop Business Industry Profile is back with a vengance, offering reliable statistics that will help you put your finger on the industry’s pulse.

Don’t Wait for Waterborne

I recently asked a shop owner if he had switched over to waterborne or low-VOC basecoats yet, and his response took me by surprise. “Tailpipe’s this big,” he said, making a circle with his thumb and index finger. “A spray gun nozzle is this big,” he then said, making a much smaller circle. “EPA’s always

TECH TIPS: Repairing the ’06-’09 Buick Lucerne Front Door Lock

Too many times during a busy day, we often overlook what may be an important update or new procedure for repairing a vehicle. Manufacturers’ updates, Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) and recalls can offer critical information for the estimator or technician. TSBs help shop personnel keep abreast of common problems or solutions that have been discovered

Legislative Lowdown

Federal – The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would remove the federal antitrust exemption from the insurance industry. In repealing the exemption, the Insurance Industry Competition Act would give the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the authority to apply antitrust laws to anticompetitive behavior by insurance companies

TECH FEATURE: Power with Plasma

The plasma cutter may be mysterious to many, but its functions are undeniable, especially when it comes to cutting heat-treated alloys like boron steel.