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
Auto Refinishes: Amazing Chemistry!
I’ve been around so long that I was there when acrylic enamel was introduced to the industry. I was there when isocyanate catalysts were first offered, when the OEMs started putting clear on the color and when the first three-stage pearls were applied to new cars. Without exception, each of the passing years has brought
Corrosion Protection: How Long Will Your Repair Last?
Today’s metals are stronger than ever but thinner, too. How long do you think it will take for corrosion to compromise metal strength once it takes hold – especially with the increasing use of liquid deicer to combat snow storms?
It Only Takes a Moment to Destroy Your Reputation
One scathing online review and your sterling reputation could be tarnished at best, severely corroded or destroyed at worst.
Life in the Fast Lane
The collision center at Gullo Ford discovered that creating a “fast lane” for minor collision repairs was the key to improving its cycle time.
Profiting from Non-DRP Total Losses
Don’t process total losses for free – take advantage of the huge profit opportunity when a non-DRP vehicle comes to your shop.
Joseph Carubba: 2013 BodyShop Business Collision Repair Shop Executive of the Year
Congratulations to our 30th collision repair professional to be honored with this prestigious award!