Sector: Auto Repair

Posted: February 21, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has announced the schedule for its 2014 second quarter training sessions. These courses will run from April through June throughout the U.S. at the company’s advanced regional training centers.

Participants will learn through a combination of classroom, Web and hands-on settings. Designed for shop owners, managers, painters and technicians, attendees can choose from various workshops to advance their business-building, production excellence and/or paint application techniques.

The following courses will be offered during the second quarter:

  • Estimating Solutions for Profit
  • Color Adjustment and Blending
  • AWX Performance Plus Waterborne System Painter Certification
  • ATX Refinish System Painter Certification

Many of these courses tie directly into the Sherwin-Williams philosophy of “lean thinking” – introducing concepts that support environmentally responsible practices – which increase productivity while minimizing or often eliminating waste, according to Rod Habel, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes director of training operations.


More information:

View the complete class schedule

Posted: February 21, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

The Martin Senour Company has released its second quarter training schedule, with courses running from April through June. Various training courses are available and emphasize painter certification, maximizing shop profits and specialized training for new NAPA and other professional body equipment jobbers.

Training classes will be held at Martin Senour training facilities nationwide and are designed to help shop owners, managers and technicians better execute environmentally responsible practices, as well as improve their repair techniques and knowledge of today’s new innovative painting systems.

Brandon Devis, Martin Senour director of sales, notes that shop owners are increasingly concerned with how to best maximize their profits while increasing productivity and quality. In response to these needs, the company is providing additional classes specific to these practices.
Read more

Posted: February 5, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com News

AVI OnDemand, a training website with more than 100 hours of streaming educational videos, announces a series of free or discounted educational webinars for automotive technicians.
The Live Training course schedule and description is as follows:
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. EST
    Sprinter Diesel DiagnosticsBob Pattengale, national training manager for Robert Bosch LLC will present a training class on Sprinter Diesel Diagnostics, focusing on common rail injection systems and the differences between the 2.7 and 3.0 engines.Cost: $19.95 (normally $49.95)
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 10-11 a.m. EST
    Practical TPMS ServiceMike Rose of Bartec will host a free class on TPMS service and technology. He will dive into common diagnostic and service issues, providing real-life solutions.Cost: free (normally $19.95)
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 2-3 p.m. EST
    In-Vehicle Battery/Starter/Alternator Diagnostics: Past, Present, FutureAlong with some basic electrical system diagnostics, this class will also cover many of the changes the automotive industry is seeing from multiple manufacturers. The “operating logic” manufacturers are adopting will also be discussed.Cost: free (normally $19.95)

More information:

Posted: February 5, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com News

Pro-Spray Finishes has released its 2014 Training Schedule. The courses being offered are designed to provide hands-on knowledge in a variety of areas for the automotive painting professional.

Classes include:

  • National Rule Product  –  This class gives students an overview of the entire Pro-Spray product offering used in National Rule areas and H2O Waterborne Basecoat. Students will learn how each product is positioned in the collision repair facility and ways to maximize productivity and efficiencies on repairs they encounter on a daily basis.
  • Low VOC Product  –  This class provides emphasis on the Low VOC product group including H2O Waterborne Basecoat. Training also qualifies painters for compliance to the new national emissions standard for HAPS and EPA 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart HHHHHH as well as Pro-Spray Warranty Certification.
  • Color Theory  –  This one-day class is designed for the Pro-Spray technician wanting a comprehensive education in color theory and adjustment for blending.

All classes are conducted in the training facility located at Quest Automotive Products headquarters in Massillon, Ohio, which is supplied with the latest tools and equipment for hands-on learning. Instruction is conducted by some of the most experienced training and technical staff.

“We strongly believe in helping Pro-Spray customers succeed by providing in-depth classroom and hands-on training with our products and systems,” said Bill Warner, technical training manager. “I keenly focus on the individual to learn their needs and help them improve their skill levels, productivity and overall business.”
Read more

Posted: February 5, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

AutoInc., the official publication of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), recently selected its annual “Top 10 Automotive Repair Websites,” which are featured in the magazine’s February 2014 issue.
AutoInc.’s “Top 10 of 2014” includes:
  • Artistic Collision Center Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif., www.artisticcollision.com
  • Atlantic Motorcar Services, Wicasset, Maine, www.atlanticmotorcar.com
  • Certified Transmissions, Draper, Utah, www.certifiedtrans.com
  • Dillon’s Automotive, Katy, Texas, www.dillonsautomotive.com
  • Kinney’s Automotive, Hurst, Texas, www.kinneysauto.com
  • Mike’s KARS Inc., Gettysburg, Pa., www.mikeskars.com
  • One Stop Auto Care, Los Angeles, Calif., www.onestop-autocare.com
  • Rabbit Row Repair, Wilson, Wyo., www.rabbitrowautorepair.com
  • Rad Air Complete Car Care, Strongsville, Ohio, www.radair.com
  • Valley Automotive Repair and Electric, Maple Valley, Wash., www.valleyautoelectric.com
Each year, AutoInc. judges review scores of website submissions and narrow the field to what they consider the best. Judges use set guidelines and a scoring sheet to evaluate specific features of each site uniformly. Qualifying websites were evaluated on nine criteria:

Read more

Posted: February 4, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.org News

The Masters School of Autobody Management is currently offering several upcoming classes in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Galesburg, Ill.

The dates and types of programs are as follows:

Read more

Posted: January 29, 2014
Source: BodyShop Business.com

American Honda announced that approved collision repair tools and equipment are now available to independent and dealer-owned collision repair shops through the Honda/Acura Tool and Equipment Program.

This includes tools and equipment necessary for collision repairs on all steel panels and structural parts such as ultra high-strength 1,500 MPa boron steel used in many late-model Honda and Acura vehicles.

All tools and equipment included in this program have been approved by the American Honda Special Tools Group to confirm suitability for the repair and that the tool performs as advertised.
Read more

Posted: January 29, 2014
Source: BodyShop Business.com

Matrix System Automotive Finishes announced the release of its 2014 Training Schedule. The courses will combine classroom and shop demonstration time, providing students with guidance on proper product selection and application to maximize shop productivity.

Classes include:

  • Jobber Product – A two-day training course designed to educate jobber personnel about the complete line of Matrix System refinish products.
  • Painter Product Certification – A two-day course that gives the student an overview of the entire Matrix System product offering.
  • Color Theory – A one-day course that will teach the student fundamentals of visual color match and how to adjust color for a blendable match.

Classes are conducted in the training facility located at Quest Automotive Products headquarters in Massillon, Ohio, which is supplied with the latest tools and equipment for hands-on learning. Instruction is conducted by some of the most experienced training and technical staff.
Read more

Posted: January 24, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business News

American Honda has announced that the latest editions of its Body Repair News are now available. The editions cover the 2013 Acura RDX, 2014 Acura RLX and 2009-14 Acura TL.

Body Repair News, free to independent collision repair shops, is part of a series of American Honda publications created to support new models, highlighting new and different substrates and technologies. An edition of Body Repair News will be issued for every future new model. Any minor model change where significant body design changes are made will also have a body repair publication issued.

Body Repair News summarizes new body and vehicle technology that may affect collision and other body repairs. However, it is not intended to replace the detailed information contained in the body repair and service manuals. Rather, it simply helps collision repair industry personnel understand why using the factory service information is so important to make safe and complete repairs.


More information:

2013 Acura RDX edition

2014 Acura RLX edition

2009-2014 Acura TL edition

Posted: January 21, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. and Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes have announced the 2014 schedule for the annual Toyota Certified Collision Center estimating program, with Sherwin-Williams continuing as one of the facilitators for the program’s training workshops. Conducted through the University of Toyota, the workshops will be held in three locations across the U.S., including:

  • Atlanta, April 9
  • Boston, May 7
  • Houston, June 25

“Sherwin-Williams continues to be a great partner in offering comprehensive training to the University of Toyota and our certified collision centers,” says Brad Brahe, Toyota body shop development manager.

The workshop, “B005 Collision Repair Estimating,” covers real-world estimating scenarios and industry-specific issues pertaining to body shop operations and insurance company relations. Attendees who participate in this estimating program will get hands-on experience with the techniques, skills and information necessary to write more accurate estimates.

“This is our 11th year that we have conducted the collision repair estimating workshops, and they have proven to enhance estimators’ and shop managers’ skills in all areas of writing accurate and profitable repair estimates,” said Steve Feltovich, manager of business consulting services for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.


More information:

For registration information, click here.