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Auto Repair

American Honda Releases Two New Body Repair News Bulletins

Posted: April 7, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

The first bulletin covers the 2015 Honda Fit model including new model body technology, body repair information, welding information and airbag systems. The second bulletin covers welding and sectioning guideline revisions that apply to all models.The bulletins have been issued in response to industry requests for more information about the proper repair of Honda and Acura vehicles as the amount of high-strength steel used in vehicles continues to increase.

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


More information:Visit techinfo.honda.com and techinfo.acura.com, then click the “Collision Repair Information and Industry Position Statements” link.


PPG Refinish Releases 2014 Distributor Training Schedule

Posted: March 12, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

PPG Automotive Refinish has unveiled its 2014 distributor training schedule.

Consisting of more than 30 classes across 12 critical business areas, the training is designed for owners, managers, sales staff and other key personnel involved in the operation of a PPG distributor business. The courses make up a comprehensive curriculum PPG has created to support all its distributors by providing the practical and professional skills required to successfully run a productive and profitable enterprise.

“Distributor success is something PPG cares about and is absolutely committed to, and that means providing great products and great training,” said Bob Wenzinger, PPG distributor programs director. “We continue to place a significant emphasis on making sure all PPG distributors have everything they need to build and operate an efficient and effective business.”

According to Wenzinger, the distributor training PPG offers can have a significant and positive impact on every aspect of a distributor’s operations. Classes cover general operations, finance, business development and management, conflict resolution, selling skills and commercial business development.

“We’re always enhancing our distributor training offerings, making sure they’re relevant and rewarding,” added Wenzinger. “We see PPG distributors at all levels learning and improving from our courses.”

Training will be held throughout the year – from March to December – in PPG Business Development Centers and conference facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Courses are led by PPG leadership as well as by prominent consultants in the automotive refinish industry.

To view the complete schedule, click here.


More information:PPG


Consider all the Costs of Compressed Air

Posted: March 12, 2014
Kaeser: blog for the compressed air user
Source: Susan Hodges, System Design Engineer, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

The purchase price of a compressor is an important consideration when comparing new equipment options, but it’s only one of several cost components that affect the overall cost of owning and operating an air system. Low price options often have higher life cycle costs.

Installation, energy, maintenance and repair, as well as lost time and materials each greatly impact the overall bottom line of your compressed air system. Be sure to consider each of these other cost drivers as you are making a purchasing decision. In many cases, the benefits in one area outweigh the costs in another and vice versa.

Installation: The equipment you select directly impacts installation costs. It’s common for buyers to build separate rooms or structures to isolate noisy, vibrating compressors from employees and customers for the sake of safety and comfort. When selecting equipment, it is always a good idea to review the sound pressure level, general environmental requirements, such as air intake and discharge, and general electrical requirements of the equipment. Choices in piping also impact installation time and labor.

Energy: Compressors are by nature energy intensive. Your energy costs depend on the compressor size (hp), how much you run it, and your local utility rates, but even small compressors are often the largest energy user in a shop. Compressor efficiency varies widely between types and brands of compressors, so there are opportunities for significant savings. One major source for savings that is often overlooked is recovering the heat generated by the compressor—even for small compressors. Since 100% of the electrical energy used by the compressor is converted into heat and 96% of this energy is available for recovery, the savings potential with heat recovery is huge.

Maintenance and repair: Be sure you understand the preventive maintenance as well as periodic major maintenance requirements of equipment you are comparing. Also, system sizing and installation location impact the duty cycle and heat load on the compressor. These factors heavily influence longevity.

Lost time and materials: Often overlooked (because they are harder to calculate) are the costs of lost productivity due to downtime as well as wasted time/materials and reduced tool life due to poor air quality or fluctuating pressure. These may be among the highest costs associated with compressed air, and they can quickly erase the savings gained during the equipment purchase.

For more information and energy saving tips, visit Kaeser’s sustainability page.


Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Announces 2014 Second Quarter Training Schedule

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


Martin Senour Announces 2014 Second Quarter Training 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.

Martin Senour professionals will teach the following course topics during the second quarter of 2014:

  • VORTEX Waterborne Painter Certification
  • Estimating Solutions for Profit
  • Improving Workshop Efficiency
  • Color Adjustment and Blending
  • Fleet FGP
  • Pro//BASE Refinish System

In addition there will be special courses available for collision repair shops to expand and increase their customer service excellence, as well as vocational instructor training sessions on products and application techniques.

Finally, there are specific courses devoted to NAPA and other PBE jobbers to develop their selling and shop service skills.


More information:

View the complete schedule here


AVI OnDemand Announces Live Training Course Offerings

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:


Pro-Spray Finishes Releases 2014 Training Schedule

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.”

These sessions are free of charge with all training materials, meals and personal protection equipment included. Those interested in attending should contact the local area sales manager for more details about the courses. Classes will begin February 2014.

2014 Schedule:

  • National Rule Product
    Feb. 19-20, 2014
    April 9-10, 2014
    July 9-10, 2014
    Aug. 13-14, 2014
    Oct. 8-9, 2014
  • Low VOC Product
    Feb. 5-6, 2014
    April 23-24, 2014
    July 23-24, 2014
    Oct. 22-23, 2014
  • Color Theory
    April 11, 2014
    May 9, 2014
    Aug. 15, 2014

More information:Pro-Spray Finishes


AutoInc. Selects Top 10 Automotive Repair Websites for 2014

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:

  • First impression/visual design
  • Objective/purpose
  • Innovation
  • Credibility
  • Navigation
  • Encourages action
  • Consumer friendliness
  • Technical and social media involvement
The goal of the contest is to help other shops employ the Internet as a powerful tool and show how fellow shop owners use the Web to improve productivity, enhance marketing programs and, ultimately, increase their businesses’ bottom lines. ASA executive director Dan Risley congratulated the winners and mentioned the importance of updating businesses with new technology.

“These ASA members have demonstrated the importance of having a Web presence to effectively compete in the digital age. It is no longer acceptable to hope that customers will ‘find’ your business; you have to proactively promote yourself, and these are excellent examples of cost-effective digital marketing. Congratulations to all the honorees for setting a great example.”


More information:


Masters School of Autobody Management Announces Spring Class Schedule

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:


The Bodyshop Management Essentials class will provide a plan for collision repairers to succeed in the changing collision repair industry and will be comprised of a three and a half-day course taught by working professional collision repair shop owners and managers.

The Nuts and Bolts of Sales and Estimating is a powerful one-day program for body shop estimators, managers and office staff. During the class, you can learn the Masters 172 Forgettables (items you should and can get paid for) and the Masters 12 Levels of Estimating Proficiency.

The Leadership Management and Marketing class is one of the first of its kind as it brings together the three components of success. This is a one-and-a-half-day class for those who want more freedom and satisfaction from their business life.

The Interactive Cycle Time & Production Management course will teach you how to get more work out in less time, resulting in more profit and less stress. This is a one-day class that will showcase how to methodically overcome and utilize obstacles your competition assumes are insurmountable and unprofitable.


More information:

Masters School of Autobody Management


American Honda Launches Approved Collision Repair Tools Program

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.

“Our goal is to have every collision-damaged Honda and Acura receive a complete and proper repair,” said Wayne Waszkiewicz, manager, service technology  for American Honda. “To do that requires the use of proper tools and equipment. Our department is pleased to not only identify those items, but to make them easily and readily available to anyone repairing Honda and Acura vehicles.”

The approved tools and equipment are available to independent shops at competitive prices.


More information:

For additional information, visit techinfo.acura.com or techinfo.honda.com.


Posted: April 7, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

The first bulletin covers the 2015 Honda Fit model including new model body technology, body repair information, welding information and airbag systems. The second bulletin covers welding and sectioning guideline revisions that apply to all models.The bulletins have been issued in response to industry requests for more information about the proper repair of Honda and Acura vehicles as the amount of high-strength steel used in vehicles continues to increase.

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


More information:Visit techinfo.honda.com and techinfo.acura.com, then click the “Collision Repair Information and Industry Position Statements” link.

Posted: March 12, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

PPG Automotive Refinish has unveiled its 2014 distributor training schedule.

Consisting of more than 30 classes across 12 critical business areas, the training is designed for owners, managers, sales staff and other key personnel involved in the operation of a PPG distributor business. The courses make up a comprehensive curriculum PPG has created to support all its distributors by providing the practical and professional skills required to successfully run a productive and profitable enterprise.

“Distributor success is something PPG cares about and is absolutely committed to, and that means providing great products and great training,” said Bob Wenzinger, PPG distributor programs director. “We continue to place a significant emphasis on making sure all PPG distributors have everything they need to build and operate an efficient and effective business.”

According to Wenzinger, the distributor training PPG offers can have a significant and positive impact on every aspect of a distributor’s operations. Classes cover general operations, finance, business development and management, conflict resolution, selling skills and commercial business development.

“We’re always enhancing our distributor training offerings, making sure they’re relevant and rewarding,” added Wenzinger. “We see PPG distributors at all levels learning and improving from our courses.”

Training will be held throughout the year – from March to December – in PPG Business Development Centers and conference facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Courses are led by PPG leadership as well as by prominent consultants in the automotive refinish industry.

To view the complete schedule, click here.


More information:PPG

Posted: March 12, 2014
Kaeser: blog for the compressed air user
Source: Susan Hodges, System Design Engineer, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

The purchase price of a compressor is an important consideration when comparing new equipment options, but it’s only one of several cost components that affect the overall cost of owning and operating an air system. Low price options often have higher life cycle costs.

Installation, energy, maintenance and repair, as well as lost time and materials each greatly impact the overall bottom line of your compressed air system. Be sure to consider each of these other cost drivers as you are making a purchasing decision. In many cases, the benefits in one area outweigh the costs in another and vice versa.

Installation: The equipment you select directly impacts installation costs. It’s common for buyers to build separate rooms or structures to isolate noisy, vibrating compressors from employees and customers for the sake of safety and comfort. When selecting equipment, it is always a good idea to review the sound pressure level, general environmental requirements, such as air intake and discharge, and general electrical requirements of the equipment. Choices in piping also impact installation time and labor.

Energy: Compressors are by nature energy intensive. Your energy costs depend on the compressor size (hp), how much you run it, and your local utility rates, but even small compressors are often the largest energy user in a shop. Compressor efficiency varies widely between types and brands of compressors, so there are opportunities for significant savings. One major source for savings that is often overlooked is recovering the heat generated by the compressor—even for small compressors. Since 100% of the electrical energy used by the compressor is converted into heat and 96% of this energy is available for recovery, the savings potential with heat recovery is huge.

Maintenance and repair: Be sure you understand the preventive maintenance as well as periodic major maintenance requirements of equipment you are comparing. Also, system sizing and installation location impact the duty cycle and heat load on the compressor. These factors heavily influence longevity.

Lost time and materials: Often overlooked (because they are harder to calculate) are the costs of lost productivity due to downtime as well as wasted time/materials and reduced tool life due to poor air quality or fluctuating pressure. These may be among the highest costs associated with compressed air, and they can quickly erase the savings gained during the equipment purchase.

For more information and energy saving tips, visit Kaeser’s sustainability page.

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.

Martin Senour professionals will teach the following course topics during the second quarter of 2014:

  • VORTEX Waterborne Painter Certification
  • Estimating Solutions for Profit
  • Improving Workshop Efficiency
  • Color Adjustment and Blending
  • Fleet FGP
  • Pro//BASE Refinish System

In addition there will be special courses available for collision repair shops to expand and increase their customer service excellence, as well as vocational instructor training sessions on products and application techniques.

Finally, there are specific courses devoted to NAPA and other PBE jobbers to develop their selling and shop service skills.


More information:

View the complete schedule here

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.”

These sessions are free of charge with all training materials, meals and personal protection equipment included. Those interested in attending should contact the local area sales manager for more details about the courses. Classes will begin February 2014.

2014 Schedule:

  • National Rule Product
    Feb. 19-20, 2014
    April 9-10, 2014
    July 9-10, 2014
    Aug. 13-14, 2014
    Oct. 8-9, 2014
  • Low VOC Product
    Feb. 5-6, 2014
    April 23-24, 2014
    July 23-24, 2014
    Oct. 22-23, 2014
  • Color Theory
    April 11, 2014
    May 9, 2014
    Aug. 15, 2014

More information:Pro-Spray Finishes

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:

  • First impression/visual design
  • Objective/purpose
  • Innovation
  • Credibility
  • Navigation
  • Encourages action
  • Consumer friendliness
  • Technical and social media involvement
The goal of the contest is to help other shops employ the Internet as a powerful tool and show how fellow shop owners use the Web to improve productivity, enhance marketing programs and, ultimately, increase their businesses’ bottom lines. ASA executive director Dan Risley congratulated the winners and mentioned the importance of updating businesses with new technology.

“These ASA members have demonstrated the importance of having a Web presence to effectively compete in the digital age. It is no longer acceptable to hope that customers will ‘find’ your business; you have to proactively promote yourself, and these are excellent examples of cost-effective digital marketing. Congratulations to all the honorees for setting a great example.”


More information:

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:


The Bodyshop Management Essentials class will provide a plan for collision repairers to succeed in the changing collision repair industry and will be comprised of a three and a half-day course taught by working professional collision repair shop owners and managers.

The Nuts and Bolts of Sales and Estimating is a powerful one-day program for body shop estimators, managers and office staff. During the class, you can learn the Masters 172 Forgettables (items you should and can get paid for) and the Masters 12 Levels of Estimating Proficiency.

The Leadership Management and Marketing class is one of the first of its kind as it brings together the three components of success. This is a one-and-a-half-day class for those who want more freedom and satisfaction from their business life.

The Interactive Cycle Time & Production Management course will teach you how to get more work out in less time, resulting in more profit and less stress. This is a one-day class that will showcase how to methodically overcome and utilize obstacles your competition assumes are insurmountable and unprofitable.


More information:

Masters School of Autobody Management

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.

“Our goal is to have every collision-damaged Honda and Acura receive a complete and proper repair,” said Wayne Waszkiewicz, manager, service technology  for American Honda. “To do that requires the use of proper tools and equipment. Our department is pleased to not only identify those items, but to make them easily and readily available to anyone repairing Honda and Acura vehicles.”

The approved tools and equipment are available to independent shops at competitive prices.


More information:

For additional information, visit techinfo.acura.com or techinfo.honda.com.