Golden State Collision Centers will hold their annual Harvest Festival on November 15 from 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. at the MSO’s Orangevale, CA location.
This mixer will serve to benefit the Twin Lakes and Orangevale Food Banks, as well as providing local businesses an opportunity to network together. The collision center is the beneficiary of the Orangevale Chamber’s $500 ‘Chamber Gives Back’ grant, which will be presented to the food banks, along with all canned and non-perishable food items collected from October 1 through November 15th.
Golf is a difficult game, but running a body shop is even harder. So, logically you would think that playing golf would be an easy task for people working in the collision industry. Evidently, it’s not the case.
Golf balls were raining down like sunshine on a beautiful day when the Santa Clara Chapter of the California Autobody Association hosted its 18th Annual Golf Tournament at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, California in late August. The only problem was—most of the balls were landing in the bushes, on golf paths and in surrounding trees.
With 75 golfers primed to attack this beautiful course overlooking Coyote Canyon, body shop personnel, vendors, industry icons and friends were quickly humbled by the course’s undulating greens, tight fairways and bottomless bunkers. Cinnabar Hills is an award-winning course consisting of 27 holes, but 18 were more than enough for the participants, according to Rob Snow, SCC CAA member and former officer.
“It’s not about the golf, fortunately,” said Snow, who owns Monterey Collision in San Jose. “It’s about hanging out with people you respect and work with. Getting a nice crowd for this tournament is a big deal and maybe it tells us that we’re coming out of this recession and looking for better days.”
Tobias Padilla from Hertz was the main force behind the event. “It was a strong turnout and everyone had a great time,” Padilla said. “We all work very hard in this industry, so when we get a whole day to enjoy a sport like golf, it’s a much-needed break. The people at Cinnabar were great and I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make it a big success.”
The biggest Tiger Woods-like moment of the day took place when Young Ko, the owner of KS California Auto Body in San Jose nailed the closest to the pin, when his ball landed less than a foot from the 17th hole. The modest gallery (three squirrels and a pigeon) gasped at the majestic shot and Ko is undoubtedly still talking about it.
Ko’s name also appeared in the victorious foursome that captured the tournament, with Vince Rojas from Annex Color & Supply, associate Jeff Parker and Joe Bugisle from BASF. With a good share of birdies sprinkled in with a passel of pars, this foursome took the title and walked away with the coveted title.
A new law in NJ (N.J.S.A.39:13-2.1) amends the insurance coverage requirements for damage to property and for liability arising from bodily injury which an auto body repair facility must maintain for a full service license. The law reduces the minimum amount of garage keepers’ liability insurance that a shop must maintain from $300,000 to $50,000.
Full service licensed auto body facilities must still maintain insurance coverage for damage to property and for liability arising from bodily injury, including, but not limited to: eligible garage liability or equivalent commercial general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $300,000 or a letter of credit in the amount of $300,000; Garage keepers’ liability insurance in a minimum amount of $50,000 or a letter of credit in the amount of $50,000. Limited full service license applicants and licensees must also comply with these requirements.
“This will make the law fair to the shops by not forcing a small shop to purchase more insurance than it needs,” said Charles Bryant of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey, which proposed and supported the change.
New York State’s Suffolk County suffered the highest insured property loss among the 191 counties affected by Hurricane Irene, according to the latest estimate and reports made by Insurance Journal.
New Jersey, New York and North Carolina were the top three states with sustained insured property damage topping $500 million from Irene. Virginia and Maryland completed the top five. The estimate was prepared by insurance data provider Verisk Analytics and released on Oct. 17. Among the individual counties affected by Irene, Suffolk County, New York, was followed by Dare County, North Carolina—with more than $200 million of insured property damage in each—ranked first and second by insured damage. Completing the top five worst-hit counties from an insured property damage standpoint—with more than $150 million in damages in each—are Nassau County, New York; Monmouth County, New Jersey; and Worcester County, Maryland.
Overall, eight counties had estimated insured property damage in excess of $100 million.
Verisk Analytics’s estimate, called Verisk Catastrophe Index, was prepared for the District of Columbia and the 13 states and 191 counties within these states that were affected by Hurricane Irene.
Following flooding and damage done by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, body shops and dealerships on the east coast were not prepared to have to deal with heavy rain storms. In northeast Pennsylvania and western New York state heavy rain drenched an already inundated area with more water the week of September 26.
During Hurricane Irene, rushing water ripped the bay doors off the service department at Maroon Kia in Wayne, NJ. The water was so powerful it washed two front-end alignment machines, each weighing an estimated 2,800 pounds, from the service bays into the nearby Pompton River. About 40 to 50 new and used vehicles were destroyed by the floodwaters, according to a report in Automotive News.
The dealership’s building that houses the new-car showroom and service department had severe cracks in the walls and ceilings following Irene. The dealership’s used-car lot was littered with holes—one about 15 feet long, 10 feet wide and 6 feet deep.
The National Automobile Dealers Association says it estimates that 10 percent of the dealerships in states affected by the recent storms would be unable to operate due to storm-related damage, according to Automotive News.
Maroon Kia sustained major damage and waterlogged vehicles. Other dealerships said the only impact came from distracted customers who prepared for the storm rather than shopping for vehicles.
Following Hurricane Irene, Station Auto Body in Newark, DE, was left under 3-1/2 feet of water, according to owner Rob Amadio. Luckily, the shop was able to get out from under the flood waters and returned to normal service shortly after the hurricane passed through. Amadio said they did not experience any recurring flooding in the storms at the end of September.
McBride Auto Body in Woodland Park, NJ, also sustained flood damage due to Hurricane Irene, and owner Joseph Carioti III took advantage of the mandatory cleanup as an opportunity to renovate some parts of his shop. Most of the flooding damage occured in the office area of the building, since the shop floor is bare concrete, but parts of the business were under 4-feet of water after Hurricane Irene blew through.
Thankfully not all of the cars were flooded during the storm, but the business did lose some tools that got damaged by all the floodwater. McBride’s office area is now better than before Hurricane Irene hit, he told Autobody News.