Ed Attanasio

 

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian. He can be reached at era39@aol.com.

Bryan “BJ” Barger was an Air Force jet engine mechanic for a decade and was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. Today, he is the owner of Son of a Fink Kustoms in Mountain Home, ID.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 21:34

Are You Gearing Up for Voice Search?

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"Siri, what is the meaning of life?"

 

"I find it odd that you would ask this of me, an inanimate object."

It seems like technology is going to change our lives whether we want it to or not. Some people think it overly complicates things while others rush to embrace it because they believe that it makes their lives and businesses better.

Thursday, 08 June 2017 23:23

Is Tesla Backing Away From Third-Party Shops?

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Tesla is evidently gearing up for the Tesla Model 3, which will reportedly be flooding the market soon and requiring more shops to repair them.

 

For many years, body shop owners all over the country expressed their desire to become Tesla certified, but in the end is it really a good deal for them? Are Teslas just too difficult to repair and require too much training?

Elite Electronics Mechanical Department3

With a full fleet, Elite Electronics is able to respond quickly when their customers call, which include MSOs such as ABRA, Service King, Gerber Collision and Caliber Collision.

 

After the economic implosion of 2008, many body shops decided to add mechanical repair to their menus of services and quickly found out it wasn't quite that easy.

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Regal Collision's Co-Owner Shellie Boyle with the "Pirate's Ride." More than $10,000 in parts and labor went into this show-stopping piece of art.

 

Dogs and the collision repair industry seem to go together, and that's why there are so many shop dogs working for free as they help their crews all over the country.

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Guest speaker Assemblyman Ed Chau was on hand to discuss his salvage bill during 2017 Legislative Day.

 

Every year in April, the California Autobody Association co-hosts CAA/ASCCA/CalABC Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day as the automotive repair industry in the Golden State lets their voices be heard as they convene at the Capitol in Sacramento.

Esquivel Illinois Shop Helps Community
Midwest Auto Body decided to give a car to a worthy recipient, and as a result, local Catholic seminarian and missionary Marco Franco got a 2006 Mercury Milan from this shop in Melrose, IL.

 

Last year, I interviewed Jose Esquivel, the owner of Midwest Auto Body in Melrose, IL about his journey into collision repair.

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Originally an amateur drifting racer, now Zenia Amezquita is all-in when it comes to road racing.

 

Five days a week and sometimes on Saturdays, Zenia Amezquita, 32, works at Cali Style Auto Body in Hemet, CA as the office manager.

Algoods Mikes Auto Body
Mike's Auto Body's second in-house graduating class produced four new collision professionals, including Lorenzo Algood, (third from right), whose father Lupe (second from right) is one of the program's instructors.

 

When Lorenzo Algood recently became the second member of his family to graduate from the Mike's Auto Body Metal Tech Training Program, it made the celebration a family affair.

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