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Thursday, 09 February 2017 17:08

Melvindale Autobody Shop Likely a Total Loss After Fire

Written by Dave Herndon, News-Herald


The repair shop portion of the building is likely a total loss after a Jan. 30 fire ravaged the building.  Photo courtesy of Ian Kushnir.


Firefighters were called to a commercial building in Melvindale, MI for a fire with reports of several small explosions heard inside on January 30.

Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a locally owned and operated franchise in Mankato, Minnesota, recently announced that it is now a ProFirst Certified shop.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:44

MPCC in NE Breathes New Life Into Antique Cars

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Shad Simpson, of Taylor, works in the paint booth at Mid-Plains Community College. Simpson is studying Classic Car Restoration.


It pairs the look of the old with the drivability of the new.

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2017 Sketchbattle amateur winner Ian Bass discussing his drawing with judges. (photo by BradZieglar.com)


Casey Swanseger, designer at a Detroit automotive original equipment manufacturer, and Ian Bass, student at the College for Creative Studies, won the 2017 Middlecott Sketch Experiment presented by BASF.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 16:40

Chicagoland CARSTAR Donates to Fisher House


For the 6th consecutive year, Chicagoland CARSTAR recently made its journey to Hines, IL to drop off donations for the Fisher House.

Monday, 23 January 2017 21:39

Search for Justice Continues in Body Shop Owner's Death

Written by Ben Katko, Fox19 NOW

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(Photo credit: FOX19 NOW/Mike Buckingham)


January 5 marked one year since someone walked into a North College Hill, OH auto body shop, robbed the owner, and shot and killed him.

Monday, 23 January 2017 19:17

New State Regulations Hold up IA Auto Dealership Approval

Written by Jamee A. Pierson, Newton Daily News

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Photo credit: Jamee A. Pierson/Daily News


Morris Motors will have to wait a little longer to open up shop in north Newton, IA.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:49

Hedahls Auto Parts Store Has Been Sold

Written by Jessica Holdman, Bismarck Tribune


From left are Dick Hedahl, president and CEO of Hedahls; John Bartlett, executive chairman of APH; Corey Bartlett, president and CEO of APH; and Larry Lysengen, COO of Hedahls.


Longtime Bismarck, ND auto parts store Hedahls has been sold to Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:51

Auto Repairers Explain Importance of Cleaning Cars After Ice and Snow Storms

Written by Jalyn Souchek, Reporter, KWWL-TV, Waterloo, Iowa

An Iowa City auto body shop owner says it's important to clean cars immediately following storms that salt or brine are used on. If not, you run the risk of allowing that to corrode its metal.

1Collision Network has announced its entrance into Minnesota with the addition of five locations in the Minneapolis - St Paul marketplace.

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