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Two thirds of the roughly 2.3 million vehicles in Florida with potentially deadly Takata airbags have not yet been repaired, according to new figures released June 1, 2017, by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts  announced May 22 the opening of CARSTAR St. Petersburg Collision Center at 1819 11th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713.

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The SkillsUSA North Carolina State Championships took place April 24-28, 2017 at the Greensboro Coliseum and Koury Convention Center. The conference was the largest showcase of Career and Technical Education in North Carolina history with more than 1,900 outstanding career and technical education students competing in 120 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.

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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.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 17:37

Axalta and NASCAR Legends Open New Customer Experience Center

Written by Autobody News staff

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In Concord, North Carolina, the industry had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at Axalta’s new Customer Experience Center during the grand opening on May 16.

TCAT Crossville CREF Tool Grant Winner Tucker Dagle
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Tucker Dagle, a student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crossville, has won a 2017 Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Tool Grant.

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(Left to right) Robert McKenzie, executive director of RDA; event co-organizers Georgia Thorson and Steve Plier; and Moose Simmons, Overnight Parts Alliance.

National paint companies, equipment and tool manufacturers, major vehicle OEMs and industry experts all came together during the Southern Automotive Repair Conference (SARC) in April.

Friday, 05 May 2017 17:36

Preston High School Student-Repaired Vehicle Ready for Auction

Written by Emily Livengood, KNIGHT NEWS

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Students in Preston High School's Auto Collision Repair class repaired a 2005 Chevy Malibu LT.


After a wreck that left a car nearly ready for the junkyard, Preston High School’s Auto Collision Repair class in Kingwood, WV came to the rescue.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 20:52

Man Killed in VA Body Shop Shooting Identified

Written by Emily Leayman, Patch Staff

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A man was shot and killed during an argument that escalated in an auto body shop at the 5700 block of General Washington Drive in the Fairfax County area of Alexandria, VA on the morning of April 29, police say.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 22:52

Body Shop Helps Convicted Felons Go in Right Direction

Written by Mark Becker, WSOCTV

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Every time the door opens to the Southside Rides garage on Freedom Drive in west Charlotte, NC, it's opening the door to new lives.

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