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Service King Collision Repair Centers® recently hosted an official hard hat tour inside its future Rockwall, TX, location. 

Friday, 17 November 2017 19:36

Techs of Tomorrow: Collision Repair Student Shares Dreams of Joining Race Team

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Austin Townsend said he has been passionate about “everything automotive” for as long as he can remember.

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Friday, 17 November 2017 17:08

Texas Begins Revoking Titles for Dune Buggies, Sand Rails, other Kit Cars

Written by Daniel Strohl, Hemmings Daily, a publication of Hemmings Motor News

While Texas state officials claim to be looking into the matter, the state’s DMV has outlawed any re-bodied vehicles and has started to revoke titles and registrations for dune buggies in the state, a move that has provoked Texan kit car enthusiasts to start lobbying the state to re-legalize the vehicles.

Friday, 17 November 2017 00:10

Flooded Houston Cars already in San Antonio Area

Written by April Molina, News 4 San Antonio

Texas has the highest number of flooded vehicles in the country, and they're being sold---not just in the flood-ravaged areas of Houston, but somewhere in San Antonio---and it's perfectly legal.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:12

Laneys Collision Center in El Dorado, AR, Certified in New Kia Repair Program

Written by Staff, El Dorado News-Times

Laneys Collision Center, 916 E. Hillsboro in El Dorado, AR, announced it is now a member of the Kia Recognized Collision Repair Facility Program, which launched nationwide Oct. 27 through a partnership with the Assured Performance Network.

According to a press release on PRSync, the collision repair industry is rear-ending many auto body and paint technicians in Texas and other states with salaries 77 percent lower than their same-skilled counterparts at competing collision repair and custom paint shops in the same city.

Recycled Rides is a unique program in which insurers---including State Farm---collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others collaborate to repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations in local communities throughout the country. 

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:49

Fighting for Safer Auto Repairs in Texas

Written by Staff, Texas Watch

The fight for safety took a major step forward on Oct. 24. 

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 22:43

Vehicles Flooded by Harvey Wait at Insurance Processing Lots

Written by Aimee Breaux, The Eagle

Larry Field typically uses his drone to takes photos of real estate, but in October, he turned his attention to the Texas World Speedway after hearing that the closed race track---one of the largest in the state--- is now home to cars flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

Before working in the collision repair business, Robert Castellano had a different career path—the United States Marine Corps. 

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