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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.

Monday, 15 May 2017 17:58

CAA Members Urged to Fight Potential Labor Rate/Steering Bill

Written by Victoria Antonelli

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CAA lobbyist Jack Molodanof flew down from Sacramento to Orange County to educate members on a bill that was introduced in early April.


The California Autobody Association (CAA) Orange County Chapter held an “emergency” meeting on April 22 so CAA lobbyist Jack Molodanof could inform members of a potentially problematic bill for shops and consumers. 

Friday, 12 May 2017 17:06

4 Out of 5 UTI LB Students Hired Within a Year

Written by Victoria Antonelli

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All of the students who participated in the 2017 UTI Top Tech Challenge posed for a photo after the winners were announced.  Photo credit: Daniel Rhodes


Since its doors opened in August 2015, Universal Technical Institute (UTI)-Long Beach has worked toward establishing itself as a vital workforce partner to the automotive industry in Greater Los Angeles.

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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.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 18:43

State of the Art Auto Shop Opens at Morro Bay High School

Written by Michael Colaianni, KCOY

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Morro Bay High School for a brand new, state of the art body shop. (Michael Colaianni / KCOY photo)


A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 5 at Morro Bay High School in CA for a brand new, state of the art body shop.

Monday, 08 May 2017 18:02

ISU Graduate Enters Nontraditional Career Path

Written by Kendra Evensen, Idaho State Journal

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Abigail Rhoads, right, works on the fender of a car at Jack's Auto Body in Pocatello, ID, as mother Teena Rhoads looks on.


Abigail Rhoads is among the 2,313 students graduating from Idaho State University this spring.

Friday, 05 May 2017 15:55

Autobody Mews: Tech Rescues Cat Trapped in Car in Record Time

Written by Neil Zawicki, Albany Democrat-Herald

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Technicians at Mark Thomas Motors in Albany, OR spent most of two hours removing this cat, named Boots, from the interior of the dashboard assembly of a 2015 Dodge Journey.  The cat had wedged itself after a house fire in April sent it outside.


A fluffy orange cat sat in a carrier on the counter in the parts and service department at Mark Thomas Motors in Albany, OR.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 18:19

Auto Body Shop Donates Labor, Materials to Save Waverly Duck

Written by Neil Zawicki, Albany Democrat-Herald

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Jake White, Main Auto Body assistant manager, surveys the Waverly Duck, which his company will prime before it is painted at the Albany shop. Photo credit: Mark Ylen, Democrat-Herald


As the Waverly Duck is prepped for its refinishing and ultimate resurrection as an Albany, OR landmark, another Waverly Duck has pledged his support from 2,600 miles away.

On April 19, the California Assembly Insurance Committee unanimously voted in favor of Assembly Bill 1679, which would weaken antisteering regulations that took effect earlier this year.

On April 18th, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) premiered its newest SCRS Education Committee video discussion, filmed at the SEMA Garage in October 2016.

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