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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:53

State Wants to Limit Parts Up-Charge to Consumers

Written by Autobody News Staff

The Wyoming Department of Insurance is proposing a change to its 1988 regulations regarding the use of non-OEM parts.

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Robert McTaggart (left) has been teaching all of the auto body repair classes at SVCTE since 2001.


With Nathan Chukes and Robert McTaggert, two veterans of the collision industry who are now collision repair instructors at the highly-regarded Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE), this tech school in San Jose, CA creates the metal technicians, painters and estimators of the future.

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:53

Tech Careers Senior Comfortable with Cars

Written by Kevin Trevellyan, The Post Register

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Alex Perkes poses for a portrait at the Technical Careers High School on May 25. (PHOTO: Taylor Carpenter)


Classrooms and textbooks never appealed to Alex Perkes. The Technical Careers High School senior prefers working with his hands.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced June 2 the opening of CARSTAR ARA Collision Seattle.



D M Auto Body located in Van Nuys, CA has been officially Certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training, and facility necessary to repair the participating Automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

A Nevada bill that would have revised the provisions governing total loss vehicles was pending a vote in the state Assembly before it was removed from the table. Now, all parties involved are looking to see how this might affect future decisions in regard to totaling a vehicle.

If you are a body shop owner in California, you have likely received an email from the California Autobody Association or a colleague that had the words "Emergency Meeting" in the subject line.

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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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