Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
What was supposed to be a casual play date with a friend turned into a life-or-death situation in late December:
A West Seattle mom with two kids, trapped inside a burning car on a busy downtown street.
(Left to Right): Todd Hesford (of Mission Viejo Auto Collision), Adam Bock (sales leader, State Farm), Nancy Zavala (recipient) and son Zeke, Leonard Kaigler (VP Agency Sales, State Farm).
A local single mom determined to get her life back on track after recently living on the streets with her six-year-old son has been selected to receive a newly refurbished vehicle as part of Mission Viejo Auto Collision’s Recycled Rides Program.
Three new trucks sit in front of BudCo Custom Body and Paint of Kooskia. The business, owned by Bud Whitcomb, has allowed the company to expand services from small- to medium-sized vehicle tows to large trucks and logging vehicles.
One Kooskia, ID business aims to increase services while adding jobs in the community.
Daniel Lehmkuhl competing at WorldSkills London in 2011.
At the age of five, Daniel Lehmkuhl started working on cars with his father, who is an automotive instructor at San Luis Obispo High School.
Santa was a big hit with all of the children whose families received completely refurbished vehicles from Mike's Auto Body, complete with trunk loads of gifts and toys.
When Mike's Auto Body in northern California's East Bay gave away its first car back in 2000, did they ever imagine that it would become one of the largest Benevolence programs of its type run by a single family-operated body shop chain in the country? Without fail, Mike's Auto Body presents completely refurbished vehicles to deserving families and non-profit organizations from throughout the Bay Area, and this year, it marked its 16th straight year of involvement.
On January 5, City Attorney Mike Feuer took aim at two businesses alleged to have been involved in a catalytic converter theft ring.
On December 13, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued new Anti-Steering in Auto Body Repair regulations that increase consumer protections to prevent consumers from being misled or claims delayed when a collision-damaged vehicle needs to be repaired.
The grand opening at Service King's new 70,000 square foot shop in Milpitas, CA was attended by more than 200 people.
Service King Collision Repair Centers, together with automotive leaders from across Northern California, recently celebrated the grand opening of their new Milpitas location, which is one of the largest and most advanced collision repair facilities in the state.
The College of Alameda swept both first and second place awards at the 18th Annual and Final Toys for Tots/Model Truck Competition, where 130 people came out to support auto tech students from five Bay Area schools.
It is very hard for a team to win anything three years in a row.
The San Diego District Attorney's Office, along with 50 other California District Attorneys offices, announced a $9.86 million settlement against Missouri-based O’Reilly Auto Parts as part of a civil environmental prosecution alleging the company mishandled hazardous waste.
2016 Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment Los Angeles winner, John Frye, receives his championship belt.
John Frye, a principal designer and digital modeling group leader for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., was named the winner of the Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ Los Angeles, presented by BASF.