Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming
On the north side of the Big Island in Hawaii, in a quiet little town named Kamuela, Judith was at home watching a football game. She noticed her back door was open and soon realized her 2014 BMW X3 had been stolen from the garage.
A recent announcement from the California Autobody Association (CAA) gave body shops some hope, but that does not mean that shop owners in California can rest for even a minute, because the insurance industry isn't slowing down on AB 1679.
Nick Aguilar accepts a refurbished vehicle, donated by State Farm and restored by volunteers, on behalf of his partner Amber Wade, a LTCC student and veteran, on Friday, May 26. (PHOTO CREDIT: LTCC)
On May 26, one Lake Tahoe Community College student-veteran received a "new" set of wheels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.