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FinishMaster, Inc. announced two new acquisitions in two states.
On December 28, 2012 the company acquired the Ewing, NJ, location of Mid-State Automotive Paint and Body Shop Supply, Inc. Mid-State has been servicing the local collision repair industry for more than 32 years.
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, North America’s largest multi-shop operator network (MSO), is expanding in Washington with the opening of Complete Collision CARSTAR in Federal Way, WA.
Bodycraft Collision Centers and Golden State Collision Centers recently merged operations to form a new 19-location entity in the greater Sacramento, CA, area that will be called Golden State Collision Centers, a Bodycraft Company.
The two companies, which had a management agreement in place in early 2012, formally merged their operations Dec. 2012. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Golden State’s Roseville location, which opened September 2001, contains 14,000 square feet of production space, 3,000 square feet of office space and one acre of fenced yard. The combined company now has shops in Antelope, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Lincoln, Orangevale, Rocklin, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento, Shingle Springs and Yuba City.
Golden State was founded in 1993 by Dave Finkelstein in a 2,400-square-foot facility in Sacramento. The company added its fifth facility in Yuba City in 2009.
Bruce Mackie, owner of Bodycraft, will serve as the president of the merged operation and Finkelstein has taken the title of chief marketing officer.
Tool Institute’s ToolTech Conference will be held in San Diego, CA, on April 23–25 and registration is now open. The three day networking opportunity will include OEMs, tool and equipment companies, national accounts, large suppliers, dealer groups, distributors, manufacturer reps, and many other industry leaders. The conference includes presentations, one-on-one meetings, and a “Company Showcase” exhibit. The event will be at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego.
Ray Evernham Designed, Sherwin-Williams Finished, Custom Built Charity Car Raises Over Quarter Million at Barrett-Jackson AuctionWritten by staff
Concluding the largest event in the Barrett-Jackson’s auction company’s 42-year history, charity was the big winner. In particular it was the recipient of a special, one-of-a kind, custom-built muscle car provided by three-time NASCAR championship-winning crew chief and ESPN racing analyst Ray Evernham.
Featured as one of the showcase vehicles at the recent Scottsdale, AZ, auto auction, its sale raised $280,000 for Evernham’s IGNITE foundation to assist children and young adults with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Originally unveiled at the Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes booth at SEMA Show 2012 in Las Vegas, Evernham’s street-legal 1964 Plymouth Belvedere combines old school American style with modern NASCAR racing technology. Aptly named ‘ForPly,’ the custom car marked Evernham’s debut as a car designer and builder.
Autobody News columnist Ed Attanasio is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Santa Clara Chapter meeting of the California Autobody Association meeting Jan. 23.
Attanasio will speak on social media and why this platform is essential for branding in today's marketplace. His talk will include how collision repairers can use the Internet and social media to build their businesses and attain new customers.
Attanasio is a freelance writer, advertising copywriter and automotive journalist with more than 30 years of experience. He is an editorial contributor for Autobody News, covering the collision repair industry in northern California, and also writes a monthly column about social media and Internet marketing for body shops.
Dinner and program start at 6 p.m. at the Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Ave. in San Jose. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
For more information, contact chapter president Randy Greenblat at (650) 994-9900.
The California Autobody Association will holds its 1st Quarter 2013 Board of Directors' Meeting on Feb. 8-9 at Doubletree Irvine Spectrum, 90 Pacifica, in Irvine, CA.
Quarterly board meetings are open to all members.
Schedule of events include a welcome reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and meeting times for Saturday are 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. Lunch on Saturday is $30.
To make hotel reservations, call (949) 471-8888 and ask for the California Autobody Association group block. Group rate is $99 for single or double occupancy.
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America has issued the following statement pertaining to the new California regulations governing aftermarket parts:
New California Department of Insurance (CDI) regulations approved by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) are likely to drive up auto body repair costs for consumers and micromanage how insurers develop auto body repair estimates cautioned the Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC).
"We want to send a cautionary message to consumers because these new regulations give auto body repair shops a distinct advantage in preparing scope of work estimates, which could drive up repair costs," said Armand Feliciano, ACIC vice president. "Auto insurers write the checks for approximately 80 percent of all auto body repairs in the nation. Insurers work hard to give policyholders quality repairs and get them back on the road, while managing costs to keep premiums affordable. These regulations essentially require insurers to pay whatever auto repair shops demand. Insurers no longer have the ability to negotiate the most effective, less costly repair."
The CDI regulations were originally released in June 2012. ACIC provided comments expressing concerns in August 2012. The OAL approved the regulations on December 31, 2012 and will become effective on January 31, 2013.
Fix Auto USA today announced the addition of two locations in Washington State to its growing network of collision repair centers. The new locations are:
· Fix Auto Gig Harbor, previously Denny’s Harbor Auto Body
· Fix Auto Puyallup, previously Denny’s Valley Auto Body
With the additions, Fix Auto’s presence in Washington now totals eight locations, while its presence in the Pacific Northwest has expanded to 14.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Jan. 4 that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved amended regulations submitted by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) regarding the use of non–original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement crash parts, generally known as aftermarket parts. These regulations were sought by Commissioner Jones to further protect California consumers from physical and financial harm caused by defective or inferior aftermarket parts and to enhance insurer accountability in the claims process.
“The amendments build on existing protections by requiring insurers to settle automobile insurance claims using repair standards described by the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and not the insurer’s own standards of repair,” said Commissioner Jones. “This also places greater accountability on the insurer when they require use of an aftermarket replacement part so that damaged automobiles are repaired properly and safely.”
The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) and CAWA, representing the Automotive Parts Industry, are hosting the fourth annual Aftermarket Industry Summit on February 9, 2013, in Newport Beach, California. The Summit continues to grow, and the two organizations expect to attract participants representing independent repair facilities and aftermarket parts manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Additionally, the California Autobody Association (CAA), California Automotive Business Coalition (CalABC), State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA), the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) have also been invited to participate.
Issues to be discussed include: