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Sunday, 30 November 2003 17:00

Planning is essential to keep shops in business

Written by Mike Kunkel

As the end of the year rapidly approaches and people take time to evaluate their personal and financial situations, these are words to take to heart. Many of the salvage yards and repair facilities that I talk to are complaining that business is flat or down. The economy is having a tough time getting going and business has been better, but it has also been worse. One of the problems that I see is that people have difficulty shrinking their overhead to match the current sales volume of their business. 

Wednesday, 31 December 2003 17:00

Young, educated owners inspiring industry change

Written by Mike Kunkel

Thanksgiving… Come and gone. NACE…Come and gone. Hanukkah and Christmas…Come and gone. New Years…Come and gone. 

Monday, 31 May 2004 17:00

Importance of keeping a commitment to customers

Written by Jennifer Gray

"Community requires commitment." When I read this quote recently, I was struck head-on with the irony of how this applies to our business. How often do we make a commitment and actually follow through with it? Pure excitement persuades our signature to the dotted line, promising commitment, but follow-through is often lacking. 

Thursday, 30 September 2004 17:00

Two easy ways to enhance sales without really trying

Written by Hank Nunn

If you've ever been to one of those Body Shop Management seminars, you've probably seen the math: Sale - Cost = Profit. The speaker probably made a big deal out of it Those guys all act so smart explaining something so simple. Big deal. 

Monday, 28 February 2005 17:00

Locating reliable used parts forces issues of timeliness and quality

Written by Mike Kunkel

Like a lot of people, I know enough about the current computer technologies to break things and call someone who knows what to do to fix it for me. That is a major handicap to overcome in today's world where everyone is striving to go electronic for locating parts. 

Tuesday, 31 May 2005 17:00

Hidden financial crisis in the collision repair industry

Written by DJ Styles

Following are excerpts from a book that the author says will be published this summer: "Wrecked!" - a "tell-all" book about the collision industry. The author promises the book will explore innovative solutions and alternatives for shop owners to consider as a means of improving their probability for financial success.

Sunday, 31 July 2005 17:00

Underground collision repairers compete for totaled vehicles

Written by John Fischl

The news is not good. Total loss rates have more than doubled since 2002 and are continuing to rise. This translates into hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs and revenues that are no longer going to the collision repair industry in this country. 

Monday, 05 February 2007 15:08

So, what’s new?

Written by Sam Metz
James William Lambert is not a name any of us would recognize, but we owe Mr. Lambert a lot. Driving down the road, minding his business, Mr. Lambert hit a tree root, lost control and smashed his car into a hitching post, in Ohio City, Ohio. The year was 1891 and it was the first automobile accident in world history.
Tuesday, 28 February 2006 17:00

Random thoughts on disposition of storm damaged vehicles

Written by Mike Kunkel

My beloved Steelers have won the Super Bowl and, on a personal front, all seems right with the world. However, a number of articles concerning the disposition of flood cars from Hurricane Katrina are causing me some concern. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2009 09:18

Evans --- A Smaller Project Can Be Time or Budget Killer Without Precautions

Written by Rich Evans

I had what I thought was a small project, but it turned out to be harder than expected. Tom Foster is a buddy and a serious bike builder who’s been around for a couple of decades. He’s got a bike called an EVO HD Bushido that he’s building, and he came to me do the body and paint work.