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Tony and Isabel Flores opened Tony’s Body Shop in Oxnard, CA, in 1965. Considered to be hard-working business people by their friends and family, the couple taught their children good work ethics from an early age.

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When it comes to repairing EVs, there are auto body shop owners out there who look at them differently.

Friday, 24 September 2021 09:50

Deciding When Used Parts are Appropriate in the Collision Repair Process

Written by Toby Chess

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Recently, I was training in an auto body shop in the Los Angeles area and noticed a used door for a vehicle repair in the technician’s stall.

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Members of the collision industry recently had an opportunity to tour the DCR Systems location in Mentor, OH, prior to the July Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Cleveland.

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In another indication the increased prevalence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are not likely a death knell for the collision repair industry, a recently-published study estimates there will be about 790,000 “risk events” per year on the roads in the EU in 2029 attributable to reduced performance of lane-keeping assistant systems alone.

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A recent webinar during Automotive News’ Fixed Ops Forum promised “Five Secrets of a Body Shop That Rocks,” though not all five were too much out of the ordinary.

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One of the things I think our collision repair industry has been making small strides in is researching OEM repair procedures. I don’t think we’re where we need to be on that yet---every repair on every vehicle every time---but we’re making small strides.

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Collision repair shops reporting difficulties in getting replacement parts this year may be glad to hear Honda is ramping up parts production.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 13:34

Are Some Major Players Getting Cold Feet About SEMA?

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With a rise in COVID-19 cases in Clark County and the State of Nevada’s indoor facemask mandate again in full force, there are understandably some concerns among collision repair-related companies about whether or not to participate in the 2021 SEMA Show.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 10:04

Ed Attanasio - Columnist Testimonial

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We asked Autobody News Columnist Ed Attanasio why he enjoys writing for the collision repair industry.