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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

He can be reached at era39@aol.com.

Everyone wants to be green, or at least believe that they are running a green shop that is playing by all the rules. But are body shop owners really willing to spend the time, money and effort to be as green as possible? And are they willing to hire an expert to get them there?

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Mike’s Auto Body will soon be holding their first graduation from its new training program at its Auto Damage Assessment Center (ADAC) in Antioch, CA. 

 

To fill a growing need for new, fresh talent and to create the metal technicians and estimators of the future, Mike’s Auto Body will soon be holding their first graduation from its new training program at its Auto Damage Assessment Center (ADAC) in Antioch, CA.

Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly Enough Yet?

 

Google's handy mobile-friendliness test is an excellent tool to check if each page on your website is mobile-friendly.

 

"I searched for you on my smartphone and some other shops came up."
"I couldn't read your website from my cell phone, so I didn't call you."
"I want to be able to call you quickly and going to your website is too time-consuming."

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Frank Quadrato has 35 years of experience in the collision repair industry in northern California. He credits much of what he learned about the industry to what took place at Contra Costa College, where he graduated from in 1986.

The Student Returns as the Teacher at Contra Costa College

Laura Salas, co-owner of Black Diamond Collision Center in Pittsburg, CA, was recently hired as an instructor at Contra Costa College's Auto Tech School, the same college from which she graduated in 2010.

Laura Salas graduated from Contra Costa College's Automotive Collision Repair Technology Department six years ago, and now she is returning the favor by going back to the school as an instructor.

Body Shop Office Manager Racing Toward Her Dreams

Cynthia Torp is the office manager at Classic Autobody in Berkeley, CA--her father's shop--but when she is not coordinating ROIs and DRPs, she is going for the gold in the world of car racing.

You might say she's on a fast track, because Cynthia Torp, 26, surely doesn't travel half-speed with anything she does. Whether it's running the front office at Classic Autobody in Berkeley, CA, or reef diving, riding dirt bikes, river fishing in Montana, or hiking, she goes all-in 24/7. And now, this includes her latest passion: car racing!

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Art D'Angelo, Sr. (third from left) worked as a 3M sales representative for many years before purchasing an existing paint company with two stores. He was the CAA's first president and many consider him the founder as well.

The California Autobody Association (CAA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year after serving the collision repair industry in the Golden State since 1966.

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 18:24

Grateful Body Shop Owner Ready to Give Back

Grateful Body Shop Owner Ready to Give Back
Jose Esquivel, the owner of Midwest Auto Body in Melrose, IL has survived and thrived by working with family, embracing education and stressing customer service above all.

 

Jose Esquivel, the owner of Midwest Auto Body in Melrose, IL, entered the collision repair industry at the top--as an owner.

Some Shops Hate Him, but Consumers Love Him: The Wreck Check Story

Wreck Check Car Scan Centers were founded in 1997 by Rocco J. Avellini.  The company helps consumers who get shoddy repairs from body shops nationwide. 

 

If someone gets into a car accident, takes their vehicle to a shop, and then later discovers that they are the victim of a shoddy (and possibly unsafe) repair, what is their next step? What if that customer then takes the car back to the same shop and does not get any satisfaction? People all over the country are in this predicament every day, and that is why more and more disgruntled body shop customers are visiting one of 35 Wreck Check Car Scan Centers throughout the U.S. to find answers to their questions and remedy the associated issues.

Body shops and insurance companies are both very interested in three separate, yet connected cases, all of which could seriously affect how they work together for many years to come. While California auto body and insurance company representatives were weighing in on Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ proposed proposals to stop improper labor rate surveys and steering during the last week of April, an upcoming critical state Supreme Court decision could potentially hijack them both.  
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