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Gary Ledoux

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:08

OE Certifications Update 2020---Part 2 of 2

Earlier this month on AutobodyNews.com, we began looking at OE shop certification programs, with three shops participating in several different programs for some time, and two consultants involved with many certified shops, fully familiar with the concept and with a broad view of the industry.

OE collision shop certification has been top-of-mind for the industry for the last 10 years or more.

American Honda on March 19 announced additional guidelines for proper corrosion protection when repairing Honda and Acura automobiles.

Monday, 02 March 2020 23:35

ADAS for Off-Roaders

Recently, I purchased a 2020 Jeep Wrangler 4WD, and it came with, among other things, an epiphany---at no additional charge, mind you. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:30

That’s It! He’s Had it! Part 2

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Owning and operating a collision shop today is a daunting task. It’s not uncommon to hear some owners say that they would just as soon get out and close their shop… but then, what would they do?

Monday, 30 December 2019 16:59

That’s It! He's Had It, Part 1

Social media has changed the way we interact with each other, with our peers, and with the world.

From the start of the “modern” collision shop in the late 1940s up through the 1970s, body shops, as a business, were fairly crude by most standards.

Those who have been in the collision industry for a long time remember the 1980s as the advent of automotive unibody construction.

It seemed like we had just gotten over the decline of the hippie movement, and the rise and fall of disco and a TV actor being president of the U.S.

In 1989, Mark Gibson started painting Peterbilt hoods in his father’s garage - an inauspicious beginning to what would later become one of the premier heavy-duty truck body shops in the country; Diversified Body and Paint Shop located in Denver.

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