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Feature Stories (145)

Monday, 30 June 2003 17:00

Summer nights with I-CAR

Written by Karyn Hendricks

There I was with my clipboard, dressed in jeans and my Bobby Labonte t-shirt - a former school teacher, freelance writer and self-confessed gearhead heading off to learn about the world of auto body repair. 

Thursday, 31 July 2003 17:00

Texas shops sustain damage from hurricane Claudette

Written by Karyn Hendricks

Hitting land about five hours earlier than expected, hurricane Claudette caused massive damage when she slammed into the Texas Matagorda Peninsula on Tuesday, July 15 right about mid-day. Although 15 counties were affected, the hardest hit cities were Port O'Connor, Victoria, and Port Lavaca, along with the west coast of island city Galveston. 

Sunday, 31 August 2003 17:00

Let their fingers do the walking right into your shop

Written by Karyn Hendricks

There is a school of thought that Yellow Page directories are all washed up. With Internet sites like 411.com, Switchboard.com and others, who wants to lug out a fat, heavy book and thumb through a thousand or more pages? Actually, your potential customers do. Internet sites (at least right now), just offer plain vanilla listings perhaps with a link to a map. How can a consumer make an informed choice with nothing but a name, address and phone number displayed? 

Sunday, 31 August 2003 17:00

After the airbags deployed...

Written by Karyn Hendricks

My job as associate editor of Autobody News has given me a terrible disease - TMI - too much information. It's torture! 

Friday, 31 October 2003 17:00

Compassionate shop owners donate vehicles

Written by Autobody News staff

"Each year the collision repair industry as a whole comes across cars that are 'written off' by either the owner or the insurance company. Often these are older vehicles that just need some mechanical and body work to get them back on the road and perfectly safe to drive. Because we believed these cars were going to waste when there were people who really need them, we decided to do something about it," stated Sal Contreras, sales/marketing manager for Mike Rose's Auto Body, Inc. with shops located in Concord, Walnut Creek and Pleasanton, California. 

Sunday, 30 November 2003 17:00

CAA East Bay Chapter hosts Custom Truck Competition

Written by Karyn Hendricks

Miniature big rigs and all kinds of toys were everywhere as the East Bay Chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) hosted its 6th Annual Toys for Tots Truck Competition at the Hilton in Concord, California, on November 18. 

Sunday, 30 November 2003 17:00

Swenson brings passion and fire to CAA presidency

Written by Karyn Hendricks

When Kelly McCarty Swenson is sworn in as president of the California Autobody Association (CAA) in February 2004, she will become the third woman to steer the organization - following in the footsteps of Maureen Holmes and Yumi Vaught. 

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) last month took a big step forward in its efforts to improve the image of the industry when a Montana camp for young people with cancer named its newly-built medical center in honor of the collision industry.
Sunday, 30 November 2003 17:00

Owner Rich Evans competes on TLC Junkyard Wars

Written by Karyn Hendricks

So what does a body man do to recuperate from the day-to-day stress of operating a collision repair business? In the case of Rich Evans, owner of Huntington Beach Bodyworks, his idea of rest and relaxation is to hang out in a junkyard, pull down his welding mask, and build machines out of junk. 

Wednesday, 31 December 2003 17:00

Texas body shops rebuild cars for deserving families

Written by Karyn Hendricks

Three Texas body shops including Bates Custom & Collision of Baytown, ProCare Collision of San Antonio, and Ellis and Salazar of Austin, presented needy, deserving families in their community with rebuilt vehicles as part of the Akzo Nobel Benevolence Program.