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Feature Stories (145)

Monday, 28 February 2005 17:00

Are CAPA seals dead in their track(er)s?

Written by Karyn Hendricks

In late 2004, the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) released a new part tracking system called CAPA Tracker - a free, user-friendly, web-based program that connects the unique CAPA seal number to the exact vehicle on which it was installed. The product was developed in response to collision repairer concerns about tracing problem parts. With the system, CAPA will be able to quickly notify every shop that installed one of the parts in question. The shop could then alert their customer and take any necessary action. 

Monday, 28 February 2005 17:00

High school body shop encourages students to choose CR careers

Written by Karyn Hendricks

Follow the winding road through the campus of Samuel Morse High School in San Diego and the pot of gold at the end is Tiger Paw Auto Body - a fully functioning collision repair shop designed to train new technicians for the auto body industry. 

 

Thursday, 31 March 2005 17:00

More colorful versions of silver remain leader

Written by Autobody News staff
Silver is solidifying its position as the world's leading vehicle color. But even a color that's been at the top of the charts for many years needs changes. The "silver of the future" will be more colorful and will be augmented by whites.
Saturday, 30 April 2005 17:00

GM minivan shows dramatic improvement

Written by Autobody News staff

Two new minivans and three small pickup trucks with extended cabs earned the top rating of good in frontal offset crash tests conducted recently by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Honda Odyssey and Chevrolet Uplander minivans, both new designs for the 2005 model year, are rated good. The Odyssey earned the added Autobody News - Administration [Joomla] designation of "best pick" for frontal crash protection.

Saturday, 30 April 2005 17:00

Shops and claims personnel learn aluminum rail repair

Written by Karyn Hendricks

Over 300 shop owners and insurance claims personnel attended a seminar on April 26 demonstrating aluminum rail replacement on new BMW 5 and 6 series automobiles. 

Thursday, 30 June 2005 17:00

Advisory committee keeps Houston UTI CR program on track

Written by Janet Chaney

This spring over 40 collision industry professionals traveled to the Houston, Texas Universal Technical Institute (UTA) facility to serve on the school's National Collision Repair and Refinish Technology (CRRT) Advisory Board. UTI hosts this two-day meeting once a year to stay in touch with the collision industry and its incipient issues. They also host a Local Advisory Council once a year. 

Thursday, 30 June 2005 17:00

SF teaches first reponders about dangers of hybrids

Written by Autobody News staff

State Farm®, the nation's largest automobile insurer, is conducting a national education effort to inform fire departments and emergency medical service (EMS) workers about the potential hazards modern, high-tech vehicles may pose during a rescue. 

Thursday, 30 June 2005 17:00

911 Collision Centers refinishes cars for Project Grad in Tucson

Written by Autobody News staff

911 Collision Centers did its part this year to help keep Tucson, Arizona area high school seniors safe on graduation night. As part of Project Graduation, an all-night event designed to keep students safe on graduation night, the program awarded two vehicles following the all-night event. 

Sunday, 31 July 2005 17:00

Collision repairers: the good ole days not coming back

Written by Janet Chaney

The best of times and the worst of times. It depends on who you talk to. History repeats itself and it continues to repeat itself in the collision repair business. In fact, the only thing that collision repairers can be assured of - is change. There is no crystal ball to see the future. The collision repair shops that will prevail into the future will have to be the best at what they do. 

Wednesday, 31 August 2005 17:00

Street tuners - take a look at the new hot rodder

Written by Karyn Hendricks

The early morning serenity of the parking lot at the bow of the Queen Mary - harbored in Long Beach, California - was shattered by squealing, smoking tires and shiny cars pushed to maximum performance on the tight pylon road course. It is Shoot Day for the final episode of Street Tuner Challenge - a series on the Speed Channel featuring tuner projects by two "Over the Top" shops with tuner experience, and one major automotive manufacturer.