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2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Nagy’s Collision Specialists in Ohio.

Dave Nagy founded the collision repair business at 12145 Whitman Rd. in Doylestown in 1973. His sons, Ron and Dan, bought the business from their father in 1995 and added multiple locations in Wooster, Wadsworth, Millersburg, Orrville, Akron and Ashland.

Nagy’s will celebrate their anniversary all year long by offering numerous prizes and giveaways to their customers via Facebook and their website.

Nagy’s offers services such as Autowatch, where customers can view their vehicles being repaired online, and e-Estimates, where customers can receive estimates at their homes or offices.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 20:07

CARSTAR Expands in Ohio

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts recently added a new collision repair center to its network in Cleveland, OH. CARSTAR now operates a total of 25 collision repair facilities in Ohio.

CARSTAR’s new location, Coach & Collision CARSTAR, is independently owned by Jeremy and Theresa Orsky.

As part of CARSTAR’s network, Coach & Collision CARSTAR will have access to the company’s management system and business tools, 19 corporately-managed direct repair programs (DRPs), and 45 corporately-managed purchasing programs.

“We are excited to welcome and Jeremy and Theresa Orsky and Coach & Collision CARSTAR to the CARSTAR network,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR.

“We are thrilled to expand our presence in Cleveland with this new top-notch collision repair center,” Byers added.

CARSTAR operates more than 400 collision repair locations throughout 31 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 20:04

Subaru to Expand Production in Indiana

Subaru will expand production capacity at its existing assembly plant in Indiana, rather than build a new factory, and will start making a new model there in 2016.

Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries Inc., said Subaru expects U.S. sales to climb 9% to 365,000 units in 2013.

“We'll be selling 1,000 cars every day,” he said. Global sales will rise 6% to 750,000.

Yoshinaga said he will release details of the capacity-expansion plan by March 31.

Tom Kellogg—the wholesale director for the Zeigler Automotive Group’s 13 franchises in Grandville, MI—has been using PartsTrader the past several months as one of the first test markets in State Farm’s PartsTrader program.

Kellogg has been with Zeigler since 2003 and in the industry since 1975. He says he wishes programs like PartsTrader would just go away.

“We all know that PartsTrader isn’t the greatest thing out there,” said Kellogg. “I don’t know what I am going to do to stop it, because from what I understand, it’s pretty much here to stay. We’ve got to figure out how to work around it. Not enough writing was done on it. It’s just going to be the pathway of all things in the future to come. It’s PartsTrader today, and tomorrow it’s going to parts for you, parts for them, and pretty soon there’s a plethora of third-party people involved in our business,” he said.

Recently opening a new location in Chicago, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, North America’s largest multi-shop operator network (MSO), expanded their presence in the Chicago market with the opening of West-Hill CARSTAR in Hillside, IL.

Owned by Joseph, John and Mark Esposito, West-Hill CARSTAR is located at 4907 Butterfield Road, in Hillside, IL. West-Hill CARSTAR has been family owned and operated since John Esposito founded it in 1960 and is a proud member of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois.

Friday, 14 December 2012 23:43

CARSTAR Adds 25th Location in Ohio

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, North America’s largest multi-shop operator network (MSO), has announced the opening of Coach & Collision CARSTAR in Cleveland, OH, bringing the total number of CARSTAR locations in Ohio to 25.

Owned by Jeremy and Theresa Orsky, Coach & Collision CARSTAR is located at 1120 Brookpark Rd. in Cleveland. They offer auto body repair, glass repair, spray on bedliners, window tinting and mechanical service.

As a member of CARSTAR, Coach & Collision CARSTAR will offer an array of services and products for collision repair, including the latest in repair technology, rental vehicles, national warranties on repairs and turnkey service for customers.

The new CARSTAR store will benefit from the CARSTAR Management System, which provides resources to improve key business metrics such as cycle time, participation in CARSTAR’s 19 corporately managed DRP programs, and improved purchasing power from 45 corporately managed purchasing programs.