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Monday, 14 May 2012 21:54

Maaco Returns to Cape Coral

Less than a year after the Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting Center in Cape Coral closed its doors, another has opened.

Collision Center Company's new franchisee, Jonathan Washer, opened a new repair shop in Cape Coral in late May.  Contractors gutted and updated the new body shop’s building at 1221 SE 9th Terrace in preparation for opening day, and painters, sanders, detailers and other positions were hired. It’s just a few blocks away from the old location.



• DATE: Tuesday May 8th
• PLACE: Bartow Ford

2800 US Hwy 98
• Time: 6:30 PM
• Dinner: 6:30-7:00

• Meeting starts promptly at 7:00
RSVP: David Stewart (863)287-8078
Cherri Surrency (863) 838-7791

The Florida Autobody Collision Alliance (FACA) will soon be launching a labor rate survey in the state of Florida. Florida collision repair facilities will soon be invited to participate.

According to FACA, the purpose of this survey is to provide Florida collision shop owners with prevailing rates for labor and material so they can be paid fairly for the work they perform.

"Your response is needed to ensure all Florida collision businesses are represented," stated FACA.

The survey will be conducted by a neutral third-party, CSi Complete, a provider of customer satisfaction indexing to the collision repair industry.

In 2011, the collision industry provided $4.1 million in support to secondary and post-secondary collision students and their school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. This year’s tournament occurred on April 25th at the Highlands Course in Lake Arrowhead. Through monetary and in-kind product donations, the 2011 Collision Repair Education Foundation donors helped to provide student scholarships, student tool grants, school equipment and supply grants, the 3rd annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant, and much more. Since 2008, when the Collision Repair Education Foundation became a purely philanthropic organization, the organization has provided $7 million in school and student support through industry donors.  The Atlanta Golf Tournament supports secondary and post-secondary collision students in the greater Atlanta area. We encourage you to learn more about this important fundraising event and participate and/or sponsor in future. By doing so, you are directly supporting and benefiting our industry in Atlanta and Georgia.

Gunder’s Auto Center of Lakeland, Fla., has received settlement payments from State Farm, 21st Century and Security National for processes and materials Gunder’s says they previously refused to pay.

On behalf of and at the request of his customers, owner Ray Gunder filed legal complaints against 21st Century and Security National. Last week, Gunder’s received notice that both had agreed to pay charges for previously denied items including paint and materials, parts return fees, and miscellaneous processes and procedures necessary to perform proper repairs. They also agreed to pay all legal costs and attorney’s fees, which amounted to $3,314 and $1,690 , respectively.

This year, at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, one special unit was sold not once, but twice. A very special-edition 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 was sold twice in a row Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, raising $950,000 for the Wounded Warriors Family Support foundation.

The red, white and blue Shelby, signed by dozens of veterans, families and supporters from all over the country, was hammered sold for $500,000 to a thunderous cheer from the auction crowd, which rose to a fevered pitch when the winner of the sale, Ronnie Rains of Odessa, Texas, donated the car back to be sold again.

Police uncovered a huge cache of parts stolen from a nearby Nissan plant, as well as parts from other sources, at a Jackson auto body business. Following tips from residents, officers raided Precious Automotive Auto Body Restoration, on Gault Street, just off Highway 80 in Jackson, on April 18. Authorities said a majority of the merchandise came from the Nissan Plant in Canton. Crates full of Nissan parts and components were stored inside the building.