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Stacey Phillips

Stacey Phillips photoStacey Phillips is a freelance writer for the automotive industry based in Southern California. She has 20 years of experience as an editor including writing in a number of businesses and fields.

 

She can be reached at sphillips.autobodynews@gmail.com. 

 

Estimating is often said to be one of the most important components of running a successful body shop.

In Anchorage, AK, body shop owner Ryan Cropper often tells customers that Able Body Shop is where strong values merge with quality work. Cropper currently operates two locations in The Last Frontier and said he has built his business on relationships and trust---one customer at a time. 

When Jim Pfau talks to his customers at Alan’s Collision Center, he often asks if they are familiar with their vehicle insurance policy. The general manager of the Philadelphia, PA body shop said that since the average person does not have a clear understanding of their policy, he takes the time to explain the issues associated with the repair process, such as labor rates and parts usage.

On a typical day at Pacific Elite Collision Centers, Cortney Arthur might run through the shop’s production list, help write estimates, order parts or even detail cars. As the general manager of the company’s Downey East location in California, Arthur also spends time taking care of the insurance side of the business, keeping up with KPIs and ensuring the facility is compliant.

At Smith Bros Collision Center and Truck Accessories, brothers Chad and Adam Smith work hard to ensure every repair is a positive experience for their customers.

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Red Hill Collision Center in Costa Mesa, CA

 

You’ve filled your collision center with the latest in equipment and technology, trained your techs and ensured your shop is up-to-date with safety guidelines. What else can you do to establish a reputation for having a professional facility?

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Greg Marion.

 

Industry veteran Greg Marion said he has found the missing link to solve an age-old industry challenge: how to efficiently evaluate and realign damaged vehicle body and frame structures.

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Jay Perry, owner of Ally Business Coaching and co-author of Success Manifesto

 

Most body shops would agree that excellent leadership is critical to running a successful business.

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Carl Swope, owner of the Swope Family of Dealerships, in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

 

Earlier this year, Carl Swope learned he received the 2017 Time Dealer of the Year Award during the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention in New Orleans.

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Foster worked on Varley’s 1980 Ford Mustang, “The Gold Car” for the Street Outlaws series.

 

In Edmond, Oklahoma, Dave Foster recalls growing up in the 1990s during the mini truck era, learning about vehicles while shaving door handles and disassembling trucks.

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