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. 


Stacey Phillips

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Like many others who work in the collision repair industry, you could say Tony Simon grew up in a body shop. His great-grandpa, grandpa, dad and brothers all worked on vehicles, in some form or another.

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In 1979, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) was established as a result of the introduction of the front-wheel-drive unibody vehicle, according to Jeff Peevy, vice president of technical products, programs and services for I-CAR.

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As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the U.S., employers must determine whether they will require vaccinations in the workplace and if they should set up a program to administer them.

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With the rapid changes taking place in vehicle technology, training is an important investment that will help every business thrive, according to John Van Alstyne, CEO of I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference of Auto Collision Repair).

During the MSO Symposium in November, Vincent Romans, managing partner of The Romans Group, presented a macro-level view of the evolving U.S. collision repair industry.

Nearly six years ago, American Honda Motor launched the ProFirst Certified Body Shop program.

Collision repair owners and managers across the country say hiring technicians and high turnover rates have become critical issues in their businesses.

Up until recently, it was common practice for technicians to plug in a dongle to the OBDII---onboard diagnostics---port to diagnose a vehicle.

A few years ago, when people talked about connected vehicles and self-driving, Elaina Farnsworth said it was perceived as a computer-based industry.

Several weeks ago, a local body shop owner asked Toby Chess to help set up a welder to repair an aluminum deck lid on a Mercedes-Benz.

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