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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. 

 

Stacey Phillips

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It should come as no surprise to hear that across the country, collision repair shop owners and managers are facing a shared challenge: how and where to find new technicians. 

Robert Walne’s grandfather, Herb Walne, founded Herb’s Paint & Body in 1956. The business encompassed a Humble Oil (Exxon) service station, a full-service mechanical shop, a drive-through car wash and a paint and body shop in northeast Dallas, TX.

With the collision repair industry increasingly becoming more competitive and margins getting thinner, it’s more important than ever to negotiate better deals with industry partners, according to Eric Newell.

“Sometimes I think pushing a repair through a collision center is like putting a bag into the security scanner at the airport,” said John Shoemaker, business development manager for BASF Automotive Refinish Coatings North America. “You put the bag on the belt and hope it comes out the other end without any complications.”

When talking about industry training, most collision repairers typically assume such training is technically oriented. 

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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.

Jay Perrylarger
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.

Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson, president of Collision Advice

 

One of the hot topics in the collision repair industry over the past several years is the importance of conducting a pre- and post-repair scan.

Nagys Jordan
Jordan Wincek, the lead painter at Nagy’s Green location in Akron, Ohio

 

Based in Ohio, Nagy's Collision Centers is an award-winning family-owned collision repair facility.

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