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Capitol Collision Repair, an auto body shop located in Phoenix AZ, is collecting toys for the local fire department to give to underprivileged children.

Capitol Collision Repair is collecting unused toys to try and make a child’s Christmas a little bit merrier.

Mike Rose’s Auto Body recently announced the opening of their 10th location in Napa, CA.

According to Brennan Rose, Vice President, “Our Fairfield acquisition made it very easy to expand into the Napa County, which is a community we have wanted to be a part of for several years now. When the opportunity to acquire an existing business in downtown Napa came available, we opened discussions immediately.”

The Boyd Group Inc. recently announced the opening of a new collision repair center in Las Vegas, NV. The new repair center is approximately 10,000 square feet and previously operated as Coachworks Collision Center. It now operates under the Gerber Collision & Glass trade name. With this addition, the Boyd Group owns and operates four repair centers in Nevada, which brings the total number of U.S. locations to 166.

Members of the CAA Glendale/Foothill Chapter will meet Jan. 30 to learn about Toyota's new ‘Predictive Estimating’ system. The system, which debuted at SEMA last month, begins with a complete estimate and allows the user to omit items as appropriate, rather than having an estimator start from scratch and add line items based on what they know or can located about OEM procedures.

Many shops today spend a lot of time worrying about the ability to meet their weekly payroll and don’t have enough time to think about next week, let alone next year. So, when you hear about a shop that has been around for 135 years, your first response might be shock, followed by curiosity. In this highly volatile, ever-changing industry, how has any collision-related business lasted so long?

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How many times have you heard an insurance company tell you, We don’t pay for that! and you had to take their word for it? Because without any information to either confirm their claim or disprove it, you’re left hanging. It’s called “claim limbo” and it’s a situation body shops don’t want to be in, even though in many cases they end up there.

That’s why Chuck Gosney, the president of Collision Billing Services (CBS) in Jackson, MI, was telling body shops and personnel that information is empowering when it comes to dealing with insurance companies in a non-DRP situation. He was the featured speaker at the Santa Clara County California Autobody Association’s (SCC-CAA) October meeting held in San Jose, CA, at Three Flames restaurant.

Is this a significant problem for body shops in northern California? I asked a handful of owners/managers in attendance.