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1HomePageMap small w 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, NevadaOregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming

Texas-based, Service King Collision Repair is partnering with Auto Body World, Inc., with nine large scale, high volume locations throughout metro Phoenix and Casa Grande. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The transaction is expected to close in July 2012. By joining Service King, Auto Body World will become a part of the third largest collision repair company in North America with 48 Texas locations throughout the Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin areas.

Thursday, 24 May 2012 15:26

The Death of SB 1460… For Now

Some legislative bills have more lives than cats. Usually, when any piece of proposed legislation gets defeated for one or more reasons, it is then re-written, re-packaged and amended, hopefully just enough to make it through in a different form that will appeal to more legislators the second or third time through. If it eventually becomes a law, it means it survived several rounds and reincarnations, in almost every case.

Collision Authority, a four location auto body shop MSO in the Las Vegas area is supporting the Be Smart, Be Safe campaign.

See video HERE

Some legislative bills have more lives than cats. Usually when any piece of proposed legislation gets defeated for one or more reasons, it is then re-written, re-packaged and amended, hopefully just enough to make it through in a different form that will appeal to more legislators the second or third time through. If it eventually becomes a law, it means it survived several rounds and reincarnations in almost every case.

Recently, SB 1460, known as the “aftermarket crash parts bill” died when it didn’t get enough support to go up for vote by the Senate Committee on Judiciary in Sacramento on April 24. Written by Senator Leland Yee, the bill would have basically allowed the use of certified aftermarket parts in repairs, as long as they “shall be presumed sufficient to return the motor vehicle to its pre-loss condition.” Although it looked fairly harmless when read by the untrained eye, in the end the bill put all of the responsibility on the repairer and the manufacturer of the part and distanced the insurance companies from any accountability for the ongoing performance of the part when used in repairs.

Cooks Collision Centers, a Roseville, CA, operator of collision repair facilities in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay area, has acquired six locations previously owned by Holmes Body Shop, a multiple collision repair operator in Southern California. The acquisition has been in the works for some time and has been widely discussed in the California auto body community.

 

The addition of the Holmes Body Shop locations further expands Cooks' position as the largest independently owned and operated collision repair organization in California, with 25 locations throughout the state. The acquired collision repair centers are located in Alhambra, Canoga Park, Duarte, El Segundo, Riverside and Westlake Village, Calif.

The 45th Annual SkillsUSA California State Leadership and Skills Championships was held in San Diego, April 12th–April 15th, 2012.  There were over 47 high school contestants at Mossy Toyota on the weekend. This event is known as the State Competition. The Winners of each competition will be able to attend the National Conference in June.