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Thursday, 23 August 2012 11:06

Mitchell Hosts CAA-San Diego at Open House

 

Mitchell International hosted an open house for San Diego CAA members at their new Mitchell Corporate Headquarters in the University City area of San Diego on July 24th.

The California Autobody Association—San Diego Chapter partnered with Mitchell International to host the open house so that CAA members could get an insider’s view into the world of collision information software and development.

The event was well attended with over 50 participants.

Thursday, 23 August 2012 11:03

Sonoma Shop Owner Gives Wheels to Prosper By

Dino DiGiulio of Sonoma, CA started repairing cars at 14 and knew right away that he liked working on autos. After high school, he took a job in an auto body shop detailing cars. In 1990, at the age of 21, he took every penny he had and opened his own 1,800-square-foot shop, Body Best Collision Center, on Sonoma’s 8th Street East. He had one employee.

Today the shop has grown to 12,500 square feet and DiGiulio employees 14 people.

A few years ago, DiGiulio started thinking about giving back to the community. “I have such loyal customers,” he said.

Lawmakers in California say the heavily supported AB 1708, which would legalize electronic types of insurance proof, raises privacy concerns about authorities’ access to personal information stored on mobile phones. Three unanimous votes pushed the legislation through the state Assembly in less than two months, and the Senate recently amended the bill again on July 5. The legislation was introduced to keep up with new technology.

Some concerns are related to information stored on mobile phones that, when presented to authorities, could be accidentally revealed when a driver offers the phone as proof of coverage.

For Scott’s Body Shop in Santa Cruz, CA, thinking green started a few years ago as more car parts were being made of plastic. Rather than spend hundreds of dollars on a larger trash container, the owners changed their operations to recycle more and waste less. That mindset led to their recognition as the first body shop in the city of Santa Cruz to be certified green. The first in the county to be certified green is Professional Touch in Scotts Valley. Both “were exceptional and went above and beyond” the requirements, according to Jo Fleming of Monterey Bay Green Business, the certifying entity.

New Look Collision Center in the Henderson and Las Vegas valley area is excited to announce that they received a perfect score, 30/30, on Google Plus Local.

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) held a hearing Aug. 9 in Sacramento to review newly proposed regulations to clarify “workmanlike auto body repairs” and the use of aftermarket crash parts.