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The ‘Doctor’ Is In

At Chicago’s Sinclair Auto Clinic, the cars and the times have changed but not the treatment. No doubt about it. James F. “Jim” Sinclair is old school. He admits it. But Sinclair also works at staying current, and he has his eye on the future. And when we say old school, we mean that in […]

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Made of Honors

Active industry leader has plenty of awards but stays focused on her clients. One of the industry’s most outstanding leaders, Amy Mattinat, owns an ASA shop in Montpelier, Vt. It’s one of the best in the business, so it comes as no surprise that a lot of honors and awards have been earned by both. […]

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It Takes a Village

Pennsylvania owner tells why branching out is key to maximizing his investment. If Keith Heilveil, AAM, were your financial adviser, he’d advise you to diversify. He has, and it’s paying off. In fact, his car wash is one of the ways he diversifies his shop. And his snowplow business keeps dollars rolling in too, especially […]

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Ahead: A Second Century For This Massachusetts Shop

How generations of a family grew their business from buggies to a brand. In 1914: • World War I began and the first traffic light was installed, in Cleveland. • Ford Motor Co. offered workers an eight-hour day and a daily wage of $5 (they had been working a nine-hour day for $2.50). • Henry […]

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Staying Centered

For Kinney’s Automotive, it’s not all about where they are but about what they are. There are plenty of automotive repair shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but maybe none better known or more respected than Kinney’s Automotive Service. Located in Hurst, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth in the area known locally as the […]

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Doing the Right Thing – Paying Off for Mesa Shop

Impact Auto Body tries to make customer’s experience ‘the very best possible.’ We are continually making improvements so that a customer’s experience is the very best possible. That’s how Impact Auto Body in Mesa, Ariz., approaches doing business. And it’s paying off. “We’ve been around 34 years, business is good and it’s getting better,” says […]

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Bob Parra Builds on Success

Building on a strong legacy, Bob Parra positions his shops for greatness. That Bob Parra is a successful shop owner, no one can deny. But how did he get to be successful? How has he been able to take the legacy his dad left him and build that into two shops? And, the itch to […]

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Illinois Shop Marks 50th Year

Still offering ‘old-fashioned service,’ but changing with the times too! Hoernis Auto Body Inc. – a family-owned and operated collision repair shop in Belleville, Ill. – is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. What’s ahead for this shop in the next 50 years? “We plan to continue providing what we call old-fashioned service,” says Steve […]

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Detroit Shop Proof Free Enterprise Still Works

What started in a garage has grown into a world-class facility. An ASA shop in Oak Park, Mich. – Curt’s Service – is proof the free enterprise system still works in America. What started as a technician working out of his garage has become one of this nation’s most advanced automotive repair and service centers. […]

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California Shop Owner ‘Talks the Talk, Walks the Walk’

Kevin Donohoe focuses on what’s important. Customers. Employees. Building a strong and stable business. Those are the foremost priorities of Kevin Donohoe, the owner of Pacific Motor Service in Monterey, Calif. He’s also focused on education, training and marketing. Proof he’s right on target with his priorities: his business is growing. Kevin started Pacific Motor […]

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