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Four Generations Strong

Michigan family has built incredibly strong business by creating lasting relationships with customers. Experience isn’t a problem at Gentile’s Collision in Shelby Township, Mich. “We are four generations strong,” said Mark Gentile Jr., whose family has owned the business for nearly eight decades. “We have three technicians who have been with us more than 30 […]

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Like Father, like sons

  Brothers use what they learned from father as children to build foundation for overwhelmingly successful Nevada shop. It all started with them holding a flashlight for their father. Now, years later, brothers Vinnie and Anthony Lucido have turned what they learned as youngsters into an extremely successful auto repair shop – CoAuto – in […]

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One Happy Family

How looking for the positives helps this Louisiana shop owner provide customers quality service and repairs. Elissa Larremore, owner of CBS 1 Collision’s three shops in Shreveport and Bossier City, La., has a simple philosophy for business success. Well, executing the philosophy is not that simple. In fact, it takes a special outlook on work […]

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If You Can Dream It …

Illinois shop owner’s road to success demonstrates why reaching the destinationisn’t a given. It has to be earned. Twelve years ago, Debbie and Gerry Vicario were awake in the middle of the night talking about a big issue: closing down their business. The husband and wife, co-owners of One Stop Auto Care Inc. in Los […]

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Federal Insurance Office Survives U.S. Senate Floor

Dodd-Frank Reform Path Unclear The U.S. Senate has passed its version of the Dodd-Frank Reform legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 2155, by a vote of 67-31. To move the bill, it required Democratic crossovers and 16 Democrats did just that on the Senate floor. Let’s step back and walk through how we got to this place […]

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Detailed Development

Industry veteran outlines a step-by-step process to develop the skills of young collision repair techs. One of the most pressing concerns for body shop, collision center and service managers is replacing the retiring technicians with people capable of repairing today’s modern vehicles. While there is no silver bullet to drive candidates to your repair center, […]

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Independent Thinking

How some service and collision repair shop owners are seizing opportunities in the current wave of new technology and consolidation. Consolidation is an evolutionary process drawn by opportunity. The high velocity – let alone breadth and depth – of industry change is daunting. Just consider the relentless introduction of new automotive technologies, innovative products and […]

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The Millennial Investment

If you want to make it, you can’t fake it. To hire them for your shop, you’ve got to give them what they need to succeed. Within the past few years, millennials have been the subject of much conversation in the automotive industry, as well as in society at large. This discussion seems to echo […]

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Ride-Sharing Survey Results

Customer convenience, cost and efficiency cited as reasons ASA-member shops are using services such as Uber and Lyft. Ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, are becoming increasingly popular with ASA shop owners who offer customers rides to and/or from the shop while their vehicles are being serviced. A recent ASA survey showed that 41 percent […]

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A Commitment to Training

With drastic change sweeping the industry, NACE Automechanika Atlanta provides a super-charged showcase for new technology and repair techniques. It’s no secret that the temperature and humidity soar in Georgia in August. But this year, Hot’Lanta will host the automotive service and collision repair industry’s coolest event: NACE Automechanika Atlanta. As the largest trade show […]

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A Mom-and-Pop Makeover How these California shop owners learned to save their business and the rewards of keeping it all in the family. Twelve years ago, Debbie and Gerry Vicario were awake in the middle of the night talking about a big issue: closing down their business. The husband and wife, co-owners of One Stop […]

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Sweating the Details

How working on the business and treating customers right drive this Colorado shop’s success. ASA-member shop owners always put a premium on taking good care of their customers. But probably not every owner sweats the type of toilet paper the shop uses in its restrooms. Darrin Barney does. And that’s just one of the ways […]

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