Technicians

Lincoln Electric® introduces innovations in virtual reality arc welding simulators, VRTEX®. The products provide a powerful, cutting-edge solution for cultivating welding talent quickly and resourcefully. From superior graphics creating the most realistic and...
There are a number of methods that can gain greater paint department throughput. A shop may add a booth, or it may use speed clears, accelerators, and other refinishing products, some of which may not be recommended or come with durability or appearance drawbacks. And...
Technology has a way of pervading our lives. Only a little more than a decade ago, the iPhone helped popularize the smartphone, now a constant companion for most of us.
Now, collision repair technicians and estimators may soon have a device that will become part of their...
SUN®, a brand of Snap-on Incorporated, is launching a new repair information resource at SEMA 2019 that will benefit automotive repair facilities that perform collision work, which often includes mechanical repairs. SUN Collision Repair Information includes complete,...
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The question is often asked: What is the leading cause of death in an automobile? The answer in its most rudimentary response is simple: crashing. The leading cause of death is simply being involved in an accident. If we eliminate crashing, we virtually eliminate car...
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As the collision repair industry increasingly embraces original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures as the proper way to fix vehicles, many are asking “why” – why are things done a particular way and why are specific products and fasteners used...
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There’s a former shop owner in the Midwest who has talked openly at industry events about the 5-year legal process that was a factor in his decision to sell his multi-shop business back in 2015. A vehicle his company repaired was subsequently involved in a high-speed...
General Motors, through its Customer Care and Aftersales division (CCA), announced today that it will implement an Electronic Minimum Resale Price (eMRP) Policy in the U.S. for certain products, effective January 1, 2020.
 
CCA provides automotive parts and...
Automotive care professionals know the value in preventive maintenance; a fluid change or leak fixed today can mean potentially avoiding a major failure down the road. But what if a vehicle could predict the future, in a sense telling you when a component is nearing failure...
Automotive service and collision repair students in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region will soon be able to learn the latest practices in a state-of-the-art facility. Wake Technical Community College, in Raleigh, recently announced the start of construction on...
Miller Electric Mfg. LLC is celebrating 90 years in business with the My Miller Milestone giveaway to recognize dedicated welders. Participants will enter their name for a chance to win a personalized 90th-anniversary Miller machine and helmet for themselves — and...
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I was called to a body shop on a 2015 Chrysler 200 with a 2.4 L engine with an automatic transmission (Figure 1). The vehicle was involved in a minor collision and was moved around the shop to different bays during the repair process. The vehicle encountered an issue where...
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An old saying declares that “football is a game of inches.” Replace football with collision repair and game with job and the statement is still true. You also could swap out inches with millimeters and the statement is just as accurate. Exact measurements are...
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An interesting thing happened a decade ago when a number of online parts procurement systems hit the market. Even though these products were designed to make ordering more efficient and parts less costly, a large portion of repairers pushed back.
With shops, insurers, MSOs...
SEMA officials concluded a nationwide tour in search of up-and-coming young vehicle builders, having selected nine winners to advance onto the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition at the 2019 SEMA Show, Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nev. Twenty-one young builders have also been...