Outlaw Customs' PPG-finished "Vigilante" takes Big Rig Build-Off win
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – May 6, 2009 – “Vigilante,” Outlaw Customs’ entry at the Overdrive annual Pride & Polish Truck Beauty Contest and Big Rig Build-Off, held at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, March 19 –21, took this year’s coveted “People’s Choice” award. The PPG-finished truck, a 2002 Peterbilt 379, featured a unique black and silver matte… Continue
Added by Bill Irvine on May 31, 2009 at 12:59pm —
How many of you have a certified car seat installer in your shop? How many of you even knew that you might need to certifiy in order to install kids' car seats? I took the course 6 years ago. It entailed 32 hours of classroom and extensive hands on testing and training. I have since been recertified twice and it wasn't just a simple test, it was as rigorous as the original training. It is still one of the best things we do here. My standing marketing phrase to parents is, "if you can trust us… Continue
Added by Jeanne Silver on May 29, 2009 at 6:36pm —
Bidders, get your checkbooks out now, and support the Ebay auction being held at the Collision Industry Foundation store, now through Sunday, May 31st , 12:59 pm. http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Collision-Industry-Foundation-CIF__W0QQ_armrsZ1 Popular items being auctioned off include an advertising package that reserves a space on the deck lid of the #12 Penske NASCAR race car for the August 16th Sprint Cup race, a tremendous value for any business looking to take advantage of this rare… Continue
Added by Jeanne Silver on May 29, 2009 at 9:42am —
This an interesting and accurate treatment of the fall of GM, written by someone who has tremendous insight into the auto industry. His biography follows the article.
Going, going, gone.
By Peter M. De Lorenzo
(Posted 5/27, 8:15AM) Detroit. It wasn’t just another company, no, far from it. It was, at its peak, the mightiest corporation the world had ever known, a juggernaut among mere mortal companies and a shining beacon of American industrial strength, resolve… Continue
Added by Jeff Silver on May 27, 2009 at 9:15am —
If you ask around, painters and
mixing technicians who are
using one of PPG’s waterborne
basecoat systems will likely tell you about the
great color match they ’re getting with this
In a recent survey of our color tools, “the painters that are using waterborne products today would not switch back to solvent if they had the option. This gives my sales team the confidence to promote the product with no hesitation.
”There’s no doubt… Continue
Added by Bill Irvine on May 27, 2009 at 7:30am —
In light of recent documentation requirements from some of our insurance partners on their various programs, I am going to ask the question of charging documentation or administative fees on all final bills. I feel that most of our so called insurance partners take advantage of a situation and pass on all of the documentation and administration costs on to us, and then hire call center adjusters at a low rate that have to know nothing because we all handle these insurance file requirements for… Continue
Added by Jan Combs on May 21, 2009 at 2:59pm —
PPG paints Busch Foundation charity car
PPG announced it has painted the Dodge Challenger SRT8 car to be raffled by The Kurt Busch Foundation for its upcoming fundraiser for the Kurt Busch Superdome, an athletic facility built for children attending the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.
The new, silver Dodge Challenger SRT8 received a one-of-a-kind paint scheme design by PPG master painter and instructor Paul Stoll, and was painted by renowned street rod painter… Continue
Added by Bill Irvine on May 18, 2009 at 10:14am —
I took my ASE - B6 - Damage Analysis & Estimating Test last night. Is there anyone else that has taken this test? I admit I am new to the collision repair industry, and learning the estimating techniques necessary to professionally do my job. However, this is truly one of the hardest tests I’ve taken in this field. Many questions asked pertain to suspension and frame estimating/repair. The majority of estimate appraisals I’ve encountered that require this level of knowledge result in a… Continue
Added by Shaun Combs on May 15, 2009 at 12:52pm —
I have worked in the insurance industry for aprox. 11 years. I graduated from Ferris State University in '98 with a BA in Automotive & Heavy Eq. Mgmt. I started my career at State Farm Insurance in the MI Service First Unit. I also worked with Volkswagen of America and am currently employed (9 years) at Progressive Insurance. I currently work in the MRR program in Grand Rapids, MI in a Network Facility Drive in for estimatics. Continue
Added by David S. Payton on May 14, 2009 at 7:53pm —
My name is George and I'm an auto painter recently hit by the CarMax Layoffs. I have over 35 years experience in the auto painting field and can do some body work. I live in McHenry County, but can travel to Lake, Cook, Kane and DeKalb Counties. I'm extremely efficient with my time and product. I have earned much respect in the field and can help you and your shop! Please contact me if you need help!
Added by George R. Thompsen on May 14, 2009 at 6:07pm —
The economy has turned us all upside down. The trickle down effect is far reaching. If shops don't have vehicles to repair, their vendors in turn feel the decline in sales. What have you done in your business to try and turn things around?
Added by Jeanne Silver on May 14, 2009 at 11:06am —
I've been in the insurance industry for 16 years now although I did take a 2-year hiatus to try out karaoke and powersports work.
I've been a road warrior for 12 years now with two different carriers and have seen all that is good, bad and ugly in the industry.
I stumbled into the profession completely by accident, after all, who goes to college and says "I want to be a field adjuster when I grow up!" Answer would be no one (and for good reason :P). But I like to justify… Continue
Added by W. Guy Finley on May 12, 2009 at 9:30am —
I've been in business for 22 years and the last 2 have been the worst, what do you feel is the best marketing strategy at this time?
Added by Kerry Larkin on May 11, 2009 at 9:30am —
Robert Beatty is seeking an auto estimator, appraiser, adjuster position, or manager/supervisor position for estimators-appraisers-adjusters.Can relocate
Added by Robert beatty on May 10, 2009 at 11:58am —
There is a collision industry group where women come together with shared goals and experiences. The Women's Industry Network or WIN began with the goal of greatly enhancing the collision repair industry—and the role of women within it—through education, networking, and sharing of resources. Our shared experiences transcend the boundaries of different roles within in the collision industry. WIN also honors deserving students and members of the collision repair communities with scholarships that… Continue
Added by Jeanne Silver on May 8, 2009 at 12:23pm —