My name is mark Lapes. Im sure alot you of seen around this site. I just landed a job in a body shop and so far its working out. Ill keep you informed on how im doing.
Added by Mark Lapes on December 30, 2009 at 1:57pm —
Welcome to part 2 of this discussion.
Today's topic dives a little deeper into why your repair business has a website, strategy, goals, and results.
While leaving answers of this nature in an open forum such as these might seem like your giving away secrets or that you might be intimidated to do so, please remember that this website is about helping the collision repair industry and small business owners like you.
Our aim is to help you by giving you… Continue
Added by Collision Assistance Network on December 28, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Twas the night before Christmas
And all thru the store
No parts lay around
Not even a battery core
The cars were in their stalls
At rest and disrepair
Waiting for a technician
With hammer and dolly to be there
They all sighed and asked
What a tragedy, why me?
Why did my tires slip
And I hit a tree?
And, all of a sudden
There was such a clatter
They all turned their lights on
To see what was the… Continue
Added by Jeanne Silver on December 19, 2009 at 1:52pm —
Howard and Laini DeVore, owners of Flagstaff Auto Repair, in Flagstaff, Arizona, have had remarkable results using the Identifix Preventative Maintenance Plans.
In October of 2008, their total revenues for the entire four week month were $30,622. This year, in October 2009, they achieved this revenue by the third week of the month, and ended the month with $43,424.33 in total revenue. This is a startling $12,802.33 increase in revenue, attributed to the use of the Identifix… Continue
Added by Angie Traster on December 14, 2009 at 11:13am —
For most companies and individuals, 2009 will be a year we’d like to forget. No matter the size of your business, I think we all struggled in one way or another.
One thing this year did do was cause us to pause and take stock in ourselves and our business as a commodity. Am I marketable? Is my business performing at it’s best? How do I get better, faster and stronger?
Not a day goes by that I don’t answer a call or an email from a person trying to answer these… Continue
Added by Kristen R. Felder on December 13, 2009 at 8:04pm —
We just wanted to send out a special THANK YOU
to Jeff and Jeanne Silver of Butterfield Bodyworks CARSTAR in Mundelein, IL for hosting Collision Hub this week as we attended the I-CAR Round Table meeting.
Jeanne and Jeff provided curbside service to and from the airport, a tour of Chicago and dinner at their family's favorite restaurant. To top it all off they literally gave us the coat off their back when Jeanne realized one of us… Continue
Added by Collision Hub Admin on December 10, 2009 at 9:22am —
I-CAR has provided a break down for the knowledge targets an individual should master for each level within the role ( 7 roles listed on prior blog).
The industry participants are now discussing those knowledge targets by level in association with each role. At this time the role and knowledge base is not set and will not be released here.
However a few comments:
Each role begins with the completion or proof of knowledge for "Basics of Collision Repair".… Continue
Added by Collision Hub Admin on December 9, 2009 at 1:16pm —
During his opening remarks John Edelen, President and CEO of I-CAR shared the road the company has taken since 2007 to determine the needs of collision repair training and the proposed adjustments to meet these needs.
Based on the feedback gathered from the various segments of the industry I-CAR is proposing changes to the current curriculum as well as the Platinum and Gold Class recognition programs.
Each change is designed to make the training relevant to the employees… Continue
Added by Collision Hub Admin on December 9, 2009 at 10:53am —
Senate Passage by Year’s End Questionable
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 2009
–The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4154, “The Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers and Small Businesses Act,” in a vote of 225-200. The sponsor of this bill is Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
According to the committee, H.R. 4154 permanently extends current law, which would exempt estates up to $3.5… Continue
Added by Automotive Service Association on December 9, 2009 at 9:39am —
There are many reasons to implement a website for your auto body shop business. An online presence is never a negative thing, as you can reach out to a much greater number of possible clients and advertise inexpensively. Auto body marketing can occur in many ways. You can advertise online and off. One offline marketing method is to use a referral system. Many… Continue
Added by Web-Est, LLC on December 8, 2009 at 9:41am —
A Solid Finish to 2009 Brings New Dates and Direction for ASRW 2010 Events
Dallas/Dec. 3, 2009
— The dust has barely settled on the ASRW 2009 events, and dynamic plans have been put into motion to lead the way into 2010 and beyond. New direction calls for new dates! The ASRW 2010 events will take place Oct. 11-13
at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas (no longer during AAIW). Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) will now be a stand-alone event… Continue
Added by Automotive Service Association on December 3, 2009 at 8:16am —
Just announced today NACE 2010 will take place October 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For those without a calendar handy the show will be a Sunday through Wednesday and no longer during AAIW. Education seminars October 10-13 and the Expo October 11-13.
Also.... that means no SEMA for the many that attend both shows that week.
" It is high time for the automotive service and repair market to be served by a dedicated event that… Continue
Added by Kristen R. Felder on December 3, 2009 at 8:00am —
Gapsch Generosity Provides Wheels for Foster Teens
Asking your parents to borrow the car is a common request for a teenager. But the answer to that question can be difficult when you are foster parents with three teenage drivers and one family car.
Enter Gapsch Carstar Collision Center. When employees at Gapsh Carstar learned about Phyllis and Eldon Hackman’s dilemma, they found an unlikely answer: a wrecked Jeep Grand… Continue
Added by Lisa Rush on December 2, 2009 at 5:37pm —
My uncle Ralph always said: be careful "NOTHING is ever FREE."....
Added by Mark Carter on December 2, 2009 at 5:24pm —
First Step in McCarran-Ferguson Repeal
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 2, 2009
–Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, has filed an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, to repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act
for health insurers.
"This amendment will prohibit the most egregious anticompetitive conduct-price fixing, bid-rigging and market allocations-conduct that harms consumers, raises… Continue
Added by Automotive Service Association on December 2, 2009 at 3:07pm —
Identifix will be live with Dale Donovan for cartalk on Saturday December 5th 2pm - 5pm. Dale will be opening up the phone lines for us to take questions and help out a few callers with problem cars, So tune in and join us!! You can listen live online
I am excited that I will be their too, so I can do live tweets and posts on facebook during the segment!
Added by Angie Traster on December 2, 2009 at 2:21pm —
It is that time of year when the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Annual Golf Fundraiser comes into full force for their event during Collision Industry Conference week in Palm Springs California.
This year’s golf tournament will take place at Tahquitz Creek on Wednesday afternoon, January 13th, 2010! This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with organizations and individuals throughout the collision repair industry who come just prior to the Collision Industry Conference… Continue
Added by Kristen R. Felder on December 2, 2009 at 7:30am —
Recently, Sheila Johnson
requested that I take a look at her website: johnsoncarsalesandbodyshop.com
and give her some feedback and ideas for either redesign, new ideas, what exactly to do with the darn thing. In her words:
"I don't care for it much but figure at least it gets me online"
So that is what I did. I looked at her site and… Continue
Added by Collision Assistance Network on December 1, 2009 at 9:27pm —
Cause Marketing is type of marketing involving the cooperative efforts of a "for profit" business (you) and a non-profit organization for mutual benefit.
The first of these campaigns occurred in 1976 through a partnership between Marriott Corporation and the March of Dimes. Marriott wanted to generate highly cost-effective (cheap) PR and media coverage for the opening of their family entertainment center, Marriott’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA. The March of Dimes' needed to… Continue
Added by Collision Hub Admin on December 1, 2009 at 4:27pm —
One of the most convenient and easiest forms of communication today is email. It is concise, fast and easy to get to the point. Other than simply communication, email is a great auto body marketing method. You can get word out about your auto body shop to almost anyone. For this reason, it is no wonder that a growing number of companies around the globe are utilizing this form of marketing in the collision repair industry and many other kinds of commerce as well. The advantages cannot be… Continue
Added by Web-Est, LLC on December 1, 2009 at 12:41pm —