The Good (and some less-than-good) News on the Future of Collision Repair

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 26, 2017 3:24:04 PM

In September 2017, Global Market Insights (GMI) released a study on the automotive collision repair market. As the company’s name might suggest, the study incorporated data and predictions for repair markets around the globe. When you look at those numbers, they were fairly positive. Between today and 2022, GMI predicted close to 20% growth for the global industry.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

How to Succeed at the 2017 SEMA Show

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 25, 2017 3:21:37 PM

SEMA’s just around the corner. In fact, it’s almost time to start packing. We want you to have the best time possible, so we’ve made a list of things to do before you jump onto a plane to Vegas. Follow these guidelines to get your trip started on the right foot. Or left. It doesn’t matter, because you’re going to be using both of your feet quite a bit while you’re there.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Steel Your Nerves: Future Tire Prices Could Rise

Posted by Chief Automotive on Oct 22, 2017 8:18:41 PM

For more than a century, Pittsburgh provided the majority of our nation’s steel. Many people still think of the city as a steel powerhouse, but those folks probably haven’t been to Pittsburgh in the last few decades. Today, the smelters and mills that once lined the city’s riverfronts have been replaced with vast entertainment complexes and sports facilities. Education, Healthcare and Finance are all now bigger than steel.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

Can Your Shop Handle Heavy Duty Repairs?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Sep 22, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Think about your hometown, how many businesses are related to automotive? Most areas, even rural communities, have multiple mechanical repair shops. Now think about how many body shops there are; that number probably dropped significantly. Take it one step further, how many of those repair facilities are equipped to handle heavy duty vehicles. That number is pretty small, almost microscopic in the industry. However, think about how many heavy duty vehicles you see each day. School/transit buses, semi’s and dump trucks, more than likely you are passing several on your daily commute. Those type of vehicles are on the road, and there is a high demand for repair.     

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Measurement

Product Spotlight: Evolution Bench

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 31, 2017 4:54:23 PM

The Evolution Bench by Globaljig is the bench that can fill the void between a small spacer and large platforms associated with bigger benches. The Evolution's lifting capacity is rated at 7,700lbs, still plenty of strength and capacity for most any job that will come through the shop and for an economical price. For shops that have limited space or budgets, the 4.5 meter Evolution can be an economical bench solution provided you aren’t working with full size trucks on a daily basis. The 4.5 meter Evolution can handle a 4 door short bed ½ ton truck, but if those, or larger trucks, are part of your daily workflow you might want to consider the 5.0 meter Evolution.   

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, Measurement

Customer Profile: Mungenast Collision Center

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Close your eyes and picture the collision shop of the future. It would include cutting edge, precision equipment and electronics, with some of the most highly trained employees. We’re actually describing a shop that exists today and runs business light years ahead of the times. That’s right, nestled on St. Louis’ south side is one of the country’s top auto body shops, Mungenast Collision Center.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Shop Tools

Rack vs. Bench: What's Best for Your Shop?

Posted by Chief Automotive on Aug 11, 2017 10:44:38 AM

There are certain questions where everyone’s opinion falls on one side or the other. Coke or Pepsi? Chevy or Ford? PC or Mac? And right up there, repair bench or rack? Since the creation of racks and benches, technicians and shop owners alike have been bickering back and forth about what is the best piece of equipment for their shop. There is no black and white response when it comes to your or any other shop out there.

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Topics: Industry and Company News

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Nace | Automechanika

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jul 24, 2017 3:11:28 PM

So it’s Monday and NACE | Automechanika starts on Wednesday. You’re cutting it close, but there is still time to get registered and make plans to see one of the industry’s biggest shows. With more than 600 exhibiting companies and 10,000 attendees, NACE Automechanika Chicago is set to lead the industry in a showcase of the latest technology covering the entire spectrum of the automotive aftermarket industry. The explosion of new technology in today’s vehicles means shops and technicians must keep pace. NACE Automechanika Chicago will be the venue for shop-level training in North America.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, MSO

NADA Turns 100

Posted by Chief Automotive on Jan 24, 2017 4:05:00 PM

Think of what your 100th birthday would be like…Probably a large cake(capable of holding 100 candles), your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren huddled around singing happy birthday. We would all more than likely envision a pretty low key gathering to celebrate such a huge milestone. I doubt however, any of us see ourselves living it up in New Orleans while we ring in our entrance to the century club, but that’s just what NADA is doing.

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Topics: Industry and Company News, Shop Tools, MSO

Sneak Peek: Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning Course

Posted by Chief Automotive on Nov 18, 2016 10:05:00 AM

The best trained techs provide the best repairs. And when you work in an industry that goes through frequent transitions and adjustments, that training needs to be ongoing. Chief University is dedicated to providing up-to-date technician training, on the latest industry advancements, with a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. One common thread across most major car manufacturers today is unibody design. Chief’s Unitized Body Analysis and Repair Planning  is designed for entry level and experienced structural repair technicians who require training in unibody vehicle analysis and repair planning.

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Topics: Auto Body Repair, Industry and Company News, Training