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CARSTAR gathers franchisees, partners in Nashville for National Conference Story and photos by ALLISON ROGERS CARSTAR rounded up its franchisees and industry partners in Nashville this summer, where the company’s more than 700 American and Canadian stores were represented. Held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort from July 13 through 15, attendees were treated to days […]

Showin’ Off: A tour of CARSTAR Newmarket’s new digs

Newmarket, Ontario — Last week, Collision Repair mag visited CARSTAR Newmarket to celebrate the business’ move to a brand-new location. Owned and operated by the Deokinandan family–Bisram, Romena, Ashley and Ryan–CARSTAR Newmarket’s new 929 sq. m. (10,000 sq. ft.) location at 445 Harry Walker Parkway in Newmarket, Ont., is equipped with a brand-new Blowtherm booth, […]

A Grand Affair: CARSTAR Newmarket celebrates sparkling new location

Newmarket, Ontario — Last Friday, CARSTAR Newmarket celebrated its move to a spiffy new location with some impressive new equipment. Equipped with Glasurit 100 line and a state-of-the-art Blowtherm booth, CARSTAR Newmarket owners the Deokinandan family are ready to wow customers with their friendly–and speedy–service. The family has been part of the CARSTAR fold for […]

Welcomes of the Week: CARSTAR Kitchener Centre

Kitchener, Ontario — The CARSTAR Canada Network has announced the opening of a new location in Kitchener, Ontario at 1620 King Street East. Michael Leung, owner of CARSTAR Kitchener Centre, has managed a collision repair shop since 1981, building a successful career of more than 40 years in the auto body and collision industry. After […]

In Memoriam: Guerino Mercanti, founder of Mercanti Bros. Auto Body Repair

Hamilton, Ontario — Collision Repair magazine is saddened to hear that Guerino Mercanti, founder of CARSTAR Canada, has died following a six-year battle with dementia. Mercanti grew up with his two brothers and nephew in Hamilton, founding Mercanti Bros Auto Body Repair, the predecessor to CARSTAR Collision and Ontario Auto Collision. He regularly came by […]

Winner’s Circle: Kember family honoured as CARSTAR Canada Franchisee of the Year

Nashville, Tennessee — CARSTAR recognized its top franchise partners in Canada and the U.S. last week during the company’s annual CARSTAR Conference, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. CARSTAR Canada awarded the title of 2022 Franchisee of the Year to the CARSTAR Centennial Auto Group, led by Ezra, David […]

Yee Haw: CARSTAR Conference closes out in Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee — CARSTAR held its annual CARSTAR Conference last week, where hundreds of franchisees, vendors and industry partners gathered for the first time since 2019. Held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, more than 100 Canadian franchise owners were in attendance and treated to presentations “This has been a wonderful week for […]

Specialty Showcase: SEMA 2022 to feature more EV exhibitions

Nevada, United States — Get your toolkits and suitcases ready: this year’s SEMA 2022 show boasts more exhibitions addressing the automotive market’s shift towards electric vehicles (EVs) than ever before. According to the 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) market report, aftermarket support for the electric market is a prime area for growth. Points of […]