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You don’t need an estimate, you need your car fixed

An estimate is just an estimate. It’s not going to be accurate no matter where you take your vehicle. Most people want to get a general idea of what it’s going to cost to get their vehicle repaired which will help them decide whether or not they’re going to file a claim with their insurance […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Ask For an Estimate

Before computerization, insurance companies would make customers get three estimates for collision repairs. The insurance company would take the lowest one and work with that company to get your vehicle fixed. It took the choice away from the customer as to where they wanted to get their vehicle repaired. State law says that you can […]

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A Process Centered Environment

AkzoNobel developed the concept of a Process Centered Environment. They are a leading global paints and coatings company and major producer of specialty chemicals. We use Sikkens paint, one of their products, so it’s only natural that we look to them for business support. A Process Centered Environment Program provides us with the ability to […]

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Ankeny Auto Body 1 Utilizes Lean Manufacturing

Ankeny Auto Body 1 employs lean manufacturing as described as the Toyota Productioni System which started back in 1970. Toyota Motor Company founded the Toyota Family and the Toyota Production System (TPS) which was founded in conjunction with the beginning of Henry Ford’s assembly line. In the traditional manufacturing process, they wanted to find out […]

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6th Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

Ankeny Autobody1 participated in the 6th Midwest Auto Body Trade Show February 5 – 6, 2016 at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. This annual event is organized by The Iowa Collision Repair Association. “The Iowa Collision Repair Association is committed to the future of the collision repair industry: to provide the leadership needed; raise […]

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Assured Performance Certification

Ankeny Auto Body 1 is currently going through the process to become certified to work on aluminum vehicles. We need to become I-Car Gold certified to receive this certification. From https://www.certifymyshop.com: To ensure the next generation of vehicles are properly repaired, leading automakers are doing their part to ensure that body shops have the proper […]

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Rental Vehicles Available!

We have eight rental vehicles that we rent for $10 a day while your vehicle is being repaired. We require no deposit and ask that you return it with full tank of gas. You must be 21 years old with a valid drivers license and insurance to use one of our rental vehicles. Makes/models available […]

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LTAA Pinewood Drag Races

Ankeny Auto Body 1 is proud to be a part of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance industry awards reception at SEMA. This year, we painted one of the cars that was run in the Pinewood Drag Races! The LTAA industry awards reception was held on Wednesday, November 4, in room N262-N264 of the Las Vegas […]

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Your Safety is in Jeopardy!

The Collision Industry Conference is held four times per year and brings together all parties of the collision repair industry to discuss all aspects of the collision repair business. The topic of the most recent meeting was electronic parts procurement which is an interface from a body shop’s estimating system to the parts vendors. PartsTrader […]

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Rotary Screw Compressor

This is the 20-horse rotary screw compressor we installed. We removed two 5-horse power reciprocating compressors to make room for a new air storage tank and a new 20-horse rotary screw compressor. And part of the challenge is to actually get this compressor on the second story. It would have been a lot easier to […]

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