Items filtered by date: October 2011

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) announced that they will award refurbished vehicles to 13 Las Vegas families this year on Thursday, November 3, at 2:30 p.m. outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with the SEMA Show. Family Promise, the charity who assisted these families, will also receive a vehicle at this event to further help them assist hundreds of families in crisis in the Las Vegas area.

Each of the families will be receiving the gift of a refurbished vehicle from NABC members through the organization’s Recycled Rides® program, a national initiative through which NABC members refurbish donated vehicles and gift them to families in need and organizations dedicated to assisting others. Through their generous support, the following NABC Diamond Members donated vehicles: State Farm, Allstate, and Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. Additional vehicles were donated by GEICO, American Family, AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah Insurance Exchange. NABC members Sterling Collision Centers, 911 Collision, Caliber Collision Centers, Gerber Collision & Glass, Collision Authority, Collision Masters CARSTAR East and two area Vo-tech schools, Southeast Career Technical Academy and the College of Southern Nevada, repaired the vehicles.

Each recipient family is a graduate of Family Promise of Las Vegas, a non-profit interfaith network that provides support to families in crisis. The NABC has made it a point to give away Recycled Rides vehicles at Las Vegas industry events each year of the program’s existence.

“We’re happy to be back in Las Vegas to give these families the reliable transportation that can help provide them a fresh start,” states Recycled Rides Co-Chairman Michael Quinn Vice President Industry and Community Relations of 911 Collision Centers, a Caliber Company. “We’re also very pleased to be able to say that the Las Vegas gifting represents only a small fraction of the 150 families that will be receiving vehicles this year through Recycled Rides. I am grateful to be part of a project that clearly illustrates the giving nature of NABC members and the collision repair industry at large.”

Please visit www.autobodycouncil.org for more information.

Published in SEMA 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011 16:49

SAAB to be sold to Chinese firms

Chinese firms Pang Da Automobile Trade Co. and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. have agreed to buy Saab for 100 million euros ($142 million), according to reports in Automotive News.

Saab owner, Swedish Automobile, said on Oct. 28 that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to sell 100 percent of the shares of Saab to the Chinese companies. The memorandum of understanding is valid until November 15, provided Saab stays in reorganization. Swedish Automobile said Saab's administrator, Guy Lofalk, has withdrawn his application to a Swedish court for Saab to exit reorganization. The court had been due later the same day to decide on Lofalk's application.

Swedish Automobile said an important part of the deal "is the commitment of Pang Da and Youngman to provide long term funding to Saab Automobile."

Pang Da and Youngman will provide sufficient financing so that a court-backed reconstruction process under creditor protection can continue, a court document showed.

Published in Automaker and Dealers

Auto insurance claimants who incur a total vehicle loss are notably less satisfied with the claims experience than claimants who incur a repairable vehicle claim, a new study by J.D. Power reports. Satisfaction averages 811 on a 1,000-point scale among claimants with a total loss — 42 points lower than among those whose vehicle is repaired, according to the J.D. Power 2011 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study released Oct 27.

Auto-Owners Insurance scored 890 in overall claimant satisfaction, ranking the highest among all insurance companies for the fourth consecutive year. The following insurance companies round out the top five:

• State Farm: 878 overall claimant satisfaction score
• Amica Mutual: 865 overall claimant satisfaction score
• American Family: 862 overall claimant satisfaction score
• The Hartford: 858 overall claimant satisfaction score

The following insurance companies comprise the five ranked lowest regarding claimant satisfaction:

• Farmers: 804 overall claimant satisfaction score
• Esurance: 800 overall claimant satisfaction score
• Encompass: 789 overall claimant satisfaction score
• Commerce: 772 overall claimant satisfaction score
• 21st Century: 771 overall claimant satisfaction score

This gap is largely due to a lack of satisfaction with the settlement among total loss claimants, with approximately one-half of these claimants citing the settlement they received wasn’t enough to replace their totaled vehicle with a similar make/model vehicle.

“Auto claims resulting in a total loss tend to be more complex, compared with vehicle repair claims, because in addition to filing a claim, claimants also have to purchase a replacement vehicle,” said Jeremy Bowler, senior director of the insurance practice at J.D. Power and Associates. “Ongoing communication and managing expectations are key throughout the entire claims process, as total loss claims take 18.2 days, on average, for claimants to receive payment, compared with just 12.5 days for the return of a repaired vehicle.”

Published in Insurance Actions

Back-and-forth bids escalated to near nose-bleed levels on the 1964 Ford Fairlane at the recent Barrett-Jackson’s 4th Annual Las Vegas auto auction. Boldly painted in the striking “Red Hot Chili Pepper” hue from the Sherwin-Williams® Planet Color® Barrett-Jackson® Collector Color Series, the car was the top-selling vehicle of the event, garnering $700,000 – and all going to one, very important charity.

The winning bidder showed his gratitude to those serving in the American military and their families, with one-hundred percent of the sale’s proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation, a national non-profit organization that provides support for wounded service members and their families, through Project American Heroes. Additionally, Barrett-Jackson waived its commissions on the sale, as it has on all charity sales in recent years.

“Our men and women in uniform are on the front lines every day, and their families are continually called upon to put others first. We at Barrett-Jackson feel strongly about this incredible group of people and amazing charity, and that’s why I am willing to give up one of my prized possessions to show how thankful I am,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson, and (previous) owner of the Fairlane.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 22:00

PPG Unveils Colorful 2011 SEMA Attractions

PPG's upcoming SEMA exhibit features a collision shop theme, car world superstars, radical rods and bikes, new products, and more.

Celebrities, show cars and motorcycles, custom-painted auto hoods, new paint products, and more will be featured at the PPG booth at the 2011 SEMA show November 1-4, at the LasVegas Convention Center.

The PPG booth, 24501, is designed as a retro body shop—Johnny O’s Collision & Customs. At the booth, show visitors will be able to meet custom car world superstars and PPG devotees including Charley Hutton, Bobby Alloway, and Tom and Mitch Kelly. Painters Hutton (Charley Hutton’s Color Studio) and the Kellys (Kelly & Son the Crazy Painters) are well-known masters of their craft and highly respected for their distinctive paint designs and applications. Custom rod builder Alloway (Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop) is the 2011 Autorama Builder of the Year. Hutton will also lead two seminars about cool painting techniques with Vibrance Collection® waterborne products.

Published in SEMA 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 21:57

ATMC Training Awards go to Five Firms

The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) will present the National Excellence in Training Award to five industry firms at the ATMC Industry Reception on November 2nd during AAPEX in Las Vegas, NV.

These prestigious awards are given annually to recognize outstanding training programs. “The awards are designed to emphasize the importance of training to the success of the automobile and truck industry,” said Dave Milne, ATMC President. The recipients include: Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC for their program On Track to Safety; Delmar Cengage Learning for their program Technician Test Preparation; Delphi Product & Service Solutions for their program CAN Data Multiplexing; Jiffy Lube International for their program Jiffy Lube University; and Volvo Cars North America for their program Precision Measurement. Judged by a panel of ATMC training professionals, these programs were selected from among numerous submissions for their ability to meet training objectives in a highly effective and innovative manner. “Congratulations to these deserving companies and the personnel who contributed to the development of these outstanding programs,” Milne said. “They are shining examples of the ingenuity being applied to solve the problems associated with training in the transportation industry.”

Published in SEMA 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that delays for 15 months toxic air standards for industrial boilers. H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, aims to protect hundreds of thousands of jobs by providing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with additional time to reconsider and improve proposed boiler rules. In addition, this will extend the time period for the industry to comply with these rules.

The proposal, which directs the EPA to develop achievable standards affecting non-utility boilers and incinerators, and grants additional time for compliance with the rules, was offered in response to an influx of urgent calls from small and large employers. Economic analyses have projected that compliance with the rules, as currently proposed, could cost in excess of $14 billion, which places more than 200,000 jobs at risk. The impact of the postponement essentially ensures that businesses do not have to comply with the rule until the EPA pursues further public comment and issues a new and final regulation.

Published in INDUSTRY NEWS

Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) 2011 was held recently in Orlando, Fla., and conclusive results released by ASA deemed this year’s event the most successful in recent years--largely attributed to an 18 percent increase in overall attendance and strong initial sales for the 2012 event. ASRW 2012 is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. (Educational sessions will begin Oct. 10, 2012.)

Ron Pyle, ASA president, commented on the event’s outcome saying, “Since we’ve returned from the show, we’ve been inundated with an outpouring of positive feedback, success stories and personal testimonies of the impact of this year’s event. It’s evident a tremendous amount of business was transacted in Orlando last week, and we could not be happier with the upswing of ASRW 2011.”

Total attendance for the 2011 event was 19,221, of which a third of the participants were from the east coast and another third were new attendees.

“By far the best NACE in our 11 year history.  We expected we would have a good number of new shops stop at the booth and that was for sure what happened. We gathered twice as many leads as last year, and we closed 3 times as many sales on the floor as last year. Overall a fantastic NACE, and we can't wait for New Orleans,” said Dave Henderson, AutoWatch.

“Congratulations to NACE. Great turnout. Manufacturers are jumping at the bit about New Orleans. Been a fabulous surprise,” commented Bruce Mather, Dir. of Marketing HMS Warehouse (ChemSpec).

Published in NACE & CARS 2011

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) launched its nationwide Nissan Certified Collision Repair Network at NACE in Orlando. The new certification program is open to both dealer-owned and independent collision shops.

“There are growing numbers of owners who are enjoying the dependability, comfort, engineering and performance of Nissan vehicles every day,” said Mark Zoba, manager, Collision Parts, Part & Service Sales and Marketing, NNA. “These customers expect the highest level of consistent service, Genuine Nissan Parts, outstanding technical expertise and work done correctly in a skillful, efficient and careful manner. This means they expect prompt, professional, dependable service –which the certification process is designed to promote.”

Published in Automaker and Dealers

Chrysler Group LLC will have a major presence at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

This year, the 28,400 square-foot exhibit will include more than 30 Mopar®-modified vehicles from the company’s Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep®, SRT and Fiat brands. More than 500 Mopar accessories will be showcased in the exhibit.  

“The aftermarket is a $34 billion-a-year industry and SEMA is the perfect place to showcase everything that Mopar has to offer,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service parts and customer-care brand. “At Mopar, we believe in giving our customers a lot of choices when they go to personalize their vehicles.  And that is why we offer extreme personalization for every single car in our showrooms.  In addition to head-turning image vehicles at the SEMA show, we also will introduce new must-see product and technology.”

Mopar image vehicles that will be on display at SEMA include:  

Published in SEMA 2011
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