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Friday, 17 March 2017 16:46

4 Reasons NC Car Insurance Rates Will Very Likely Rise This Year

Written by Celeste Smith, The Charlotte Observer

4 Reasons NC Car Insurance
Smartphone-addicted drivers are facing more scrutiny from North Carolina insurers who say distracted driving is causing more wrecks. More than one in three text while driving, and 29 percent access the internet while driving, according to a survey by State Farm Insurance. Rich Pedroncelli-AP

 

North Carolina auto owners haven’t seen an insurance rate increase since 2009. That soon could change.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:45

'Friend' Convicted In Atlanta Body Shop Slaying

Written by Craig Johnson, Atlanta Patch

A Fulton County, GA jury convicted a man of felony murder for gunning down his longtime friend after an argument, District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. announced Tuesday, March 14.

West Virginia Senate Bill (SB) 544, introduced by state Sen. Mark Maynard, R-6, would eliminate the requirement for consumer written consent when using aftermarket parts in a vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Casey Skelton Athens Collision Student

Casey Skelton enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair Program at Athens Technical College in January 2017.

Hitting a deer with only liability coverage would be a disaster for most people, but Casey Skelton was able to find a silver lining. 

Polyvance Announces I CAR Industry Training

 

Plastic repair is gaining in importance as more body shops are realizing its impact on gross profit margin and cycle time.

The collision repair industry is known for being male-dominated, and with the increasing need for young professionals to enter the industry, it’s refreshing to meet Katie Inge, a 23-year-old shop owner in Chesapeake, VA.

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Industry stakeholders met with Commissioner Adam Putnam in January to discuss concerns about the collision repair industry

 

A group of industry stakeholders in Florida recently sat down and met with Commissioner Adam Putnam of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Billy Walkowiak

Billy Walkowiak, founder of Collision Safety Consultants

 

Since Billy Walkowiak founded Collision Safety Consultants seven years ago, he has helped consumers, body shops, dealerships and even insurance companies with diminished value claims as well as inspecting post-repair vehicles to determine whether they were fixed properly.

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Nancy McInerney repairs a vehicle during one of her courses at TCAT Crossville.

 

As Nancy McInerney approached her fourth and final year in a student teaching program, she realized her passion lay elsewhere.

Auto Body Express, with seven stores in the greater Tampa Bay and Florida Suncoast region, was recently chosen the distributor of the Betag Flatliner.

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