Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana
Dallas News is reporting that the recession cut deeply into local new car and truck sales last year, which fell a dramatic 29.9 percent – one of the steepest declines in decades. All four major counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area reported drops of at least 25 percent in new vehicle sales from 2008 levels, according to The Freeman Metroplex Recap of new vehicle sales, released Jan 20.
The Oklahoma Tax Commission has ruled that all GEM electric vehicle models are now eligible for the Qualified Electric Motor Vehicle Property Income Tax Credit. The October 7, 2009 qualification letter issued to Global Electric Motorcars validates the availability of the 50% of vehicle cost income tax credit for GEM car buyers.
There will be a Grand Opening (by invitation) of the newest Auto Masters Collision Facility in Victoria, Texas on Sept. 19.
The Texas Independent Automotive Association is having its annual picnic 1-8 p.m. Sept. 26, 2009 at Eisenhower Park in San Antonio. The event provides members, families and guests a chance to recreate, socialize, network, and proceeds support the chapter’s shop training reimbursement and college-level automotive scholarship programs.
The TIAA is reminding its members and our readers that Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 21, 22 and 23 - the state's annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
Arkansas has a new "Lemon Law," passed by the General Assembly in the 2009 session, which went into effect July 31. In Arkansas, if a consumer purchases a vehicle that has repeated, substantial problems that impair its use and cannot be fixed, that vehicle is considered a "lemon," and the consumer could be entitled to a replacement or refund, The law was amended this year to cover more vehicles.
TEXAS AUTOMOTIVE SUMMIT 2010:
The Texas Automotive Summit is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at the San Marcos Convention Center. It's a great event for Automotive seminars, networking and vendor interaction. More information will be forthcoming about the event, hotel accomodations and registration for TIAA & ASA members, non members, and vendors. Be sure to set aside this date and plan to attend.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Braving several whitewater chutes and Comal River currents, members of the Texas Independent Automotive Association and their families floated together here today during the first annual Tubing in Texas trip.
Service King Collision Repair Centers, a Richardson, Texas-based operator of collision repair facilities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and Houston markets, has acquired D&D Collision and Callaway’s Collision Specialists, the leading collision repair service provider in Houston, Texas, with three large scale, high volume locations.
Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. is suspending production at its Sayreville, NJ steel mill and closing its rolling mill in Perth Amboy, NJ, due to lower demand for its products resulting from the downturn in the economy. The company said these actions are expected to occur gradually over the next several months. The company indicated that it would restart operations at the Sayreville facility when business conditions warrant.