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A non-profit organization in Rochester, NY, received an early Thanksgiving gift from Sterling Autobody Center. Heritage Christian Services received a refurbished van.
The 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan was previously vandalized, but was given to Sterling Autobody by Allstate Insurance company to be restored. The company then donated the van to Heritage Christian Services through the Recycled Rides program. The van will be used by staff to help transport people with disabilities to church, community services and daily functions.
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts expanded in the Northeast with the addition of a new collision repair facility in upstate New York. The opening of Automax CARSTAR in West Seneca brings the total number of CARSTAR locations in the Buffalo region to five.
Owned by Scott Eggleston, Automax CARSTAR specializes in green car repair, including spraying waterborne paint.
H&V Collision Centers in Saratoga Springs, NY, has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany (CCDA) and State Farm to donate a vehicle to a needy community member as part of the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) 2012 Recycled Rides program, a nationwide awareness project where members of the NABC—a not-for-profit organization—repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need. State Farm works with the NABC to donate vehicles in communities across the country.
Recycled Rides made simultaneous donations throughout the country during Thanksgiving week. The 2012 donation marks the third time that H&V Collision Centers has contributed a vehicle to a family in need or one that is facing special challenges.
“H&V Collision Center’s goal is to help people in our local community, especially during these challenging times,” said Vartan Jerian Jr. of H&V Collision Centers. “This important program allows H&V to make a positive impact for a family in need right here in our community and across the country.”
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Superstorm Sandy hit the northeast in late October, leaving thousands without power and leaving behind many damaged homes and businesses.
Dave Brindle, owner of Brindle’s Auto Body, 7318 Village Lane in St. Thomas, located in southcentral Pennsylvania, got a double whammy when both his business and his home, located about a half mile apart, got hit by Superstorm Sandy.
The eye of the storm went over the area north of Chambersburg and concentrated in St. Thomas and Mercersburg, PA, according to the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services.
Keenan Auto Body West recently won the VeriFacts 2012 Repair Center Achievement in Collision Repair Excellence Award, also known as the ACE Award.
“We are truly proud of this award and wish we were able to attend the presentation ceremony at SEMA but Hurricane Sandy had other plans for us here on the East Coast,” said Keenan President and COO Michael LeVasseur.
Mark Scheinberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association told NADA Used Car Guide that “some big issues right now revolve around insurance,” for dealers in areas damaged by Sandy.
“Flood insurance was not available for most of the coastal property, so damage to property is on the dealer,” Scheinberg said.
The Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) met Oct. 16 at Levittown Ford on South Broadway in Hicksville, NY. This meeting focused largely on the labor laws established by the New York State Labor Department with a mini-seminar explaining how to properly run your collision repair business to avoid costly encounters with the Labor Department, an important topic since the NYS Labor Department has specifically targeted the collision repair industry for audits. Other topics included LIPA Energy Efficiency Rebates and Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s ARMS Auto Technology.
SEMA-supported legislation to provide a 10-year emissions inspection exemption for vehicles never before registered in Pennsylvania or any other jurisdiction was approved by the Senate. The bill now moves to the House Transportation Committee. Current law only exempts new vehicles that have less than 5,000 miles on their odometer for one year after their first registration.
A 60-year old man in Northampton, MA, was hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle in early November and is also the subject of a police investigation into a possible burglary at an outbuilding at Wayside Auto Body just prior to the accident.
Police say Paul Gillis was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident and is possibly connected to the break-in that was reported just minutes before the accident.
When Hurricane Sandy struck the Caribbean and Eastern United States in late October, she left behind $52.4 billion in damage and a couple of hundred fatalities. Sandy touched land in Atlantic City, NJ, and wrought havoc on the Jersey shoreline and throughout New York City, causing severe flooding and a loss of electricity. With such a vast amount of damage, collision shops in the area affected have taken a huge hit.
Ed Kizenberger, Executive Director of LIABRA (Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association), notes that Hurricane Sandy was “one of the most catastrophic, weather-related events that the collision industry has had to endure.” He notes that many shops in the NYC area are still closed, due not only to flooding and a lack of electricity, but also because of the damage sustained to equipment, computers, etc. The largest challenge that owners currently face is the fact that many live near their shops, so they are working on restorations for both their businesses and their homes.