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Thursday, 16 January 2014 17:47

Dispute Over Car Repair Bill Sparks Stabbing, Shooting

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A man is facing aggravated battery charges after dispute over a collision repair bill escalated into violence.

Freddy Saladriga, 45, was taken into police custody Jan. 14 after being treated for a gunshot wound as a result of the altercation at All Florida Collision near Bird Road and S.W. 71 Street.

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PartsTrader Injunction Discussion
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Our next meeting is Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta-Marietta located at 2055 South Park Place Atlanta, GA 30339. Directions - click here.

Our guest speakers are Attorney John Eaves Jr., John Mosley of Clinton Body Shop, Inc. of Clinton, MS, and Steve Plier with the Alabama Automotive Repair Industry Society of Excellence. They will be leading a discussion on the Parts Trader injunction and the short pay case. A similar meeting was held in Florida on November 20th. You can read more on that meeting on our website - click here.

This will be a very informative meeting so mark your calendar today. Don't miss it! The meeting begins at 6:30 pm with catered dinner and runs until about 9:00 pm.  Help us plan for food and refreshments - RSVP Online. Any questions, contact our Executive Director, Howard Batchelor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call at 770.367.9816.

2014 Membership Dues

GCIA 2014 Membership

Invoices for 2014 association membership dues were mailed out to existing members last week so look for it in your mail this week.  Your timely response is greatly appreciated.

If you are not an existing GCIA member, we encourage you to join and support our work to better our industry. The automotive collision repair industry is not only changing rapidly in Georgia, but is going through tremendous change nationwide.

You basically have two choices: Get involved or stick your head in the sand. GCIA members have made the choice to get involved to make a difference in their industry. We encourage you to join us.

There is a Membership application form available for download at our website - click here. Print the form and return my mail - return address is on the form. Or, contact our Executive Director, Howard Batchelor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call at 770.367.9816.
SEMA Scholarships
SEMA Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000 to $3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, racecar driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation. Learn more - click here.

A loan forgiveness award is also available to recent graduates who are working for SEMA-member companies and paying off existing student loans. Details and applications for both the scholarship and the loan-forgiveness awards are available at

The application deadline for the scholarship awards is March 28, 2014.


2014 Sponsorship Program
Become a GCIA Corporate Sponsor in 2014

The GCIA Mission and Work would not be possible without the generous contributions and investment from our corporate members.  Contact our Executive Director, Howard Batchelor, to get started.  Become a Sponsor of the GCIA ... learn more .... click here.


Job Board

Use The GCIA Job Board & Find A Shop

Have you visited the new & improved GCIA website?  We have a very nice Job Board.

The GCIA website receives a large number of visitors on a daily basis. Use the Job Board to reach potential new employees. Instructions on how to post your job opportunity and the information we need is located on the website here.


We also have many consumers who use the GCIA Find A Shop feature on our website. Members in good standing can list their shop in this easy-to-use search of GCIA member shops. Contact Howard for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Don't get overlooked by the consumer ... become a member today!


Link to the GCIA Website
Link to the GCIA Website

We encourage all GCIA members that have a business website to proudly display the GCIA logo on their site and provide a link back to the GCIA website.  Use the links and graphics provided at the GCIA webiste - click here - to add a link to your website.  We thank you for your support and helping us spread the news and services of the GCIA.

Become a GCIA Fan on Facebook
GCIA Facebook fan page
The GCIA is on Facebook. Become a Fan of the GCIA. Get updates and new information as soon as it is available. Visit the GCIA Facebook page - click here.

Howard Batchelor, Executive Director
Georgia Collision Industry Association
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Michael Bradshaw, VP of Operations of K & M Collision in Hickory, NC, has filed 6 lawsuits against several insurance companies on behalf of his customers, according to Billy Walkowiak, at CollisionSafety.

The named defendants in the lawsuits are insurance companies Nationwide (3), GEICO (2) and Allstate (1).  The lawsuits include claims for Breach of Contract, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices and Bad Faith.  The amounts sought for recovery in the lawsuits range from $1,178.77 to $5,749.64.

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Florida collision repairers, suppliers and vendors came together in Lakeland, FL, on November 20 to discuss State Farm’s controversial PartsTrader program and identify solutions to combat “short-pays” in the industry. Ray Gunder, owner of Gunder’s Auto Center, filed an injunction against PartsTrader at the Polk County Courthouse on Nov. 20 on behalf of other Florida collision repairers with assistance from attorneys John Eaves, Jr. and Brent Geohagan. Florida follows Mississippi as the second state to file such an injunction.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:23

Cargo Transporters Expands to Add 50 Jobs, $28M Boost

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Cargo Transporters Inc. in Claremont, NC is expanding into the Charlotte market and is expected to create 50 jobs and invest $28 million. The trucking terminal in Charlotte will open in early January, according to a release from the company.

“We are growing our presence in other markets where we have a growing customer base,” said John Pope, chairman of the company. “In the past, all operations were centrally controlled in Claremont, but this will allow us to manage assets and professional drivers outside Catawba County.”

The company plans to hire at least 50 professional drivers in the next 10 months. It plans to put 20 trucks there immediately, as well as some staff. The $23 million investment the company plans includes about 165 new trucks and 200 trailers in the next 10 months, Pope said. Most of the replacements will be for older equipment but a portion will be for growth, he said.

The investment will make the company’s trucks some of the most environmentally friendly and technically advanced fleets in the southeast, the press release said.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:20

Alabama Shops Speak Out on Life After Select Service

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Back in May 2012, 18 shops in the Birmingham, AL, area stunned the collision repair industry by voluntarily terminating their Select Service agreements with State Farm after the insurer required the PartsTrader electronic parts procurement program in their market. Now, more than a year later, some of the shops indicates that most are faring better than other collision repairers may have thought.

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A federal judge has denied Progressive’s motion to dismiss Price’s Collision Center’s tortious interference with a business relationship and breach of contract claims, which challenge improper insurance company steering and underpayment of claims.

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In March 2010, Jamie Boles and his son Glenn went to the Rowan County town of Landis in order to meet with a collector of antique fire and ambulance equipment. The collector had purchased an old firetruck in 1981 from an antiques dealer in Carthage, who had purchased it from a farmer who used it to water his crops. Sure enough, the firetruck was the very same one the village of Pinehurst purchased in 1937 from the Seagrave Company of Columbus, Ohio. They had found “Annabelle.”

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Florida state officials announced that United Services Automobile Association (USAA) will expand its presence in Hillsborough County, creating up to 1,215 new jobs and $164.3 million in capital investment by 2019.

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A federal judge has denied Progressive's motion to dismiss Price’s Collision Center’s tortious interference with a business relationship and breach of contract claims, which challenge improper insurance company steering and underpayment of claims.

Friday, 13 December 2013 00:25

Autotown Insurance Acquires Fling Insurance in GA

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AutoTown Insurance, an independent agency based in Norcross, Georgia, announced its acquisition of Fling Insurance Agency in Lagrange, Georgia.

AutoTown said the acquisition highlights the firm’s expansion plans outside of the metro Atlanta market. AutoTown said the acquisition of Fling Insurance, located in western Georgia, would also help the agency expand to other markets including Alabama.

Founded in 1970, AutoTown Insurance offers a wide range of personal and business insurance. It operates retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina under the AutoTown Insurance brand name.

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