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Eleanor Kitzman, commissioner of the Texas Department of Insurance, is being accused of having a bias toward insurance companies as the result of removing consumer protections in health insurance rules, attending a campaign fundraiser held by an insurer, and for suggesting that the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association increase premiums. Her accusers include lawmakers, consumer advocacy groups and the Texas Medical Association, according to reports in the Texas Tribune.
Kitzman, who was appointed to her position, worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, but the article said that she believes the knowledge and experience she gained from her years in insurance help her in her position as insurance commissioner.
“I have friends who work in the insurance industry, but that’s not how I make decisions,” Kitzman told the Texas Tribune.
Discovery Channel's new one-hour series, "Texas Car Wars," travels deep in the heart of Texas and into the fast-paced world of auto-flipping. Four extremely competitive auto body shops will engage in full-on bidding wars to find the most valuable jalopies and turn them into resell jackpots. The new eight-episode, one-hour series premiered on Sept. 6.
Austin, TX, one of the car auction hot spots of the U.S., is where the junk cars of yesteryear get a last chance to hit the road. The world of auto-flipping is a risky business and the stakes are high as each auto body shop faces off in auction showdowns. The teams only have 10 minutes to do the most basic inspection, but they are not allowed to start the cars. Will the cars have workable engines? Will the buyers discover a hidden gem? Or will they go broke before they even reach their auto garage? Watch as one man's junk, truly becomes another man's treasure.
Texas Car Wars follows the bidding wars between four Texan auto shops that are known for their fearlessness at each auction. Watch as they each take very different approaches to auto-flipping. Watch which garage made the most money in each episode as they flip junk cars into one-of-a-kind automobiles.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department is highlighting a new tool to help drivers who are involved in a crash.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, more than 69,000 wrecks occur every year in Oklahoma. However, according to a July 2012 survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), many Americans do not know what steps to take or basic information to share — or not share — after an accident. They may even put their identities and safety at risk by sharing too much personal information. The new WreckCheck mobile application from the NAIC can help eliminate that risk.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld $10 million in punitive damages for the family and estate of an Albuquerque man killed by a drunken driver in 2003.
The court recently ruled there was enough evidence to support the damages against the parent company of an Albuquerque convenience store known as Alameda Meteor.
A vehicle driven by store maintenance worker Dean Durand crashed into Daniel Gutierrez, who was stopped on his motorcycle at an intersection. Gutierrez later died.
The court said Meteor knew Durand drank on the job and had bought alcohol at the store on the day of the accident. The court said the store’s actions “demonstrated a reckless disregard for the health and safety of others.”
Compensatory damages of $4.5 million were not an issue in the ruling.
The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association will meet on September 11, 2012 at noon. The meeting will be held at the Magnolia Room at Louisiana Technical College. Lunch is provided by the College Culinary Arts Dept. and cost $7.00.
Dick McDaniel, with CAR-O-Liner & Garmat Paint Booth Equipment, will be the guest speaker. His presentation will include basic paint booth maintenance, trouble shooting problems, and conditions for proper booth operation.
Thanks for such a great turnout at last month's meeting! We will be watching to see how the State Farm PartsTrader pilot program evolves. We will give periodic updates at our meetings. If a major announcement happens, we'll be sure to send out a newsletter about it. Stay informed, come to the meetings, join the NWLCRA!
Be sure to start planning for the Christmas Party, which is going to be held at Fielder's Paint & Body.
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What with running his shop and being the town mayor, Johnny Anders, 62, owner of Anders Paint and Body Shop, at 701 N. Swenson in Stamford, TX, doesn’t have much free time on his hands. But when he does have free time, he puts it to good use, creating larger-than-life metal sculptures out of car parts.
With no art background, Anders starting creating his whimsical sculptures from car parts back in the late 70s. He first created “Dino”—a 30-foot long, 8-foot tall Brontosaurus, inspired by the large automobiles of the day—the Pontiacs and Buicks that were called dinosaurs because of their size and fuel consumption. The sculpture is mostly made out of control arms, rocker arms, leaf springs and a piece pipe for the spine.
The Dino sculpture is located in the city park with two other of his projects, a millipede made out of car wheels and a 40-foot-long praying mantis. Two of his sculptures are located alongside the highway, beckoning passersby to stop awhile and visit Anders’ small town, population 3,400, located in northern Jones County in West Texas.
His favorite and “most fun” piece, he says, is his ‘97 Chevrolet pickup. Street legal, the vehicle has two front ends. Anders enjoys driving it around town and it’s been dubbed with a couple of names: “Coming And Going” and “Push Me Pull Me.”
The Carlyle Group has closed its deal to acquire Service King Collision Repair Centers.
Service King Collision Repair Centers, which operates nine locations in San Antonio, TX, was bought out by a consortium made up of The Carlyle Group and the company’s management.
CARSTAR will hold its annual conference in San Antonio, TX, September 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. The Conference will include a vendor expo featuring manufacturers and service providers in the industry, a keynote address by nationally recognized Afterburner, a team of real fighter pilots who deliver powerful leadership seminars, and a general session address by five industry experts: Greg Horn, Mitchell VP of Industry Relations;
Robb Knott, Nationwide Insurance Claims Director; Jeff Peevy, I-CAR Director of Field Operations; Vincent Romans, CEO of the The Romans Group LLC; Matthew Ohrnstein, Managing Director of Symphony Advisors LLC.
More than 350 store owners and employees will join the CARSTAR corporate leadership team to plan for the growth of CARSTAR in the years ahead, celebrate the successes of the CARSTAR store owners, participate in training programs and share time together as North America’s largest MSO network. CARSTAR also is expecting claim executives from a majority of the top 20 personal auto insurers to be in attendance.
A single mom of six children, ages 4–13, has a lot of back-to-school supplies to buy, but getting the gift of transportation—a new set of wheels courtesy of the Recycled Rides program—is perhaps the best item on her list.
Andrea Brown of Austin, TX, received keys to a newly refurbished 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan at a presentation at Caliber Collision’s South Lamar center, attended by Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat and a large crowd of well-wishers.
Located in San Antonio, TX near Brooke Army Medical Center, Automotivation is a program that helps restore the spirits and skills of wounded American military members by getting them back into the garage and into an environment where they can reconnect with their automotive passions.
Created in 2006 by founder Janis Roznowski and her team at Operation Comfort, a nonprofit group that supports wounded military members, the effort has been a tremendous success. The troops and program volunteers are engaged in a few projects, including building a Cobra kit car and finishing a Monster Garage resto-mod job on a former military weapons carrier.
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts recently added two Houston collision repair centers, CSI CARSTAR and Pinnacle CARSTAR Auto Body, to its network.
Cheryl Perdue, owner of CSI CARSTAR, is a 25-year veteran in the auto body industry. Her husband, Trey Perdue, is the general manager of the family-owned facility, which has operated since 1983.