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Tuesday, 18 August 2009 08:28

Hertz Acquires Automoti.com

Online Provider of End-to-End Technology Solutions for Hertz Fleet Sales

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) announced it has acquired the assets of Automoti Group, Inc., an online marketplace for consumers to directly purchase used cars at discounted prices. Automoti's end-to-end solutions are currently utilized by the Hertz Rent2Buy program which enables consumers to rent a car for up to three days prior to purchase. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) effectively represented the interests of its members and the collision repair industry at a special meeting held by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Property-Casualty Insurance Committee. The meeting took place on July 11, 2009 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

If there was a recurring theme at I-CAR’s celebration of its 30th anniversary this summer it was perhaps a perceived rebound after several tough years.

Two Collision Industry Conference (CIC) committees are taking slightly different approaches to tackling one of the more vexing problems for many shops: the ever-changing and highly-inconsistent requirements of insurer direct repair programs (DRPs).

Mitchell International, Inc., has announced a partnership with Thatcham (The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre), the leading authority in collision repair research for European and Asian nameplates.  This groundbreaking partnership marks the first time Thatcham's fully researched, proprietary repair methodologies will be offered in the North American collision repair market—making the Mitchell Information Center the ultimate source of collision repair know-how.

I-CAR is continuing to refine its training products based upon feedback directly from the collision inter-industry. The latest effort to improve the feedback is I-CAR’s launch of a DACUM, (Develop A Curriculum) process for occupational analysis supported by the Ohio State University’s Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE).