Fifty years ago today, when tailfins defined the cutting edge of automotive styling and a handful of import auto companies struggled to sell 83,000 units, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. began marketing quality cars and trucks in the United States.

Monday, 03 December 2007 11:59

Employers Must Pay for Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ruled that employers must pay the cost of providing personal protective equipment needed to protect workers from job-related injuries, reports the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).
Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

FOX Collision Center Letter to the Industry

My name is Todd Fox. I am 43 years old and the president of FOX Collision Centers, Inc. I operate 18 auto collision repair facilities and satellites that serve a four state area. Our annual sales top $28 million. I have been in the collision repair business since I was barely eleven years old, when I swept floors in my parents’ body shop. I witnessed the “Cowboy and Indian Days” when body shop owners and insurance personnel were adversarial, rude, and, at times, eager to cheat each other out of anything and everything.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 17:00

National Insurance Office on Horizon

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-Sponsored Enterprises held the first in a series of hearings October 3. The hearing explored proposals to overhaul insurance industry regulation, including the controversial issue of whether carriers should continue to be regulated by the states or opt for supervision by a new federal agency. The proposed bill would establish an optional federal charter to be used by insurers operating under the jurisdiction of multiple states.
Stunted wage rates for the last two decades have auto repair shop owners across the state crying foul – and looking to Beacon Hill [MA State Legislature] for help.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 17:00

Car smashed? Insurers say, Go here

Scandals with directed repair programs may shake up auto body industry practices

The Automobile Club of Southern California fired a manager in its collision repair section and began an internal investigation into the matter three weeks ago, another sign of the controversy that has enveloped the insurance industry's directed repair programs.