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Toyota has pushed back against fully electric cars for years, as it believes car shoppers don't really want them.

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Recently, 11 deserving veterans and military members and their families were honored at the regional USAA headquarters in Charlotte, NC and presented with National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® vehicles, all donated by USAA.

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The owner’s daughter is using social media to try to get her dad’s Corvette returned…

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General Motors Co. sold 555,580 vehicles in the United States in the third quarter, up 24% year over year, based on strong customer demand and improved availability.

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing another warning to Floridians to be aware of fraudsters attempting to take advantage of those impacted by Hurricane Ian.

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Florida is continuing rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

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Boyd Group Services Inc. announced that approximately 50 of its Gerber Collision & Glass (“Gerber”) locations in the states of Florida and South Carolina have been closed to allow employees to focus on the impact of Hurricane Ian.

Friday, 30 September 2022 14:50

SCRS Quick Tips: Visual Inspections

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While the repair procedures are always helpful in knowing tasks and procedures, many times the repair plan is also going to be developed based on telltale signs of damage observed during a visual inspection.

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TrueCar Inc., the easiest, most efficient and transparent online destination for buying and selling new and used vehicles, released its Automotive Shopper Trends Report (ASTR), a comprehensive look into auto shopper actions and expectations.

Friday, 30 September 2022 10:19

On The Lighter Side: Watch The 'Tesla Spacex Hypercar' With Spacex Boosters - It Will Blow Your Mind

Written by Can Emir, Interesting Engineering

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Hold your horses; it uses environmentally friendly liquid hydrogen propellant.

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More than 100 SEMA members descended on the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2022 Washington Rally on Thursday, September 22.

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AAA research reveals AEB is better at spotting stationary vehicles, but speed poses challenges

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Previously available in print only, Hunter Engineering is now making its well-known and respected 1708-T Alignment Guide available to Hunter customers via the HunterNet® 2 portal at no charge.

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) and its board of directors are pleased to announce Dean Fisher of Driven Brands will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 2022 MSO Symposium, being held Monday, Oct. 31 at The Venetian in Las Vegas from 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Automakers Mercedes Benz and Volvo Cars, U.S. planemaker Boeing Co, and the seaports that support manufacturers will suspend operations in South Carolina on Friday due to the potential impact of Hurricane Ian.

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The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced today that its second standards release of the year, the 2022R2, will be available to members on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

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Ian, the Category 4 hurricane that slammed Florida's western coast, has crossed the state back to the Atlantic and is taking aim for South Carolina on Friday night.

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Crash Champions, LLC (“Crash Champions” or the “Company”), one of the nation’s fastest-growing independent collision repair service providers, today announced the Company has added to its lineup of high-quality collision repair centers through the acquisition of Louie & Son’s Body Shop (“Louie & Son’s”).

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1Collision proudly announces the addition of Streamline Collision, located in the city of South Gate in Los Angeles County, CA.

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The majority of new-vehicle owners this past year navigated the low vehicle inventory crunch by purchasing the same brand of vehicle which in turn, kept loyalty high in both premium and mass market segments, according to the redesigned J.D. Power 2022 U.S.

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CCC Intelligent Solutions (CCC), a leading SaaS platform powering the P&C insurance economy, today announced GEICO is the first auto insurer to leverage its CCC® Smart Red Flag Detection solution with Cross Carrier Analysis.

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September U.S. auto sales, when confirmed next week, are expected to show a new-vehicle market mostly unchanged from previous months and still stuck in low gear.

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The Auto Care Association, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, is excited to offer United States exhibitors attending the 2022 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) Show in Las Vegas a unique opportunity to connect with international buyers interested in U.S. products and services in the auto care industry.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) is thrilled to announce that exhibitor registration is open for their flagship event, the NORTHEAST® 2023 Automotive Services Show at the Meadowlands.

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Toyota announced on September 28, 2022 additional peace of mind to assist when the unexpected occurs.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 08:58

Warrensburg Collision Adds Locations And Rebrands

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Warrensburg Collision has expanded its award-winning operation and acquired four additional locations.

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Conference to Be Held October 2 through October 4 at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado Bay, Calif.

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Thefts On Pace To Surpass Pre-Pandemic Highs By 100,000, According To Nicb

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Robert Grieve, owner of Nylund’s Collision Center, said his facility is often referred to as the best auto repair shop in Denver, CO. The multiple award-winning shop owner is committed to providing uncompromising service and precision craftsmanship.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 15:04

Kia Tow Hitch Recall Issued After Fires, Melting Incidents

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Kia tow hitch recall has caused Kia to warn owners to park outside and away from anything that could burn.

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CIECA’s annual conference in St. Louis in September included presentations on new electric vehicles, ADAS calibration trends and what may lie ahead in terms of direct repair programs.

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Women’s Industry Network (WIN) launched its newly reimagined scholarship program for the 2022-23 academic year, designed to attract women to collision repair professions.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 13:53

CIECA Forms Referral Committee

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CIECA announced the formation of a committee to create a new workflow for the referral process in the collision industry.

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Ford Motor Company is investing $700 million in new investment and creating 500 additional hourly manufacturing jobs in Kentucky to support new vehicle production.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 10:11

Which Are the Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2022?

Written by Mark Rosanes, Insurance Business Magazine

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Annual car insurance rates in the U.S. stand at $1,771 on average for a full year of coverage, according to Bankrate’s latest figures, but data obtained by the consumer financial services firm is pointing at rate increases across the country throughout 2022.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 09:46

Insurers Say California’s Inaction Threatens Auto Policies

Written by Don Thompson, AP News

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Top U.S. insurance companies and associations say California is risking a crisis in the nation’s largest automobile insurance market by refusing to approve any rate increases for more than two years, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 09:41

U.S. Approves 75K Miles Worth of EV Chargers Across All 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Sept. 27 it has approved plans to build enough electric vehicle charging stations to cover 75,000 miles worth of highways across the country and its territories.

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The Auto Care Association on Sept. 27 announced the addition of Lisa Foshee to its government affairs team.

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It all started in 1972 when Toyota announced its first manufacturing investment in North America.

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Eagle Merchant Partners, an Atlanta, GA-based private equity firm focused on lower middle market businesses, has invested in Puget Collision, which has 19 collision repair shops operating in the CARSTAR and Fix Auto franchise systems.

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Crash Champions, LLC, on Sept. 27 announced it acquired Lakewood Auto Collision, a high-quality Florida-based operator.

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A panel of manufacturers of electric vehicles shared information collision repairers will need to know about their vehicles.

Monday, 26 September 2022 13:21

EV Sales Expected to Reach All-Time Highs in 2022

Written by William Johnson, Teslarati

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently published an analysis of 55 “energy areas” in which the world must improve to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Monday, 26 September 2022 13:11

Towing with Ford F-150 Lightning a ‘Total Disaster,’ Owner Finds

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

 

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You may be aware of a YouTube channel, Hoovies Garage, that deals with buying and selling cars for enthusiasts, capturing the ownership experience in the process.

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Everyone has that one friend constantly taking photos or shooting videos with their cell phone. Apple's new iPhone 14 has more sophisticated cameras than ever. The camera in my iPhone 13 Max Pro is better than my Nikon and so much easier to use.

Monday, 26 September 2022 10:28

Gas Prices Rise as Ian Heads Toward Florida

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Gas prices rose a nickel over the previous week, as the national average pump price hit $3.72 on Sept. 26.

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The future of the home and auto insurance bundle, once a mainstay of property and casualty (P&C) insurance customer retention and lifetime value strategies, has come into question as legions of customers have started to break-up their polices.

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I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry on Auto Collision Repair, announced it will offer a variety of classroom opportunities to increase collision repair industry knowledge and skills for attendees of the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4.

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Crash Champions, LLC, on Sept. 26 announced it acquired Nationwide Auto Body in Illinois, consisting of a single location at 665 W. Wise Road in Schaumburg.

Friday, 23 September 2022 15:33

SCRS Quick Tips: Customer Guidance

 

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Sometimes the best way to serve a customer is by understanding the extent and limitation of repair expertise within your facility, by first researching any unique requirements a repair may contain.

Friday, 23 September 2022 15:21

Tesla Recalls 1.1 Million Cars for Incorrect Automatic Window Operation

Written by Andrei Nedelea, InsideEVs

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Tesla announced a recall for 1.1 million vehicles built between 2017 and 2022 for a problem with the automatic windows, which may not stop when they detect an obstruction.

Friday, 23 September 2022 15:11

GM Engineer Testifies Nikola Badger Pickup Had No Nikola Parts

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Scott Damman, a senior manager at General Motors, testified in Nikola founder Trevor Milton’s fraud trial.

Friday, 23 September 2022 14:59

Ford Announces Leadership Changes

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Ford Motor Company announced Sept. 22 it is accelerating the Ford+ plan for growth and value creation with key leadership changes to support the development of breakthrough electric vehicles at scale, strengthen its internal combustion product line and transform the company’s global supply chain management.

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Ford officially has broken ground at BlueOval City, its largest, most advanced auto production complex in the company’s 119-year history.

Friday, 23 September 2022 14:44

General Motors Converts Ohio ICE Drivetrain Facility to EV Motor Production

Written by William Johnson, Teslarati

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General Motors announced Sept. 23 it will invest $760 million to convert its Toledo, OH, facility to product motors for electric vehicles.

Friday, 23 September 2022 13:25

On The Lighter Side: Creepy Property Homes Automotive Graveyard

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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This is where dreams go to die…

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Auto body shops have long given customers whose vehicle has been declared a total loss a chance to get any of their personal belongings from the vehicle before it is towed away.

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I’ve recently started to get a lot of phone calls and questions from shops when I’m doing seminars asking, “Mike, should I renew my shop’s OEM certifications?”

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