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ReviverMX, Inc., developer of the world's first digital license plate (DLP), announced it has entered into an agreement with the Future Automotive Group to sell Reviver Rplates through Future Nissan dealerships located in Folsom and Roseville, CA.

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Prior to COVID-19, just 15% of auto insurance claims were handled virtually. Following shutdown measures, nearly every auto claim was, according to LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ Future of Claims report.

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Recently, Alexis Short and Missy Erick, two deserving Northern California residents, experienced life-changing events---the presentation of refurbished vehicles to provide them  independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to G & C Auto Body of Santa Rosa and G & C Auto Body Sebastopol and car donors Allstate and State Farm, along with the National Auto BodyCouncil Recycled Rides program.

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The ASE Education Foundation has partnered with several auto care industry companies and organizations to offer free e-learning and online training resources for its auto, truck and collision instructors and students.

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GM Defense LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, on May 5 announced Steve duMont as its new president, while also celebrating the official opening of its new production facility in Concord, NC, where it will manufacture the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV), a light and agile all-terrain troop carrier for the U.S. Army.

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Chicago Auto Show officials announced May 4 they received approval from state and city officials to host a special edition of the show July 15-19 at McCormick Place.

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Milwaukee Tool is proud to announce the expansion of its corporate operations into downtown Milwaukee, WI.

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Efforts to crack down on uninsured motorists in the U.S. appear to be having little effect, according to the most recent findings from the Insurance Research Council (IRC).

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The Normal, IL, Town Council approved a property tax abatement for Rivian, noting the company exceeded expectations. 

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 19:30

2021 SEMA Show Registration Now Open

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Registration for the 2021 SEMA Show, scheduled for Nov. 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, is now open at www.semashow.com/register.

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Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. on May 5 announced it has considered a revised proposal made by affiliates of Knighthead Capital Management LLC, Certares Opportunities LLC and Apollo Capital Management, LP (KHC Group) to provide equity capital required to fund Hertz's exit from Chapter 11.

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Ford’s April retail sales totaled nearly 198,000 vehicles, up 57.1% compared to 2020 results, but also up 23.7% on April 2019 results.

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 17:57

GM Reports $3B Net Income in 1Q

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General Motors Co. on May 5 reported first-quarter earnings driven by strong price and mix performance in North America, strong credit and residual value performance at GM Financial and the industry recovery in China.

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 16:05

Ogden Auto Color Joins Wesco Group

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Wesco Group, a leading paint, body and equipment distributor in the Western U.S. and Canada, is pleased to announce Ogden Auto Color has joined the Wesco family of companies.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Green Bay, WI.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in North Carolina.

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HGreg.com, one of the fastest growing automotive groups in North America, has acquired Buena Park Nissan and Puente Hills Nissan, two established car retailers located in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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Though the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) does not have jurisdiction over auto body shops beyond the more than 4,000 in the Golden State, some information shared by BAR Chief Patrick Dorais in a recent webinar could be instructive to shops elsewhere as well.

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Service King Collision is now open in Sugar Land, TX, offering more than four decades of experience as one of the nation's most trusted providers of high-quality collision automotive repair services.

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Inasmuch as Tesla has a vast network of Superchargers that are capable of charging its vehicles’ batteries quickly and conveniently, long-distance travel could still be challenging at times.

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Rivian has already set plans in motion to expand its existing manufacturing factory in Normal, IL.

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A family physician in Buffalo, NY, is attempting to incentivize the COVID-19 vaccine by giving away a Tesla in a raffle.

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Because of a rental car shortage in Hawaii, tourists are starting to rent vehicles from U-Haul, according to a report by Fox Business.

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Hoosier Uplands awarded a $25,000 grant to the North Lawrence Career Center in Bedford, IN, for a virtual auto collision spray paint simulator.

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The auto industry is transforming itself toward a future in which the automobile increasingly will be connected using V2X and 5G. Driver assistance will improve, and ultimately cars will be guided by AI and machine learning.

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Overall U.S. Length of Rental (LOR) for Q1 2021 remained stable compared to Q1 2020, with an increase of only 0.1 days, Enterprise recently reported.

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AkzoNobel on May 4 announced the launch of its new Acoat Selected digital training platform containing business services content relevant to end-user customers.

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Do your customers trust you? If so, how and if not---why?

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CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC), a SaaS provider to the P&C insurance economy, announced May 4 plans to launch an enterprise payments platform to power electronic payments across the insurance and automotive ecosystem.

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Mitchell, a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, and Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) on May 4 announced the launch of the Mazda Collision Network.

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One of the issues I have written and spoken about most passionately recently---including being quoted in an article on the front page of Autobody News in April---is my belief the post-collision safety inspections called for by most automakers are the single biggest friction point in the collision repair industry right now.

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An effective health and safety program can help collision repair facilities reduce injury and illness rates, decrease workers’ compensation costs, increase productivity and improve morale across the workforce, according to Wayne Curtis, director of field services at KPA.

Monday, 03 May 2021 23:13

Automakers Report April Sales

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Automakers on May 3 began releasing sales figures for April.

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According to a report from Automotive News, in late April, the UAW suggested electric car tax incentives should only apply to cars assembled in the U.S.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on May 3 announced the lifting of restrictions on outdoor gatherings, indoor businesses and places of worship effective May 19 to coincide with similar announcements made from the governors of Connecticut and New York.

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The state of U.S. infrastructure has been in the news lately, but just how much does that infrastructure affect the amount of car repairs---including auto glass repair and replacement?

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As the first callout races begin, Chief starts his attempted march towards number one and Murder Nova tries to use the Chase Light rules to his advantage.

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A severe storm the night of April 28 decimated a classic car dealership, Lakeway Auto Sales, in Paris, TN.

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California-based employment law attorney Cory King told Collision Industry Conference (CIC) attendees in April that while employers can require workers to get vaccinated for COVID-19, they should make sure they get legal guidance in doing so to avoid violating any state or federal regulations.

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During the promotional period beginning May 1, 2021 you will receive a SATA leather belt with every SATAjet X 5500 spray gun purchased!

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A criminal complaint was unsealed April 30 charging a Macomb Township, MI, man in a wire fraud scheme involving the trafficking in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Employee Purchase Control Numbers (EPCNs), announced Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin

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Toyota Insurance Management Solutions (TIMS) reached a major milestone the last week of April, as it established its first official office space and national headquarters in Plano, TX. 

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Toyota South Atlanta was named Clayton County (GA) business of the year for 2020 based on their generosity to the Clayton County School System during the COVID-19 shutdown.

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Buying a new family car is a task brimming with important considerations, from lifestyle needs and budget concerns to passenger safety and comfort.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) announced last call for its virtual silent auction. Bidding will close at 3 p.m. EDT May 7.

Monday, 03 May 2021 17:23

Nexterra Solutions Group Joins CIECA

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Nexterra Solutions Group (NSG) recently joined CIECA as a corporate member.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its newest acquisition of Performance Collision Centers in South Carolina.

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If you’ve been in the collision repair industry in any capacity within the last decade or so, you likely know who Gary Ledoux is.

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Back in the 1980s, podcasting was known as "audio blogging" and there were less than 200 of them in existence. With the advent of broadband internet access and portable digital audio playback devices such as the iPod, podcasting began to catch hold in late 2004.

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The overall economic outlook is positive, SEMA said, as consumers are spending money now that restrictions are easing and overall confidence and optimism in the economy has jumped.

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SEMA will provide free access to a one-hour webinar, 1 p.m. EDT May 6, to review employment issues facing small businesses as they navigate a summer that will hopefully mark the final chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This edition of "Market Insights with Mike" provides an in-depth look at the latest vehicle miles traveled (VMT) data in the U.S. and what the new trends in consumer and market behavior can mean for the auto care industry.

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Recently, a Griffin County, GA, charity received a vehicle it will deliver to a deserving recipient, thanks to Classic Collision and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program.

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Dealer Inspire (DI), a Cars.com Inc. company that provides technology and digital advertising solutions to the automotive industry, announced it was selected by FordDirect as a preferred website and technology platform provider for its approximately 3,000 local U.S. dealerships.

Friday, 30 April 2021 19:00

SCRS Quick Tips: Feather Prime and Block

 

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SCRS has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with theDatabase Enhancement Gateway (DEG) to bring you a series of quick tips to help you boost your business.

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April U.S. auto sales, when announced in early May, are expected to reveal a very hot new-vehicle market.

Friday, 30 April 2021 18:47

asTech Introduces Live-Chat in App

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asTech is now offering a new live-chat feature, making it easier for customers to communicate with technicians. 

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Recently, a deserving Connecticut veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a refurbished vehicle to provide him independence and the ability to work and take care of his family---thanks to The Durable Companies and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

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