Government Employees Insurance Co., Geico Indemnity Co., Geico General Insurance Company and Geico Casualty Co. (collectively Geico) have filed a federal lawsuit in Florida.

G & C Auto Body, the Crozat Family Foundation, and Allstate Insurance are teaming up to help two survivors of domestic abuse get back on their feet by presenting each of them with keys to two newly refurbished vehicle.

In January, Drew Technologies, a subsidiary of Opus IVS, announced that it had paid $20M for AutoEnginuity, a competitor in the collision repair scan tool market.

Friday, 24 January 2020 17:16

18th Annual Race for Automotive Education Raises Over $14,000

Written by Bill Pierce

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its 18th Annual Race for Automotive Education, January 14, 15 and 16, at ProKart Indoor Racing in Burnsville.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:26

WIN Calls for Board of Director Candidates

The Women’s Industry Network® (WIN) is now accepting applications for seats on its Board of Directors.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) 2020 grant and scholarship application period is now open to high school and post-secondary collision students who will be attending career and technical schools and colleges in the fall.

An agreement between government officials and Tesla will allow Michigan consumers to purchase the automaker’s products as well as permit manufacturer authorized service of those vehicles in the state.

Automotive students at the Scott County Career and Technical Center are getting hands-on, real-world experience without leaving the classroom.

Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

Vitro Automotriz, S.A. de C.V. (Vitro Automotriz) filed a document to dismiss an amended complaint from O.E.M. Network, Inc. and Brooklyn Wholesale Glass Inc. (collectively labeled OEMGN), after it was added to the list of defendants.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation has selected the recipient of its “Instructor of the Year” award.

After Rafael Miranda graduated from the auto program at Middlesex County Vocational Technical School in Perth Amboy, he landed a job working at an independent repair shop.

Allstate Insurance Company (Allstate) filed a response to a motion to compel filed by Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, alleging that the insurance company needs “to provide better answers to AGA’s first set of interrogatories served.”

The Early Employment Initiative is a groundbreaking program that blends post-secondary technical education and on-the-job skills training working with local transportation industry employers. 

Nationwide is also introducing benefits, rewards enhancements and a Summer Friday pilot program in 2020.

INDASA USA, one of the leading brands in the US for coated abrasives, masking tapes, and tools, is pleased to announce the strategic alliance between Pacific Produx Reps (PPX) and INDASA USA.

The Florida Legislature started its 2020 legislative session this week and lawmakers are set to consider a number of insurance-focused issues over the course of the 60-day period.

Three neighbors who live near Save Rite Auto Sales and Service in Newberry Township have asked a judge to reverse a 2018 decision by the township's Zoning Hearing Board that granted relief to the auto repair business.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced that it has opened a repair center in Littleton, Colorado.

As it readied for its annual Arizona auction of collector cars, RM Sotheby’s announced it will stage a 230-car single-collection auction May 1-2 at Elkhart, IN.

Tesla has put its foot down on claims that its vehicles are prone to sudden “unintended acceleration,” which was alleged in a petition to the NHTSA submitted by a short-seller.

In a recent column, I talked about why I believe shops need to separate out their charge for vehicle scanning from their diagnostic labor to address the results from those scans.

Alexandr Stricharskiy, 40, of Meridian, Idaho, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 63 months in prison for distributing fifty grams or more of pure methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.

Governor Phil Murphy signed comprehensive legislation (S2252) that establishes goals and incentives for the increased use of plug-in electric vehicles and infrastructure in New Jersey.

AirPro Diagnostics, LLC the leader in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and ADAS calibration solutions, announced the company’s official launch of its 24/7/365 service to the automotive aftermarket world-wide.

Furthering Toyota’s commitment to better serve customers and build vehicles where they are sold, Toyota Indiana (TMMI) invested an additional $700 million and added 150 new jobs to complete the transformation of its plant modernization project, announced in January 2017.

On Jan. 15, ASA’s January 2020 installment of its Webinar Wednesday series featured Becky Witt, AMAM, George Witt Service in Lincoln, NE, and former AMI president and instructor, who presented “Would You Take a Job for $200 an Hour?”

Rafael Gonzalez has the arrests and losses to show for abuse of alcohol and methamphetamine that got so bad he couldn’t hold down a job.

We are excited to announce that Symach has developed a new UVA-LEDtronic technology for drying and curing UV coating products.

As the National Auto Body Council (NABC) celebrates 25 years of supporting the industry, the non-profit organization held “NABC Day” at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Club in Palm Springs, CA, on Jan. 14.

UpdatePromise, a leading consumer experience provider for automotive dealers, insurers and repairers throughout North America, recently announced it has published its Merchant Payments solution on the Fortellis Automotive Commerce Exchange™ Platform.

South Louisville Paint and Body, at 7105 Southside Drive, has been sold to Glaser's Collision Centers, another local company.

Friday, 17 January 2020 16:53

Autobody News Has Been Hacked

We at Autobody News have had our email list hacked by unknown miscreants.

According to the latest media report, as part of the $600 million investment project at its Ridgeville, SC, plant, Volvo will build a battery pack assembly facility to support upcoming BEV production.

 

Eight of the fastest teams in America fight for a winner-takes-all purse of $100,000 – the highest payout in street racing history.

On Jan. 9, the St. Louis I-CAR Committee hosted its first meeting of 2020 in Room 211 of the Rodenheiser Automotive Building at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, MO.

As cars become aesthetically more like smart devices and smartphones, with their sleek designs and electrical capabilities, more of them are showing up at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) every year.

Classic Collision, Inc. (“Classic” or the “Company”), an Atlanta-based leading multi-site operator of 34 collision repair facilities in the Southeastern U.S., announced that it has partnered with New York-based New Mountain Capital, a leading growth-oriented investment firm with over $20 billion in assets under management.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:15

ARA Gathers for 2020 State Legislative Summit

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On Jan. 8, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) held its 2020 State Legislative Summit at the Nashville Airport Marriott in Nashville, TN.

A group of vandals tried to damage a Tesla Model 3 and its charger at the Park MGM in Las Vegas.

Looking to address its vehicle shortage, the Buffalo Police Department plans to lease several new vehicles instead of purchasing them. 

A longtime Augusta, ME, collision center manager who summers on a boat in Boothbay Harbor has bought Pro Body Works in Wiscasset, ME, from the Westport Island man who had it its first 37 years.

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces the next installment in the FREE Elite Webinar Series: “Five Disruptions the Collision Industry Will Face in 2020 and Beyond.”

UpdatePromise announces their debut into the service and repair financing space with its new UpdatePromisE-Pay financing option.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:14

Mitchell Partners With UpdatePromisePay

Mitchell International has partnered with UpdatePromisePay powered by UpdatePromise to be their Merchant Services Provider for Mitchell Cloud Glass.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:42

ASE Certification Registration Now Open

ASE winter registration is now open through March 31.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 1712, which will require vehicle manufacturers to send a notice to consumers within 90 days of a new car lease or purchase of their warranty rights under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA).

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Utica, MI.

HD Repair Forum is proud to announce the creation of four committees: Education, Technology, Parts, and OEM Repair Standards.

The ongoing legal battle between Geico and six parties has ended in an Arizona courtroom.

Takata non-azide driver inflators (NADIs) are under a federal investigation after reports the airbags could explode or could fail to deploy properly.

There's no doubt the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is fast.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced that it has entered the state of California via two acquisitions representing nine locations in the suburban Los Angeles area.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, now connects with Intuit QuickBooks Online within the Mitchell RepairCenter solution.

 

Polyvance announces its collaboration with the Skills Georgia leadership team to introduce nitrogen plastic welding as a scored part of the competition in the 2020 state-level contest.

Although nitrogen plastic welding has been a scored part of the competition at the National SkillsUSA competition since 2018, incorporation at the state level has been delayed, mainly due to a lack of resourcesand awareness. “Indiana and Oklahoma were a couple of the first states to include plastic welding,” says Kurt Lammon, Polyvance’s president. “Last year we helped to start it in Tennessee. We look forward to starting in Georgia this year.”


Polyvance is working with 3M and State Farm in Georgia to augment the traditional adhesive repair elements with plastic welding. “We are currently discussing how to incorporate plastic welding with the adhesiverepairs in Georgia, but in Tennessee last year we had one of each repair and it was certainly enough to be able to distinguish the skill level of the competitors,” says Lammon.


Eli Morgan and Tim Tollison of State Farm lead the Skills Georgia team and Jackie Johnson of 3M oversees the plastic repair portion of the contest. “We’re honored to be invited to work with these great peoplewho selflessly volunteer their time to address the technician shortage challenge we all face,” says Lammon.


The Skills Georgia contest is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Caliber Collision location at Mt. Zion Road in Morrow, GA. The winners of this contest will represent Georgia at the national SkillsUSAcompetition in Louisville, KY on June 25th.


Polyvance urges any state chairs who want to incorporate nitrogen plastic welding into their contests to contact Kurt Lammon at kurt@polyvance.com as soon as possible. For an overview of the plastic welding portion of the contest, Polyvance created a training video which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz0aBrDcAa8

 

For inquiries, contact Kurt Lammon at 256-638-4103

Monday, 13 January 2020 16:23

On the Lighter Side: Led Zeppelin Introduces Hot Wheels Car Collection

Written by Amie Williams, motorious.com

A new Hot Wheels car collection is hitting the shelves, and it will be perfect for the Led Zeppelin car enthusiast in your life.

Safelite’s second motion to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit in New Jersey District Court has been denied.

Car-O-Liner is pleased to introduce the adapter and software that allows the A-Tong to be connected to the CTR9.

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