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Clay Hoberecht, owner of Best Body Shop in Kansas, said he is crazy about three things: his customers, their cars and his team.

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How do you really stack up against the best of the best?

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The chief executive of Intel Corp told Reuters on April 12 the company is in talks to start producing chips for car makers to alleviate a shortage that has idled automotive factories.

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A Nov. 1 trial date has been set by the U.S. District Court in Orlando, FL, in the long running Allstate v. Auto Glass America litigation.

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Levander’s Body Shop is one step closer to building a new location in Lexington, NE, after the planning commission approved the proposed redevelopment plan.

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The National Auto Body Council will host its first golf fundraising event of 2021, July 21 at Mountain View Golf Club in Ewing Township, NJ. 

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CCC Information Services Inc., a leading SaaS platform for the P&C insurance economy, announced it plans to deliver on the industry's vision for straight-through auto claims processing with the launch of CCC® Estimate–STP.

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Autobody Solutions Peoria has won the 2021 ThreeBestRated award for one of the top rated auto body shops in Peoria, AZ.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) will host a virtual membership meeting, “Get Paid for More of Your Work at Labor Rates You Deserve,” at 6:30 p.m. ET April 21 via Zoom.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is thrilled to announce AirPro Diagnostics has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program at the highest level, "1st Responder," with a $10,000 pledge.

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SEMA members are urged to take advantage of a COVID-19 economic relief program enacted in 2020 and expanded in 2021---the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).

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California Assembly Member Tim Grayson (D-Concord) introduced SEMA-supported legislation, AB 904, that would create a new tax credit designed to stimulate long-term capital investments in manufacturing.

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Nearly 40% of U.S. motorists are somewhat or very concerned about cybersecurity and safety of connected and autonomous vehicles, according to a survey from Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), a Munich Re division.

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Ten Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles are recalled because the front passenger airbags may not deactivate if child seats are in the passenger seats.

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President Joe Biden’s $174 billion aid package for electric vehicles has been broken down in an email sent by officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on April 9 announced it has partnered with Inter Miami CF, an American professional soccer club based in South Florida.

Thursday, 08 April 2021 22:31

On The Lighter Side: Chip Foose Takes On The New Bronco

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The Chip Foose Draws a Car YouTube series has been quite the little adventure.

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Every new car in California has a catalytic convertor. They help keep the air clean by converting smog, but are also a hot commodity for thieves.

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General Motors is halting production at two of its plants that make midsize SUVs, including one in Lansing, MI, due to a parts shortage.

Thursday, 08 April 2021 20:54

Florida Trans Am Shop Burns

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Fire claimed two classic cars at Trans Am Specialties of Florida during the final weekend of March.

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LKQ Corporation on April 6 announced the release of its inaugural Sustainability Report outlining the company’s ongoing focus on responsible environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

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EVgo, the nation's largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) and only platform powered by 100% renewable electricity, announced April 8 the company brought 10 stations online in the last 10 days of March.

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CRC Industries, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of specialty products and formulations for maintenance and repair professionals and do-it-yourselfers, has partnered with the TechForce Foundation and its industry alliances to help educate, develop, and train the next generation of technicians.

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Farmers Insurance on April 8 announced it is offering its new usage-based commercial automobile insurance program, FairMile, in Washington state.

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Registration is now available for the 2021 ASE Instructor Training Conference.

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A Tesla Supercharger with 100 stalls has been confirmed for Harris Ranch, CA, one of the company’s most historic charging locations.

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A man in Maryland is being charged with wire fraud after obtaining multiple COVID-19 relief loans.

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As California surpasses a major milestone in the fight against COVID---administering more than 20 million vaccine doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities, and with hospitalizations continuing to steadily decline---Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 6 outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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Employees at a Waterville, ME, auto body manufacturing plant repeatedly informed management of fall and noise hazards but these reports went ignored until the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an inspection Oct. 1, 2020, in response to a complaint.

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Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, part of Experience Auto Group's roster of luxury dealerships across the eastern seaboard, has been recognized as the top volume Maserati dealer in Florida and second in the nation for 2020.

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An increasing percentage of shops are using OEM scan tools---and billing for the fees associated with accessing OEM repair information.

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Driving trend information in a report issued earlier this year by Arity, the data analytics company owned by Allstate, offered a suggestion that harder hits and total losses may have been up over the past year, even as claims counts, as reported by CCC Information Services, were down 21% for 2020.

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 17:03

AASP-MN Announces 2021-22 Board of Directors

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April marks the beginning of service for the 2021-22 AASP-MN Board of Directors.

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Ensuring the next generation of collision repair professionals receive an education that allows them to successfully enter the workforce after graduation requires the support of the entire industry.

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While the pandemic hasn’t allowed the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) the ability to conduct its in-person high school and college transportation student career fair events this school year, CREF has been electronically gathering hundreds of collision student resumes of those who are currently looking for full- and part-time employment.

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I’m concerned some of you may read the first paragraphs of this column, and presume it’s about customer satisfaction indexing (CSI)---it’s not---and decide to move on.

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A Pawtucket, RI, woman was arraigned in federal court in Providence, RI, on April 1 and released on personal recognizance, charged by way of indictment with allegedly executing a scheme to defraud her auto body repair shop employer of approximately $580,000.

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On International Women’s Day on March 8, Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education, shared insights on “What’s NEXT for the Future Autobody Worker in Our Emerging Digital World,” during a webinar hosted by the Women’s Industry Network (WIN).

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Waseem Tarabishi insists employees at his San Diego-area collision repair shop take the online classes they need to maintain their technical certifications while on the clock so he can make sure they are paying attention.

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 22:07

Las Vegas Ready to Welcome 2021 SEMA Show

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With more than five weeks to go before the SEMA Show space agreement deadline, show management reports more than 1,000 exhibitors have already been confirmed for the 2021 event.

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Here’s a tip: Investors might be interested in buying your shop’s real estate.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is excited to kick off a year of celebration to commemorate its 20th anniversary on April 4.

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The Auto Care Association reacted in support of the Supreme Court’s ruling April 5 in the Google v. Oracle case surrounding a decade-long copyright dispute over software.

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

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Do you remember back in the day when it was easy to tell if you were being robbed or not?

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A trade group that represents automakers said a semiconductor shortage caused by COVID-19 could result in 1.28 million fewer vehicles being made in the U.S. this year.

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Add “former” to the title of Waymo CEO John Krafcik, who announced April 2 he’s left the company.

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Craig Camacho has seen it all during his career in collision repair, and has learned over the years what works and what doesn’t.

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AB 471 is a multi-faceted piece of legislation created to address consumer protection and transparency within the automotive repair industry.

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As a way to recognize vehicle service professionals who are proficient, credentialed and committed to excellence, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has designated June as Automotive Service Professionals Month.

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General Motors President Mark Reuss on April 6 announced Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be built at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, MI.

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On March 31, ASA hosted a special bonus webinar, “Importance of a Return to Work Program for Your Bottom Line,” featuring Nick DiCarlo, vice president, regional sales director, AmeriTrust CONNECT.

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When his car broke down in May 2020, U.S. Navy veteran Bruce Curl was in dire straits.

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Zeigler Auto Group’s sales may place it among the leading auto dealerships nationwide, but a recent federal investigation found sales consultants’ commissions often failed to meet minimum wage requirements at 13 Michigan, Indiana and Illinois locations.

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The five OKC slots for America's List are almost set.

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The Giga Press is shaping up to be one of Tesla’s trump cards in the emerging electric vehicle sector.

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Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced April 3 it has selected an enhanced proposal from Centerbridge Partners, L.P., Warburg Pincus LLC and Dundon Capital Partners, LLC to provide the equity capital required to fund Hertz's exit from Chapter 11, keeping the company on track to conclude its Chapter 11 case in June.

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Audi of America has selected DEKRA North America as the partner for the Audi Authorized Collision Repair (AACR) program.

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