Boyd Group Services Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced its business has been identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the U.S. as an essential critical infrastructure, as well as in Ontario’s list of Essential Workplaces.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk would have Medtronic, Philips and ResMed ventilators delivered to New York hospitals March 26, according to his recent tweet.

Auto body shops are remaining opening during the coronavirus pandemic, and some in Michigan are offering special deals for essential workers still hitting the roads.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc., President Leah Curry sent a message to employees saying an employee at a Gibson Co., IN, plant has tested positive for coronavirus.

As previously communicated to the company’s employees from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Mike Manley, the company is in the process of converting its first plant to produce face masks for donation to first responders and health care workers.

Beau Boeckmann and the Galpin Crew resurrect a one-of-a-kind Pantera that Carroll Shelby hot-rodded for a secret project with Lee Iacocca.

Gas Monkey teams up with the Gary Sinise Foundation to build a custom '81 Jeep CJ7 as a throwback tribute to the soldiers for Veteran's Day.

National labor and employment law firm FordHarrison recently hosted “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update---Is Your Business Ready for the Employment and Employee Benefit Changes?”

The Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) hosted Kristen Felder, founder and CEO of Collision Hub, for an informative presentation, “Negotiations---Getting to Yes.”

The 2020 honorees for the Most Influential Women award, presented to those women who have notable achievements in the collision repair industry throughout their career, have been announced by Women’s Industry Network (WIN.)

Attendees of the March 17 installment of SCRS's webinar series on its multiple employer plan (MEP) for retirement savings learned how to establish a retirement plan at their own shops---and why they should.

General Motors has finalized the purchase of 158 acres in Lordstown, OH, for a $2.3 billion next-gen battery-cell plant.

A Ford door latch recall has been issued for more than 268,000 cars following a federal investigation into previous Ford door latch recalls.

The TechForce Foundation is asking for donations to meet the anticipated increased need for its emergency support for students training for transportation careers.

The U.S. Senate on March 26 passed the third Coronavirus stimulus package, H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

The Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) on March 26 released a joint letter about their collaborative efforts to provide current information on the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the auto care industry.

As additional states and municipalities issue stay-at-home orders and business closures, dealerships are caught in a coronavirus-created storm of confusion.

Ford announced March 26 it will resume operations at some of its manufacturing facilities as early as April 6, according to Reuters.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' “Safer at Home” order allows essential businesses to continue operating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said March 25 the company's Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, NY, will reopen for ventilator production as soon possible, after state officials called on the company to produce critical medical equipment.

Tesla has expanded its vehicle delivery options to adjust to the ever-changing conditions due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Hoods that unexpectedly open have caused a recall of 2,000 model year 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks with hood latch striker problems.

Gov. Tim Walz announced a "stay home" order for Minnesotans to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The Collision Industry Foundation announced March 26 the formation of a specific fund to assist those within the industry impacted by the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Ford Motor Co. announced March 24 it will produce ventilators, face masks and more in conjunction with 3M and GE Healthcare to help fill shortages during the coronavirus pandemic.

When Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his stay-at-home order, he deemed several businesses as essential.

While a number of restaurants and stores have closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, car dealerships are up and running in the midst of this pandemic.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 20:27

On the Lighter Side: Check out Volvo Trucks' Latest Stunt: The Truck Tower

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering

If you haven't checked out the latest Volvo Trucks advert, you might be in for a treat.

At I-CAR, the health and safety of our students, instructors, segment partners, customers and employees are of the utmost importance.

How is the collector industry adapting to so many shutdowns?

The statewide stay-at-home order issued by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is in effect now. It will be in place through April 12.

Detroit automakers are starting to take an active role in combating COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus.

Auto Care Association Paint Body and Equipment Specialists segment liaison Paul Fiore on March 23 said jobbers are continuing to operate during state COVID-19 coronavirus closures.

Keri Coach Works, along with GEICO Insurance and Nassau BOCES Barry Career and Technical School, recently donated a refurbished car to Melanie Harris, a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran in need of reliable transportation, as part of the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program. 

Dealerships across more states and municipalities face uncertainty over whether they can continue to physically keep open sales and service departments as more governors and local leaders issue stay-at-home orders across the U.S. to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In an effort to further reduce community-spread of COVID-19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has issued an executive order that only certain businesses may remain open to serve essential functions.  

Memphis, TN, Mayor Jim Strickland issued a “Safer at Home” order that forces all non-essential businesses in the city to close.

As a Minnesota-based healthcare system requests protective mask donations, a local dealership has stepped up to help collect them.

Amid shutdowns and social distancing, a Minnesota-based automotive group is pivoting to redefine the car buying process.

Join the Auto Care Association from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT March 25 for a virtual Town Hall discussing COVID-19 and the auto care industry as an "essential service."

As more states implement shutdowns in an effort to limit COVID-19’s reach, auto insurance providers run the risk of declines in insurance claims.

Last week, we drew collision repairers’ attention to the importance of liquidity during a business disruption like the national COVID-19 coronavirus response.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk donated more than 1,200 ventilators March 23, staying true to his word he will do what he can to support medical facilities currently struggling against the coronavirus outbreak.

Able Body Shop in Anchorage, AK, is excited to announce it recently acquired Spruce Park Auto Body, Inc.

On March 23, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order immediately shutting down many Oregon businesses in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

UpdatePromise, a leading technology provider for communication solutions to automotive insurers, repairers and dealerships throughout North America, on March 23 announced it will be helping dealerships nationwide communicate with their customers and employees by offering its Mass Campaign tool free for the next 60 days.

American Honda on March 19 announced additional guidelines for proper corrosion protection when repairing Honda and Acura automobiles.

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. on March 24 provided an update regarding the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on its business and actions it is taking to protect its communities, employees, customers and shareholders.

Car shoppers, and particularly those who need a car---say their lease is up, or their current car gets totaled---will no doubt wonder: If you’re in an area that’s ordering nonessential businesses to close or residents to stay home, can you still buy a car?

Monday, 23 March 2020 22:34

Car Dealers Petition to Stay Open

Dealerships in a growing number of states---including New York, New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania---are petitioning to have themselves declared “essential” businesses so they can stay open despite “stay-home” orders aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support its customers affected by the uncertain financial environment created by the coronavirus pandemic, Hyundai Motor America is reinstating its Assurance Job Loss Protection program.

Add Larry H. Miller Dealerships and the Prime Automotive Group to the many automotive companies announcing measures designed to provide peace-of-mind to customers following current health recommendations and guidelines in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, some elements of life will remain the same.

Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield, MA, has a dental assistants program, and auto body and health assistant shops. The school and its 1,200 students are not using its protective equipment, so it is donating hundreds of items to a health care facility.

GM and Ventec Life Systems, in cooperation with StopTheSpread.org, the nation's coordinated private sector response to COVID-19, are collaborating to enable Ventec to increase production of its respiratory care products to support the growing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ford Motor Company is taking a series of initiatives to further bolster the company’s cash position amid the coronavirus health crisis, maintain strategic flexibility on behalf of its team and customers and set up Ford to separate itself from competitors when the global economy emerges from the current period of acute uncertainty.

Polyvance’s new 6149 Sensor Hole Cutting Kit makes it quick and easy to cut round holes in bumper covers for the installation of parking sensors.

During its last meeting before social distancing became the buzzword of 2020, the Carolinas Collision Association gathered March 5 at Carolina Collision Equipment in Mooresville, NC.

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