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Wednesday, 26 January 2022 23:36

Valentine Auto Body in Waterloo, IL, Changes Hands

Written by Madison Lammert, Republic-Times

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After more than 40 years owning and operating Valentine Auto Body, Ken Valentine has retired, entrusting the business to close friend and fellow auto expert Rodney Cissell

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 23:24

U.S. House Leaders Unveil Chips, China Competition Bill

Written by David Shepardson and Patricia Zengerle, Reuters

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U.S. House of Representatives leaders on Jan. 25 unveiled a bill aimed at increasing U.S. competitiveness with China and supporting the U.S. chip industry, including $52 billion to subsidize semiconductor manufacturing and research.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 23:17

Tesla Reports Most Impressive Quarter to Date in Q4 and FY 2021 Earnings Results

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2021 earnings saw the company post its most impressive quarter yet.

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Firefighters from Antioch, IL, and about two dozen neighboring departments had to battle both subzero temperatures and a raging inferno at a used car dealership early Jan. 26 in Lake Villa, IL.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:51

Ohio Collision Repair Students Learn New Waterborne Paint System  

Written by Editorial Staff, Morning Journal

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Lorain County JVS collision repair students in Oberlin, OH, are getting ahead of the game in their career tech field thanks to the NAPA Auto Parts Elyria, OH, store. 

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With Wreck Check Appraisal licensed and serving the state of North Carolina, consumers now have a dedicated team of hard-working collision and diminished value experts in their corner.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 19:03

Ford CEO Commits to 600K EVs in 22 Months

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Farley said the Detroit automaker is committed to delivering 600,000 all-electric vehicles within the next 22 months.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 18:50

Hertz Says it is ‘Actively Receiving’ Tesla Model 3 Rental Cars Across the U.S.

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Hertz told Teslarati in a statement it cannot currently share delivery figures but it did confirm it is “actively receiving deliveries for both our retail and Uber rental fleet and have availability in several markets throughout the country as part of our phased national rollout.”

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 18:34

Automakers Want to Become Order Takers

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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An article from Axios points out a phenomenon we’ve been noticing for a while: car dealerships in America are becoming like dealerships in Europe.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 18:14

Caliber Collision Slated for Mankato, MN

Written by Tim Krohn, Mankato Free Press

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A fast-growing large chain of collision repair centers is planning to open a store on the east edge of Mankato, MN.

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New-vehicle sales in January are expected to reach 1.01 million units, a drop of 8.9% compared to January 2021, according to a forecast released Jan. 26 by Cox Automotive.

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The percentage of vehicle owners using the app of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) continues to increase year over year with 38% of respondents indicating they use the app at least half of the time they drive, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. OEM ICE Benchmark Study, released Jan. 25.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Jan. 26 it has acquired a collision repair center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 16:33

After Subaru, Kia is Latest Automaker to Disable Tech in Massachusetts Over Right-to-Repair Issues

Written by Andrew Gutman, CarScoops

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Kia has now disabled its proprietary telematics system on vehicles sold in Massachusetts to comply with the state’s stringent right-to-repair laws.

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The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) has rescheduled its Annual Member Meeting and Dinner for March 24.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 20:31

Service King Announces New CFO

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Service King announced Jan. 25 it has hired Peter Hunt as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

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A Baldwin Hills, CA, man pleaded guilty Jan. 20 to a federal criminal charge for conning victims nationwide into giving him their high-end and exotic vehicles with bogus promises he would find other people to take over their car leases.

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While subscription services are becoming ubiquitous, until now, there has never been a subscription model that enables consumers to maintain one of their most expensive investments: their automobile.

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The National EV Charging Initiative, launched in August to guide the deployment of a national charging ecosystem, held the National EV Charging Summit in January.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 18:35

CARFAX Launches Lifetime Dealer Program

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Car owners can now look for the CARFAX Lifetime Dealer badge to know which dealerships provide full access to CARFAX products whether they're buying, servicing or trading-in their used car. 

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on Jan. 25 announced its commitment to an absolute reduction of 50% of certain greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, on its way to becoming carbon neutral in its operations by 2040---one decade ahead of the deadline set by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 17:47

Tesla Cybertruck Arrives at Giga Texas

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

 

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Above, we have a breaking video walkaround from Cybertruck Owners Club of what appears to be the updated Tesla Cybertruck alpha prototype at Giga Austin.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 17:35

Tesla's Fremont Factory is Most Productive Car Plant in North America

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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Tesla’s original factory in Fremont, CA, was the most productive auto plant in North America in 2021, according to a Bloomberg analysis of production data from more than 70 production facilities.

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General Motors Co. announced Jan. 25 an investment of more than $7 billion in four Michigan manufacturing sites, creating 4,000 new jobs and retaining 1,000, and significantly increasing battery cell and electric truck manufacturing capacity.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a free webinar for service technicians at 4 p.m. ET Feb. 1 entitled “Plastic Repair---It's Not Just for Bumpers.”

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 16:59

Recall: Ford Brake Lights Won't Turn Off

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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If your Ford brake lights won't turn off, a recall may help if you own specific vehicles in certain states.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted to announce AirPro Diagnostics committed to participate again in the CIF Annual Donor Program.

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 16:18

Nominations Open for 2022 SEMA Hall of Fame

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Nominations for the 2022 SEMA Hall of Fame class are open at www.sema.org/hof.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Jan. 25 it has grown its presence in Florida with the acquisition of Salemi’s Body Shop, a single shop located at 1602 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33607.

Monday, 24 January 2022 20:09

AASP/NJ to Award 2nd Young Technician Grant

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A budding auto body technician will walk away from this year’s NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show with $5,000 worth of tools or equipment as the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) plans to present the Second Annual Young Technician Award at NORTHEAST 2022.

Monday, 24 January 2022 18:49

Panasonic to Invest $705M to Launch Tesla Battery Production in 2023

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Panasonic will invest as much as $705 million on new production facilities in Japan as it plans to build Tesla’s new 4680 battery cell as early as 2023, new reports said.

Monday, 24 January 2022 18:36

GM Set to Launch Behavior-Based U.S. Driver Insurance in Q1: Executive

Written by Tina Bellon, Reuters

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General Motors Co aims to launch an algorithm-based auto insurance plan by the end of the first quarter in some U.S. states that charges policyholders based on their driving performance, a company executive said in an interview.

Monday, 24 January 2022 17:56

CAWA 2022 Scholarship Application Now Open

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CAWA announced the application is open for its 2022 scholarships, now through March 31.

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Axalta Coating Systems on Jan. 24 announced Dr. Keith Silverman is joining Axalta as senior vice president and chief operations and supply chain officer, effective immediately.

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It is no secret the U.S. auto industry is struggling with low inventory due to chip shortages and supply chain issues.

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Brightway Insurance, a national insurance agency franchisor, is the only insurance franchisor and one of only 40 brands Franchise Times recognized on its eighth annual Fast and Serious list of the smartest-growing franchises in the U.S.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Jan. 24 it has entered the New Hampshire market through the acquisition of Gate City Collision Centers.

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California's 2022 legislative session has begun and bills are starting to be introduced. 

 

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Friday, 21 January 2022 18:52

Sticker Shock a Real Thing for Car Shoppers Right Now: Here's Why

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press

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The price to buy a new or used car is increasing at a faster rate than the average wage growth in the nation, a study said.

Friday, 21 January 2022 18:31

Tesla Insurance Goes Live in Arizona and Ohio

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla Insurance has officially gone live in Arizona and Ohio, becoming the fourth and fifth states to have access to the company’s in-house coverage program.

Friday, 21 January 2022 18:25

Tesla Worker Collapses and Dies at Fremont Factory on Powertrain Line

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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An employee at Tesla’s Fremont Factory in Northern California collapsed and died Jan. 19 while working on a powertrain line.

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General Motors announced Jan. 21 plans to invest nearly $154 million in its Western New York Lockport Components plant.

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The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) announced West Palm Beach, FL, and Colorado auto dealer Michael E. Maroone is the recipient of the 2022 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Twelve aspiring collision repair students from across the region met at Professionals Auto Body in Altoona, PA, for the SkillsUSA District 7 Skill and Leadership Championships.

Friday, 21 January 2022 17:13

2021 a Busy Year of Collision Repair Acquisitions

Written by David Roberts and Chris Lane, Focus Advisors Automotive

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With 2021 now in the rearview mirror, the collision repair industry is catching its breath after a year of sprinting that saw extraordinary acquisition activity.

Friday, 21 January 2022 16:49

New Jersey Enacts Insurance Bad Faith Statute for Auto Insurers

Written by Troutman Pepper, for JD Supra

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New Jersey has enacted an insurance bad faith statute that will penalize insurers for certain types of conduct in handling claims for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage as the result of auto accidents.

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“See something, say something.”

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

Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:26

Judge Calls Tesla’s $137M Verdict in Racism Case ‘Extremely High’: Report

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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U.S. District Judge William Orrick said he was inclined to deny Tesla’s request for a new trial on the racism case brought against it by ex-employee Owen Diaz if the former Tesla worker agrees to a reduction in damages, reported Bloomberg.

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Carvana, the leading e-commerce brand for buying and selling used cars, announced Jan. 19 it is the fastest to sell 1 million vehicles online in nine years and the fastest used car retailer ever to organically sell more than 400,000 vehicles in one year.

Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:35

SES to Develop Li-Metal EV Batteries for Honda

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SES Holdings Pte. Ltd. announced Jan. 19 it entered into an agreement with Honda Motor Co. Ltd. to develop lithium-metal (Li-Metal) batteries as part of Honda’s next generation battery strategy.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announced its Radar Transmission Simulator (ARTS) with Color Palette Optimizer for Autonomous Vehicles was named a winner in the 2022 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group (BIG).

Thursday, 20 January 2022 19:21

IIHS Announces New Ratings for Safeguards of Semi-Autonomous Vehicles

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced it is developing a new ratings program that evaluates the safeguards that vehicles with partial automation employ to help drivers stay attentive.

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Season Three of FASTEST CARS IN THE DIRTY SOUTH Starts Streaming Friday, January 28, 2022, on MotorTrend+

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U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Louis Thornton III, 63, of St. Petersburg, FL, to three years and six months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining money through various COVID-19 relief programs, including the Small Business Administration's PPP and EIDL programs.

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Historically, fourth quarter length of rental (LOR) increases over the third quarter, as a result of traditional patterns brought about by winter weather, animal accidents and increased travel volume around the holidays.

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Garnett Station Partners, LLC, a New York-based principal investment firm, on Jan. 20 announced it has made a growth investment into VIVE Collision, a leading collision repair multi-site operator in four Northeast states.

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