PPG announced the launch of its premium ECS8X A-Chromatic Sealers for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Customizing Youth Auto Shop Education

 

The SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program uniquely connects high school automotive shop classes with specialty-equipment manufacturers’ products to build one-of-a-kind customized vehicles.

Across North America, some students going back to school this fall will ride electric school buses.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:32

CARSTAR to Exhibit at 2019 SEMA Show

At this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, will host an exhibit on the show floor, located in the 2019 SEMA Show Westgate Hall, Booth No. 16320.

The Tesla Gigafactory 3 in China received its first comprehensive acceptance certificate on Monday, Aug. 19, following an inspection of the facility by government representatives.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced on Tuesday, Aug. 20, the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Alabama.

Recently, a post on a Facebook page from Tiffany Reyes in Houston received major attention from the collision repair industry.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:55

OEM Repair Procedure Legislation Vetoed in New Hampshire

Written by Alexis Wilson

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed OEM Repair Procedure legislation.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:04

Safelite Group Acquires TruRoad

Safelite Group, the nation’s leading vehicle glass services and recalibration company, and owner of Safelite AutoGlass, announced on Tuesday, Aug. 20, an agreement to acquire the combined businesses of TruRoad (COP TruRoad Parent, LLC and COS SCS Parent, LLC).

Fire crews are working to determine what caused an early morning fire that destroyed a business Sunday, Aug. 18.

When it comes to explaining the rewards of becoming an auto service or other transportation industry technician to the parents of children in middle- and high-school, Tina Smith and TechForce Foundation have this message:

The Boyd Group Income fund (The Boyd Group) announced its CEO succession plan and its second-quarter results during its conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

A Sandy Springs, GA, man was recently sentenced to federal prison for his part in a fraudulent auto financing company.

There are several notable companies making all-electric vehicles, but among them, Tesla remains the undisputed leader when it comes to raising awareness for EVs.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has named a new member to the NABC Board, filling an open position.

UPS has been delivering a new kind of automated mail - and it's not via email.

On July 17, Texas Watch, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization, contacted the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), asking for copies of all public documents and information related to “prevailing rate” policy language.

Calling all classic car fans! Dave Kindig, television star of MotorTrend Network’s “Bitchin’ Rides” show and creator of his custom car company, Kindig-it Design, will team up once again with AkzoNobel – a leading automotive paints and coatings manufacturer – for the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise.

Equalizer is partnering with the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Round Rock, Texas, to give the gift of hope to women affected by breast cancer.

The Steve Serra Automotive Group has donated $100,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama (BGCCA).

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $272,000 to 97 individuals this year, including scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.

 

On the next “Fast N’ Loud,” the Monkeys find themselves in a hot-rod dilemma when their 1950s flat-head isn't tailor-made for their '33 Ford pickup, as a looming deadline approaches.

A Ford PowerShift transmission warranty extension has been announced for 2014-2016 Focus cars and 2014-2015 Fiesta vehicles equipped with automatic DPS6 transmissions.

The hail storm that happened on Sunday, Aug. 11 has kept insurance companies and repair shops busy.

Friday, 16 August 2019 16:43

Remembering Bill Porter of Equalizer

Bill Porter, of Equalizer, passed away on Aug. 10, 2019.

The Tesla Semi was recently spotted by officers of the California Highway Patrol in the Donner Pass, CA, area.

On Wednesday, July 31, ASA Northwest hosted its 10th Annual Family Fun Night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA.

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, four deserving New Jersey area veterans experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of vehicles that provides them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families – thanks to the NABC Recycled Rides program along with GEICO, which donated all four vehicles, and collision repair partners ABRA & Caliber Collision in Pennington, NJ, Son’s Collision Centers and Auto Pro Collision.

With an alarming increase of ransomware attacks plaguing the collision repair industry, cybersecurity has become an important topic for shop owners to educate themselves on for the safety of their businesses.

This summer, AASP/NJ co-sponsored two seminars entitled “Estimating Accuracy Essentials [Part 1],” presented by AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee, and John Niechwiadowicz of QLC, Inc.

Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:28

WACTAL Meets With Insurance Commissioner

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Recently, the Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association (WACTAL) met with Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable to discuss some of their members’ concerns about issues impacting collision repair facilities.

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces the next installment in the FREE Elite Webinar Series.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, AASP/NJ will help provide an overview of what collision repair shop owners need to know about ADAS technology by hosting a special panel discussion on the topic.

Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:23

Universal Collision Joins CIECA

Universal Collision recently joined CIECA as a Corporate Member.

Equalizer®, the leading source for auto glass removal and replacement products in the world, is pleased to announce it has finalized a distribution agreement with Extractor™ Tools of Canada.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently announced that it has completed the first two units of Freightliner’s eCascadia battery-electric truck.

Verifacts Automotive LLC is pleased to announce that Fred Iantorno has joined the company as vice president, IoT (Internet of Things), effective immediately.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 13:59

Heidi King Steps Down as Head of the NHTSA

“How do you know when you are working too hard? When your vacation is reported as a career change,” a LinkedIn post from Deputy NHTSA Administrator Heidi King reads, who will now be resigning effective Aug. 31, 2019.

On Aug. 10, 2019, Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 in China faced what could very well be its first test of endurance, as the yet-to-be-completed electric car production facility caught the rains and winds of Typhoon Lekima, which made landfall between Taiwan and Shanghai on Saturday, Aug 10.

A substantial round of layoffs at Nissan won’t affect the plant in Canton, MS.

Samantha McCauley, a collision repair refinish instructor at Hammond High School in Hammond, IN, said it can be very challenging to acquire the proper tools and equipment needed in her classroom to properly instruct students.

The former owner of Riverside Chevrolet in California will not be able to sell cars again, under an agreement reached with the State to bring a close to a fraud investigation.

The Volvo Group on June 28 announced plans to invest nearly $400 million over six years to upgrade its New River Valley, VA, plant that produces all Volvo trucks sold in North America.

A delay in General Motors Co.'s deployment of its self-driving vehicles is fueling increased skepticism that self-driving cars are not ready to ply America’s roads.

Lilliana Anderson will receive keys to a 2014 Toyota Sienna from Caliber Collision as part of a national community service program to repair and donate vehicles to individuals in need of reliable transportation.

A 14,000-square-foot auto body shop is being proposed for the northwest corner of Glasgow and West High Streets in Pottstown, PA.

BASF Refinish has released a new OEM Sales Toolbox to guide body shops through the process of building a solid strategy that aligns with the growing OEM influence in the industry.

Monday, 12 August 2019 13:52

State Farm Hit by Data Breach

State Farm – the largest property and casualty insurance provider in the US - has been compromised in a credential stuffing attack.

Firefighters with the Ocean City-Wright Fire Control District extinguished a structure fire on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach, FL, within ten minutes on Thursday, Aug. 8.

WD-40 Brand is inviting DIYers and tradespeople – the men and women who roll up their sleeves every day – to share their real-life stories of how they rely on WD-40 Brand product performance to Live Life Hands On for a chance to win $5,000.

Surry Community College in Dobson, NC, will be offering a Collision Repair and Refinishing (Autobody Repair & Restoration) course at four different times.

A Tesla battery range loss lawsuit alleges software updates created to protect Model S and Model X vehicles from fires, in reality, caused reductions in the maximum battery capacity and travel range by 20 to 40 miles.

For Tesla owner James Salantiri, his Model 3 and the valet-only Supercharger station at the William Vale Parking Garage in Brooklyn, NY, are intertwined.

Friday, 09 August 2019 18:15

On the Lighter Side: With Over 1,500 Classic Cars: One of the Greatest Vintage Car Graveyards

Written by Bojan Ivanov, Abandoned Spaces

Less than ten years ago, the municipality of Kaufdorf, in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, had more classic cars than residents.

Friday, 09 August 2019 16:25

On the Lighter Side: The Tank Limo Is Real and You Can Hire One for Any Party

Written by Jacob Oliva, motor1.com

 

Big, impressive, and noisy – those were the three words that Nick Mead, the owner of the Tank Limo, would use to describe his gargantuan masterpiece.

VeriFacts Automotive LLC recently renewed its commitment to CIECA and the CIECA Standards.

Is there a potential silver lining for collision repairers in the current trade war between the United States and China? 

With airbags, it may seem like the more the merrier — they are essential devices that have prevented tens of thousands of deaths in vehicle accidents, after all — but a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that one type, knee airbags, don’t do much in the way of preventing injury.

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