Friday, 03 April 2020 23:40

Lifted Style Jeep | Fast N’ Loud 609

The Monkeys begin work on a 2018 Jeep Wrangler -- the second of two jeeps they're customizing for the Gary Sinise Foundation's Veteran's Day auction.

This is, undoubtedly, an unprecedented time for our industry.

Dave Shuten finally gets his chance to become hot rod royalty by competing for the AMBR award at the Grand National Roadster Show.

The Memphis family loads up their cars and heads to Battlefield Dragway in Mississippi for one of JJ's famous arm-drop competitions.

Autobody News recently reached out to leaders in the collision repair industry to find out how they are best managing the inevitable interruptions to “business as usual” during the current coronavirus restrictions.

A Nissan driver-side Takata airbag recall affects more than 216,000 vehicles after Nissan learned the airbags could explode when they deploy.

A Kentucky Ford Truck Plant employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokeswoman confirmed March 25.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced it will cancel its June 2020 show in Detroit in light of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s expected plans to repurpose TCF Center into a temporary field hospital.  

Friday, 03 April 2020 16:13

SCRS Releases COVID-19 Resource Page

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has developed a new resource page it will continually update with more material, for facilities wishing to develop internal operating processes surrounding cleanliness and disinfectant products in response to COVID-19.

When Robert Benning returns to teach auto body repair classes at Laramie County Community College, the 13 students he’s taught since fall semester won’t be joining him in the lab.

The Automotive Training Institute (ATI) on March 24 interrupted its regularly scheduled webinar series to share valuable information related to the current pandemic, “Top 5 Ways to Thrive During the COVID-19 Outbreak."

ASA hosted a briefing March 31 to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the automotive repair industry and the $2 trillion stimulus package, signed into law March 27.

Polyvance, a leader in automotive plastic repair since 1981, is the only manufacturer to offer I-CAR approved plastic welding courses.

Stevinson Automotive dismissed 336 workers at six dealerships across metro Denver on March 30, according to filings made with the Colorado Department of Labor.

With March auto sales infected by the coronavirus, Detroit automakers are bracing for an unprecedented spring of empty showrooms as analysts predict 2020 sales could be down as much as 30% from forecasts.

Like many businesses, Murray’s Auto Glass in Marietta, OH, has been closed as part of the precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a formal "stay at home" directive to Nevadans, extending the closure of schools and non-essential businesses until Apr. 30.

Following President Donald Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on March 31 announced the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need. 

Fancy Auto Technologies is offering three digital services to auto body shops for free through June 30, with no obligation thereafter.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 1 issued a mandatory safer-at-home order for the entire state for the next 30 days.

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 18:25

GM to Make Face Masks for Front Line Workers

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country, it created a critical shortage of face masks.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on April 1 ruled the Trump administration had unlawfully concealed information relating to its rollback of America’s popular and successful Clean Car Standards---one day after that rollback was finalized without making the key information public.

Analysts at ABI Research published a white paper analyzing various industries and the potential impacts of COVID-19. breaks it down in a few key areas including automotive sales, transportation and logistics and manufacturing.

Between all the canceled car shows/auctions and the social distancing, automotive enthusiasts are having a tough time right now, but in areas not under stay-at-home orders, driving is still a great way to stay safe... and sane.

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 17:04

MO City Hit with Large Hail Storm

Storm clouds rolled into the Jefferson City, MO, area late March 27, dropping large hail across the city.

Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, announced March 30 it will begin producing in Michigan a third-party ventilator, with the goal to produce 50,000 of the vitally needed units within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:32

On the Lighter Side: PA Man Hoards 50 Cars in Barn

Written by Whitney Russell, The News Wheel

Recently, we explored some of the psychological reasons behind car hoarding. Regardless of whether you’re for or against this habit (or well-intentioned hobby?), a recent headline out of Pennsylvania makes for an interesting story.

In a letter to President Donald Trump last week, National Auto Auction Association CEO Frank Hackett voiced his support of efforts made by franchised and independent car dealers, who are asking the president for clarification that sales and leasing at their stores is an essential service.

Since Chevrolet first announced the mid-engine C8 Corvette, there has been lots of excitement surrounding the new sports car.

Elon Musk has announced he and his companies have access to additional FDA-approved ventilators that can be shipped worldwide free of charge using Tesla’s delivery network.

Arizona will be under a stay-at-home order starting March 31, after Gov. Doug Ducey announced that additional precautions need to be taken by residents to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community.

Safelite President and CEO Tom Feeney announced major company changes March 30, due to the effects of COVID-19 on the auto glass industry.

CCC Information Services Inc. announced the creation of an information and resource page to help small businesses across the industry facing mounting challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shop Marketing Pros and AASP-MN on March 25 presented a free webinar, “How Do I Market My Shop in a Crisis?”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on March 26 announced a new state website for reporting personal protective equipment (PPE.)

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) announced March 30 that CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) has donated $100,000 to the CIF COVID-19 fund to support collision repair professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, matching the initial $100,000 funded by CIF. 

Race night gets rowdy when Memphis welcomes a new racing group from Virginia.

CIECA announced March 30 it will hold a special CIECAst webinar at 11 a.m. CST April 6, “How Our Industry is Addressing Challenges Created by the Coronavirus.”

A breathing aid that can help keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care, adapted by mechanical engineers at UCL and clinicians at UCLH working with Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (Mercedes-AMG HPP), has been approved for use in the United Kingdom's NHS.

Monday, 30 March 2020 20:45

A Full Service Life

“‘You don’t want to wash cars all your life do you,’” Charles Roush, of Hopkins, MO, recalled being asked in 1953. “So that’s how I got started into doing body work.”

Officials with the City of Tahlequah and Cherokee County in Oklahoma ordered a "shelter-in-place" partial lockdown beginning 11:59 p.m. March 25, after Northeastern Health System confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 on March 24.

With the economy on hold, family-owned dealerships feel the hurt.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is monitoring the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and tracking what it means for the industry.

As the nation confronts the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, various members of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) have stepped up to donate much-needed supplies to health, safety and rescue personnel.

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.

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