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Two New Jersey men have pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for their roles in falsifying vehicle titles as part of a long-running odometer roll-back scheme.

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Hyundai Motor Group on May 20 announced it has entered into an agreement with the State of Georgia to build its first dedicated full electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

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GHSA's annual spotlight report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2021 Preliminary Data, offers a comprehensive look at state and national trends in pedestrian deaths for 2021.

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Three industry legends will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame: Walker Evans, Jack Roush and Robert Eugene "Gene" Winfield.

Friday, 20 May 2022 11:39

Tesla's Service Manuals Now Free of Charge, Grab Them While You Can

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Tesla's service manuals, which had cost $3,187 a year or $371.88 a month since August 2021, are now free of charge for the entire vehicle lineup. 

Friday, 20 May 2022 11:27

Environmental Groups Look to Halt Tesla’s Battery Plant Permits at Gigafactory Texas

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Environmentalists and activist groups are setting their sights on Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas.

Friday, 20 May 2022 11:13

TN Student Presented with Malco ‘Head of the Class’ Award

Written by Betty Proctor, Chattanooga State

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Kenadie Halling, a high-achieving student in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology collision repair technology program at Chattanooga State Community College, received a “Head of the Class” award from Malco Products, SBC.

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More than 50 first responders from fire departments in Womelsdorf, PA, and surrounding areas gathered May 14 for a hands-on demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims, all thanks to the National Auto Body Council® (NABC) F.R.E.E.™ program, D & R Auto Body, Farmers Insurance and HURST Jaws ofLife.

 

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In this video, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of the DEG reevaluate how to differentiate the equipment from the consumable used in the repair process.

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In his new unscripted project, the 'Iron Man' star turns sports and muscle cars in his garage into eco-friendly automobiles for the 21st century.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:21

MSC Southeast’s Auto Body Collision Tech Instructor Turns Over Keys to Former Student

Written by Katryn Conlin, Winona Daily News

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After 36 years of teaching auto body collision technology at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona, MN, Tom Brandt is handing over the keys to the college’s auto body shop at the end of the spring semester.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 14:12

Ford F-150 Lightning Dealer Demo Units Begin to Flood Lots Outside Dearborn, MI

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ford’s introductory all-electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning, recently began production, and finished units are filling parking lots near the automaker’s Dearborn, MI, production plant, preparing to make their way to dealerships as demo vehicles.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 12:07

On The Lighter Side: Abandoned Factory Hides Over 40 Classic Cars

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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There are some wild rides, including completely custom builds…

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Maaco continued its 50th anniversary celebration by earning top awards and recognition for its strong 2021 performance, brand reinvention and long history of serving drivers in North America.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 12:31

U.S. Agency Opens Probe into Fatal Tesla Vehicle Crash that Killed 3

Written by David Shephardson, Reuters

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A U.S. auto safety agency said May 18 it has opened an investigation into a fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle in California the same month that resulted in three deaths and could have been caused by its advanced driver assistance system.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 12:26

Recall: Park 2022 Kia EV6 on Level Ground

Written by David A. Wood, CarCompaints.com

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A 2022 Kia EV6 recall includes more than 9,000 SUVs that should be parked on level ground because the vehicles may roll away.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 11:49

Gas Prices Surge to New Record High May 19, a Day After Stock Market Plummets

Written by Dan McCaleb, The Center Square

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Gas prices reached yet another record high May 19, a day after poor retailer earnings reports sent stocks tumbling to its worst day in more than two years.

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Sheila Loftus, an innovator who led collision repair publications and associations, passed away May 11. She was 79.

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To recognize the efforts of its production team as it prepares for electric vehicle assembly, Volkswagen Chattanooga announced May 18 that all production and maintenance team members and team leaders will receive a $3,000 bonus.

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Lux Collision is pleased to announce the launch of its new San Antonio, TX, auto body shop, off of Loop 410 and Hwy 151 on the west side of the city.

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Ford Motor Company is advising customers of certain 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs---built over a four-month period between late 2020 and early 2021---to park their vehicles outside and away from structures while Ford investigates the cause of under hood fires.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 08:22

Tim Ronak Joins CIECA Board of Trustees

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CIECA announced May 19 that Tim Ronak, senior services consultant for AkzoNobel, joined CIECA’s Board of Trustees, effective immediately.

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Matthew and Marcia Seebachan are a Texas couple who, in the fall of 2017, were awarded $42 million by a jury in a lawsuit against a Dallas-area dealership body shop over auto accident injuries they said were exacerbated by faulty prior collision repairs made to their vehicle.

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The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) is pleased to announce online nominations are now open for its two top industry awards for performance year 2021.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 11:38

Wholesale Vehicles: Residual Values, Volume, Sales Trends to 2024

Written by Chad Simon, Auto Rental News

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Supply chain issues, production shortages and shrinking dealer inventory have the car rental industry on edge.

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Online used-car retailer Carvana Co's license to sell vehicles in Illinois was suspended on May 10 over the mishandling of paperwork related to its vehicle sales, a state official said May 18.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 09:49

Massachusetts Auto Body Techs Demanding Higher Pay Surround Beacon Hill

Written by Matthew Medsger, Boston Herald

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Auto body repair mechanics crashed the Massachusetts State House on May 18, joined by dozens of tow trucks circling the building, horns blaring, to push for a pay hike on what the industry says are the lowest-in-the-nation reimbursement rates.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 09:04

Safelite’s 1st Female CEO Presents Her Story to WIN Conference Attendees

Written by Abby Andrews

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The 2022 Women’s Industry Network (WIN) Education Conference wrapped up May 4 with a keynote speech by Renee Cacchillo, president and CEO of Safelite.

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More than half the midsize SUVs tested earn good ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new side-impact evaluation.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 08:45

Lucid Body Repair Manager Speaks at WIN About EVs and Collision Repairers

Written by Abby Andrews

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Attendees of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) Education Conference, held May 2-4 both in-person in Greenville, SC, and online, learned firsthand about how the imminent wave of electric vehicles will affect the collision repair industry.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 08:35

Uber Announces ‘Comfort Electric’ Featuring Tesla, Polestar Vehicles

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Ride-sharing service Uber has launched "Comfort Electric," a new way for users to get around in style and be part of the company’s global commitment to become a zero-emissions mobility platform by 2040.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 08:15

Ford, Stellantis, GM to Require Face Masks at SE Michigan Plants as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

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Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will once again require face masks at facilities in southeast Michigan where COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

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The National Auto Body Council® (NABC) announced it is opening the nominations for its 2022 awards---the NABC Changing and Saving Lives Award and the NABC President’s Award, which formally recognize individuals and companies for their leadership of and commitment to improving the collision repair industry.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 15:17

WIN Panel Discusses Collision Repair Post-COVID Changes and Challenges

Written by Abby Andrews

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) hosted “Industry Changes, Challenges & Opportunities in a Post-COVID World,” part of its first ever hybrid Educational Conference, held May 2-4 online and in Greenville, SC.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its early estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021---projecting an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 09:18

Ford Dealers Defying Company Orders with Insane F-150 Lightning Markups

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Ford has made it clear over the past months that dealers should not overcharge for popular electric vehicles like the F-150 Lightning.

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Earnhardt Auto Centers, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul and Arizona Mommies, is holding a baby formula drive to help alleviate the current shortage.

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On May 12, 10 deserving Texas veterans and their families were honored at USAA headquarters in San Antonio, TX, and presented with National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® vehicles, all donated by USAA and refurbished by Caliber Collision.

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On May 13, a deserving Brookhaven, PA, woman experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her two sons---thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor Hertz and collision repair partner CARSTAR Fred Beans Doylestown.

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1Collision announced the addition of All Magic Paint & Body's four locations in Southern California.

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has introduced an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Specialist Certification test (L4).

Monday, 16 May 2022 15:31

GM Benchmarking Tesla Model Y as It Aims to Beat Tesla as Top EV Maker

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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Not long ago, it was reported General Motors was benchmarking Tesla's Model S Plaid performance sedan. Now, the automaker is reportedly benchmarking the Tesla Model Y as well.

Monday, 16 May 2022 13:26

Crash Champions Auto Body Shop in Auburn Township, OH, Catches Fire

Written by Kaylyn Hlavaty, News 5 Cleveland

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The Chardon Fire Department responded May 13 to a large fire at Crash Champions Collision Repair in Auburn Township, OH.

Monday, 16 May 2022 12:40

Tesla Attempts to Help as Texas' Power Grid in Trouble Yet Again

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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Texas has been having intermittent issues with its dated power grid for years, though these past few winters have brought the issue into the eyes of the media.

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Hyundai Motor North America's corporate social responsibility initiative, Hyundai Hope, and Gary Rome Hyundai recently donated a total of $25,000 to two local food banks in Holyoke, MA, to combat food insecurity in the surrounding communities during Gary Rome Hyundai's 25th anniversary celebration.

Monday, 16 May 2022 10:07

Stroudsburg, PA, Auto Shop Sees Improvements in Shortage Crisis

Written by Sydney Kostus, PA Home Page

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This is an update to a story first reported in January involving a Stroudsburg, PA, auto body shop overwhelmed by supply chain issues.

Monday, 16 May 2022 10:01

Belvidere Assembly Plant Braces for More Layoffs Amid Uncertain Future

Written by Ken DeCoster, Rockford Register Star

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The future of the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois remains in flux as Stellantis announced yet another production shutdown earlier in May due to what the company called an unprecedented global microchip shortage.

Friday, 13 May 2022 15:36

Florida Classic Car Dealer Charged with Fraud

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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There’s no denying the classic car market is red hot. People who admittedly aren’t gearheads have been investing, driving values up for many vehicles, much to the frustration of enthusiasts.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced a new closing May 13---the acquisition of five ABRA Auto Body repair facilities in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Hixson, TN.

Friday, 13 May 2022 14:39

Car Repair Times Increase as Supply Chain Issues Cause Backup at Alabama Body Shops

Written by Lauren Jackson, WBRC News

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Supply chain issues have impacted nearly every industry and even body shops are backed up.

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Gary Plover of Hitachi Astemo Americas, Inc., has been appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council.

Friday, 13 May 2022 11:04

2 Arrested, 2 Wanted in Catalytic Converter Theft in Glen Cove, NY: Police

Written by Alessia Grunberger, Patch

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Authorities say they arrested two of the four men who stole catalytic converters from vehicles in the Glen Cove, NY, area.

Friday, 13 May 2022 10:58

Oklahoma Auto Repair Shops Struggle to Get Parts Due to Supply Chain Issues

Written by Brady Halblieb, KJRH News

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For people in need of a major car repair, it might be a tough road ahead.

Friday, 13 May 2022 10:38

RPM Act Co-Sponsors on Ballots in ID, KY, NC, OR and PA

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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The 2022 election season is kicking into high gear in May with 14 states holding primary elections this month.

 

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Ever wonder if it is important to protect electrical connections on EVs during the repair and refinish process? 

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Mercedes-Benz is telling the owners of more than 292,000 vehicles in the U.S. to stop driving them due to a problem that could cause the brakes to fail.

Thursday, 12 May 2022 12:18

Volkswagen Bringing Back Scout Brand with Electric Truck, SUV

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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On May 11, Volkswagen Group’s Supervisory Board confirmed the company’s plans to launch an all-electric pickup truck and rugged SUV for the U.S. market.

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While car trouble always seems to come at the worst time, not being savvy under the hood and having to pay to fix it only adds to the frustration.

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