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Chevrolet Buick of Spring Valley in Minnesota is opening its doors under new ownership, the Penz Automotive Group.

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At a special ceremony during the 2021 NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) surprised Executive Director Charles Bryant by presenting him with this year’s James Moy Award for Dedication to the Automotive Industry.

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Industry trainer Mike Anderson of Collision Advice often suggests an auto body shop wishing to use the results of the “Who Pays for What?” surveys to train estimators or repair planners start by looking at the “not-included” operations listed in the survey reports for which a large percentage of other shops report being paid regularly.

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This fall at Texas State Technical College, four female students are taking the automotive plastic and sheet molded compound repair class.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. announced Oct. 4 that Matt Meier is joining the company as EVP, chief digital and data officer.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Oct. 4 it has acquired Wisconsin’s Pulera Collision Center, located at 7110 70th Court in Kenosha, and Idaho’s First Choice Collision Repair, consisting of three locations across the Boise metropolitan area.

Friday, 01 October 2021 21:24

GM Plans to Become EV Software Leader, Expand EV Lineup to 20 by 2028: Reuters

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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General Motors plans to set itself up as the leader of electric vehicle software and intends to tell investors at a meeting in early October, along with expanding its electric vehicle lineup to 20 models by 2028, as its focus shifts over the next several years in the U.S. market.

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LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc., an e-commerce and facilities-based automotive retailer in the U.S., on Oct. 1 announced the closing of its acquisition of White Plains Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealership in New York is expected to be completed by Oct. 6.

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It came as no surprise to me our “Who Pays for What?” surveys have found the vast majority (95%) of collision repair businesses accept payment from customers by credit card.

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General Motors Co. dealers delivered 446,997 vehicles in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2021, down 218,195 units from a year ago as a result of semiconductor supply chain disruptions and historically low inventories.

 

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of DEG, in partnership with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), present Quick Tips for those in the collision industry.

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Ford Certified Collision Network (FCCN) shops are now recognized as such and can be identified using the State Farm Select Service® Repair Assistant Locator as Ford continues to enhance its certified network.

Friday, 01 October 2021 15:46

Tesla Vehicle Safety Report Q2 2021: Numbers Down Again

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Tesla has just released its Vehicle Safety Report for the second quarter of 2021, for which we were waiting exceptionally long.

Friday, 01 October 2021 15:29

Tesla’s Safety Score System Could Result in Unsafe Driving: Consumer Reports

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla’s Safety Score system may be designed to encourage drivers to operate their vehicles in a very cautious manner, but according to Consumer Reports, the newly-introduced metric could actually make the roads less safe.

Friday, 01 October 2021 15:19

GM Halts Super Cruise Rollout

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla Autopilot’s most formidable rival from legacy auto is on a break, with General Motors confirming its flagship driver-assist system, Super Cruise, is unavailable for now.

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Sharply higher costs to repair and replace vehicles will cause insurance companies' underwriting profit margins to narrow significantly, projects S&P Global Market Intelligence's annual U.S. Auto Insurance Market Report.

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Service King Collision is preparing to introduce its streamlined, digital-first automotive collision repair services to the quaint village of Palatine, IL, when it opens a new facility at 20168 N. Rand Road in November. 

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For CARSTAR Ideal Auto Body of Mount Prospect, IL, a windy day on the golf course left them blown away by the support from and engagement with the community at the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing.

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Lordstown Motors Corp., a provider of electric light duty trucks focused on the commercial fleet market, and global technology company Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) on Sept. 30 announced they reached an agreement in principle to work jointly on Lordstown Motors’ electric vehicle programs in its 6.2 million-square foot production and assembly plant in Lordstown, OH.

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Tony and Isabel Flores opened Tony’s Body Shop in Oxnard, CA, in 1965. Considered to be hard-working business people by their friends and family, the couple taught their children good work ethics from an early age.

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Members of the collision repair industry are invited to attend the Collision Industry Red Carpet Awards Breakfast at the 2021 SEMA Show.

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The CAR Coalition, a growing group of independent automotive parts and repair companies, associations and insurers committed to preserving consumer choice and affordable vehicle repair, has launched a multi-million dollar campaign in support of the right to repair movement and key legislative measures, including the Save Money on Auto Repair Transportation (SMART) Act and other bills to come.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) invites industry members to adopt their local high school and college collision repair programs and ensure their students have a professional appearance this fall by sponsoring new Cintas work uniforms.

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Based on current COVID-19 indicators and trends in Clark County, NV, attendees at the 2021 SEMA Show can expect face masks will be required while indoors during the event taking place Nov. 2-5 in Las Vegas, NV.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 21:40

On The Lighter Side: 100-Year-Old Man Gifted Bentley He Used To Chauffeur

Written by John Puckett, Motorious

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Eddie Hughes gets one heck of a centennial birthday present when the classic Bentley he used to drive was tracked down.

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Buick GMC of Rochester and Nissan of Rochester, in Rochester, MN, hosted their grand opening under the Penz Automotive Group on Sept. 25.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 20:33

Cars as Investments on the Rise

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Wealthy people don’t just stick all their piles of cash in bank accounts and in a house. They often invest in tangible objects, be it real estate, a business or collectable cars.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 20:25

Tesla Set for ‘Massive Trajectory’ for Q3 Deliveries Fueled by September Demand

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla is set for its biggest quarter in company history, according to Wedbush analyst and $TSLA bull Daniel Ives.

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on Sept. 29 released the second volume of the 34th edition of the Insurance Department Resources Report (IDRR).

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The ASE Education Foundation has released the findings of its student career survey, first presented in July at the ASE Instructor Training Conference.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Erie, PA.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 18:14

Safelite Group Acquires Unique Payless Auto Glass

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Safelite® Group, the nation’s leading vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass®, announced Sept. 28 an agreement to acquire the assets of Unique Payless Auto Glass in Fremont, CA.

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Vehicle ownership (buy/lease) is more important than ever, according to the Cox Automotive 2021 Evolution of Mobility Study.

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Volta Inc., an industry leader in commerce-centric electric vehicle charging networks, on Sept. 29 announced the issuance of two utility patents to Volta Charging by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 17:11

New Vehicle Sales Expected to Drop in Q3: Edmunds

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The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast 3,416,266 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2021, which reflects a 13% decrease from the third quarter of 2020 and a 22.7% decrease compared to the second quarter of 2021.

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Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., entered into a definitive agreement with Larry H. Miller Group of Companies to acquire Larry H. Miller Dealerships, the eighth largest dealer group in the U.S., and Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 15:43

ALLDATA Launches Instructor Toolkit

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ALLDATA has launched the Instructor Toolkit, a turnkey resource for automotive and collision repair vocational training programs, developed in partnership with the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation.

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Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) is partnering with famed custom car builder Ringbrothers and the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) for a sky-high fundraising event to support high school and college collision repair programs. 

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Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has signed on as title sponsor of the Magic 8 race on Oct. 15 at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, GA, part of the four-day No Mercy 12 drag racing event produced by Duck X Productions.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 21:39

Freer Auto Body in Godfrey, IL, Marks 30th Anniversary with Legacy of Community Service

Written by Dan Brannan, RiverBender.com

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It has officially been 30 years since Freer Auto Body began operation in Godfrey, IL.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 21:27

Artificial Intelligence in Automotive Claims on Fast Track During Pandemic

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in our daily lives was predicted in Hollywood movies decades ago and began to come true with Siri, Alexa and smartphones.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 21:05

Americans Changing Long-Term Mobility Plans in Wake of Pandemic

Written by Michael Strong, The Detroit Bureau

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The pandemic changed much about what’s considered the “norm” in U.S. society these days, especially how people plan to meet their needs for transportation and mobility.

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Lucid Group, which is setting new standards with its advanced luxury EVs, kicked off its Production Preview Week, a series of events during which Lucid opened the doors of its Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-1) and Lucid Powertrain Manufacturing (LPM-1) factories in Casa Grande, AZ, to members of the media and investor communities, policymakers and Lucid Air Dream Edition customers.

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Woven Planet Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the acquisition of Renovo Motors, Inc., a pioneering Silicon Valley-based automotive operating system developer.

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The CARSTAR Colorado Business Group, which has held an annual golf event for the last several years to support cystic fibrosis, held its first-ever “Un-Golf Tournament,” raising more than $10,000 for cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy.

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A Lake City, FL, man tried to trade in a vehicle, but instead of a new car, he ended up with multiple charges.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:02

Automakers' Problems Much Worse Than We Thought

Written by Chris Isidore, CNN Business

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For a year and a half, a lack of computer chips has been plaguing the auto industry, forcing plants to shut down, delaying auto shipments and sending car prices through the roof. But that's not the only problem automakers face.

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The Automotive Service Association of the Northwest (ASA Northwest) will become the Northwest Auto Care Alliance (NWACA), it was announced Sept. 28.

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Kyte, the company that brings cars to people's doorsteps, launches Oct. 1 in Brooklyn, the newest area where customers can get a car delivered right to their door following the company's Manhattan launch just four months ago in May.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 17:04

Tesla Asks New U.S. Buyers to Wait Until April 2022 for Model Y Long Range

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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The disproportion between the demand and supply of the Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD appears to have expanded in the U.S.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 16:46

Up to $1 Million in Cars Stolen from PA Dealership

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Police in Wexford, PA, are astounded after up to $1 million in Bentleys were stolen.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 16:31

GEICO to Significantly Hike Auto Insurance Rates in Illinois

Written by Lyle Adriano, Insurance Business

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GEICO is set to raise auto insurance rates in Illinois by more than 6% on average---one of its highest rate increases in the state in the last six years.

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Capital Volvo Cars of Albany on Sept. 24 celebrated the grand opening of its new dealership in Colonie, NY.

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Ford Motor Company is announcing plans to bring electric vehicles at scale to American customers with two new massive, environmentally and technologically advanced campuses in Tennessee and Kentucky that will produce the next generation of electric F-Series trucks and the batteries to power future electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

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The Automotive Service Association (ASA), the oldest and largest association representing the independent automotive repair industry, announced Sept. 27 it is transitioning to a new and innovative association model leveraging its expansive history to create a single, unified industry voice.

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BrightDrop, the technology startup decarbonizing last-mile deliveries, on Sept. 28 announced the completion of the first production builds of the EV600, a key milestone to deliver its first electric light commercial vehicle (eLCV) to FedEx Express in time for the holiday season.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) recently debuted its new Young Technician Award, bestowed upon a promising young technician who has worked in a member shop for less than five years.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 15:22

Colors on Parade Opens New Franchise in Houston

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Colors on Parade, the country’s largest eco-friendly mobile automotive paint and dent repair services franchise, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest franchise unit in Houston, TX.