Police have arrested a man after an automotive repair shop employee was assaulted, officials said.

A local family-owned chain of auto repair shops is about to open the doors to its rebuilt shop in Midlothian, VA.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Waukesha, WI. The location previously operated as Nagel Auto Body, providing service since 1986.

A PPG-painted custom 1932 Kugel Muroc captured the 2020 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the recent Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) held at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, CA.

The ASE Education Foundation will hold its seventh annual Instructor Training Conference, July 14 through July 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco, Texas.

The luck of two deserving Tampa Bay area residents changed for the better Friday, March 13. 
Friday, 13 March 2020 18:49

23-Year-Old Makes Dream A Reality, Opens Shop in NM After College

Written by Victoria Antonelli

William Sanders, 23, said he loved cars from a very young age and repaired vehicles as a hobby before enrolling at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. In 2017, he graduated from the technical school’s Associate Paint and Autobody program.

Friday, 13 March 2020 18:17

Two-Time Skills USA Competitor Follows in Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Chandler Allison, 19, grew up in Pollard, AR, surrounded by people who worked with their hands and prided themselves on being self-sufficient. His great-grandfather owned a body shop while the rest of his mother’s family raised farm animals and his father’s family grew crops.

ProCare Collision, a Texas-based Multi Shop Operator (MSO), announced March 10 they have acquired Hodges Collision, a Houston-based MSO with six locations in the Houston metro area. 

The Ashwaubenon, WI, village board gave final approval Feb. 25 to a rezoning request from Broadway Automotive to have a collision center on property the company purchased near the corner of the Ashland Avenue access road and Industry Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an automotive trade group’s challenge to design patents covering parts for Ford Motor Co.'s F-150 pickup truck.

A Hudson County, NJ, man admitted in federal court on March 10 he recruited Bergen County, NJ, traffic accident victims for an insurance fraud racket that racked up $3.5 million in bogus medical bills.

A Jeep "death wobble" class action lawsuit alleges defective solid front axles and damping systems cause violent vibrations of the steering wheels while driving highway speeds.

Subaru of America Inc. (Subaru) recently requested the class action lawsuit, originally filed by Christine Powell against the auto manufacturer for allegedly defective windshields, be dismissed for failing to state a claim and lack of jurisdiction. 

Associations and businesses have begun to speak out---in both opposition and support---of a new piece of auto glass legislation introduced in Connecticut’s General Assembly.

New automaker restrictions on vehicle scanning, and deciding on OEM or aftermarket scan tools, were among the topics discussed at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in January in Palm Springs, CA.

Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) met Feb. 26 at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in St. Louis, MO. 

John Shoemaker says too often shop estimates “create more questions than answers.”

In a continued effort to address collision repair industry concerns, AASP/MA has created five committees within its Board of Directors to identify new potential solutions focused in specific areas problematic for Massachusetts body shops. 

ASA Ohio launched its brand-new Collision Performance Leaders Group (CPL), Feb. 6 at Ohio Auto Kolor Training Center in Columbus, OH.

The Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) held its monthly meeting Feb. 20 at MobileTech in Wilmington, NC. 

Tractable, an A.I. photo estimating company, announced Feb. 27 it raised $25 million to expand into new markets and enhance research and development initiatives on its software. 

AASP of Illinois (AASPI) held its 2020 Annual Meeting on Feb. 22 at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst, IL, featuring Kristen Felder, CEO of Collision Hub

The Boyd Group Inc. announced March 9 the acquisition of 14 collision repair centers--- eight in Michigan and six in Indiana. 

The Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Southeast (AAAS) kicked off its annual Capitol Day visits this year with two successful events in Atlanta and Tallahassee.

A federal appellate court threw out most of the claims by automotive body shops in Indiana, Utah and Mississippi alleging major insurers violated anti-trust laws and engaged in anticompetitive practices by steering policyholders to “approved” shops.

Recent insurance industry data places Florida as second in the nation for auto glass claims, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB.) 

On March 5, Toyota of Kirkland in Totem Lake, WA, confirmed on its Facebook page one of its employees has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19.)

A fire destroyed an auto body shop Feb. 18 in Warren, OH, and for some people, the building brings back special memories.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 16:27

On the Lighter Side: Al Capone’s Bulletproof Cadillac Could Be Yours for $1 Million

Written by Simon Lindley, Just Collecting News

A bulletproof Cadillac once owned by the infamous gangster Al Capone has gone up for sale in the U.S., with a price tag of $1 million.

Monday, 09 March 2020 21:24

Street Outlaws: JJ Da Boss Crash

On the next "Street Outlaws,"  when an MSO racer runs off the road, the teams barrel into Round 2 knowing any mistake can be deadly.

The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association, in collaboration with AASP/NJ and the NORTHEAST management, have been updated as to the decision to move the show to new dates of August 21-23, 2020.

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) held its first regional meetings of the year Feb. 25 in Dallas, featuring Greg Griffith of AkzoNobel, who discussed “Cycle Time: Implementing Repair Planning.” 

The California Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA), representing the automotive parts industry, hosted its first Leadership Days of 2020, Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA. 

Long days and nights of hard work paid off for eight contenders in this year’s Ridler competition as judges chose their vehicles from the Detroit Autorama showroom floor to include in BASF’s Great 8 finalists.

Monday, 09 March 2020 19:55

KABA to Host Second Annual Trade Show

The Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA) will host its Second Annual Trade Show, April 24 and April 25 at the Cyrus Hotel in Topeka, KS. 

While it is a widely held belief that insurance departments will only accept complaints from consumers, not shops, the Virginia Bureau of Insurance (BOI) recently confirmed it will accept complaints filed by body shops on behalf of consumers, as long as they obtain the claimant’s written permission. 

The New Jersey Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on Jan. 9 amended Senate Bill 2144, which would allow policyholders to sue insurance companies for unfair practices, and its companion Assembly Bill 4293, down to just one line of automotive coverage and removed the call for triple damages for violations. 

Lawmakers in the U.S. House on Feb. 11 took to task a trial lawyers' lobby group that helped kill a bill setting regulations for self-driving cars. 

Al Brodeur's Auto Body is celebrating 50 years in business.

When I wrote seeking memories of local service stations last fall, I had no idea how many I’d receive. I’ve been sharing them here and there, but today, I have a special one to focus on.

As the country’s only recruitment firm 100 percent dedicated to the collision repair industry, Motocruit in Pittsburgh, PA, helps body shops all over the U.S. find qualified collision executives, regional and area managers, collision managers, production managers, estimators, body and paint technicians and even detailers/porters. 

Economists monitoring the potential effects of the coronavirus on Texas’ international trade are adopting the tone of health officials: Be prepared, be prudent, but don't panic. But they believe it’s only a matter of time before a major disruption in the global supply chain impacts the state’s economy.

The Minnesota House Commerce Committee on March 3 held an oversight hearing on the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota’s (AASP-MN) legislative proposal to ensure coverage and payment for repairs conducted in accordance with original vehicle manufacturer repair procedures.  

On behalf of their collaborative partners Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Nissan North America, Assured Performance shared a recap from the Certified Collision Conference “Driving into the Future,” held Feb. 17-20 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. 

Independent retailers in the automotive aftermarket remain the most used sales channel for getting parts to consumers, according to the new SEMA Industry Perspectives Report, the latest resource for SEMA members to gain insight on the health of the industry on a wide range of business metrics.

The jam-packed aisles at the Las Vegas Convention Center were filled with 23,000 attendees, dealers and suppliers from across the globe at the 2020 National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. 

The best-selling cargo van in the world---Ford Transit---is going digital, with an all-electric version coming for the 2022 model year. 

Starting March 4, General Motors Co. is gathering hundreds of employees, dealers, investors, analysts, media and policymakers to share details of its strategy to grow the company’s electric vehicle (EV) sales quickly, efficiently and profitably.

Just a few days after the Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to the coronavirus, officials from the New York Auto Show stated the event will proceed as scheduled. And to make sure we heard right, they sent a follow up message to reassure us everything is going as planned and the show is still on.

General Motors has announced its plans to begin manufacturing electric vehicles at scale. To make its $20 billion plan a reality, it has to do one thing: Acknowledge that its alignment with President Donald Trump’s emissions rollback efforts is a lost cause. 

On May 22, Fiat Chrysler will cease production of its Dodge Grand Caravan minivan. The Grand Caravan first made its appearance 35 years ago, in 1985.

With estimating system companies reporting that less than half of all appraisals include a line item for vehicle scanning, and with industry surveys showing less than half of shops report researching OEM repair procedures “most” or “all of the time,” there has been discussion at some industry events about why the industry hasn’t more broadly adopted these important steps.

There are many key components to running a successful collision repair facility. Body shop owners and managers often aren’t aware of the free resources available in the industry intended to help them operate their businesses effectively and efficiently. 

In 1952, Galpin Auto Sports revolutionized the automotive world by becoming the first dealership to ever design, build and sell a custom car, transforming the business into the most storied customization shop in the entire game.

At last November’s SEMA, I had the honor of moderating a session featuring representatives from a number of automakers. 

Years ago, car dealerships did a great job of branding. 

Discovery Channel is turning up the torque on Motor Mondays with a brand-new season of FAST N’ LOUD, premiering at 10 p.m. ET/PT Monday, March 30.

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