Shazam Auto Glass, LLC, (Shazam) and its owner, Sean Martineau have filed a motion to dismiss its lawsuit against Geico Insurance Co.’s (Geico).

At their July 15 public meeting, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation voted to revoke a Houston company’s vehicle storage facility (VSF) license because of its dishonest and fraudulent conduct.

On July 13, 2019, at the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2019 in Orlando, FL, Peloton Technology Inc., the leading connected and automated vehicle technology company, unveiled its vision for doubling the productivity of drivers through the development of its new Level 4 Automated Following solution.

At the CARSTAR Acceleration 2019 Conference in Chicago, Garmat USA continued its long partnership with CARSTAR, hosting the welcome reception on Tuesday, July 16 for new CARSTAR franchise partners and top independent collision shop owners exploring opportunities with CARSTAR.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced its North American Refinish show plan that includes a paint sponsorship, an education session on Cromax® EZ, and an exhibition of six (6) must-see custom builds.

As if Orleans, MA, police and fire-rescue didn't have enough to do on Tuesday, July 23, a fire broke out at a local auto body shop.

The largest training conference in the country, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Instructor Training Conference, is off to a great start at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas.

Yelp, a nationally recognized platform for connecting consumers with local businesses, has appointed Jonathan Herrera, Fix Auto USA’s Marketing Manager, to its Client Advisory Board.

Factory Collision & Restoration in Weymouth, MA, has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facilities necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications.

For the last five years, Chappelle’s Towing has partnered with Jacobus Carstar in Vancouver, WA, and other local businesses to donate a quality used vehicle to one resident of Clark County, WA, to give them greater freedom and help them better serve their community.

MLG, APLC, in Orange County, CA, along with class-action powerhouse Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, has filed a national class-action lawsuit against seven automotive manufacturers and a tier-one parts supplier for what it calls a "deadly airbag defect."

Certified Collision Group (CCG), the OE Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced on July 22 that it has appointed Thomas Matlack as Chief Executive Officer.

A Hyundai and Kia airbag lawsuit alleges both automakers, in addition to parts manufacturer ZF TRW, are guilty of installing defective airbag control units in these models.

Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics have found a frontal car crash takes a toll on all occupants even when seat belts are buckled.

On June 27-30, ASA Northwest held its 2019 Summer Retreat and Management Conference at the Clearwater Resort in Suquamish, WA, with nearly 80 industry professionals in attendance.

Several months ago, AASP-MA hosted National Auto Body Research (NABR) for an informative presentation on their Variable Rate Survey (VRS), and as a result, the association launched NABR’s Standardized Labor Rate Survey in Massachusetts.

AASP-MN’s Governmental and Regulating Affairs and Collision Advisory Committees recently met to lay out a game plan for the 2020 legislative session which begins Feb. 11, 2020.

The ongoing lawsuit between Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) and Advantage Auto Glass, LLC, (AAG) and its owner, Jeremy Solheim, has ended.

Jaguar Land Rover's European headquarters recently signed a cooperation agreement with Glasurit and R-M, BASF’s top refinish paint brands.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced on July 22 the acquisition of a multi-store operation consisting of 16 collision repair centers located in New York.

Marketing is a vital component to the success of any business, but because different industries have a variety of advertising needs, an agency that truly understands the best interests of your company may be able to provide a leg up on the competition.

On September 27-29, DRIVE will present its 2019 DRIVE EXPO WEST at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, CA.

All New Hampshire motorists have to go through it once a year.

On Sept. 26-28, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) will host its 2019 Automotive Service and Technology Expo (ASTE) at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Cary, NC.

On the next "Fast N' Loud," The Monkeys race to be the first-ever to drop a Hellcat motor in their '79 International Scout and fulfill hot-rodder Richard Rawlings' quest to fetch the world record for the most expensive ever sold.

Auto insurance rates are dropping across Louisiana, a recent announcement from the insurance commissioner states, but the decreases are unrelated to the need for reform.

On Sept. 20 and 21, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) will host its 2019 Texas Auto Body Trade Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

On Thursday, July 18, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) hosted a webinar event to explain its new SCRS 401K Retirement Solutions program, featuring Angela Pickel, vice president of Retirement Services for TPC 401(k), and Scott Broaddus, CFP AIF, a partner at Virginia Asset Management.

Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, and a longtime supporter of the nation’s veterans, kicked off its program to encourage veteran ownership with a visit to the U.S. Army base at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.

CIECA announced that its annual symposium this year will include viewing a crash test at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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

A barrage of gunfire was heard after San Bernardino County, CA, sheriff’s deputies opened fire on a suspect who attempted to ram deputies with his SUV on Wednesday, July 17.

More than 85 food banks across 37 states will be able to restock their shelves to ensure at-risk kids do not go hungry this summer thanks to Caliber Collision’s 2019 Rhythm Restoration Food Drive collecting over $900,000 in donations or 5.4 million meals from April through May.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is warning the nation's consumers that vehicles flooded by Hurricane Barry may soon be appearing for sale around the nation.

Bills to abolish the Federal Insurance Office have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 20:22

SEMA Seeks Young Vehicle Builder in Seattle

SEMA’s search for young vehicle builders moves to the Pacific Northwest, as the SEMA Young Guns Regional Program joins Formula Drift at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA, on July 20, 2019.

For the first time, Long Island, NY, women business owners now hold three of the top leadership posts at the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA), which represents the largest retail auto market in the nation.

As the automotive industry continues to move forward, implementing advanced technology, new components and body materials, auto technicians remain in high demand in the United States.

A Worcester, MA, man, whose father is awaiting trial on related charges, was placed on probation Monday, July 15, after pleading guilty to money-laundering and conspiracy.

The United States’ Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled to dismiss Dan Wilson’s lawsuit which highlighted employee benefit plan issues at Safelite Group, Inc. (Safelite).

A recent video shared by tweet courtesy of Spencer Uttley has set the Internet a-roar with regard to the future of driverless transport vehicles.

The court battle between Toyota and California dealership owner Roger Hogan has ended with a Santa Ana jury finding the automaker liable for $15.8 million for interfering with the contract between Hogan and Toyota.

A joint venture between Ford and Volkswagen (VW) was announced on Friday, July 12.

Monday, 15 July 2019 21:48

On the Lighter Side: Flying Cars May Be Taking off Soon

Written by Ariella Brown, Interesting Engineering

Do you dream of flying? The founders of NFT do. Their vision is not just of attaining flight but putting it within reach of individuals—and not just wealthy ones.

Monday, 15 July 2019 21:13

On the Lighter Side: Top Ten Most Expensive Car Auctions

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering

Cars - either they're beauty incarnate in machine-form or just a tool, usually overpriced, to get you to from A to B.

Nearly 400 students were recently selected to receive scholarships totaling a record-setting $557,600.

Group 1 Automotive has acquired two BMW/Mini dealerships—in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.,—which the company says represents New Mexico’s only BMW and MINI franchises.

Although it’s 2019 and many people will claim that gender equality has been achieved, the fact remains that society identifies distinct differences between females and males.

While the topic of workforce development and skilled technician shortages has been a mainstay in industry headlines, the SkillsUSA National Championships continue to highlight the remarkable talent preparing to enter our industry through competition amongst high school and post-secondary level competitors.

Unlike India, where the cars are transported on long-haul specially-made trucks or by driving them down to the respective locations, a lot of countries, especially the United States transport the cars using special goods transfer trains with a lot of coaches.

Keys to a restored car were presented to the family of fallen soldier Sergeant 1st Class Keith Callahan on Thursday, July 11, at Segra Stadium in Fayetteville, NC.

During the 2nd annual HD Repair Forum event held in Fort Worth, Texas, in March 2019, John Spoto, National Heavy Duty Truck Commercial Fleet manager for the 3M Company gave a fascinating presentation on the effects of a crash and how so much can happen in a very short amount of time.

The water has receded from the heavy rains in the Northeast on the week of July 1, but it left behind a lot of water-damaged cars.

Richard Rawlings and the Monkeys forge gear-head history by being the first to pack a '79 Scout with a 707 horsepower Hellcrate engine for a huge payday.

Fifty years ago this month, September 1969, I took my first job in the automotive industry.

Auto giant Tesla is coming to town.

Lirel Holt, a Kansas City, MO, owner of a collision repair company, had an idea back in the 1980s to help independent shop owners like himself unite with professional standards, common repair practices, buying power and operational support.

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