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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent collision repair companies, announced March 29 the acquisition of Collision Repair Center, Inc. in East Moline, IL, adding to its growing national footprint.

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TechForce is a national nonprofit foundation that works in support of transportation technicians, helping people find jobs in the automotive field.

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Saying that its diverse board of directors is a competitive advantage, General Motors named technology leader Meg Whitman and NBA executive Mark Tatum to its board.

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Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstaetter said the automaker has no plans to develop new internal combustion engines, according to a report by Automotive News Europe

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A Tesla owner has found himself in the middle of a battle worth more than $100,000 in property damages after his Model 3 Performance crashed while being driven out of a valet parking garage.

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Via Arlington customers can now select to be picked up in a self-driving vehicle for trips around downtown and The University of Texas at Arlington.

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America has teamed up with All Star Auto Lights to recognize the all-star technicians in its network of 55 collision repair facilities across America.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is thrilled to announce Refinish Solutions Group (RSG) by Saint Gobain has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program, introduced in February to bring needed recurring resources to the foundation, so it can deliver on its mission to answer the call when the industry has been impacted by natural disasters or unforeseen catastrophic events.

Monday, 29 March 2021 18:54

ASE Launches Newly Redesigned Website

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has launched its newly redesigned website---ASE.com---to provide a centralized online gateway for technicians, employers, students, instructors and consumers.

Monday, 29 March 2021 18:43

BOT Now Offers Management Reporting Data

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and its development partner OEC announced the release of a new feature within the award-winning Blueprint Optimization Tool (BOT.) 

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Recently, Keesha Wright, a deserving Fredericksburg, VA, resident, experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a 2015 Ford Fusion to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to Service King-Fredericksburg and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the BMW Group on March 22 announced an expansion of their partnership focused on smart charging electric vehicles (EVs) with excess renewable energy to support grid reliability.

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All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 11.3%, or 28.4 billion vehicle miles, in January 2021 compared to January 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

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Tesla is set to deliver 15 all-electric Semis to PepsiCo by the end of 2021, according to reports.

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The Securing America’s Clean Fuels Infrastructure Act is being rolled out by a group of bipartisan senators.

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According to Automotive News, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg isn’t aware of any Biden administration support to ban gas-powered new vehicle sales by 2035, something California plans to do.

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The stranded Ever Given mega-container ship is blocking an estimated $9.6 billion of cargo from passing through each day, data from shipping expert Lloyd's List confirms. 

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As Congress considers extending the government's flagship small business coronavirus-aid plan, some of the smallest businesses want government officials to make some recent changes in the program retroactive.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing and Subaru have announced the unveiling of a new jointly developed car, to take place April 5.

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March U.S. auto sales, when reported the last week of March, will show strong growth over February's pace and a significant increase over last year's pandemic hit numbers.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and nonprofit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

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Maaco is an ideal environment where many spousal teams flourish as independent business owners among its more than 400-store network.

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As previously reported, SEMA has intervened in an EPA enforcement case to protect the rights of racers.

 

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SCRS has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) to bring you a series of quick tips to help you boost your business.

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Economic activity has improved significantly over the last month.

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Automotive Parts Associates (APA) is excited to honor the 2021 APA Suppliers of the Year for their dedicated service to APA shareholders and the organization amid the challenges of 2020.

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Legislation in Illinois that would increase the booked time of repairs of vehicles under manufacturer warranty picked up another co-sponsor March 15: Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea), one of the House’s assistant majority leaders.

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An investor who purchased shares of Lordstown Motors Corp. filed a lawsuit over alleged violations of federal securities laws by Lordstown Motors Corp.

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Tesla has developed a strategy for building its Gigafactories in a quick and efficient manner.

Thursday, 25 March 2021 20:50

Classic Car Prices Are Skyrocketing

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If you’re shopping for a classic car, you might be suffering from sticker shock lately.

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They say when you find a job you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.

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A RAM truck fire recall has been issued for nearly 20,000 model year 2021 RAM 2500, RAM 3500, RAM 3500 Cab Chassis, RAM 4500 Cab Chassis and RAM 5500 Cab Chassis trucks equipped with 6.7L Cummins engines.

Thursday, 25 March 2021 20:22

Top States for Animal Collision Claims

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As 2021's winter snow and ice drama begins to melt into memory, drivers should beware of the increased risk of vehicle-wildlife accidents that arrive with warmer weather.

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Gateway Bronco in St. Louise on March 25 introduced the Gateway Bronco Innovators scholarship, recognizing and rewarding aspiring automotive restoration and repair leaders with scholarships and internships for students at two of the most renowned automotive technology schools in the country. 

Thursday, 25 March 2021 17:30

On The Lighter Side: These Cars Were Runner Up To Star In Original Fast And Furious Movie

Written by Angel Sergeev, Motor1

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Here's why there's no Honda Civic in the first movie.

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Members of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) recently gathered for “Understanding the Role of the Division of Insurance,” an association-hosted virtual event that welcomed industry attorney Patrick J. McGuire, Esq. for a discussion on the do’s and don’ts of successfully submitting complaints and inquiries to the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (NJDOBI).

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Auto hail damage sparks fear in those who experience brutal storms during the spring season. However, a new service is coming to the mid-Texas area, thanks to a specialized auto body repair service.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 22:43

asTech Acquires Red EU & Red Autocentres

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Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced March 24 the acquisition of Red (EU) Limited and Red Autocentres.

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As part of its efforts to reduce its environmental impact and align with the Paris Agreement’s climate change mitigation goals, CarMax announced its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Recently, a deserving Butler, PA, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their family---thanks to Service King-Etna and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto BodyCouncil Recycled Rides program.

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The COVID-19 pandemic compelled automakers to ask their salaried employees to work from home until the emergency passed or an alternative plan was developed.

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Tesla is urging the U.S. Appeals Court to reinstate a 2016 Obama regulation that would double penalties for car companies that fail to adopt fuel efficiency requirements.

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Getting a driver's license is one of the biggest rites of passage for 16-year-olds across the country, but can American families afford the expense in 2021?

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Honda is donating its EG2800i portable electrical generators to state and county health departments to provide on-site power to vaccination clinics in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina, where Honda has major operations.

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Allstate expects to drop its auto insurance rates by 3% on average and as much as 7% for some customers, with fewer drivers on roadways during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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In September 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order calling for the end of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicle sales by 2035, and medium and heavy-duty vehicles to have zero emissions by 2045.

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On March 12, a deserving Georgia, VT, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of vehicles to provide independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to Runway Auto and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto BodyCouncil Recycled Rides program.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, today introduced Imron Industrial 2100 HG-C high-gloss clearcoat into its existing high-performance Imron Industrial portfolio in North America.

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Boyd Group Services Inc. on March 24 announced the results for the three- and 12-month periods ended Dec. 31, 2020.

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Robert WimmerToyota’s head of energy and environmental research, testified recently before the U.S. Senate that a big switch to electric vehicles faces hurdles competitors like GM are blatantly ignoring.

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The COVID-19 pandemic may be subsiding, but for many small businesses in Nebraska, a certain amount of uncertainty remains, Bryan Slone, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, told The Center Square.

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez paid a visit to The Boring Company’s Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Loop in Sin City over the weekend of March 20-21.

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State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida’s Middle District Court against At Home Auto Glass LLC, William Camp and Nicholas Alexander.

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The National Auto Body Council announced it is opening the nominations for its 2021 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.

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All Zoomed out on training? We are too, so that’s why we built a whole new conference and expo like no other on a brand new platform.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:38

Limited In-Person CIC to Be Held in April

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The next Collision Industry Conference (CIC) will be held April 21-22 in Phoenix, with a limited number of in-person seats available to active 2021 Gold Pin participants.

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Laramie County (WY) Community College’s decision to deactivate its automotive body repair program is raising concerns with some industry partners, who say it’s one more blow to an industry already struggling to find talent.

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A Russian man, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, pleaded guilty March 18 in the U.S. District Court in Reno, NV, to offering a Tesla employee $1 million to cripple the EV company’s battery plant in Nevada and steal trade secrets, the AP reported.