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Dana W. White, chief communications officer, Hyundai Motor North America, has been named to the Women in Automotive board.

Five years after turning its ignition, Kansas City-revved BacklotCars is being acquired in a historic $425 million deal.

To help career technical students in Cullman County, AL, get a head start in learning the latest trends in automotive technology, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International has donated a new car to the Cullman Area Technology Academy.

Inside EVsKyle Conner was all out of sorts this weekend, and rightfully so, as he ranted about the public charging situation near his home.

Branden Flasch made this video in July, and he was already impressed with the progress Lucid had made in getting its Casa Grande, AZ, factory ready.

On Aug. 25, a deserving Dallas veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor Farmers Insurance® and vehicle repair partner DFW Collision of Arlington, a Berkshire Hathaway Automotive company.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 23:12

Vacaville Fire Consumes House, 3 Classic Cars

Once again California is being consumed by fire, causing substantial property loss and unfortunately some deaths.

Just like when your mom kept telling you to close the refrigerator door or not track mud in the house, we keep telling readers car thefts have spiked since the coronavirus lockdowns and they’re only going to get worse.

Ford Motor Credit Company has a message for customers recovering from the California fires, Iowa derecho or Hurricane Laura: We’re here to help.

Nikola Corporation and General Motors Co. on Sept. 8 announced a strategic partnership that begins with the Nikola Badger and carries cost reductions through Nikola’s programs, including Nikola Badger, Nikola Tre, Nikola One, Nikola Two and NZT.

Mike Anderson of Collision Advice recently explained how to turn eight common collision shop owner mistakes into life lessons to benefit their businesses.

Progressive Corp. took over the No. 2 spot in the U.S. private auto insurance marketplace during the second quarter, overtaking, at least for now, rival GEICO Corp. due in part to the way the companies discounted premiums as pandemic lockdowns idled motorists.

Although in-person meetings are on hiatus due to the threat of COVID-19, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) has not allowed the chaos of 2020 to prevent them from inspiring and enlightening members.

Avis Budget Car Rental is extending furloughs for more than 100 employees in Ohio because of the coronavirus pandemic, Cleveland.com reports.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 21:21

Wholesale Vehicle Prices Continue Record Streak

Wholesale vehicle prices are on quite a hot streak.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 17:32

Are You Defending Your Good Name Online?

Your reputation online is always important, but during the pandemic it’s more vital than ever.

On Aug. 28, representatives from the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) joined Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer, R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean, Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick, R-Morris, Somerset and Union, and representatives from the Insurance Council of New Jersey for a special virtual meeting to discuss a host of issues between the collision repair and automotive insurance industries.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 16:23

KIA HECU Recall Issued Following Engine Fires

A KIA HECU (hydraulic electronic control unit) recall has been issued for more than 440,000 Optima and Sorento vehicles in the U.S. after eight fire-related complaints.

Glasurit, the premium refinish paint brand of BASF, introduces its most advanced waterborne basecoat system – 100 Line. Focusing on a new standard of sustainability, process efficiency and highest product quality, the new line meets the highest requirements of modern body shops.

Friday, 04 September 2020 20:39

Is Your Shop Ready for A Riot?

We have all heard about the rioting going on across the country. For months, at least a dozen cities have experienced businesses being burned, looted and extensively damaged.

California Autobody Association (CAA) Executive Director Rick Johnson thought he had seen it all during his 40-plus years in the industry---until now.

Group 1 Automotive, Inc., an international, Fortune 500 automotive retailer, announced Sept. 2 it has completed the redemption of all of its outstanding 5% senior notes due 2022.

Friday, 04 September 2020 17:24

Chuck Searles Joins AMi as New President

The Board of Trustees at the Automotive Management Institute, the industry’s leading provider of management education for automotive service and collision repair professionals, is pleased to announce Chuck Searles has been selected as the organization’s new president, effective immediately.

A 38-year ride for Dick’s Auto Repair in Orange, MA, is coming to an end this month, as owner Richard Noel plans to close up shop on Sept. 25.

Licari Auto Body Supply in High Ridge, MO, like almost all businesses, was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but in an unexpected way.

It's going to take at least two years for auto manufacturers to restore the sales and production numbers seen before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, an industry expert told Michigan lawmakers in Lansing on Sept. 2.

Friday, 04 September 2020 15:47

How August Used-Car Sales Wrapped the Month

Though with gains not as strong as those from earlier in the month, August closed on a high note for the used-car operations of franchised dealers, as their pre-owned the last full week of the month beat pre-virus forecasts by 1%.

Thursday, 03 September 2020 22:48

Lithia Acquires Six More Houston-Area Dealerships

Lithia Motors, Inc. announced Sept. 1 the purchase of the remaining six John Eagle dealerships located in Houston, TX.

AutoNation, America's largest and most recognized automotive retailer, announced Sept. 1 it is donating $25,000 to the American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF), a national 501(c)3 charity dedicated to providing educational resources, access and financial assistance to aid in the early detection, treatment and survival of breast cancer for underserved and uninsured individuals, regardless of age or gender.

Thursday, 03 September 2020 20:11

On the Lighter Side: Factory Five ‘33 Ford Hot Rod Proves Kit Cars Can Kill It

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

This is the ultimate built-not-bought hotrod…

Tom & Ed’s Autobody, a family-owned business since 1983, currently has locations in Northwest Indiana including Schererville, Merrillville, Crown Point, Burns Harbor and Cedar Lake.

Auto glass businesses in Lake Charles, LA, along with many other areas were impacted by Hurricane Laura.

Tesla’s widespread Supercharger Network is getting a boost from a large national retailer in the U.S.

A Las Vegas man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 2 and charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS for allegedly falsifying tax returns for several local auto body shops, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

General Motors and Honda on Sept. 3 announced they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding following extensive preliminary discussions toward establishing a North American automotive alliance.

Ernst & Young LLP announced Mike Black, president and CEO of Dent Wizard International, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Heartland Award finalist.

With summer winding down and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., set to resume COVID-19 economic stimulus talks, businesses in Texas are hoping the next round of relief can be resolved quickly.

To keep vulnerable seniors out of crowded lines, Gov. Doug Ducey has tacked on an additional year to Arizona drivers' licenses that expire this year.

The Ohio House on Sept. 2 signed off on legislation giving businesses, schools and workers liability protections from COVID-19 lawsuits.

The next phase in the evolution of auto insurance claims will be heavily influenced by two key elements---telematics and vehicle build data.

For many months prior to March, the collision repair industry had been preoccupied with ADAS systems and autonomous cars and trucks and their effect on the collision repair business.

Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, awarded more than $100,000 in scholarship funding and starter tool sets in 2020.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 23:00

FinishMaster Founder Jim White Dies

On Aug. 28, with heartfelt sadness, FinishMaster announced the loss of Jim White, beloved founder.

Collision industry trainer, mentor and Hall of Eagles member Toby Chess is among the many Americans suffering severe kidney disease, undergoing dialysis and in need of an organ from a living or deceased donor.

In these turbulent times of coronavirus lockdowns, riots and increasing vehicle theft the scammers aren’t taking it easy.

The COVID-19 outbreak has been canceling or postponing auto shows left and right, and it seems the Los Angeles Auto Show is no exception.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 21:23

Clean Car Advocates Push for Emissions Rules

A coalition of advocates promoting more energy efficient vehicles in Minnesota is gearing up for a statewide campaign to support motor vehicle emission regulations.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Aug. 27 announced the launch of a redesigned mobile app, SaferCar, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with an emphasis on safety and convenience for the public.  

Audi employees from Neckarsulm will be temporarily working for Porsche at the Zuffenhausen plant making Taycans.

Shift Technology, a provider of AI–native fraud detection and claims automation solutions for the global insurance industry, and Central Insurance announced Sept. 1 that Shift will support Central Insurance's fraud detection and subrogation initiatives.

A North Ridgeville, OH, car repair shop looks to set itself apart with a combination of quality repairs and a people-first mentality.

Registration is now open for the Virtual AAPEX Experience, where at no cost, automotive service and repair professionals can sharpen their skills with technical and management training, watch new product and equipment demos and conduct business with exhibitors during pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings.

The rate at which glass shops are receiving wrong glass parts seems to be on the rise, an AGRR Magazine survey shows.

Ken Kaplan, owner of Kaplan Cycles is a tough, motorcycle-flipping American hero with an immense passion for vintage bikes who is determined to make his business a motorcycle mecca one bike at a time.

Over $1 billion in emergency coronavirus aid relief went to companies who “double dipped” and received multiple Paycheck Protection Program loans, in violation of the program’s rules, according to a preliminary analysis released by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

General Motors is converting 100 temporary workers at its midsize truck plant in Missouri to permanent jobs as the automaker ramps up production at the facility.

Four auto industry leaders, representing different segments of the retail car business, have teamed up to create the Women of Color Automotive Network.

AutoNation, Inc., America's largest and most recognized automotive retailer, announced it will offer teachers coast to coast, free vehicle sanitization, every Tuesday, Aug. 25 through Sept. 29.

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