Ed Attanasio started our "Day Job/Night Job" column here at Autobody News in 2017, writing stories about people in the collision repair industry who have amazing sidelines and second careers as musicians, artists, authors, performers---even a technician with a world-class Frisbee dog.

In the 17 years Irma Corado has run her international package delivery service, she had never asked any government agency for help.

As part of WD-40 Company’s ongoing effort to create homes for deserving individuals and families, WD-40® Brand donated 50 cents to Habitat for Humanity® for every 12 oz. can of WD-40® Smart Straw® sold at participating Lowe’s Home Improvement stores through April. 

Friday, 05 June 2020 19:13

Nissan Altima Hood Latch Recall No. 4

A Nissan Altima hood latch recall for nearly 1.9 million model year 2013-2018 cars has been issued because the secondary hood latches may remain unlatched when the hoods are closed.

General Motors has a plan to take Tesla’s label as the leader of the EV industry away, and it involves taking on a market that the electric car maker has yet to tackle.

Spanesi Americas continues to provide updates to the North American collision repair industry through the Spanesi Cares Business Resources website.

Carma Project on June 4 announced the launch of a program that pays vehicle owners to get their defective Takata airbag replaced.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC) announced the establishment of a new partnership between its Business Consortium Fund (BCF) and Midwest BankCentre to assist certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) with funding access through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP.)  

Bryan Kim’s collision and mechanical repair business, like many others, was struggling this spring as the COVID-19 virus and economic shutdown hit the Catonsville, MD, area.

Shops’ backlog of work dried up this spring, with one national survey of 500 shops finding that even in April, more than three in four could schedule any new work within one week or less.

I-CAR is taking a variety of steps to help the industry at this challenging time, CEO John Van Alstyne said during an online presentation in May.

At Mike’s Auto Body, their motto during this pandemic is “It’s not a slow time…it’s go time!”

The pandemic has impacted tech schools throughout the country as they adapt to a whole new world.

I get a lot of questions from shops regarding billing for the process of researching OEM repair procedures.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his third phase June 3 of reopening Texas businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing virtually all of them to operate at 50% capacity.

The Illinois attorney general’s office has responded to more than 2,000 calls during the pandemic it said were focused on things such as social distancing violations, but a lawyer representing businesses challenging the governor’s executive orders said that goes too far.

Taking an electric ride before the big ride.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extended the state’s disaster declaration for COVID-19 another 90 days as legislation pends to terminate the order and curtail his authority over economic activity across the state. 

A Chester, NY, auto body shop owner says he’s facing death threats after racist remarks and provocative photos were posted to his social media accounts about the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced May 28 he would sign an executive order that gives private businesses the right to deny entrance to anyone who does not wear a face mask.

The ongoing lawsuit between Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and defendants Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, show no signs of slowing down.

Auto Rental News has completed its second survey of independent and franchised operators in the U.S. to understand the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. car rental industry.

A bipartisan bill that would give small business more time to use the funds from Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other updates to the program, was passed by the Senate in a unanimous voice vote the evening of June 3.

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) on June 4 responded to the announcement by Ford Motor Company that the auto manufacturer has terminated its lighting and bumper fascia core recovery program effective June 1.

Thursday, 04 June 2020 17:21

Kinderhook Acquires Original One Parts

Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced June 4 the acquisition of The Original One Auto Parts LLC.

Now that the world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for a couple months, things are slowly starting to reopen, leading people to talk about the new normal and what life will be like post-corona.

A Honda fuel pump recall for nearly 1.4 million vehicles has been issued, which includes more than 136,000 vehicles in the U.S. and more than 10,000 in Canada.

The Automotive Training Institute (ATI) on May 19 shared valuable information related to the current situation and how to survive the pandemic in “Beyond COVID: A 5-Step Rapid Recovery Plan for Auto Shops.”

Government-imposed business shutdowns to stem the spread of coronavirus helped erase nearly 597,000 jobs in the Bay Area during March and April---yet they also helped wipe out vehicle trips and traffic jams in a big way, according to a new economic report released June 2.

Ford Motor Co. has restarted its plants in Mexico after weeks of shutdown due to the coronavirus, it said June 1.

If you haven't gotten a break on your auto insurance, it looks like there's still a refund coming your way. 

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the next several weeks are critical for the automaker to rebuild pickup inventory, keep workers healthy and apply a "laser-like focus on our cost structure.”

If anything good has come from the COVID-19 shutdowns, it's the expanded use of online car auctions to make bidding on your favorite classic even easier, but what you gain in convenience you lose in being able to experience the action in person and see the cars up close and personal.

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 23:06

VA Dealership Damaged in Riots

Adams Motor Company in Lynchburg, VA, fell victim to rioting the night of May 31.

General Motors Co. on June 1 confirmed with its employees that most of the companies' U.S. plants will operate through its usual two weeks of summer downtime.

During ASA’s monthly Webinar Wednesday on May 20, “How the SBA Works for You” was presented by Stefanie Baker Wehagen, national ombudsman and assistant administrator for regulatory enforcement, Office of the National Ombudsman (ONO), U.S. Small Business Administration.

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) reported May 28 that photo estimates and AI-supported claims have expanded at a record pace exceeding double-digit growth since the beginning of the year.

Group 1 Automotive, Inc., an international, Fortune 500 automotive retailer, announced the appointment of Daniel McHenry as chief financial officer effective Aug. 15.

As much of the U.S. convulses in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, it’s some comfort to know property damage caused by rioting, civil commotion and vandalism are covered under standard insurance policies, says Loretta Worters, vice president, media relations for the Insurance Information Institute.

CIECA’s May 21 CIECAst featured Brent Johnson, director of global product management for Chief Collision Technology, part of VSG and Dover, who presented “ADAS Calibrations---Do It Right and Document What You Do.”

The second half of the month of May demonstrated the auto industry is moving toward a smooth recovery, according to the Auto Market Weekly Summary from Cox Automotive.

The Louisiana House of Representatives on May 30 approved a bill proposing several changes to how the state’s legal system handles automobile accident claims.

The uncertainty precipitated by COVID-19 has affected every sector of the economy, including the automotive industry.

A Tesla Supercharger station in Las Vegas, NV, just off of the Strip, became a parking lot for petrol-powered cars.

This spring, as a global pandemic promised historic suffering and economic ruin, Texas officials reached for unfamiliar tools.

Tuesday, 02 June 2020 15:44

Vitro to Close IN Plant

Vitro Automotive Glass (Vitro) has announced it is closing its auto glass manufacturing plant in Evansville, IN, by the end of the year.

Chaos erupted across the Bay Area in California over the weekend as civil unrest over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, turned into widespread looting.

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, is pleased to announce the availability of “Road to Recovery: A Resource Guide to Restarting Your Body Shop.”

Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, is now accepting entries for the 2020 Automotive Communications Awards.

The U.S. auto industry’s coronavirus comeback plan was pretty simple: restart factories gradually and push out trucks and other vehicles for waiting buyers in states left largely untouched by the virus outbreak.

For 18-year old Brandt Riggs of West Virginia, his future path was easy to decide. All he had to do was look at his past.

Volvo has followed through on its plans to introduce a 112 mph (180 km/h) speed limit across its entire model lineup, announcing every one of its vehicles to roll off the production line will now feature this functionality built in.

CIECA announced June 1 that Paul Barry has been named executive director of the organization, effective that day.

As Americans continue to drive significantly less through the coronavirus pandemic, select insurers are extending discounts for auto policyholders through June, while other insurers are promising future rate cuts without addressing near term overcharges faced by existing customers.

Increased demand for products that can improve hygiene has prompted AkzoNobel to accelerate the addition of antimicrobial* properties to its Interpon D1000 and 2000 range of architectural powder coatings.

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN®) hosted a free webinar May 20 for more than two dozen members, featuring Dave Luehr of Elite Body Shop Solutions.

Tesla’s recent price reduction of three of its vehicles will likely encourage consumers to consider an electric car for their next automotive purchase.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to provide companies more flexibility on the use of funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP.)

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