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The automotive industry has evolved within the last few decades and some experts have taken a look at how COVID-19 has taken a toll on the industry.

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Over the last several months with multiple industry events going on, one of the biggest splashes was the premiere of the ADAS Documentation of Best Practices video at the most recent virtual Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting.

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Federal data shows pandemic restrictions forced three in 10 businesses statewide to close, at least temporarily, ranking Pennsylvania second only to Michigan in terms of economic lockdown impacts. 

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The Minnesota Senate has approved a $216 million emergency relief bill to assist the state’s small businesses struggling during Gov. Tim Walz’s COVID-19 shutdowns.

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Some two-thirds of small business owners say more federal relief funds are needed for them to be successful in the coming year during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to the fourth quarter Small Business Index survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Distribution of a new COVID-19 vaccine is now underway after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Dec. 11 granted emergency use authorization for the serum.

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Online retailer Carvana on Dec. 11 launched its as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery in Pine Bluff, AR, marking its third Arkansas launch in a single week.

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Here’s potentially a positive record on pace to be set during this tumultuous year.

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“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”

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A Nissan Sentra Takata airbag recall has been issued for more than 4,500 model year 2002-2006 Sentra cars with passenger airbags that were previously inspected.

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Whether they are teaching online or in a room of socially distanced kids, teachers still need essential supplies to empower and excite their students.

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2020 has been a year no one saw coming. COVID-19 has wrought economic, political and emotional chaos, testing the limits of individuals, families, health care systems and whole sectors of societies.

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Toyota endeavors to help address major environmental issues facing the global community, such as climate change, water scarcity, resource depletion and habitat loss.

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There is arguably no other vehicle ownership culture that is as unique and vibrant as Jeep ownership, or to be more precise Jeep Wrangler ownership.

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Scholarships from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) and more than 40 aftermarket industry organizations are consolidated and more easily accessed at Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central, supported by UAF.

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There is a big misconception that odometer fraud disappeared with digital odometers, but that's not so.

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Mondofix Inc. (Fix Network World), a global automotive aftermarket services network, has appointed Scott Bridges as vice president of sales for its national collision and glass business in the U.S.

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For the first time in 22 years of gifting rehabbed cars to needy moms, Bates Collision Centers in Texas will present keys to a young father whose daughter is enrolled in Harris County Department of Education Head Start.

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The Ford F-150 arrived in dealerships nationwide the week of Dec. 7, and early sales are indicating that customers can’t wait to start driving the newest version of the F-Series, America’s best-selling truck.

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The City of Sunnyside has installed four new SemaConnect electric vehicle charging stations in Central Washington.

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“If you’re going 30 miles an hour it takes you a little less than a second to look down at your speedometer and come back up and at that speed you go 46 feet in that time frame, which is the length of a semi,” said Bill George, NSG Pilkington business planning director, as he explained the company’s new technology.

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Despite reports of shops closing their doors, industry experts for years have fixed the number of collision repair businesses at between 32,000 and 36,000, Collision Advice CEO Mike Anderson said on a webinar this fall.

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Auto Legends in Meriden, CT, opened its doors Dec. 12, with a grand opening including music, prizes and a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Kevin Scarpati and the Midstate Chamber of Commerce.

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Through recent, current and future initiatives, Service King Collision has shown its continuous commitment to the brave men and women who protect and serve our country.

Monday, 14 December 2020 17:45

Nationwide Launches Partnership Platform

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The world has become increasingly digital, and Nationwide has as well, modernizing its core systems and building digital experiences so it can connect seamlessly with partners and their customers.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, released its 68th annual Global Automotive Color Popularity Report, revealing the most common automotive colors on the road today are white (38%), black (19%) and gray (15%.)

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CCC Information Services Inc., a leading SaaS provider to the insurance and automotive industries, has signed an agreement with PDP Group to digitally connect lenders on the PDP platform to insurers as part of the CCC® Total Loss Care workflow.

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U.S. automobile dealer sentiment dropped in Q4 returning to its pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index (CADSI.)

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This is the final week for collision repair professionals to grade the performance of the insurance companies in their state, with CRASH Network’s “Insurer Repair Card” ending Dec. 18.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation consistently strives to be the industry's leader in bridging the gap between students in school and industry employment.

Friday, 11 December 2020 18:07

CIC Meeting Virtually in January

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Due to the advancements of restrictions from COVID-19, CIC has made the decision to postpone meeting in person and move to its virtual platform for the Jan. 20-21, 2021, meeting.

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The Farmers Exchanges and Farmers Group, Inc. have announced they will jointly acquire MetLife's property and casualty business, MetLife Auto & Home.

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Florida was in the top five nationally in the rate of COVID-19-related workers’ compensation insurance medical claims filed in the first six months of 2020, a report released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) said.

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“You need to take this [factors to consider for ADAS calibrations] seriously and perfect your CRAFFT,” said David DeBoer, Burke Porter Group president and CEO, during an industry meeting.

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Nine people have been accused of committing insurance fraud using auto body shops in southern Westchester and the Bronx in New York.

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Mother-of-four Julisiana Olivarez has been scrambling to maintain a reliable vehicle for six months while juggling children’s medical appointments, getting to and from work, and incurring the cost of taxi and Uber rides.

 

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Farmers Insurance donated a newly refurbished vehicle to local nonprofit The Whole Person during a special ceremony Nov. 11 in Shawnee, KS.

Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:26

Elon Musk Makes Move to Texas Official

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Elon Musk has officially moved to Texas, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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Most of Tesla’s global success is thanks to its world class electric vehicles that it builds, vehicles so good they have forever reshaped the automotive industry.

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Since 2015, Wells Fargo has sponsored the donation of more than 40 payment-free vehicles, valued at more than $1 million, to combat-wounded U.S. veterans, Gold Star families and nonprofit organizations.

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COVID-19 is hitting autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles once again.

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Toyota's next generation fuel cell electric technology is now powering a new set of Class 8 heavy-duty trucks.

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HGreg.com, a technology-first automotive retailer with a strong combination of e-commerce platform, storefronts and fulfilment centers, has completed a major investment to expand its service to customers throughout the West Coast.

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Remember roller coasters? In the “Before COVID” (BC) era, I took my son and his best friend to Kings Dominion in Virginia every summer for a day at the amusement park.

Thursday, 10 December 2020 17:40

Caliber Appoints David Goldstein as COO

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Caliber is pleased to announce David Goldstein, Caliber’s current chief talent officer, has been appointed chief operations officer.

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At Driven Brands Collision Virtual Summit, "UNIT3D," held Dec. 9, top performing franchise partners for ABRA, CARSTAR and Fix Auto USA were honored for their outstanding commitment to providing the highest-quality collision repairs, excellent customer service and ongoing support of their communities.

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The leadership of National Pronto Association and Automotive Distribution Network announced Dec. 9 the merger of the two organizations.

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As part of the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program, Today’s Collision Repair Center recently honored front line health care worker Melody Marshall, RN.

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Colors on Parade, the world’s largest eco-friendly mobile automotive paint and dent repair services franchise, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest franchise unit in Huntsville, AL.

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 23:41

Putting 2020 in the Rearview Mirror---Part 2

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It’s been a long year for everyone, and insurers have been focusing on implementing new technology, serving their policyholders virtually and handling a wide variety of claims under the limitations dictated in part by the pandemic.

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A recent report from South Korea has indicated that LG Energy Solution is currently putting more effort into becoming the main cylindrical battery supplier for American electric car maker Tesla.

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Surveillance video of a Nov. 30 fatal shooting at an Opa-locka, FL, auto body shop shows what appears to be an ambush.

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 21:46

Kia Engine Recall Includes Extended Warranty

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A Kia engine recall has been ordered for more than 294,000 of these vehicles equipped with Theta II and Nu engines at risk of fires.

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A Reading, PA, man filed a claim with his auto insurance carrier about hitting a deer while driving on Route 10 near Morgantown, WV, last winter, a claim that trigged red flags, authorities said.

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Minnesota is getting its first dedicated deer crossing, which should help keep motorists and animals who often cross Highway 14 in Dodge County safer. 

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 20:26

The Realization of Claims Virtualization

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Five years ago, if someone mentioned “claims virtualization,” it most likely referred to an insurance carrier’s mobile application, or possibly just conjured visions of VR goggles used for high-tech simulations.

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Farmers Insurance donated a newly refurbished vehicle to a single mom of three during a special ceremony on Nov. 19 in Overland Park, KS.

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On Nov. 27, a warehouse owned by ProSolar Caribbean in the Virgin Islands was subjected to a rather strange theft.