With the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show opening at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5, attendees began to arrive today in Las Vegas for the big event.

Hilliard L. Gibbs Sr. will celebrate his 90th birthday in a novel way that pays tribute to his contributions to the community.

In a recent issue of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement (AGRR) magazine, we looked at how auto glass companies should start preparing today for the mobility changes of tomorrow.

With nearly 500,000 plug-in electric vehicles now sold, Tesla has more such vehicles on the road in the United States than Chevrolet and Nissan combined.

Polls show women are intimidated when they have to bring their vehicles into shops for repairs; but, by empowering them through a series of classes held at shops nationwide, women are no longer scared to enter a body shop.

Monday, 04 November 2019 16:53

New CarCapsule Product Debut at SEMA

Catch the New CF1 by CarCapsule debut at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 through Nov. 8.

Monday, 04 November 2019 15:50

On the Lighter Side: 36 Chevy Corvettes in Ultimate Barn Find

Written by Steven Symes, motorious.com

 

People have been amazed at the story of how 36 Chevrolet Corvettes, one from the 1953 to 1989 model years, were discovered hidden away in New York City.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Long Island Autobody Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held its October General Meeting at Eagle Chevrolet in Riverhead, NY.

“It is my belief that every aspect of the automotive industry value-chain will be disrupted in some way, shape or form. I also believe there will be a small percentage of existing businesses that will figure out how to be a disruptor, a large percentage of existing business that will be disrupted, and last but not least, there will be new companies that enter the automotive market as disruptors,” wrote industry leader Frank Terlep near the opening of his new book, Auto Industry Disruption – Who and What is Being Disrupted, and What To Do About it.

From the start of the “modern” collision shop in the late 1940s up through the 1970s, body shops, as a business, were fairly crude by most standards.

Friday, 01 November 2019 20:09

Street Outlaws: SEMA/ No Prep Kings

 

Discovery channel will go live from SEMA on Monday, Nov. 4 during a supersized episode of Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings.

Auto Glass America, LLC (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly filed a response to Allstate’s complaint and a counterclaim, and is demanding a trial by jury.

City Councilmember Gene Masuda can add another name to the list of challengers for his District Four seat in the upcoming March 2020 elections.

Tesla will be making its presence known at the upcoming 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, with the electric car maker scheduled to offer test drives for its lineup of vehicles to interested participants of the event.

A family-owned and operated dealership focused on new and used vehicle sales and automotive service, Brooklyn Mitsubishi, launched its efforts this month to spread awareness and raise funds for the fight against cancer.

The Latin Tyre Expo 11th edition and the Latin Auto Parts Expo 7th editions will be held on July 14-17, 2020 at the all-new Amador Convention Center in Panama City, the Republic of Panama, where you will learn how you can increase your company sales in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Maureen LaFontaine of Highland Township, MI, matriarch of a metro Detroit auto empire, died Monday, Oct. 28.

SEM Products releases innovative, 50 state-compliant, 2K Urethane Chip Guard for replicating OE textured chip guards on lower vehicle panels.

Pro Spot is adding more specials and promotions just in time for the SEMA Show.

A second round of scholarships will be awarded this year for 50 students to train for automotive manufacturing careers at Alabama’s community colleges.

Cummins Inc. unveiled its latest innovation, a heavy-duty truck with fuel cell and battery electric power.

 

Tesla rebuilder and the man behind Electrified Garage, Rich Rebuilds, recently shared the story of how a totaled Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive was rebuilt for a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle with relatively minor repairs.

Service King Collision partnered with GEICO and local charity, Volunteers of America, Northern California and Northern Nevada (VOANCNN), to donate two vehicles benefitting two local veterans through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.

On Oct.18-19, the Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) hosted its 2019 Annual Education Day at the SW Holiday Inn in Lincoln, NE.

Ford Motor Co. plans to roll out the next generation of its Sync infotainment system in new vehicles starting in 2020, which the automaker says will unlock an array of new abilities in its vehicles.

Online registration for the 2019 MSO Symposium, taking place on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay ends Friday, Nov. 1.

Several months in the making, a new auto-body repair and paint shop is opening on the south side of Lakeview, OR.

The owner of a parcel that might contain his new paint and body repair shop says he’s willing to talk with residents who fear his business will produce noise and pollution and decrease their property values.

Most young men develop a love of the automobile at some point in their youth.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC CEO Sherif Marakby announced that Austin, Texas, will become the third market in which the automaker will test self-driving vehicles on public roads.

The CARSTAR Colorado Business Group is helping address the collision repair technician shortage the industry faces through a new partnership with Aims Community College, Automotive & Technology Center, Northern Colorado’s premier Collision Repair and Refinishing School.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 18:00

Wet Finishes and Ugly Ape Body Shop in KY Merge

Wet Finishes and Ugly Ape Auto Body recently announced their merger, which became official in late 2018.

The current political climate in the United States is a bit tense.

On Oct. 16, ASA’s Webinar Wednesday focused on “Countering the Dealership Overtime Exemption,” which was presented by ASA’s Wage and Hour Attorney Brian Farrington of Cowles & Thompson in Dallas.

At SEMA next week, Polyvance will display its latest product to help body shops repair today’s large, multi-piece plastic bumpers – the 6076 Bumper Stabilizer.

On Oct. 18, Kukui Corporation’s Jimmy Lea hosted a webinar entitled “The Driving Force – Women in the Automotive Industry” where he was joined by six automotive industry experts who happen to be women as they discussed their careers and their vision of the future.

Self-driving cars will have a huge positive impact on the environment but if you think it's going to solve the problem of traffic, think again.

Imagine driverless long-haul heavy-duty commercial trucks passing you on the highway. What would you think?

Anxious car dealers and impatient customers are caught in the aftermath of the 40-day UAW strike against General Motors (GM) that ended on Friday, Oct. 25.

Nagy’s Collision Centers has sold all ten of its Ohio locations to Caliber Collision, a nationwide company with more than 1,000 auto shops.

A Grand Traverse County, MI, body shop is still open despite a minivan smashing into its building.

An undercover inspection that began in 2016 revealed that Service King Paint & Body facilities in San Diego and across California were illegally disposing hazardous waste generated during auto body repair operations.

Christine Powell has become the lead plaintiff in a class action complaint in New Jersey against Subaru of America (Subaru) alleging the carmaker was “manufacturing, marketing and selling new vehicles with defective and dangerous windshields that were spontaneously and/or unreasonably cracking, chipping and otherwise breaking.”

Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA, hosted a Transportation Career Fair on Oct. 22 that was sponsored by the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 16:39

Aaron Clark Joins AirPro Diagnostics

AirPro Diagnostics, LLC is pleased to announce that Aaron Clark has accepted the position of Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the company.

A man has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for the 2017 fatal shooting of an auto body shop worker in Canarsie, the Brooklyn, NY, district attorney said.

On Oct. 17, ASA North Texas met at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill in Irving, Texas, for its monthly meeting.

On Sept. 28, AASP/MA hosted its Annual Fall Meeting at Supercharged Entertainment in Wrentham, MA.

Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host its annual open house from noon to 3 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Westford, MA.

The longest nationwide strike against General Motors Co. (GM) in nearly 50 years ended on Friday, Oct. 25, when a majority of members ratified a new four-year deal with General Motors Co. and the union turned its attention to Ford Motor Co.

Hyundai is the latest automaker to pursue the lofty dream of the flying car.

Five public high school automotive teachers—Ken Cox and Dennis Johnson of California, David Lilly of New Hampshire, Joel Massarello of Michigan and Baxter Weed of Vermont—are among the 18 winners of the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, the highest number of automotive winners of the prize in its three-year history.

Danielle Pisarcick of Homer City, PA, was the lucky winner of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club’s 2019 raffle benefiting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Automotive Restoration Scholarship Fund.

Friday, 25 October 2019 18:39

On the Lighter Side: The Ten Weirdest Cars in the World’s Most Bizarre Car Collection

Written by Andrew Ganz, motor1.com

An automotive supplier – especially one tucked away in a small industrial city in southern Austria – is an unlikely steward for a car collection this diverse.

Richard Campfield, Ultra Bond owner and president, filed a motion in Ohio’s federal court seeking a summary judgement in certain aspects of Ultra Bond’s Lanham Act claim and Safelite’s counterclaim in its lawsuit against Safelite Group, Inc., Safelite Solutions LLC, and Safelite Fulfillment, Inc. (Safelite).

Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemed pumped up for the reveal of the Tesla pickup truck.

The need for vehicle seat calibrations isn’t new. Many years ago, Will Latuff of Latuff Brothers Auto Body in Minnesota forwarded me information pertaining to a seat calibration needed on a Honda.

On Oct. 8, Triangle Chapter members of the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) gathered at the CARQUEST Training Institute’s Research Center in Raleigh, NC, for a tour and to learn more about the facility’s offerings.

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