It’s got to sting a little for an insurance lawyer when an appellate ruling begins like this.

AutoNation, the country’s largest automobile retailer, is putting out a nationwide call to hire more than 500 service technicians for its service and collision centers.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:47

Speakers at Southern CAA Meeting Discuss “The New Battleground”

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Several prominent industry members took the podium on May 2 to educate the southern California Autobody Association (CAA) attendees on the importance of implementing OEM standards—the latest vehicle technology from manufacturers—and I-CAR updates that prepare technicians for the future.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is investigating a Lakewood, CO, auto body shop after a customer said the shop not only did not finish repairs on his car, but the business owner took parts from it.

It’s the end of an era for Volkswagen Beetle fans.

The four-year legal battle between a Vermont auto repair shop and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide) has come to an end.

A career and technical student in West Virginia won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY, on June 26-27.

The automotive refinish training facility at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Greensboro, N.C., has impressed many as it continues to be a preferred venue for industry-related educational courses and events held throughout the year.

Fix Auto USA continues to expand rapidly with the addition of Fix Auto Vancouver North (Vancouver, WA), which is locally owned and operated by Franchise Partner Andrey Stefanco.

To state the obvious: The future of autonomous vehicle regulation is fluid. At present, the federal government regulates the vehicle itself—its construction, composition and reliability, while state governments regulate driver competence.

Bitmo, a mobile gifting and payment platform that is transforming the $160 billion gift card industry, has partnered with peer-to-peer safety platform Carma Project to deliver an innovative incentive-based program designed exclusively for accelerating consumer response to automotive recalls.

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, is pleased to announce their agreement to be the exclusive distributor for US Autocure.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, unveiled today a spectrum of automotive colors designed for the future of automobiles in its 2019 Automotive Color Trend Report: Color Combo.

Ensuring that the next generation of collision repair professionals is receiving the proper training in up-to-date facilities with modern equipment and tools is vital to the industry’s future success.

"Electric vehicles represent the future of mobility," said Daniel Barel, CEO, and co-founder of REE, a company that is rebuilding the way vehicles are made.

The BMW Group announced on July 8, 2019, the successful completion of a collaborative project with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Something positive is happening at an auto body shop in Frayser, TN.

California experienced two earthquakes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The results of the final two phases of the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project were released by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) on Wednesday, May 29.

The Brooke County Board of Education’s transportation department will see some changes to some of its fleet in the new school year.

A coalition of independent repair shops is reigniting the “right to repair” campaign in hopes that state policymakers will update the 2013 law to provide the same information to diagnostic data as the manufacturers give authorized dealerships.

Nevada has become the first state to ban employers from refusing to hire those who fail a marijuana test.

Four Bucks County residents who filed fraudulent claims seeking reimbursement for damage to vehicles that did not occur have pleaded guilty to insurance fraud charges, authorities with the Bucks County District Attorney's office said.

An Alabama Ford dealership ran a 'Merica-friendly promotion, offering a free American flag, Bible and shotgun with every vehicle purchase, which grew so popular that naturally, Ford HQ had to shut that down.

Car horns were honking and plastic buckets were converted into makeshift drums as Longwood Avenue and Southern Boulevard residents rallied to protest the area’s proposed rezoning outside of Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School at 1021 Jennings Street in The Bronx, NY, on Thursday, June 13.

Independence Day has arrived, and in Pittsfield, MA, the holiday begins with the traditional Fourth of July Parade.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:09

PPG Joins I-CAR Sustaining Partner Program

PPG is proud to announce that it has joined the recently formed I-CAR® Sustaining Partner™ program.

Exercising her veto power for the first time this year, Gov. Gina Raimondo has nixed a bill pushed by the auto-body industry to create a right to sue auto insurers under terms where the insurers could be slapped with triple damages if they declare a vehicle a “total loss” instead of paying for repairs.

Tesla might easily be considered as a young, upstart electric car maker, but the company is actually being led by the car industry’s most tenured CEO today.

The state’s highest court has sided with a Vermont auto repair shop in its latest legal challenge to a national insurance company over claims the firm failed to pay enough to cover needed repairs to vehicles that had been in collisions.

A new law in Louisiana aims to ensure that auto insurance policyholders have the option to choose a particular motor vehicle repair shop.

A federal jury has found Dion Gregory Fisher (33, formerly of Seminole, FL) guilty of conspiring to manufacture and distribute fentanyl and fentanyl analogue, and money laundering.

If you drive through the intersection where Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard meets Ninth Avenue South East you may have noticed the lot being cleared of trees next to K&M Collision auto body shop.

Terrance Jones didn’t have any automotive experience when he entered Washington State Penitentiary, let alone a skill or trade.

Two years ago, the Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA) asked Dr. Ricki Garrett, Ph.D., to assume the role of executive director so the current director, John Morgan Hughes, could focus on lobbying efforts for the association.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 17:23

Kelly Hall Joins Autobody News

Autobody News is excited to introduce you to our newest Regional Sales Manager, Kelly Hall.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 15:44

New Date for Geico Fraud Response

Government Employees Insurance Company (Geico) initially opposed the request by Advantage Auto Glass, LLC, (AAG) and its owner, Jeremy Solheim’s for additional time to respond to its complaint.

Visit Sullivan Honda any weekday and you’re likely to find customers in the salesroom or in the lot, perusing a wide variety of cars.

Los Angeles firefighters responded to a report of a burning auto at a Mission Hills, CA, body shop early on Wednesday, June 26, only to find the flaming vehicle behind a locked security gate.

Attorney Erica Eversman is well-known in the collision repair world for her work geared at educating shops about proper documentation as well as their responsibilities to the vehicle owners whose cars they repair.


In the two-hour season premiere of "Fast N’ Loud," Richard Rawlings and the Monkeys are handed a huge challenge when Chad McQueen asks them to take a 1968 Fastback Mustang, and turn it into the iconic muscle car for a re-creation of Hollywood's most famous movie car chase.

CARSTAR, North America’s leading provider of premier collision repairs, dedicates every June to fundraising for cystic fibrosis research, advocacy and care, but reached new heights with its 2019 funds raised to over $100,000.

Over the past few months, Collision Advice’s Mike Anderson has been contacted by over a dozen shops regarding a computer ransom scheme where body shops’ computers and IT systems are hijacked and held for ransom.

On June 20-21, CAWA hosted its Summer Educational Forum and Leadership Meeting at the Kimpton Goodland Boutique Hotel in Goleta, CA.

Friday, 05 July 2019 21:29

ASA-OH Creates Legal Referral Program

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ASA-OH recently announced its new legal referral program.

See below for a list of regional automotive association events coming up in August.

Held earlier this year, the 10th Annual Atlanta I-CAR Committee Golf Tournament was a huge success.

Body shop associations and automakers increased efforts this year to get state legislation that would mandate the use of OEM repair procedures for collision repair claims.

Have a car that is under eight years old?

World-famous American Auto Executive, Lee Iacocca, passed away in his Bel Air home in California due to complications with Parkinson's, according to his daughter Lia Iacocca Assad.

Cats, as we know, can be a little persnickety, but felines from all over the North Bay Area would have undoubtedly purred when they saw a cat tower created out of a children’s toy vehicle by Regal Collision and their crew in Vallejo, CA, for a pet fundraiser.

On June 12, AkzoNobel conducted a three-day Sikkens Autowave training seminar at Contra Costa College (CCC) in San Pablo, CA.

Nick Schoolcraft, president of Phoenix Solutions Group (PSG), works with hundreds of body shops to set them up for success when it comes to both their digital and customer marketing.

Dan Boyler is a former technician and now a collision repair instructor at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES in Spencerport, NY.

On June 23-25, Women in Automotive (WIA) held its 5th Annual Summer Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 20:06

Boyd Group Income Fund Reports Cyber-Attack

Owners of Boyd Group Income Fund (the Boyd Group), detected a ransomware attack on a subset of its information technology systems in late June.

 

In the U.S., the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) attributes approximately 25 percent of all collision deaths to side-impact accidents.

On June 13, the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) hosted a regional Meet-up in Philadelphia, PA.

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