Bob Redding serves as the industry’s eyes, ears and voice in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, 05 March 2020 23:38

Chevrolet Ends Impala Production

We knew it was coming but now that it’s here the news is still tough: the Chevy Impala is officially dead.

Thursday, 05 March 2020 23:28

Tornado Impacts Carlex Auto Glass Plant

The Nashville auto glass industry is still feeling the impact of the tornado that swept through Nashville, TN, very early in the morning March 3. 

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN®) will host its 2020 Educational Conference, “Driving the Future,” May 3 through May 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, CA.

The Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA) will hold its Bi-Annual Rocky Mountain Trade Show and Educational Conference, April 3-4 at the Billings Hotel and Conference Center in Billings, MT. 

The Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) will host its Second Annual Carolinas Educational Collision Conference (CECC), April 30 through May 2 at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, SC. 

Position your business for growth. The 2020 HD Repair Forum has added new partners to network with and help grow your business.

In an industry that has been predominately male, Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, has seen many women with the desire to be independent business owners become successful entrepreneurs within its network of more than 500 independently owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada.

The Oklahoma City Auto Show will include a career fair that will offer opportunities to hundreds of Oklahoma students.

A Toyota fuel pump recall is expanded to include nearly 2 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, an expansion of a fuel pump recall issued in January.

In light of the devastating and deadly tornadoes that hit Tennessee on March 3, the auction community in the Nashville area was assessing the impact.

This time of year, we talk about how close the Geneva Motor Show is. But with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, organizers have canceled the auto show for 2020.

The 43rd Annual NORTHEAST 2020 Automotive Services Show will proceed as planned, March 20 through March 22, organizers announced March 4 in a news release.

Mingo Central High School in Delbarton, WV, announced this past week on its Facebook page that the automotive shop in the Career and Technical Education portion of the school is now certified as an official West Virginia vehicle inspection station.

Congratulations to the following Vantage Career Center students who placed in the top three in their category at the 2019-20 SkillsUSA Regional Championships, held Feb. 14 at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio:

General Motors is making electric vehicle charging for employees even more accessible with the addition of 3,500 new EV charging plugs throughout its U.S. and Canadian facilities. 

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 22:17

Techs of Tomorrow: 16-Year-Old Texas Student Views Collision Repair as Art Form

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Ivan Reyes took his first collision repair class in 2018 during his freshman year at Kingwood Park High School in Kingwood, TX. Reyes said he wanted a different perspective on the automotive industry and believed that instructor Jeff Wilson’s course would offer that. 

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 21:10

Mike’s Auto Body Adds Pleasanton Location

By adding new locations strategically to cover more of northern California’s East Bay, Mike’s Auto Body has grown steadily since opening its doors 44 years ago.

All of the effort, time and money invested into this year’s Geneva International Motor Show have ultimately been in vain, as it has officially been canceled by the organizers amid the increasingly worrying coronavirus outbreak.

Sewell Auto Tech officially opened its doors Feb. 27 in Odessa, TX.

Young auto mechanics took part in a competition at the Milwaukee International Auto Show
In a Facebook post shared March 2, Rogers Toyota of Lewiston, ID, announced they have donated $6,000 to the Lewis-Clark State Auto Mechanics Technology and Collision Repair programs. 

Tesla Model S and Model X owners on the first-generation Media Control Unit (MCU1) can now upgrade to MCU2 hardware through a new Infotainment Upgrade offering.

The legal showdown between the plaintiff, Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and the defendants, Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, marches forward.

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 18:42

Arizona House Bill Held in Committee

An Arizona bill impacting assignment of benefits (AOB) was held in committee during a House meeting at the end of February. 

DCR Systems has introduced an innovative new product for the collision repair industry--the DCR Systems Inventory Table. 
Electric vehicle startup Rivian could face a legal fight similar to what Tesla faced across the country. 
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 17:10

Finally, the Iconic DeLorean DMC-12 Will Be Back in Production

Written by By  Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

Hopefully, you'll soon be able to see DeLorean DMC-12s rolling down the streets, just like any other car. 

Evercoat, the #1 professional brand of body filler and putty in North America announces new branding for its most popular body filler and putty products.

Monday, 02 March 2020 23:35

ADAS for Off-Roaders

Recently, I purchased a 2020 Jeep Wrangler 4WD, and it came with, among other things, an epiphany---at no additional charge, mind you. 

CIECA announced its 12th annual conference, CONNEX 2020, will be held this year from Sept. 14-16 in Charlotte, NC. 

Podium, the leading interaction management platform for local businesses, announced the addition of Payments to its existing suite of interaction management tools, allowing local businesses to utilize text messaging to securely take payment directly from the Podium platform.

The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is excited to offer a plethora of educational opportunities at its 40th Annual Meeting and Convention, April 28 through May 1, at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, CA. 

The Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA) on Feb. 19 hosted a Lunch and Learn event at NATA’s office in Portland, OR.

The Virginia Automotive Association (VAA) will host its 2020 Convention and Trade Expo on April 24-26 at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. 

The Knoxville I-CAR Committee held a meeting Feb. 19 at Enterprise Holdings in Knoxville, TN, predominantly focused on the upcoming Knoxville I-CAR Committee’s Annual Golf Tournament, to benefit the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF.)

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota is pleased to announce its annual meeting and leadership conference, to be held April 23 at Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast.  

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) reiterated it is offering free retirement savings plan consultations to collision repair industry businesses in partnership with Virginia Asset Management, during a Feb. 26 webinar entitled “SCRS 401(k) Plan: Everything You Need to Know about Switching from an Existing Plan.”
A scholarship for those pursuing work in the auto body field was created in honor of Roger Brown and his retirement after 45 years of service to the body shop at McClinton Chevrolet in Parkersburg, WV.
Friday, 28 February 2020 20:47

CIECA Hiring Technical Project Coordinator

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA), a non-profit organization that develops and promotes electronic communication standards for the automobile collision industry, is looking to fill the position of technical project coordinator.    

A developer of a new app in Canada says he wants to make autobody repairs easier and cheaper for drivers---and take on dishonest body shops in the process.

The HD Repair Forum's annual two-day event will cover several important topics that impact your business everyday.

Steve Beck will have a significant presence at this years’ HD Repair Forum, March 24 and 25 in Fort Worth, TX.

North America’s largest premier network of independently owned and operated collision repair facilities, CARSTAR, gave away free repairs in February.

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, announced the opening of a new ground-up Maaco Collision and Auto Painting center in Tupelo, MS, owned by franchisees Tony Knight and Kenneth Greer.
CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Precision Collision Auto Body, located at 13928 233rd St., Cold Spring, MN.
CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, foresees a resurgence of collision repair facilities based in auto dealerships throughout the U.S. and Canada, following the 2020 NADA Show in Las Vegas.
Brian McDonnell, a collision instructor at the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Cooper Education Center in Painted Post, NY, has been named the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Instructor of the Year.

Nationwide, along with Toyota, Ford and Lincoln, recently announced partnerships to offer customers insurance options at a potential large discount, based on data collected by their connected vehicles about their driving habits.

Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:03

Street Outlaws: NOLA vs. DET

On the next "Street Outlaws," teams NOLA and Detroit move into the second round of the final battle to see who will race Memphis for $100,000.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 23:28

Automating Claims for Drivers and Insurers

At this point in time, it has become accepted that automation is either on its way to your industry or has already arrived.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 23:05

Steele Auto Group Expands into the U.S.

Steele Auto Group has announced the acquisition of its first U.S. dealership, Luling Chevrolet Buick GMC in Luling, TX.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed two executive directives to help strengthen the state’s auto industry as of Feb. 25.

A deadly 2018 Tesla Model X crash in the area of U.S. 101 and State Route 85 in California was caused by the driver, Tesla's Autopilot system, inaction by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and inaction by officials in California.

Will towing significantly reduce the range of the Tesla Cybertruck, Hummer electric pickup, Rivian R1T, Nikola Badger or any of the other upcoming electric pickup trucks from the likes of FordGeneral Motors, Bollinger and others?

The SEMA Battle of the Builders Young Guns Regional Competition makes its 2020 debut at the Heat Wave Spring Break Jam, March 7-8, in South Padre Island, TX.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, showcased its Standoblue® and Cromax Pro® waterborne automotive refinishing products for customers in Mexico at Expo CESVI on February 24, 2020.

For the sixth consecutive year, Garage Gurus, the industry-leading training and support platform from DRiV, will award up to $30,000 in scholarships to future automotive technicians who are accepted or currently enrolled in accredited, U.S.-based automotive technical schools, colleges and universities, or enrolled full-time at a U.S. high school.  

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