Monday, 13 January 2020 16:23

On the Lighter Side: Led Zeppelin Introduces Hot Wheels Car Collection

Written by Amie Williams,

A new Hot Wheels car collection is hitting the shelves, and it will be perfect for the Led Zeppelin car enthusiast in your life.

Safelite’s second motion to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit in New Jersey District Court has been denied.

Car-O-Liner is pleased to introduce the adapter and software that allows the A-Tong to be connected to the CTR9.

If you have a few dollars burning a hole in your pocket and want to acquire a showstopping vehicle while raising funds for a worthy cause, read on.

Adam Koster officially became the owner of Paullina Body Shop on Jan. 1, 2020.

Bert Lener, the owner of Bert’s Auto Body & Glass, has been doing auto body work since 1992.

Mitchell has donated more than $3,400,000 worth of its Mitchell Cloud Estimating solution to dozens of US collision repair and technical schools.

A Subaru Takata airbag inflator recall has been issued for nearly 498,000 of these vehicles to replace the passenger frontal airbag inflators.

Tesla fans and future owners of the Model Y cannot help but think about how the upcoming all-electric crossover compares in size versus the flagship Model X SUV and the mass-produced Model 3 sedan.

More than 100 ASE certified technicians have extended their certification expiration dates by one year without setting foot in a test center, thanks to the ASE Renewal App program which tests technical knowledge through an app on their phones, tablets or computers.

In the old days, we were almost always stuck with whatever was on the radio.

Calling all painters who have a passion for collision repair and a competitive streak: BASF wants to hear from you. The battle for the 2020 R-M Best Painter has begun.

On Dec. 15-16, 2019, Women in Automotive (WIA) hosted its 2019 Winter Conference at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs, CA.

Axalta made a splash with its 2020 Global Automotive Color of the Year "Sea Glass." This modern turquoise blue shimmers and sets the trend as a fresh new color for all vehicle types.

Over the years, the automotive and collision repair industries have become more welcoming to female professionals in the traditionally male-dominated space, yet even as the number of women in the industry has increased, few females pursue careers in more technical roles.

Sun Toyota, a Morgan Auto Group dealership, is pleased to announce that Moran (“Rani”) Ezra was recently promoted to the new position of sales training manager.

Women’s Industry Network (WIN) is committed to financially supporting females who demonstrate their desire to excel in the field of collision repair through the WIN Scholarship Program. 

Audi introduced their latest concept vehicle at CES 2020, the Audi AI:ME, exploring the company's vision for the autonomous luxury car we can expect to see in the coming years.

Auto Glass Academy, the leading source for auto glass removal, replacement and repair training, is excited to announce we are now a licensed education facility accredited by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Unless current law is updated, Massachusetts residents will increasingly lose the ability to take their cars to independent repair shops and be forced to pay more at dealerships, the head of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition told members of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce at its Executive Breakfast Forum.

Tesla just became the biggest automaker in history.

Dynabrade, Inc., of Clarence, NY, is proud to offer a new line of air power tools geared toward the automotive aftermarket -- the nitro series line of power tools.

General Motors Co. (GM) announced that it delivered 2,887,046 vehicles in 2019 in the United States.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 18:26

UNIBODY AutoTech Collision Center Joins CIECA

UNIBODY AutoTech Collision Center recently joined CIECA as a corporate member.

CCC Information Services (CCC) and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (American Honda) announce that the OEM becomes the first to integrate its diagnostics scanning cloud technology into the CCC X data exchange, simplifying scanning and reporting for Honda and Acura vehicles.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 17:39

CARSTAR Celebrates Banner Year

CARSTAR caps off a banner year to close out its 30th anniversary celebrations.

The industry’s adoption of vehicle scanning as an indispensable part of the repair process can be seen in the results of the “Who Pays for What” surveys conducted for several years by Collision Advice and CRASH Network.

A positive forecast for the collision repair industry in 2020 was among the presentations at the eighth annual “MSO Symposium” held in Las Vegas during SEMA.

Assured Performance announced the appointment of five regional directors to spearhead the launch of their national five-star “certified repair provider” (CRP) program.

Many in the collision repair industry are familiar with Frank Terlep, an experienced executive, entrepreneur, author and self-proclaimed “disrupter” of the automotive industry.

The Tesla Cybertruck has been subjected to many nods of both praise and criticism.

Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks are under a federal investigation after complaints from ambulance companies which said the trucks broke down while transporting patients.

While most of his days are filled with car parts, bondo and paint, Eagle Auto Body owner, Rob Albino’s other days are filled with him taking the turns on a racetrack.

Diana Ploch remembers the disorientation immediately following the September 2018 collision that totaled her Toyota — “just trying to make sense of what was going on.”

Heated exchanges that erupted during the “Parts and Materials Committee” presentation at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Las Vegas in November sounded “exactly what committee meetings feel like,” Aaron Schulenburg, committee co-chairman joked, and demonstrated, according to co-chairman Ken Weiss, “why we ended up with two subcommittees.”

Induction Innovations, Inc. introduces the latest in Induction heating, the ALFe 3.5 and ALFe 5.0. Capable of heating aluminum and steel, these heavy-duty products are ideal for those that require high-end heat levels to release seized parts and panel bond adhesives.

On Dec.14, the Triangle Chapter of the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) hosted its 2019 Christmas Party at Flemings Steak House in Raleigh, NC.

On Dec. 18, ASA’s monthly Webinar Wednesday featured a discussion on “What’s Happening With Data Access Policy” with Robert L. Redding Jr., ASA Washington, D. C. representative and Greg Scott from the U. S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition.

When Jeff Peevy was named chairman of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in 2019, he placed an empty chair on the stage at each meeting.

Assured Performance is proud to announce the appointment of Craig Seelinger as vice president of technical compliance & network support.

SEMA has expanded its partnership with event producers across the country by increasing the number of scheduled qualifying events to 13 nationwide.

A complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against a towing company which the complaint claims has overcharged thousands of consumers who required towing services from a towing company that is the exclusive towing company authorized by the New York City Police Department to tow vehicles on seven highways with a daily vehicle volume of 1.2 million cars per day.

The Bonner County, Idaho, Community Food Bank assists approximately 4,200 individuals each month, primarily with food, but also with other resources when available.

We all know that Ford hasn't been at the forefront of the best news recently, but we stumbled upon a little story that will definitely bring a smile or tear down your face.

California has authorized the testing and commercial use of light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads.

Do you remember Aesop’s old fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper?” In short, the story is about a grasshopper who played all summer long while the ant worked hard to have enough food to make it through the winter. I’ve updated it a little to make my point about body shop marketing, so my apologies to Aesop.

The Latin Tyre Expo and the Latin Auto Parts Expo is the place to be with over 400+ international exhibitors present, from tire manufacturers, tire service and repair companies, retreading, wheels, auto part manufacturers, auto service, tools, equipment, and more.

Friday, 03 January 2020 21:03

G & C Auto Body Never Stops Giving Back

If you met the late Gene Crozat, founder of G & C Auto Body, an MSO with 15 locations in northern California, you knew right away he was bigger than life.

Christian Brothers Automotive Foundation, the corporate foundation started by Christian Brothers Automotive, announced the launch of a new philanthropic endeavor that will provide single moms in need of reliable transportation with vehicles.

December sales volume is expected to fall to 1.58 million, down 3.2% or about 50,000 units from December 2018.

General Motors Co. (GM) announced that it delivered 2,887,046 vehicles in 2019 in the United States.

A federal judge rejected Tesla Inc’s effort to dismiss claims by two former workers that the California electric car factory where they worked was a hotbed of racial hostility, clearing the way for a possible trial.

Tesla has formally released its production and delivery for the fourth quarter of 2019. Between October to December, Tesla produced a total of almost 105,000 vehicles.

As we head into 2020, took a look at the most popular stories of the 2010s.

Most of us went to a school where you sat in the classroom most of the day.

On Dec. 11, the Sno-King Chapter of ASA Northwest hosted its annual Christmas party aboard the Argosy Cruise on Lake Union through the Ballard Locks and out to Lake Washington.

Friday, 03 January 2020 15:38

On the Lighter Side: Seven Companies That Are Leading the Way for Solar-Powered Cars

Written by Chris Young, Interesting Engineering

The jury is still out on solar cars. Some say it is the future of mobility, while others claim it will never take off.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) may cause drivers to engage in distracted driving, even when using basic systems such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

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