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All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 13%, or 36.5 billion vehicle miles, for June 2020 compared to June 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 17:52

Handling Catastrophe Claims in a COVID-19 World

According to the latest forecast from Colorado State University (CSU), it’s going to be a busy hurricane season, and we’ve already seen evidence of that along the East and Gulf coasts.

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 16:45

Crash Champions Enters Milwaukee Market

The Crash Champions organization announced Sept. 1 its expansion into the Milwaukee, WI, market with the acquisition of Silver Spring Collision Center in West Bend, WI. 

As we cautiously exit shelter-in-place orders and life returns to some semblance of normalcy, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will continue beyond the virus itself.

Monday, 31 August 2020 21:26

Assessing COVID-19 Liability Legislation

Part One of this article discussed the types of legal claims that customers might bring against a business following an alleged exposure to the coronavirus and the pros and cons of using waivers.

VeriFacts Automotive announced two new repair facilities have earned the Verified Quality (VQ) designation for their consistent performance to the highest of automotive repair standards.

The 10th-Annual Rockabilly Weekend car show is right around the corner and Chad has big plans for this year's raffle car!

Monday, 31 August 2020 18:23

5 Numbers You Need to Know Every Day

Written by Dave Luehr

During a time of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever for small business owners to understand their financial key performance indicators and use these KPI’s to make proactive adjustments to remain profitable.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has announced it will extend the NORTHEAST® 2020 Virtual Trade Show through Labor Day weekend.

Auto body professionals can use all the help they can get in the fight to receive fair reimbursement for safe and proper repairs.

Classic Collision, LLC, an Atlanta-based multi-site repair operator, announced its third acquisition since July 10 by acquiring the two Fender Mender Auto Body locations in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

“Today’s vehicles are highly engineered and not forgiving of imprecise repair processes. When it comes to crashworthiness after the repair, millimeters and milliseconds matter!” according to Scott Peirce, strategic account manager at 3M, during ASA’s Aug. 19 "Webinar Wednesday."

Certified Collision Group™ (CCG) added its 500th independent affiliate location earlier this month.

This year has been full of surprises, namely three, for Cesar Hernandez and Claudia Solis, new owners of CK Auto Collision Repair, 2111 N. Main St. in Shelbyville, TN.

SEMA announced Aug. 27 it is offering an online marketplace to allow manufacturers and resellers in the specialty automotive segment to connect and conduct business.

The Boring Company’s Las Vegas tunnel will be operational in “only a few months,” according to company frontman Elon Musk, who updated the project’s progress Aug. 28.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many large car insurers realized that their policyholders were not driving to work, school, practices, shops and more as social distancing and shelter-in-place became the norm.

As if the insurance industry didn’t have enough to worry about amid the coronavirus pandemic, from how business interruption coverage lawsuits will be decided to how longer term remote working arrangements will impact insurers’ services, they also have to keep an eye out for an uptick in insurance fraud.

Service King Collision, one of the nation's most trusted providers of high-quality collision automotive repair service, announced Aug. 27 the opening of its most recent location in the Houston market, Service King of Liberty Lakes.

On Aug. 27, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the launch of an online marketplace called SEMA360, to allow manufacturers and resellers in the specialty automotive segment to connect and conduct business.

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is mobilizing to assist those impacted by Hurricane Laura and seeks donations to assist these industry professionals and their families.

Cal Fire personnel continue to battle blazes as hundreds of thousands of acres burn following recent lightning storms causing the evacuation of thousands of Californians.

Hurricane Laura was downgraded again to a tropical storm early the afternoon of Aug. 27, as Texas federal, state and local officials breathed a sigh of relief that they avoided a direct blow from the storm and offered support for parts of Louisiana dealing with the hurricane's worst effects.

Hurricane Laura was the most powerful storm on record to hit Louisiana, yet it still was not as destructive as was initially feared, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Aug. 27.

The coronavirus pandemic has not been beneficial to most industries, and this definitely includes the auto industry.

After delaying the deal earlier this year, Asbury Automotive Group has completed its acquisition of Park Place Dealerships.

Thursday, 27 August 2020 22:06

Paying Claims in a COVID-19 World

Digitization proved a game-changer for insurers when the pandemic made its way into the U.S.

If you think you have a lousy boss, think again.

Sometimes, the events that transpire inside a company could be just as exciting and nail-biting as the most popular thrillers in fiction.

Early Aug. 26, a man watching a movie while his Tesla drove on a North Carolina road on autopilot experienced a big shock when his car rammed into a parked police car, per the Charlotte Observer.

Balise Collision Repair in Rhode Island was named the 2019 Toyota Certified Collision “Shop of the Year” Triple Crown winner for the third consecutive year.

CARSTAR Liss Auto Body raised $20,000 at its 15th Annual Charity Golf Outing benefiting Make-A-Wish® of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and the greater Indiana Region.

Thursday, 27 August 2020 15:11

On the Lighter Side: 'Stranger Things' Drive-Into Experience Looks Hauntingly Amazing

Written by Jeffrey N. Ross, Motorious

Gas up your '80s ride for this socially distant drive-through experience.

General Motors is using salaried employees to help build pickups at its Wentzville Assembly plant near St. Louis due to high absenteeism amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After two nights of rioting, Wisconsin's governor is drawing a line between protesters and the people who are looting and burning buildings in Kenosha. 

The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Division of Industrial Relations said 11 businesses have received citations for failing to meet COVID-19 health and safety workplace standards.

While residents of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas should be on high alert, Hurricane Laura also could cause devastation much farther north than typical storms, officials and forecasters said Aug. 25.

More than 20% of small business owners said they will have to close permanently if current economic conditions do not improve within the next six months, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Aug. 25 a more than $84 million multistate settlement with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. over allegations Honda concealed safety issues related to defects in the frontal airbag systems installed in certain Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S.

A Mercedes-Benz GLB250 recall is necessary because the rear spoilers above the tailgates may not have been welded correctly and could allow parts of the spoilers to fly off the SUVs.

The Unplugged Performance team and veteran racer Randy Pobst had planned to adopt a pretty conservative strategy for their modified Tesla Model 3 Performance’s first Pikes Peak run.

Prepare well. Go fast. Keep it in a straight line. Focus on the finish. And have the will to win.

After arguing in court that holding an outdoor gathering expected to draw tens of thousands would “put the lives of Pennsylvanians at risk” and threaten to reverse progress on the state’s mitigation of COVID-19, Pennsylvania officials gave the green light to a June car show in Carlisle---as long as organizers capped total capacity at 20,000 people on the fairgrounds at one time.

While 2020 has been a rough year for vehicle sales, pickups seem to be weathering the storm better than other platforms.

Judge Leslie Hoffman was clearly frustrated with both sides.

As American consumers and businesses alike continue to adjust and adapt to the coronavirus, the U.S. economy continues its recovery.

Causes with strong connections to AutoNation and Subaru of America---overcoming cancer and adopting dogs---are getting extra promotional attention from the dealer group and automaker, respectively.

Monday, 24 August 2020 23:09

Overall U.S. Traffic Down 16% for Year

Travel on all U.S. roads and streets for 2020 is down by 264.2 billion vehicle miles, or 16.6%, according to the Department of Transportation.

Strict health measures such as mandatory mask-wearing and daily temperature checks have been the norm in auto plants since mid-May, when the U.S. auto industry resumed production of cars, trucks and SUVs after a pandemic-induced shutdown.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $307,000 to 106 individuals this year, including scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.

Journalists took to Twitter late Aug. 23 to post horrifying videos of a car dealership in Kenosha, WI, on fire.

As people around the world start driving more again, Ford and INRIX will soon help them find cheaper options for fuel prices and that elusive open parking spot.

The Center for Auto Safety is congratulating the U.S. House of Representatives for trying to put a stop to sales of government vehicles that have been recalled but never repaired.

Insurance companies operate in the world of mitigating risk. But the outbreak of COVID-19 has forced insurers to reassess even the most basic of processes that now carry with them additional dangers.

Beyond diversifying their advertising, some say companies can do far more than they previously have to fight discrimination and support social justice.

Author's note: Over a year ago, Jeff Smith, a collision repair instructor at the Northeast Arkansas Career and Technical Center, reached out to me about the overwhelming shortage of technicians. As a result of our conversation, I initiated a new column for Autobody News, "Solving the Tech Shortage," which has since received an award.

Are you ready to repair hybrid and electric vehicles? Does your staff know the safety precautions to take during the repair process?

Tens of thousands of California residents are under evacuation orders and nearly 300 structures have been destroyed in wildfires near the San Francisco Bay area caused by lightning strikes.

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