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Friday, 12 March 2021 18:27

Nebraska Fire Destroys Classic Cars

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For six long hours on the night of Feb. 20, firefighters in Auburn, NE, battled a blaze that destroyed at least two dozen cars at dealership Auburn Auto, many of them classics.

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Reports came in late March 11 there was smoke rising from the area around Tesla's main factory in Fremont, CA.

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Tesla seems to be hitting its stride with the rollout of its in-house insurance service, with the electric car maker looking to expand the business outside California.

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Now that March is here again, Daylight Saving Time returns to move your clocks ahead one hour and force you to wake up early.

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Automakers may already hold the key to improving public acceptance of self-driving cars: fine-tuning existing vehicle technology.

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Service King Collision is bringing 45 years of collision repair experience to Sugar Land, TX, a suburb of Houston.

 

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SCRS  has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG)  to bring you a series of quick tips to help you boost your business.

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Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced March 10 that KIRCHHOFF Automotive, a German-based international supplier to the automotive industry, plans to invest $15 million in opening an assembly facility in Gwinnett County.

Thursday, 11 March 2021 20:20

Kool Tools: Past and Present

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As you are all probably aware by now, SEMA 2020 went virtual---renamed SEMA360---and it prevented Kye and me from walking the floor looking for those unique items that we would obtain and test out for our Kool Tools of SEMA annual presentation.

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Penske Automotive Group, Inc., a diversified international transportation services company, announced it has adopted CarShop as its global brand for its used vehicle SuperCenters.

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The valuation analysts at Kelley Blue Book on March 11 reported the estimated average transaction price for a light vehicle in the U.S. was $41,066 in February.

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Applications for automotive scholarships funded by the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and partner organizations are being accepted through March 31.

Thursday, 11 March 2021 19:28

Save the Date for CIECA's Annual Conference

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Join CIECA and the collision industry at the 13th annual CIECA conference, CONNEX 2021, Sept. 13-16 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place hotel in Charlotte, NC.  

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At a Washington Post Live virtual conference March 11, General Motors President Mark Reuss provided more details about GM’s next-generation Ultium battery chemistry and announced a joint development agreement with lithium metal battery innovator SolidEnergy Systems.

Thursday, 11 March 2021 17:20

On The Lighter Side: This Farm is Full Of Classic Mopar Muscle Cars

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Everyone loves a good story about a classic muscle car found in a barn, field, garage, etc.

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The Claims Bridge International (TCBI) announced it is hosting a webinar at 2 p.m. CDT March 30, “Bringing AI and New Technology to the Claims and Vehicle Repair Processes.”

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Farmers Insurance on March 9 announced the launch of CrashAssist, a new feature included within the Signal app that helps connect drivers with emergency services in the event of an accident and offers help in reporting a claim, if desired.

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One year from the start of a historic worldwide pandemic that changed commerce and transportation, maybe permanently, automotive digital marketplace and solutions provider Cars.com Inc. on March 10 unveiled new insights about the pandemic's impact on car buying and selling.

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The pandemic has affected communication in many ways, much of it not positive. How can you effectively interact with your customers when you have to stay at least 6 to 8 feet away from them while wearing masks?

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When Spanesi COO Tim Morgan first learned about the COVID-19 outbreak, he set out to support staff and clients.

AkzoNobel announced on March 10th, 2021 the grand opening of its new national meeting and instructional center complete with ultra-high-tech audio-visual equipment to help those virtually attending meetings or training feel like they’re right in the room.

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A Kia engine fire recall has been issued for nearly 380,000 cars and SUVs even though the automaker says an "exact cause of [the] electrical short circuit condition is unknown."

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Illinois has a new piece of legislation that could impact the auto glass industry if passed.

 

 

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 10 ratified changes the Senate made to a massive $1.9 trillion relief package that critics say contains hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful spending unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An early March 8 fire in Sedalia, MO, destroyed a body shop and damaged neighboring buildings.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 19:14

GNYADA President Recognized as Pandemic Hero

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At the beginning of the pandemic last year, personal protective equipment was in short supply in New York.

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Lucid Motors has received approval from the Casa Grande, AZ, City Council to begin the construction of the Phase 2 portion of its new electric vehicle manufacturing facility.

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John Truman, owner of Truman Muscle Car Parts in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, has been fighting to save local collision repair education programs since 2014, when he learned his alma mater, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, had discontinued its high school auto body program.

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Phocus Law, an Arizona law firm, has created a new package of documents designed to protect automotive shops in California and Arizona from liability they face in the course of running their businesses and servicing their customers.

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The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has proposed new administrative rules to implement the medical fee schedules contained in Michigan’s automobile no-fault statute.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. on March 10 reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 26, 2020.

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Assured Performance on March 9 announced the success of Nissan North America’s new consumer campaign, which targeted 3.9 million Nissan customers and 500,000 INFINITI customers.

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Baker’s Collision Repair Specialists in Mansfield, OH, was recently recognized by the Ohio EPA for achieving its E3 (Encouraging Environmental Excellence) Achievement Level, obtained by “completing pollution preventing activities that decreased emissions from painting operations, initiating activities in management commitment, employee involvement, energy efficiency, continuous improvement and recycling.”

Tuesday, 09 March 2021 23:20

Are You the Collision Shop NextDoor?

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NextDoor, a private social network, has been around for a decade, but recently, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) has received a lot of questions from member shops about the benefits of NextDoor and how to manage their account.

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Members of ASA Ohio’s Collision Performance Leaders Group (CPL) gathered Feb. 2 at the Ohio Auto Kolor Training Center in Columbus, OH, for this year’s first meeting.

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On Feb. 11, the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA), the Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA) and the Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA) held a joint virtual quarterly meeting to kick off 2021, attracting more than 60 attendees.

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On Feb. 9, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted a virtual media briefing to discuss important topics related to vehicle electrification and data accessibility.

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Crash Champions, LLC, an established leader in automotive collision repair, announced March 9 it has selected Overall Parts Solutions, Inc. (OPS) and OPS Technologies as its preferred parts procurement platform.

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U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, on March 9 announced the Cheapest Car Insurance Companies in 2021.

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According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), catalytic converter thefts have seen a significant increase across the country since March 2020, the start of the global pandemic.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its third multi-shop acquisition in California, with the acquisition of all three Signature Auto Collision locations in the San Bernardino area.

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Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, on March 9 released its first quarter Industry Trends Report for 2021.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced nearly $150,000 in grants for secondary and post-secondary collision repair education programs, thanks to donations from several industry partners.

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Cars have become much more than simply a mode of transportation or a piece of metal that gets us from place to place.

Monday, 08 March 2021 21:38

CDC: Vaccinated May Gather Without Masks

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The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it is easing person-to-person COVID restrictions for fully vaccinated people.

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After a marathon session that lasted through the night, the U.S. Senate on March 6 narrowly passed a massive $1.9 trillion relief package that critics say contains hundreds of billions of dollars of wasteful spending unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Canadian-based plastics manufacturer has plans to hire 135 people as the company expands production at a western Kentucky plant. 

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With an A+ rating, North Carolina Farm Bureau was ranked first in the nation for ensuring quality repairs and customer service for their automobile insurance policyholders, according to CRASH Network's 2021 Best Auto Insurers By National Grade Report Card.

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New York's fleet of Tesla yellow cabs seems to be growing, with recent photographs around the city showing the presence of more Model 3 taxis.

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Profitability improved in the U.S. private passenger auto insurance segment in the third quarter of 2020, although premium volume declined, according to a new report from AM Best.

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Amidst a flurry of product launches, including the all-new 2022 Outlander, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. on March 8 unveiled ClickShop, a 24-hour digital showroom.

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With COVID-19 case trends declining and vaccination rates increasing, U.S. automobile dealers are mostly optimistic about the automobile market in the coming 90 days, according to the latest Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index (CADSI) released March 8.

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Morrie's Auto Group announced the strategic acquisition of Brenengen Auto Group.

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OK, so you had a bad day, it happens. A few of your techs called in sick, there was that one requisite snarky customer, you had to wrestle on a supplement from one of your DRPs and the shop dog is gassy.

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SEMA filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Gear Box Z. Inc. (GBZ) arguing against EPA’s contention that the Clean Air Act (CAA) does not allow a motor vehicle to be converted into a racing vehicle used solely for competition.

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On behalf of the combined efforts from industry associations, collision repair professionals, scan tool providers and various subject matter experts, the Automotive Service Associated (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) acknowledges the act of scanning a vehicle using a qualified scan tool as a necessary and not-included operation that is legitimately expressed on a repair order with either a fixed cost, in labor hours and/or set dollar amount.

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Garage Gurus, a training and support platform from Tenneco's DRiV division, 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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Maaco Hazelwood, Maaco Kirkwood and Maaco St. Louis, along with Auto World, Keystone, Sherwin Williams and the Art Institute of St. Louis, all teamed up to refurbish a vehicle and donate it to a local woman whose daughter recently passed away.