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Monday, 20 September 2021 16:37

U.S. Opens Probe Into 30M Vehicles Over Air Bag Inflators

Written by David Shepardson, Reuters

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U.S. auto safety investigators have opened a new probe into 30 million vehicles built by nearly two dozen automakers with potentially defective Takata air bag inflators, a government document seen by Reuters on Sept. 19 showed.

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Barrett-Jackson continued at full throttle during the inaugural Houston Auction, Sept. 16-18 at NRG Center in Houston, TX, with $37.5 million in total sales.

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The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) has presented Pete Kornafel with the UAF Educational Advocacy Award, recognizing an aftermarket leader for his dedication to the pursuit of excellence in education.

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On Sept. 13, four deserving St. Louis veterans experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of four vehicles that will provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donors Allstate, Farmers Insurance®, GEICO and Travelers Insurance and repair partners Schaefer Autobody, Caliber Collision and Tech-Cor.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Sept. 20 it has entered the Nebraska market through the acquisition of Inter-Tech Collision Centers.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its expansion into Texas with the acquisition of all 45 ProCare Collision centers.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced two separate closings Sept. 17---the acquisition of Morey’s Collision Repair in Norco, CA, and the opening of a Las Vegas, NV, brownfield location.

Monday, 20 September 2021 15:19

SATA Cancels Booth at 2021 SEMA Show

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Dan-Am Company, the exclusive independent importer of SATA in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, always looks forward to working with SATA to provide a great SEMA experience in its booth each year, and was excited to return to the 2021 SEMA Show after the canceled 2020 show.

Friday, 17 September 2021 23:00

PPI: Automotive-Related Products Pricing Continues Positive Trend in August

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed a slight increase in August, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Friday, 17 September 2021 22:50

Downtime Continues for Carmakers as Chip Shortage Carries On

Written by Joseph Szczesny, The Detroit Bureau

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Automakers are still grappling with the chip shortage, cutting production time down and giving up on getting those vehicles back this year---however, not all the closures are semiconductor related.

Friday, 17 September 2021 22:44

Hurricane Ida Destroyed so Many Cars, It Could Raise Prices Further

Written by Sean Tucker, Kelley Blue Book

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The average price Americans pay for a new car has set a new record for five consecutive months. It’s likely to climb still higher this month.

Friday, 17 September 2021 20:41

IGONC Hosting ASTE 2021

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The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) is hosting ASTE 2021, Sept. 24-25 at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, in Cary, NC.

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Stellantis is exploring Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Safety Cloud® technologies in North America, giving drivers advanced notification warnings of potential hazards in their path.

Friday, 17 September 2021 20:18

CAA Provides Legislative Update

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The California Autobody Association released an update on several bills in the state legislature.

Friday, 17 September 2021 20:04

NJ EV Program Paused After Running Out of Money

Written by Todd DeFeo, The Center Square

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A program to dole out roughly $30 million to help New Jersey residents lease or buy an electric vehicle (EV) could run out of funds sooner than expected this year.

Friday, 17 September 2021 19:55

Tesla Delivery Forecast Set to Surge 33% in 2022: Wedbush

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla’s delivery forecast is set to surge by one-third in 2022 from 2021, according to a new investor note from Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.

 

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of DEG, in partnership with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), present Quick Tips for those in the collision industry.

Friday, 17 September 2021 17:38

Enterprise, Microsoft Bring Connected Car Technology to Rental Fleets

Written by Auto Rental News Staff

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Enterprise Holdings is working with Microsoft to bring connected car technology to Enterprise’s car rental, exotic vehicles and commercial truck rental fleets in the U.S., and soon to the U.K. and Canada.

Friday, 17 September 2021 17:32

Proposal Would Give Tax Break to NJ Residents Who Lost Vehicle to Tropical Storm Ida

Written by Todd DeFeo, The Center Square

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A state lawmaker wants to give New Jerseyans who lost a vehicle due to Tropical Storm Ida a break on their taxes.

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IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a family business that designs and manufactures products for the professional trades, and Intersport, an independent award-winning marketing agency headquartered in Chicago, have announced the inaugural U.S. Auto Technician National Championship (USATNC) competition.

Friday, 17 September 2021 15:37

Elite Body Shop Solutions Launches New Website

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In a world changed by the pandemic, auto body shop owners have realized the growing potential of all things digital.

Friday, 17 September 2021 15:23

Industry Groups, MA Legislature Clash Over Auto Body Shop Labor Rates Bill

Written by Kim Jarrett, The Center Square

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Two industries have opposing perspectives on a bill that would set the amount paid for auto body shop labor rates.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 21:56

GM Asks Chevy Bolt Owners to Park 50 Feet from Other Cars

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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We can arguably say GM is taking the necessary precautions to try to keep people safe. It has recalled every single Bolt EV and Bolt EUV ever built.

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Lucid Group on Sept. 16 announced the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has received an official EPA rating of 520 miles of range.

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Even in the face of a pandemic that ravaged livelihoods and economies globally, the automotive specialty-equipment market somehow managed to continue its steady growth trend, up to $47.89 billion in 2020---a 4% increase over 2019, according to the recently released 2021 SEMA Market Report.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:34

Nissan Announces New Leadership Appointments

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Nissan is announcing senior leadership changes within its North America manufacturing team, effective Oct. 1.

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On the strength of some very successful new-vehicle launches for 2021, the auto industry continues its trend of producing ever-more appealing vehicles.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 16:37

On The Lighter Side: Auto Body Shop Owner Wins $1 Million On His First Day Of Business

Written by Florida Lottery

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The Florida Lottery announces that Brian Woodle, 46, of Callahan claimed a $1 million top prize from the $5 GOLD RUSH SUPREME Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

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As the first pre-production F-150 Lightning trucks roll out of Ford’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and demand soars for the all-electric truck, Ford on Sept. 16 said it will increase investment and add jobs to boost production.

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In the wake of Hurricane Ida and other intense storms across the U.S., consumers need to be on alert for flooded vehicles resurfacing on the used car market. 

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America, a leading premier collision repairer, is celebrating the team at ABRA Mankato in Minnesota for attaining 30 consecutive years in I-CAR’s Gold Class program.

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Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, announced Sept. 15 it is now offering as-soon-as next-day touchless home delivery to Fayetteville and Fort Smith, AR, area residents.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:21

FinishMaster to Host Inaugural Hood Master Exhibit

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FinishMaster is holding its first ever Hood Master Exhibit, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Bullseye Event Center, 723 S. Capital Ave., Indianapolis.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 17:55

Maryland Governor Announces $12M in Grants for Highway Safety

Written by Brent Addleman, The Center Square

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More than 90 agencies in Maryland will receive more than $12 million in federal highway safety grants, Gov. Larry Hogan announced.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 17:49

Car Prices are About to Soar Again. Blame Hurricane Ida

Written by Chris Isidore, CNN Business

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Just when car prices looked like they were edging down from their record highs, they're heading skyward again. It's Hurricane Ida's fault.

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On Sept. 30, the Idaho Autobody Craftsmen’s Association (IACA) is hosting a full-day training and equipment show at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) in Boise, ID, with industry expert Kristen Felder as the keynote speaker.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 17:11

12 Automakers’ Level 2 ADAS Systems to Be Compared to Tesla Autopilot Investigation Results

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) of 12 automakers are being looked at to compare the results from a Tesla Autopilot investigation opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

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The latest CCC Trends report analyzes emerging trends in electric vehicles.

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Used vehicle prices and trade-in values are finally trending downward after rising all year and skyrocketing this summer, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds.

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Demonstrating its commitment to exceeding customer expectations, AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on Sept. 15 announced the opening of AutoNation USA Denver 104, the first of two AutoNation stores in Denver the company will open this year. 

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:48

Senators Reintroduce RPM Act in U.S. Senate

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U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT) have reintroduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act (S. 2736) in the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:13

Axalta Completes Acquisition of U-POL

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Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on Sept. 15 announced it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of U-POL Holdings Limited.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:54

SATAjet X 5500 True Soul – Colorful Insights

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SATA Special Edition 2021: The new SATAjet® X 5500 True Soul is truly inspiring with its wild, beautiful and vivid design.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:14

Annapolis, MD, Tornado Leaves Businesses, Locals in Need of Donations

Written by Jacob Baumgart, Patch

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Annapolis businesses and residents asked for donations to help them recover from September's tornado and storm.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:07

‘It Was a Sucker Punch’: Few Options for Small Business Relief During Delta Surge

Written by Ben Werschkul, Yahoo Finance

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Earlier this year, the government’s key lifeline for small businesses ended when the Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money and stopped accepting new applications at the end of May.

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GreenUP! and Western Nevada College partnered to offer a free workshop for auto repair and auto body shops in Nevada on Oct. 22 at Western Nevada College in the E.L. Cord Automotive Technology Center.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:49

Madison College in WI Looks to Refill Auto Body Workforce Positions

Written by Elise Romas, WMTV News

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From fender benders to big crashes, auto body shops and collision repair technicians are needed for everyday repairs.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:37

First Production Rivian R1T Rolls Off Assembly Line

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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The wait for the first modern all-electric pickup to enter series production has ended as the Rivian R1T rolled off the production line Sept. 14.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:49

Tropical Storm Nicholas Slows, Dumps Rain Along Gulf Coast

Written by Juan A. Lozano, WAGM News

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Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana on Sept. 14 after blowing ashore as a hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses and dumping more than a foot of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:14

PPP, UI Tax Refunds Start in Minnesota

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue will start sending out more than 540,000 tax returns impacted by tax law changes to Unemployment Insurance compensation and Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:47

MWACA Partners with 360 Payments

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Midwest Auto Care Alliance has partnered with 360 Payments to offer the highest levels of technology and service to its shops.

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Colors on Parade, the world’s largest eco-friendly mobile automotive reconditioning franchise, is pleased to announce the addition of its newest area developers, Eric and Breanne Yeager.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 18:56

Mopar Launches Certification Program for Auto Glass Installers

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Mopar has introduced what it calls a new certification program for installers who want to work on Mopar/FCA vehicles.

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According to a new report from Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle prices hit another all-time high in August, marking the fifth straight record-setting month.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 18:12

Another Day, Another Chevy Bolt Fire, This Time in Georgia

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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While General Motors is working with battery supplier LG to find a fix for the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV spontaneous combustion issue, cars are still going up in flames.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:51

Classic Car Dealer Pleads No Contest in Court

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Consigning your classic car to a dealership might seem like a good, no-hassle way to sell it, but you still need to be careful.

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Lithia & Driveway (LAD) announced Sept. 14 the addition of one of the top Honda stores in the Southeast, Curry Honda located in Chamblee, GA.

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Hyundai Mobis is attending the first ever Motor Bella held in Pontiac, MI, near Detroit, the heart of North America's automotive industry.