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Tuesday, 08 December 2020 23:53

On The Lighter Side: Lawyer's Garage Car Display Spreads Christmas Cheer

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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It does so even better than singing for all to hear!

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If you think vehicle prices are high in 2020, just wait ‘til next year.

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According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 63 Florida cities were operating 638 red light cameras in 2018.

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Commuters have been on a much-needed reprieve these past couple of months as many businesses remain on a work-from-home schedule to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk formally moved the Musk Foundation to Austin, TX, according to records filed with the Texas Secretary of State.

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Tesla rolled out update 2020.48.10 on Dec. 6, distributing its latest software to owners across the globe.

Tuesday, 08 December 2020 18:15

GM Recalls Chevy, GMC Trucks for Airbag Issues

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General Motors is recalling more than 9,000 of these Chevrolet and GMC trucks that may have roof-rail airbag problems.

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Maaco Penndel in Pennsylvania is hosting its fourth annual food and toy drive in support of Bucks County Housing Group this holiday season.

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King Collision Centers is a second generation, two-store collision repair business in Massachusetts, run by brothers Chris and Matt King.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) will host a virtual membership meeting Dec. 17 via Zoom that will focus on the efforts behind the recently passed Massachusetts Right to Repair Law ballot measure, as well as local legislative efforts and how they apply to New Jersey.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation's largest independent collision repair MSOs with a leading presence in the greater Midwest and Southern California markets, announced Dec. 8 its successful rebrand of Pacific Elite, formerly the largest family owned operator of collision repair shops in California.

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Kye Kelley and his racers from NOLA hit the streets for their first official matchup against Buster and his team from Iowa.

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On New Year’s Eve, people typically enjoy reflecting on the ending year, but 2020 has been a little chaotic, to say the least.

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The St. Louis I-CAR Committee hosted its final meeting of the year virtually Nov. 12.

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During its last meeting of the year Nov. 6, the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) held a board election, announced its 2020 Most Improved Shops and unveiled its brand new consumer page and Code of Ethics.

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The Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA) and the Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) recently hired the same new executive director: Josh Kent, who is also executive director of the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) and the Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA).

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On Nov. 19, Carfix owner Mike Allen hosted the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina’s (IGONC) monthly Tireside Chat, “Politics, Guns, Religion and Other Things You Should Never Talk About in Your Shop.”

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Officials in New Jersey are considering bringing back the light blue license plates used long ago.

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It was bad news Dec. 4 for Ford Bronco fans.

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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, presented a $20,000 check Dec. 3 to Phoenix Children's Hospital at AutoNation Toyota Tempe.

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Guild 21 is hosting a webinar at 11 a.m. PST Dec. 10, "The Journey of ADAS from Factory to Repair," featuring David DeBoer, CEO of the Burke Porter Group.

Monday, 07 December 2020 18:32

AirPro Diagnostics Partners with adasThink

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AirPro Diagnostics announced Dec. 7 a strategic partnership to deliver adasThink technology on required ADAS calibrations to its customers at no additional cost. 

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For the first time since North America’s largest network of collision repair brands was created, the Driven Brands family of collision repair companies will gather virtually Dec. 9 for UNIT3D, its 2020 convention.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Pflugerville, TX.

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President Donald Trump's 25% tariffs imposed on China under the phase one trade deal will remain in place at the start of the new administration, President-elect Joe Biden said in an interview with the New York Times published early Dec. 2.

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To better serve the increasing number of Spanish-speaking professional service providers, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has added Spanish translations to select ASE certification tests with the help of industry experts who participated in workshops hosted by ASE.

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Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, announced Dec. 3 the opening of registration for its first-ever Women in Auto Care Week, a virtual conference set to take place Feb. 22-26, 2021.

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A new study of COVID-era car crashes finds that a shocking 27% of all drivers were using their cell phones within 60 seconds of impact---and transportation safety leaders are doing almost nothing to stop it, despite a preponderance of proven strategies that can compel us to put down our devices when we’re behind the wheel.

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The Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association’s (AWDA) Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of new officers and at-large members, whose terms officially began Nov. 20.

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) opened nominations Dec. 1 for the prestigious 2021 Most Influential Women (MIW) awards.

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Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, and part of the Driven Brands family of automotive brands, held its North American Maaco Convention virtually on Dec. 2.

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With different governments threatening or even beginning a second wave of lockdowns, ostensibly to “stop the spread” of the novel coronavirus, experts are warning classic car owners of the risks.

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The advent of electric cars will likely result in electricity consumption worldwide to double, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who shared his thoughts during a recent talk hosted by Berlin-based publisher Axel Springer.

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Tesla-friendly provisions in Michigan House Bill 6233 that would have allowed the electric automaker to perform direct sales and own service centers were removed just before state lawmakers passed the bill 65-39.

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After 10 years in development and feedback from customers worldwide, 3M introduced the 3M™ Performance Spray Gun.

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The Austin City Council on Dec. 3 planned to vote on 75 agenda items, which would authorize millions of dollars in spending of taxpayer money on contracts, construction projects, regulatory measures and other items.

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Despite calls from medical professionals and state Democrats, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is so far refusing to issue another statewide stay-at-home order due to rising COVID-19 infection rates.

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Republican members of the New Jersey Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee want legislators to include relief for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 in any forthcoming relief measure.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a third stay-at-home order in the last nine months that is set to be phased in on a regional basis as soon as Dec. 4.

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Tax cuts, COVID-19 liability protections, adopting an “e-fairness” bill, tax credits to incentivize investment in manufacturing and encourage contributions to the state’s unemployment fund, and a sales tax holiday for restaurants are among next year's legislative priorities for a coalition of Florida employers.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in Charlotte, NC.

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Service King Collision has teamed up with the Collin College Technical Campus in Allen, TX, to provide ongoing support for the school's collision technology program.

An estimated 20,000 active and retired Ford factory workers, their immediate family members and surviving spouses will have the option to get coronavirus tests at a large UAW hall in Louisville, KY, in coming days after an executive board voted unanimously to bring in a private laboratory at no cost to union members.

When Eric Grossman opened his Tucson, AZ, collision repair shop in 1977, he was eager to do everything possible to provide his business with a competitive leg up, including enrolling in I-CAR’s new Gold Class training recognition program in 1990.

Thursday, 03 December 2020 19:08

On The Lighter Side: Batmobile Mysteriously Found Abandoned In A Field

Written by Steven Symes, Motorius

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The real question is, did Joker get away?

The pace of U.S. auto sales slowed in November, data from analytics firm Wards Intelligence showed Dec. 1, amid a spurt in coronavirus infections.

Barney Lehnerr, owner of Transitions Group, Inc., in Wichita, KS, typically uses big loading trucks to deliver furniture rentals for various clients across the region.

Thanksgiving turned out to be softer for all involved as Black Book noticed weaker trends on both the wholesale and retail fronts.

During the MSO Symposium in November, Vincent Romans, managing partner of The Romans Group, presented a macro-level view of the evolving U.S. collision repair industry.

1Collision announced Dec. 2 its first location in the state of South Dakota, Auto Body Clinic in Huron, SD.

The case of Allstate vs. Auto Glass America (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, produced more than 30 separate legal filings in the month of November---an average of more than one per business day.

At age 13, Austin Phipps wasn’t old enough for a driver’s license, but he bought his first car anyway.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in Pomona, CA.

The U.S. Congress, which returns from Thanksgiving break this week, is set to discuss final legislation ahead of adjournment at the end of the year.

As the 1980s dawned, the collision repair industry began to see some profound changes, and some shops tried their darndest to keep things the same as they had always been.

Ford’s Global Director of Electrification Mark Kaufman recently presented a CIECAST webinar, “BEV Adoption Will Increase as Barriers Come Down,” sponsored by CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association.)  

Dick DeLoach was a humble man. Fifteen years ago, he called me to inquire about writing for Parts & People, a now defunct automotive publication out of Denver. I asked him if he had any experience and his response was “A little.”

When investment banker Rex Green spoke seven years ago at the 2013 MSO Symposium, he accurately predicted that at least one collision repair chain would have 1,000 locations within five years.