Two Rockland County students won the New York State Automotive Technology Competition, taking home thousands of dollars in scholarships and winning a chance to compete for some $3 million in prizes at the 2020 New York International Auto Show national championship in April.

On Feb. 13, CIECA offered a CIECAst webinar entitled “Utilizing Technology to Thrive and Not Just Survive in 2020” with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice

Balise Collision Repair of West Springfield, MA, and several community donors on Feb. 25 delivered the repaired vehicle to a heroic couple who risked their lives to track down a suspected vehicle in the abduction of a young girl from Springfield in January.

A 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Premier Redline Edition in Silver Ice Metallic rolled off the production line at General Motors’ Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant on Feb. 21, the 3 millionth vehicle produced at the automaker’s newest assembly plant in the U.S.

Tesla has begun sending Model Y delivery confirmation emails to early customers, notifying them that their all-electric crossover is coming soon.

The legal battle between Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, intensified over the past few days.

Cars are getting more complex. Gone are the simple days of carburetors and crank-operated windows; now, there’s variable compression and tri-zone climate control.

Monday, 24 February 2020 21:13

March 17 CIECAst Technical Webinar Announced

CIECA announced its next CIECAst technical webinar will feature Michael Ortega, senior director of application development at IAA.

Steve Beck will have a significant presence at this years’ HD Repair Forum. Beck’s motivational and entertaining keynote speech will provide attendees with tips and suggestions on how to have a Great Day, Every Day.

Four employees of Contra Costa County auto shops, including one in Richmond, were arrested following an undercover operation targeting auto repair insurance fraud.

Dealerships are often the weakest link in the EV marketing pipeline.

Five painters from across North America have been chosen to compete this month at the R-M Best Painter Contest 2020 North American Finals in Whitehouse, Ohio.

Friday, 21 February 2020 22:37

Arizona Is in the Lead for Auto Glass Claims

Arizona leads the nation in auto glass claims, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

According to the latest news, Cadillac's president Steve Carlisle told dealers on Monday that the brand's first electric model will be presented in April.

Second Chances Garage, which sits on Market Street at the north end of downtown Frederick, looks like an ordinary auto shop on the outside. But it’s far from it. The shop sells its cars for $500 — plus $280 for titling — to those who need them the most but cannot afford them.

Dent Fix Equipment is proud to announce and welcome a new partnership with Pacific Produx Reps (PPX), an experienced company based in San Diego, as part of our initiative to provide the best customer experience possible.

Friday, 21 February 2020 19:47

On the Lighter Side: 1968 Ford Mustang From "Bullitt" Goes for $3.74 Million at Auction

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

In 2018, Ford announced it had found the original 1968 Highland Green Mustang from the movie Bullitt and the internet went crazy.

Now that most major carriers are selling usage-based car insurance, one of the pioneers in that sector is selling its technology to other carriers as a claims management tool.

It's not unusual for women to work in the family automotive business. But two Southern California sisters are very much hands-on.

The Arizona Business Group, a collective of CARSTAR facilities, were honored at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Arizona Chapter volunteer reception with the Rookie of the Year award.

15 new plaintiffs have been added to a class action lawsuit that was originally filed by Christine Powell against Subaru.

An auto body shop caught fire late Wednesday, Feb. 19th in Kittanning, destroying the business and leaving a neighborhood shaken.

Overall Parts Solutions (OPS) announced a national contract with BMW of North America (BMW) to integrate the OPS Technology Suite in BMW dealerships nationwide, providing a single digital pipeline to quickly identify, locate and deliver auto parts to collision repair facilities.

Thursday, 20 February 2020 23:27

ProCare Collision Opens 35th Location in Texas

ProCare Collision is now a 35-location Texas-based Multi Shop Operator (MSO) with their latest location opening in Pflugerville with the AMM Collision brand.

Sterling Gabriel owned Sterling Paint and Body and Collision Warehouse on Sam Wilson Road in West Charlotte.

The Auto Care Association today announced registration is now open for its 2020 Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists (PBES) Conference.

Thursday, 20 February 2020 22:51

SCRS Welcomes AASP Illinois as Newest Affiliate Association in 2020

Written by Bill Pierce

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) is pleased to announce the addition of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) as the first association to join SCRS in 2020 as an Affiliate Association.

Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

Plug in America, a group that advocates for electric vehicles in the US, has announced a nationwide campaign to train car dealers how to sell electric cars.

“It’s a bad bill that’s designed to punish mom and pop shops, the little guys, from billing what we think is fair and reasonable,” said Rex Altree, SafePro Auto Glass president, when referring to new assignment of benefits (AOB) legislation.

The owner of a local auto body shop here is accused of defrauding customers, and investigators are seeking additional victims.

Polyvance, a leading manufacturer of automotive plastic repair and refinishing products based in Rainsville, Alabama, began to export products to Japan in 2019 through its exclusive distributor there, T-CraftCo., Ltd., based in Nagoya.

More than 257 million vehicles have now been processed through a search tool aimed at creating greater consumer awareness of auto recalls.

College receives second year of funding from Grammy Award-winning band, Mettalica's foundation; monies cover eight career programs.

“As our industry evolves, we need people of all genders and races,” says recipient Liza Myers Borches, head of Carter Myers Automotive.

Researchers find electric vehicle owners overall pay about 8% more over a 5-year period.

GEICO has filed a federal lawsuit in California alleging that a local auto glass repair shop submitted fraudulent repair bills.

Fix Auto USA announced the continued expansion of its footprint into the state of Ohio. Fix Auto Columbus is Fix Auto USA’s inaugural location into the new market, with immediate plans to leverage the brand’s proven platform for expansion throughout the greater Columbus market.

Educational sessions featuring business management, leadership, and technical information take stage during the only event solely dedicated to the heavy-duty collision repair industry.

Military veteran Sterling Keith and his wife, Rebecca, found they were facing some unexpected challenges in 2014. Sterling was suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Susan Moffitt of Porsche in Shreveport, La. was named the 2020 TIME Dealer of the Year by TIME and Ally Financial at the 103rd National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show in Las Vegas.

Registration closes at noon, Wednesday February 19 2020, for the battle for the 2020 R-M Best Painter.  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.

Students at the Career Academy & Technical School in Troutman got a whiff of that new-car smell on Tuesday, Feb. 11th

On Monday, Feb. 10th, a local single mother of two was gifted reliable transportation thanks to some community partners.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are becoming the norm when it comes to new automotive options for consumers, as safety has become a mainstream factor.

Monday, 17 February 2020 17:17

On the Lighter Side: Ford Is Turning McDonald's Coffee Waste Into Car Parts

Written by Chris Bruce, Motor 1

Future Ford vehicles will come with some McDonald's coffee – at least in the models' components.

PA attorney general seeking restitution for alleged victims of Delta Auto Protect, which sold vehicle repair warranties.

Jeff and Marie Peevy announced today the launch of “Collision Boost Radio” (CBR), a weekly podcast series for newcomers and those considering a career in the collision repair industry.

In September 2019, the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) introduced a "Campaign of Caring," seeking to inspire the industry to raise money for the Anchondo family.

Ford are teaming up with Bosch to train their Mustang Mach-E technicians using VR.

Friday, 14 February 2020 22:53

Street Outlaws: NOLA vs. Northeast

On the next "Street Outlaws", in the second round, Chris Rankin and the Northeast face off against Kye Kelley and his New Orleans’ crew.

Symach and DCR Systems announced that DCR Systems has opened Lindsay Honda/Acura Auto Body, a 30,000-square-foot “state-of-the-art super shop” in Columbus, Ohio.

Ladies filled CARSTAR Ellis Brothers Collision on Thursday, February 6th, for an evening of pampering, dancing, dinner, drinks and fun.

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces the next installment in the FREE Elite Webinar Series: “CCC® ONE Estimating Features & Tips.” Jason Kitchen, CCC® ONE Elevate Advisor, will present on Tuesday, February 25th, at 1 p.m. CST.

The 43rd installment of AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show is scheduled to take place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ on March 20--22.

On January 13, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure heard House Bill 4122, an update to the state’s current Right to Repair law, designed to better address the needs related to increasing prevalence of telematics in vehicle technology and repairs.

Traver Connect, an industry-leading provider of customer experience Service BDC solutions announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Update Promise, a leading technology provider for communication solutions to automotive insurers, repairers, and dealerships throughout North America.

The HD Repair Forum announced the release of its’ educational program and agenda ( www.hdrepairforum.com/agenda ) for this years’ installment of the only event dedicated to the heavy-duty collision repair market.

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