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Friday, 29 May 2020 17:57

CA Body Shop Opening New Location

Bodys By Boyd is pleased to announce it is officially open at its new location at 49643 Hartwell Rd. in Oakhurst, CA.

The sub headline under the Hertz bankruptcy is “Hertz fire sale will flood the used car market and depress prices.”

The parent company of Advantage Rent A Car, Advantage Opco LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 26.

Tesla has implemented a series of price adjustments for the Model S, Model 3 and Model X.

The National Automobile Dealers Association, the American International Automobile Dealers Association and the Auto Care Association were among the more than 200 diverse trade associations and other groups calling for Congress to provide temporary and targeted liability relief legislation through an initiative pushed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest overhaul of small-business aid in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the pandemic.

A well known auto body shop in Eureka, CA, is shifting from car repairs to making face shields.

Midland, MI, located in the central part of the state, and the surrounding area is in chaos after two local dams failed.

Polyvance is currently offering two types of hand sanitizer to help fill the supply gap in today’s market.

Mecum's auction of the Eddie Vannoy Collection was originally scheduled to run June 3-7, but due to COVID-19, this auction is now being pushed back to a future date this year, yet to be determined.

Thursday, 28 May 2020 16:38

On the Lighter Side: Watch a 1940's Milk Truck Show Off its Hot Rod Status

Written by Donna Fuscaldo, Interesting Engineering

One car enthusiast turned a 1940's milk truck into a rusty hot rod sensation.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 23:01

List of Standardized ADAS Names Released

Following up on recommendations from late 2019, the Society of Automotive Engineers, Consumer Reports, AAA, J.D. Power and the National Safety Council have worked together and created a standardized list of names for specific, individual Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) systems.

Automation is at work in the automotive industry.

In response to an idea from New York police officers concerned about the coronavirus, Ford announced May 27 it's launching a "heated sanitation software" technology, available now, that essentially cooks away viruses inside 2013-2019 Police Interceptor SUVs.

COVID-19 forced companies and consumers to adapt rapidly to stressful circumstances.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance was shocked last year when former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn left Japan and arrived in Lebanon on a private jet, coming from Turkey on Dec. 30 to escape Japan’s “rigged” system of justice.

Advanced Color Proofing is the latest advancement in company's proprietary ColorNet software; Provides greater insight into a color's blendability and saves body shops time and money.

A Jersey Shore used car dealer tried to sell desperately-needed personal protective equipment to New York City officials at a 400% markup as part of a $45 million COVID-19 price-gouging scheme, federal authorities charged.

At the election Nov. 3, Californians will decide a ballot initiative that addresses whether app-based drivers should be classified as independent contractors.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:28

The Tesla Dilemma: Texas or Tulsa

When news broke that Tesla had announced the finalists for its next Gigafactory, which actually could be called a Terafactory based on the expected cell production output, comparisons between Austin, TX, and Tulsa, OK, were rampant across social media.

As carmakers and tier suppliers restart manufacturing following shutdowns created by the coronavirus pandemic, unstable demand for service parts has been testing those responsible for their manufacture and distribution.

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, a national leader in specialized technical training, including automotive technology, the skilled trades, health care, IT, culinary and cosmetology, announced it has re-opened its Denver, CO, campus and resumed on-site instruction on a limited basis.

Mercedes-AMG has a new CEO after the brand’s former head honcho, Tobias Moers, moved to Aston Martin Lagonda.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is pleased to announce scholarship awards totaling $19,500 to help automotive service and collision repair students pay for tuition or tools during the 2020-21 school year.

Allstate is extending its Shelter-in-Place Payback through June 30 for personal auto insurance customers as they drive less and get in fewer accidents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Though the state remains in stage 2 of California's reopening plan, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced May 26 that hair salons and barbershops may now open back up in those counties already approved for "accelerated reopening."

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reopened its stamping plant and the assembly plant in the central Mexican city of Toluca where it makes the Jeep Compass SUV, the automaker said.

A new analysis of how governors have responded to the coronavirus threat indicates residents in Midwest and Western states are experiencing the least coronavirus restrictions. The exception is Illinois, which has the most restrictions in the U.S.

Ryan Dolan, CEO of Dolan Auto Group, says the month like it’s cursed.

A Ford MPG lawsuit allegedly should be dismissed because the owners who sued apparently don't understand the word "estimated."

The latest software release of ProDemand® auto repair information from Mitchell 1 includes a new Quick Link for tire information and lifting points that combines essential information to help technicians work safely and efficiently.

 

Used-car sales this month are likely to be about two-thirds of what they were a year ago, but more than double the total from April.

The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be yet another obstacle for the self-driving and ride-sharing movement, delaying the widely touted arrival of next-generation automotive technology.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:35

Hertz Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Hertz Global Holdings announced May 22 the company and some of its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes announced it has launched a Sikkens Vehicle Refinishes website specific to the U.S. market.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued an opinion providing helpful language policyholders and their counsel will likely cite in support of arguments for insurance covering business interruption losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns has bold plans to fill the 6.2-million-square-foot facility he bought from General Motors last year.

As part of Gov. Greg Abbott's attempt to begin reviving the economy, myriad Texas businesses can reopen May 22.

House lawmakers formally advanced a resolution May 21 to terminate Pennsylvania’s disaster declaration for COVID-19 in an attempt to relieve economic pressure from the state-enforced shut down.

With its Fremont, CA, factory operating once more, American electric car maker Tesla has decided to formally withdraw its lawsuit against Alameda County, which it filed earlier this month over officials’ refusal to allow the electric car production facility to reopen.

The data series used by KAR Global Analytical Services goes back to 1994---another time when Major League Baseball wasn’t being played, but for a far different reason than the current coronavirus pandemic.

Automotive industry veteran Sandy Munro is a familiar face and voice in the electric car sector.

From a very young age, Kendall Riecken knew his career path would involve automobiles.

Although traffic has decreased across the country as people shelter in place for the coronavirus pandemic, dangerous car crashes have increased as the enticing open roads allow drivers to speed, according to Newsy.

The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non-profit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, announces their new CAPA Standard 703 for automotive sensors.

Safelite Solutions (Safelite) recently sent a notice to its shops alerting them of new recalibration pricing from many of its insurance clients.

Alleged Subaru acceleration problems have caused a class action lawsuit that alleges 2012-2018 Subaru Forester, 2015-2019 Subaru Legacy and 2015-2019 Subaru Outback vehicles have defects that cause sudden unintended acceleration.

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

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, auto body shops have been forced to step up their vehicle sanitization efforts.

When the Paycheck Protection Program was announced as a part of the CARES Act in late March, the general consensus among small business owners was that this sounded too good to be true.

May 20 was the first day in two months that all 50 states were, at least partially, reopened.

It is still unclear whether employers will be held liable for workers’ compensation claims associated with COVID-19.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show that as Americans began driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads became more lethal.

Ford Motor Company shut down its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan on May 20 after learning a worker tested positive for coronavirus, and released its early shift at about 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:56

On the Lighter Side: Exotic Vintage Barn Finds Stashed Away in Old Buick Dealership

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

An inconspicuous former Buick dealership is hiding an astonishing collection of exotic Italian supercars, British sports cars and American muscle.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 16:54

Dynabrade, Inc., Founder Passes

Walter N. Welsch, founder of Clarence, NY-based power tool manufacturer Dynabrade, Inc., died May 16. He was 96.

Season Five of ROADKILL GARAGE Premieres Wednesday, May 20 on the MotorTrend App

Car-Part.com’s CEO and vice president released a letter, informing customers how the company is working to mitigate the effects of the current pandemic while providing service to customers and relief to those impacted.

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