Precision Auto Works of Long Island City, an I-CAR Gold Class body shop located in Queens, NY, has added Subaru to its growing list of manufacturer certifications.

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 22:23

Truck Driving Could Soon Be a Desk Job

On the week on June 17, for likely the first time, a heavy-duty commercial truck drove for 9.4 miles on the Florida Turnpike with no one inside. 

Pennsylvanian Russell Fish was "paranoid about everything," so much so, he even locked his bedroom door each night, his daughter said.

I was recently over at my best friend Greg Thompson’s house and his son, Jarrett Thompson, stopped by.

On June 20-21, the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) hosted its semi-annual Regional Meet-up in conjunction with CAWA’s Leadership Conference in Goleta, CA.

BASF is supporting 2018 SkillsUSA winner Dylan Wertz who will represent the United States at the 2019 WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.

Matt Parker (R), owner of Parker Auto Body, has announced his intention to run for Louisiana State Senate, challenging Jay Morris (R) and incumbent Senator Jim Fannin (R).

On June 8, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its 3rd Annual Skeet Shoot at Elm Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas.

On June 14-15, the 2019 Southern Automotive Repair Conference (SARC) took place at the Jung Hotel in New Orleans, LA.

As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, CARSTAR, North America’s largest premier network of independently owned and operated collision repair facilities, is ready to kick off a tremendous gathering for its North American franchise partners, vendors, insurance carriers and industry leaders in Chicago this summer.

Mike Anderson of Collision Advice said the “Who Pays for What?” surveys he has been conducting for several years in conjunction with CRASH Network are building awareness in the industry about “not-included” labor operations shops are performing, but may not think to bill for estimates and invoices.

On June 6-9, the Automotive Aftermarket Association of the Southeast (AAAS) held its 2019 Conference and Trade Show at the Sandestin Village of Baytowne Wharf in Destin, FL.

Symach's disassembly Inventory Table creates a clear path and an organized, complete, and mapped out set of steps for any hardware needed for the reassembly process of the vehicles.

 

Takata airbags were used widely across the automotive market, and when the airbags were found to be defective, recalls from just about all automakers and several class action suits resulted.

On June 19, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted the newest installment in its Webinar Wednesday series.

AASP/NJ hosted its 8th Annual Race Night on June 11 at RPM Raceway in Jersey City, NJ.

BMW of North America announced on June 26, 2019, the openings of two new technician training facilities in Spartanburg, SC, and Atlanta, GA, and the expansion of training capacity in Ontario, CA, and at the company’s headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.

Over the past several years, more and more autonomous features have been embedded in cars.

At the end of May, the Automotive Service Association of Colorado (ASA-CO) Board of Directors gathered to award two $2000 scholarships to Lincoln Tech students Kevin Gayton and Kyle Martin.

Mini is not in the best shape in North America these days.

Friday, 28 June 2019 15:24

Uncertain Times for U.S. Auto Industry

A new Edmunds report says 2019 has been a year of contrasts for automakers as they struggle to find a new normal amid rising interest rates, waning demand, dramatic growth in the used market and uncertain government policies.

In the recent issue of Ford’s On Target newsletter, aimed at Ford and Lincoln wholesalers and the collision repair industry, the automaker details the importance of “proper fixed glass repairs.”

IHS Markit has released new research that shows the average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S.  has risen again this year to 11.8 years.

Foundation Automotive Corporation, one of United States' and Canada's newest and fastest growing automotive corporations, announced on June 26, 2019, that they have added five new dealerships to their US presence.

PPG announced that it has expanded its PPG ONECHOICE® UV primer system to include a handheld ultraviolet (UV) LED cure light to provide a speedier solution.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Mitsubishi Motors North America officials announced on June 25, 3019, that the automaker will relocate its headquarters to Franklin, TN, from Cypress, CA.

A U.S. District Court of California judge has set the date for the settlement hearing for an ongoing legal battle between Billy Glenn and Hyundai.

Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:44

Casting Call: Headline Your Own TV Series

Do you have what it takes to have your own show on the Discovery Channel’s "Motor Mondays"?

Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:27

On the Lighter Side: 25 Ugly Cars That Should Have Never Left the Assembly Line

Written by Saundra Latham, Cheapism.com

Design might be subjective, but when it's time to drop thousands of dollars on a car, we want it to look good — or, at the very least, not eye-searingly bad.

Garmat USA announced today that it has received an investment from MPE Partners (“MPE” or “Morgenthaler Private Equity”).

BASF refinish customers A-1 Toyota and Balise Collision were both recently named as 2018 Shops of the Year by Toyota Certified Collision Centers (TCCC).

Steve Gieske can tell you exactly when it became harder to keep his body shop employees at the Regional Transportation District (RTD): May 2017, when the mother of all hail storms hit Northern Colorado.

Geico’s Florida lawsuit against Shazam Auto Glass, LLC, and its owner, Sean Martineau, might have a new date in court.

Three people are dead following an apparent workplace shooting at a Ford dealership in Morgan Hill, CA, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 16:50

Tesla Wins Legal Battle to Sell Vehicles in Virginia

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

Tesla now has the legal right to operate a dealership in Virginia after a fight with the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA) over the issue of an auto manufacturer not selling its cars through independent dealerships.

Electronic Claims Services (ECS) has renewed its commitment to CIECA and the CIECA standards.

Do you know what to do when your car gets towed?

A Hyundai and Kia fire lawsuit alleges recalls ordered to repair Theta II engine problems didn't do enough to protect millions of customers from the risk of finding their vehicles in flames.

In an effort to reduce the tech shortage problem, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) is sponsoring the North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program.

On May 21, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held its May meeting, attracting a full house of collision repair professionals.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the June 25, 2019 opening of a collision repair center in Austin, Texas.

VehicleOwnersGuide.com, a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Collision Repair market, announced the addition of ScrubberWiki to EstimateScrubber.com.

PPG announced that it is preparing for one of the most popular automotive events in the U.S. – the annual Goodguys PPG Nationals, which are taking place July 12-14 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.

In John Shoemaker's presentation, he will talk about damage assessment documentation.

Fix Auto USA was named as a finalist for the Best Local Marketing Initiative in Search Engine Land’s annual awards search.

Monday, 24 June 2019 20:22

25th Annual AASP-MN Golf Outing Highlights

Written by Alexis Wilson

On Tuesday, June 18, 128 golfers and 23 sponsoring companies enjoyed a beautiful day golfing and socializing at the 25th Annual AASP-MN Golf Outing at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, MN.

Global public health organization NSF International announced on June 20, 2019, it will discontinue its Automotive Parts Certification program and affiliated automotive certification and registration programs, effective September 30, 2019.

Pro Spot announces a new team member to their European division. We are excited to welcome Frank Kirmis as our new Director of Sales and OEM Relationships for Europe and Asia.

On August 11, 2008, Michael Mazik, 24, was involved in a serious automobile accident on a highway in Riverside County.

Monday, 24 June 2019 18:22

On the Lighter Side: Historic Ferrari Worth Millions Stolen During Test Drive

Written by Nancy Bilyeau, The Vintage News

A stolen Ferrari was reported in a daring theft in plain view.

Friday, 21 June 2019 21:01

Auto Glass Bill Passes in Both Houses

New Hampshire might have a new law on its hands, since one of its bills has been approved by both the House and the Senate and is headed to its Governor.

After almost 23 years, news hit that Jason Bartanen, I-CAR’s director of industry technical relations, was leaving the organization.

Friday, 21 June 2019 19:22

Street Outlaws: Racing Twin Turbos

On the next "Street Outlaws," On the second night of Cash Days, 405 racers must match up and race, while still fighting to knock out the only remaining Texas driver.

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

Mike's Auto Body's nationally recognized Benevolence Program has given away 81 vehicles to deserving individuals, families and non-profit organizations over the past 19 years.

An interview with GM CEO Mary Barra from Axios has provided some of the executive’s insights about full self-driving solutions, competition from Tesla and the Detroit-based company’s strategy for the deployment of its autonomous driving tech.

Tripp’s Auto Body Shop had just purchased a new location on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley, CA, with plans to expand when disaster struck in the form of a giant sinkhole in January 2017.

Slow-moving vehicles (SMV), such as farm tractors and other equipment, will be able to travel at higher speeds on New York roads, starting on June 26, 2019.

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