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AutoNation, Inc., America's largest and most recognized automotive retailer, announced Aug. 19 the company continues its aggressive approach to streamline its business.

It’s one storm after another for the cyber insurance market.

Thursday, 20 August 2020 19:32

Judge Dismisses Arizona AOB Fraud Lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Brnovich approved the stipulation for dismissal in the suit between Government Employees Insurance Co., GEICO Indemnity Co., GEICO General Insurance Company and GEICO Casualty Co. (collectively GEICO) and defendants Auto Glass Express (AGE) and its owners and managers, Danielle Dean and Saxton Lafasto, for an alleged fraudulent scheme.

It’s been seven months since California’s Assembly Bill 5---the law that was intended to force companies to reclassify gig workers as employees---went into effect.

Health officials in California are starting to consider what steps to take once a second attempt is made to reopen the state’s economy as the coronavirus infection rate continues to improve.

Ford Motor Company and its employees around the world raised a total of $1,133,447 for coronavirus relief over the last four months.

In March, the U.S. came to a screeching halt. Schools closed, businesses shut down and the national economy saw its largest decline in more than a decade.

CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) announced its next CIECAST webinar will be held at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday, Sept. 17, “Collision Industry Disruptions: What They Are & How They Will Disrupt the Industry.”

Thursday, 20 August 2020 16:03

Scanning the COVID-19 Litigation Scene

Six months into our shared national adventure with SARS-CoV-2, mere words have lost their power to frame the gravity of the moment.

A third of classes this fall at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE, are being offered in person.

Americans lose $40 billion a year to insurance fraud, according to the FBI. Even if you don’t have any run-ins with your insurance company, rates go up $400 to $700 a year due to insurance fraud.

On Aug. 14, a deserving Houston recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor Allstate and vehicle repair partner Joe Myers Collision, a Berkshire Hathaway Automotive company.

Two major auto insurers have been approved for rate decreases for private passenger policies in Louisiana, state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said Aug. 17.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced Aug. 19 the opening of a Gerber Collision & Glass in Cornelius, NC.

Jim Ellis Automotive Group understands school supplies do not include just bookbags, paper and writing utensils nowadays.

AAA Car Subscription now offers 55 Volkswagen e-Golf electric vehicles available for short-term subscription in the Sacramento area as part of Electrify America’s Green City initiative.

A recent press release from electric car maker Lucid Motors has revealed the company will be rolling out its flagship Air sedan with a rather interesting feature: V2X.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 16:58

Auto Club Warns Vehicles Could Cause Wildfires

Vehicles have been the cause of some of California’s largest, most expensive fires, including the 2017 Carr Fire near Redding.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 16:48

Several Updates Made in AOB Suit in FL

A Florida Middle courtroom has been filled with filings lately in the legal assignment of benefits (AOB) battle between Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and defendants Auto Glass America (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty claims and collision repair industries, announced Aug. 19 the availability of the Mitchell® Cloud Glass solution, a glass repair and replacement system that directly links OEM repair procedures found in the Mitchell® TechAdvisor database to National Auto Glass Specifications (NAGS.)

California opened a new front in its battle against Uber and Lyft over their classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, with the state’s labor commissioner on Aug. 5 filing suit against the two companies.

U.S. Army veteran Vance Walczak took a walk with family after he returned home from a yearlong tour of duty in Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 15:58

On the Lighter Side: The Hyperion XP1 Is A Hydrogen Powerhouse With A 1,000 Mile Range

Written by Chris Young, Interesting Engineering

Hyperion says it's more interested in promoting the benefits of hydrogen fuel than competing with Tesla.

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced Aug. 18 that Service King Collision has named CCC its parts eCommerce provider.

Insurers are making a bundle on personal auto because claims have plummeted, but the long-term outlook for the line isn’t so rosy, analysts say.

Bollinger Motors has moved its headquarters to a larger facility in Oak Park, MI, to accommodate the rapid company-wide personnel expansion as it ramps up toward production.

As the Trump administration prepares to roll back emission standards for light-duty cars and trucks, a consortium of automakers and California have agreed on a voluntary framework to reduce emissions that can serve as an alternative path forward for clean vehicle standards nationwide.

President Donald Trump approved a major federal disaster declaration for Iowa on Aug. 17, less than 24 hours after Gov. Kim Reynolds sent him a request that detailed nearly $4 billion needed to assist with recovery from last week's derecho. 

National Auto Parts Warehouse (NPW), a family-owned automotive aftermarket parts distributor with a nationwide presence, and Icahn Automotive Group, LLC (IAG), which owns and operates Auto Plus, a leading automotive aftermarket parts distributor, and Pep Boys automotive retail and service locations, announced Aug. 18 they have completed NPW’s acquisition of substantially all Auto Plus assets in Washington state and Oregon.

Key Choice Collision Centers is opening its doors for potential new partners in the Midwest region for the first time in the network’s 13-year history.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey (AASP/NJ) is making final tweaks to its upcoming virtual NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show, happening Aug. 21-23.

“[The] American Automobile Association (AAA) has repeatedly found that active driving assistance systems do not perform consistently, especially in real-word scenarios,” said Greg Brannon, AAA automotive engineering and industry relations director, speaking about a recent AAA study.

Back in 2019---those simple, carefree times---a 656-ft. carrier cargo ship called the MV Golden Ray started listing only 23 minutes after its departure from the Port of Brunswick on Sept. 8.

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting franchisee Matt Davlin believes it is part of his responsibility as a business owner to give back to his community.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a windshield recall for select Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) models.

COVID-19 is crushing a wide array of small businesses as stay-at-home orders forced closures. Some owners are even taking the drastic action to wind down the operation for good.

Floridians will be among participants in a pilot program the Trump administration is launching to not only test a potential COVID-19 vaccine but also how it would be distributed.

Entities in Tennessee no longer can be sued for COVID-19-related damages, except in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Small-town custom car fabricator Chad Hiltz takes on his first build under his new banner at Hiltz Automotive.

The owner of auto body shops in Everett and Worcester, MA, was charged Aug. 12 with a payroll tax scheme resulting in a $292,231 tax loss. 

Five months ago, as the coronavirus pandemic surged across the nation, the urgency to build more critical care ventilators swelled to meet a shortage of the life saving machines.

The passenger vehicle market is undoubtedly transitioning towards electric cars, but the electrification of the trucking industry is arguably still in its infancy.

Fix Auto USA on Aug. 17 announced its newest location to the growing network, Fix Auto Temple City in Los Angeles, CA.

I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced it will extend free access to its Repairability Technical Support™ (RTS) Portal through the end of the year.

Tesla, which has been testing an insurance product for its drivers in California, is preparing to build an insurer, one CEO Elon Musk says will be “revolutionary.” And he’s inviting actuaries to join his cause.

The following is an executive summary of Gallup and the Knight Foundation's annual report on American views on trust, media and democracy.

A Fort Gibson, OK, woman was charged Aug. 13 with embezzling more than $200,000 from a Muskogee, OK, business over a period of about seven years.

The collision repair industry recently had the opportunity to attend the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) open board meeting, held virtually in July.

Construction begins in Queen Creek on a $5.8 million dual tenant building for Gerber Collision & Glass, one of the largest collision shop consolidators in North America, and privately-held Enterprise Holdings, known publicly as Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

PPG announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for a research initiative aimed at developing energy-efficient coatings systems for the automotive industry.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, announced Aug. 11 availability of Hyundai structural repair procedures and material guidelines in Mitchell’s software.

Michigan is angling to build a first-in-the-nation connected and autonomous vehicle corridor in the state's southeast corner, the latest bid to ensure the region remains the epicenter of an auto industry moving rapidly into a technology-driven future.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Aug. 13 the Senate will not hold any more votes until Sept. 8, though members will remain on 24-hour notice in case a coronavirus stimulus deal is reached.

For the second year in a row, Subaru ranks highest in mainstream brand loyalty, according to J.D. Power’s 2020 U.S. Automotive Loyalty Study.

The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) is excited to announce its next chairman as Darrel Amberson, president of operations for LaMettry’s Collision in Henderson, MN.

The type of culture your organization demonstrates every day---behaviors, actions, decisions---has an impact on employee motivation, customer satisfaction, productivity, performance and retention.

The CIC has replaced its Insurer-Repairer Committee with an Industry Relations Committee, seeking progress and greater understanding on issues that affect all other segments of the industry as well.

For several months, a debate has raged in Pennsylvania between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican majorities in the state Legislature over whether the administration’s coronavirus restrictions are appropriate or too restrictive.

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