Matt's Automotive Service Center is back to where it began.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced an Idaho Falls woman was sentenced Monday for insurance fraud.

One man was shot during a overnight attempted burglary on Feb. 10 at an autobody repair shop at 115 Cinnamon Drive.

As part of its dedication to the future of the collision repair industry and safe and proper repairs, Audatex, a Solera Company, donated over $2 million in software subscriptions to schools with collision repair educational programs in the United States in partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, an initiative that provides students with the opportunity to learn on the same software utilized in today’s shops.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie R. Hoffman issued an order today that both grants and denies parts of an emergency motion filed in the ongoing battle between the plaintiff, Allstate Insurance Company (Allstate) and defendants, Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is excited to announce the creation of their new “Part of the Solution” initiative which provides dealers and dealer groups with an opportunity to support future technicians by donating leftover parts that would otherwise be discarded, allowing students to train on current model vehicles.

PPG announced that it is continuing its long-standing support of Team Penske by serving as a primary sponsor for numerous races throughout the 2020 season in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS), the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and the NTT IndyCar Series.

Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas are home to many prominent civic and business leaders. Each year, the Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) honors only a select few of those who contribute so much to these Tampa Bay Communities. 

The coronavirus outbreak in China threatens to have long-lasting effects on the global car market with auto supply chain issues and a national slump in sales, CNN Business reports.

 As more and more automakers begin the transition to electric vehicles, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Tesla’s intense focus on batteries was right all along.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:30

That’s It! He’s Had it! Part 2

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Owning and operating a collision shop today is a daunting task. It’s not uncommon to hear some owners say that they would just as soon get out and close their shop… but then, what would they do?

Monday, 10 February 2020 23:06

Tech Institute Visits Midway High, NC

Inside the automotive shop at Midway High School, a group of students gathered around Battle Wilson as he revved up a Kawasaki KX250, while gripping the handlebars.

Fix Auto Orangevale, a recognized leader in auto body repairs throughout the Sacramento area, has won the Best of Orangevale Auto Body Repair award 3 years in a row.

Tesla is set to resume production of its Giga Shanghai factory in China on February 10, following a multi-week-long shutdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Amazon is developing 100,000 electric-powered delivery vehicles in Detroit, due to hit the road by 2021.

Audi TT, A8, A6 and A4 vehicles need new inflators because airbags may underinflate.

The state of Florida has introduced assignment of benefit (AOB) legislation for the second time after it was defeated in the Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee last year on a split 4-4 vote.

Standing behind a blue curtain wearing a black welder’s mask, Ryland Rimmasch is already training for a career that pays more than some of his teachers at Central High make.

Monday, 10 February 2020 18:03

On the Lighter Side: The Ark: All-Terrain and Off-Road Vehicle That Fits 22 People and Can Go Anywhere

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

Sherp's latest all-terrain and off-road vehicle can sit 22 people comfortably, making it unique in the market. Called the Ark, this beast of a vehicle can go pretty much anywhere.

AutoNation, America's largest and most recognized automotive retailer, today presented a check for $720,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the United States.

Friday, 07 February 2020 22:02

Street Outlaws: Chucky vs. McCarver

Chucky and his infamous team from Detroit toe the line against Richard McCarver and his Mississippi racers.

LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Fenton announced today it has completed the installation of the largest array of solar panels on any dealership in the Midwest as part of an ongoing strategy to increase its green initiatives.

A fixture in the Lovell business community is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a new location that has more than doubled the capacity of the former operation.

Michigan is giving new scrutiny to auto insurance rates, beefing up anti-fraud investigations and mounting a public education campaign in an effort to help drivers realize savings promised in a new law that takes effect this summer, a top state official said Wednesday.

It isn’t every day that a business gets rewarded for 60 years of success. But when they do, it is always a story worth telling.

New York City’s leading auto leasing company, Signature Auto Group, known for offering a large selection of vehicle makes and models online, has this week confirmed that their business now offers Allstate Insurance and an official full-service auto body repair shop with inspection services.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garufis dismissed some and allowed some of the claims against urethane manufacturer, Sika Corporation, in an ongoing boycott lawsuit, though the judge said some of the claims were time-barred in the lawsuit’s complaint.

When Grammy-nominated pop artist Charlie Puth was in the market to restore his 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible, he first shopped the project around in his own back yard of Los Angeles.

When the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR) first launched a special fundraising initiative in 2014, the organization never could have predicted it would become an ongoing partnership that has raised more than $2 million for The Valerie Fund and hundreds of children with cancer and blood disorders.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced today that it has acquired Mark’s Casa Chevrolet and Mark’s Casa Chrysler Jeep in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 00:34

Eric Newell Joins AirPro Diagnostics

AirPro Diagnostics, LLC the leader in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and ADAS calibration solutions, is proud to announce the addition of Eric Newell to its senior leadership team as its Vice President Field Operations/Business Development.

100 students enrolled in the Fauquier County School Division’s auto body repair and auto technology classes, now have a couple more cars to work on.

Just over two decades ago, Marlene Spence entered the Autobody Repair & Paint Program at Honolulu Community College in 1997 and earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree two years later.

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 18:36

Carvana Continues California Commitment

Ernie Garcia says that as Carvana continues expanding rapidly from coast to coast, growing its reach in California is a crucial part of that effort.

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN®) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2020 Educational Conference is now open.

A Jefferson City auto body shop owner is suing MFA Oil Co. and one of its employees for an explosion that left him with serious injuries., a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Collision Repair market, announced now includes quick code mash-ups.

The explosion occured in January that took the lives of two employees of a manufacturing business in Houston also collapsed the roofs of two nearby buildings housing a Corvette restoration specialist.

Monday, 03 February 2020 19:09

On the Lighter Side: Freddie Mercury's Car Collection Is Fit for a Queen

Written by Amie Williams, Motorius

An eclectic collection of vehicles owned by Queen's lead vocalist.

Arlington Toyota will transform its Jacksonville dealership property near the northeast corner of Atlantic Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road.

Monday, 03 February 2020 17:49

More Bad News at Nissan

Nissan is shrinking again. Not in the sense that it plans to build smaller cars, but that the Japanese automaker is downsizing its workforce in an attempt to stabilize a company at risk of circling the metaphorical drain.

The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) has dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) which was filed in 2016 over publicly posting technical service bulletins (TSBs) and auto manufacturer communications.

Production of the Tesla Semi all-electric truck maybe six months ahead of schedule, as Virginia-based JK Moving Services says it is expecting its first deliveries of the all-electric semi-truck in the second half of 2020 or earlier.

Lordstown Motors plans to use a $200 million U.S. Department of Energy loan to update a former General Motors plant in Northeast Ohio.

The automotive industry responding to the need for qualified service technicians continued this week with an automaker joining the effort.

Caliber Collision graduated 12 students from its Changing Lanes program Friday, its 21st cohort since the program came to Fort Hood in April 2017, before presenting two newly rebuilt cars to Gold Star families – cars the class themselves rebuilt from the ground up.


“The core values the Army instills in them – if you break it down, they build it back,” Douglas Wilberg, director of technical training for Caliber Collision, said is what makes service members great employees.


Changing Lanes is a program within Fort Hood’s Army Career Skills Program, designed to train transitioning Soldiers and provide them a livable wage upon their departure from the military.


The program trains the Soldiers on auto body repair, with hands-on experience throughout the course, rebuilding vehicles as part of Caliber’s Recycled Rides program.


“I come from six sisters and none of them were into auto body,” former Spc. Zalma Ortiz said. “The instructors were very hands-on and they didn’t belittle you if you didn’t know something.


They sat you down and really explained why they do it that way.”


The former 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command cook said she decided to go through the Changing Lanes program because she wanted do something good in her life.


She said she never imagined how big the program actually was until she had seen the looks on the faces of the two families who received the cars the students rebuilt.

“It was emotional,” Ortiz said. “It was a bigger purpose than what we thought.”


Luiz Aleman, a military dependent and graduate of the program, said the program was a little overwhelming at first, but they were taught to sit down and plan out every step of the repair process.


“We became very close,” Aleman said. “It honestly feels like a family.”


As they repaired and rebuilt the vehicles throughout the program, Aleman admitted he had his doubts they would finish on time, but that just made them work harder.


“The damage was horrible and we didn’t know if we could finish,” he said. “But seeing the reactions today … it made it 100% worth it, knowing we’re helping people in a time of need.”


The two Gold Star families, identified as having a need of transportation by Fort Hood’s Survivor Outreach Services, were presented with the cars in a special unveiling ceremony, which included the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and the Cowboys’ mascot Rowdy.


Tears of joy fell as Anita Cabral and Jaylin Henry-Means were presented their new cars, which came at just the right time for both families.


Cabral, the widow of Cpl. Juan Cabral Banuelos, said the new vehicle will help provide her livelihood, as she drives to and from work.


“I’m absolutely speechless,” she said. “My truck, my only transportation, the transmission is about to go out and I don’t have any other vehicle.”


Henry-Means, the widower of Pvt. Jacques Means from Killeen, said the last two years have been difficult, which makes Caliber Collision’s generosity even more special.


“Thank y’all so much. There’s not enough words to show my gratitude,” Henry-Means said. “I truly thank every single one of you.”


Since Caliber Collision developed the Changing Lanes program at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 2016, they have graduated more than 200 people across the country.


Changing Lanes cohorts take place at Fort Hood, Fort Bragg and Fort Carson, Colorado.


“Caliber’s purpose is to restore the lives of our teammates, of our customers,” Todd Dillender, executive vice president of operations for Caliber Collision – West Coast, said.


“That’s why I wake up every day. We’re especially devoted to the men and women of the armed forces.”


Caliber Collision will continue its partnership with the Dallas Cowboys by helping sponsor the Cowboys’ annual combine at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.


Just like the NFL Scouting Combine, it will test the athleticism and resilience of the competitors, which brings together troops and first responders from across the states of Texas and Oklahoma.


The preliminary combine will be held on March 20. The event will culminate with the fourth annual Heroes Day, April 4. Competing to announce a draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys, 50 finalists will test their athletic ability through a series of drills, before a male and female winner is chosen.


We thank the Fort Hood Sentinel for reprint permission:

Friday, 31 January 2020 21:46

Street Outlaws: Fastest in America

The war continues between Team NOLA and Texas in a matchup that comes down to who can race best under pressure.

Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies arrested a Macon man for theft of a vehicle.

The start of the new year meant a new job title for Adam Koster: Owner of Paullina Body Shop.

Smaller, lesser-known insurers received the highest marks from collision repairers asked to grade the auto insurers’ claims practices in the 2020 CRASH Network “Insurer Report Card.”

Pro Spot delegates from across the nation have been invited to Headquarters in sunny California for the Pro Spot Distributor Advisory Council meeting.

Waymo LLC announced on social media that it is expanding testing of its autonomous trucks and minivans to Texas and parts of New Mexico.

Thursday, 30 January 2020 20:22

ASE Announces New Officers for 2020

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has announced the officers for its 2020 board of directors.

Rivian has teamed up with Ford to develop and produce an electric vehicle for Lincoln: Ford’s luxury brand that has produced comfortable and stylish sedans and SUVs since 1917.

The President has signed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal in a ceremony that took place at the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

Some of Marion’s generous individuals and businesses were recognized Tuesday evening at the regular City Council meeting.

CIECA announced its next CIECAst webinar will feature Mike Anderson, owner and president of Collision Advice.

Authors John Stuef and Amy Bradshaw announced the release of their book, “From Doing to Leading: Your Guide for Inspiring People on the Front Lines.”

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