Assured Performance announced the launch of their national “Five-Star Business Performance” program, focusing on maximizing the success of their Certified Repair Provider Network.

The dominance of Tesla in the U.S. market has continued to soldier on this year, even with an aging lineup and a handful of competitors entering the emissions-free segment.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Park Place Dealerships, based in Dallas, Texas, for $1 billion in an all-cash transaction, excluding vehicle inventory.

Monday, 16 December 2019 17:40

In Reverse: The 1980s – The Formation of the SCRS

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At the dawn of the 1980s, the collision repair industry was going through some fundamental changes with the advent of business computers, cars with unibody construction, advances in paint technology, repair technology and the introduction of aftermarket parts.

On Dec. 10, the North Carolina Association of Collision and Automotive Repair (NCACAR) and the South Carolina Association of Collision and Automotive Repair (SCACAR) announced their imminent merger, effective Jan. 1, 2020, to form the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA).

The name Caroll Hall Shelby, whose story is hitting the big screen in the movie Ford vs. Ferrari, is synonymous with the American muscle car.

A United States Senator who has been vocal about his opposition to Tesla’s Autopilot software is doubling down after a driver utilizing the driver-assist feature in his Model 3 rear-ended a police cruiser in Connecticut on the evening of Dec. 7, 2019. 

Columbus County, NC, woman is accused of falsely claiming car damage from crash involving a deer, the state said.

Kyle Van Pelt wants to be prepared for anything.

A Subaru positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve recall has been issued for more than 57,000 vehicles that may need new engines.

Students and instructors of the automotive department’s collision program can expect to see changes to the shop and the learning curriculum for the coming years.

Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:03

Florida AOB Legislation Dies in Committee

Florida’s Senate Banking and Insurance committee meeting ended in a split four-to-four vote on proposed legislation that proponents claimed would help decrease alleged auto glass repair and replacement fraud.

The Tesla Model 3 has been recognized by Edmunds as the Best Electric Vehicle of the Year in its 2020 #TopRated list.

CIECA announced that the First Notice of Loss (FNOL) Implementation Guide and Appendix C have been updated to include instructions on how to include a scan to the Business Message Suite (BMS) FNOL message.

On Dec. 3, the Knoxville I-CAR Committee met for lunch at Calhoun’s On The River in order to elect officers for 2020 and recognize sponsors of the committee’s 2019 golf outing fundraiser to express appreciation for their support.

The Indianhead Auto Body Association has existed for 37 years, serving the northwest corner of Wisconsin.

Thursday, 12 December 2019 15:09

Car-Deer Accidents Up, Delaying Repairs

The cost of fixing your car after hitting a deer might not be the worst part about it.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:23

CARSTAR Bill Alexander Ford Opens in Yuma, AZ

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Bill Alexander Ford, located at 801 E. 32nd Street Yuma, AZ, 85365.

Group 1 Automotive, Inc., an international, Fortune 500 automotive retailer, announced the expansion of its business presence in the New Mexico market with the acquisition of two Lexus dealerships.

Investigators from the California Department of Insurance, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol have arrested four suspects for alleged involvement in an organized auto fraud ring reportedly costing insurers $500,000.

Local business operator hosts dignitaries and local officials at Spanesi Americas located at 123 Ambassador Dr STE 107, Naperville, IL, 60540, to discuss the value of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) trade agreement being discussed in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:30

Elon Musk Hints at More Compact Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the Cybertruck might have more compact dimensions when it rolls out in 2021.

Another state insurance commissioner is warning auto insurers about the overuse of photo estimates when making settlement offers.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:37

Body Shop in Rushford, MN, Finds New Home

Leigh and Kayla Volkman owned and operated L&L Volkman Auto Body Repair in Rushford, MN, for four and a half years before an opportunity came up that they couldn’t turn down.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has fined Harr Motor Co. for violating the air pollution and hazardous waste regulations at two Worcester, MA, facilities.

Classic Collision Inc., an Atlanta-based collision repair company, announced that it has acquired Carolina Auto Body across the South Florida region.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 15:49

Jan. 21 CIECAst Webinar Announced

CIECA announced its next CIECAst webinar: “It’s 2020: Where Are Claims & the Collision Repair Market Heading?”

A Tesla Model 3 driver who crashed into a parked police vehicle and then hit a disabled car says he was checking on his dog in the rear seat when the crash occurred.

Albert Davis and his brothers own and operate Davis Brothers Auto Parts in Rosenberg, Texas, but his daughter can show him a thing or two about fixing cars.

A Ford "death wobble" lawsuit alleges the automaker concealed and omitted information about suspension problems in 2005-2019 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks.

Monday, 09 December 2019 16:48

On the Lighter Side: Jaw-Dropping Custom Big Rig Took Seven Years and $7 Million to Build

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Video of a remarkable-looking custom semi-truck recently went viral on several trucking social media pages.

Monday, 09 December 2019 16:14

New Calibration-Only Shop Sees Success

The Calibration Station is open and has already gotten positive feedback, as its primary focus is on recalibrations.

Darlington County, SC, deputies are investigating multiple thefts from an area body shop.

A bill that aims to “[make] it an unfair insurance practice for an insurance company, agent, or adjuster to knowingly fail to pay a claim to the claimant or repairer to the extent the claimant’s vehicle is repaired in conformance with applicable manufacturer’s procedures” has been pre-filed in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Friday, 06 December 2019 16:53

GM, LG Chem to Build Ohio Battery Plant

General Motors (GM) and LG Chem announced plans to mass-produce battery cells for future battery-electric vehicles.

Friday, 06 December 2019 16:23

GM CCA Grows My GM Partner Perks

General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales announced milestone growth, as well as a new enhancement to my GM Partner Perks.

Texas State Technical College's Auto Collision and Management Technology program celebrated the end of the fall semester at its barbecue on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Thursday, 05 December 2019 21:59

Axalta Innovates From a R&D Center in PA

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, celebrated the one-year anniversary of delivering new technologies to its customers around the world from its Global Innovation Center, the world's largest research and development (R&D) center dedicated to coatings and color located in Philadelphia's historic Navy Yard.

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition announced that it has turned in 102,000 signatures to ensure an initiative petition to enact a much-needed update to the Commonwealth's Right to Repair law reaches the 2020 ballot.

A development that an expert on the topic discussed during Used Car Week 2019 arrived on Wednesday, Dec. 4, involving older models that might be in your inventory or run sheet.

CarNow senior vice president of product and business development Aaron Baldwin said Northwood University, located in Midland, MI, is “best in class in producing talented automotive leaders.” Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education.

CARSTAR, North America’s leading provider of premier collision repairs, is celebrating a North American milestone of raising over $4 million for cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy.

In a recent podcast discussion Elon Musk had with AI expert Lex Fridman about artificial intelligence, consciousness, and Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink, an interesting question arose about Tesla’s role as an educator in that realm.

A batch of students who attended the first-ever Tesla START program at the Electric Vehicle Training Center in Miami Dade College’s (MDC) West Campus graduated.

U.S. District Court Judge Carlos E. Mendoza denied Allstate’s request to dismiss Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly’s counterclaim.

Sun Prairie, WI, resident Richard Schierloh lives a full life at 87.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Tacoma, WA.

During a recent VeriFacts Guild 21 webinar, industry veteran James Spears talked about the future of the collision repair industry.

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 23:20

IAA Renews Commitment to CIECA Standards

IAA renewed its commitment to CIECA and the CIECA standards.

During a ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, 14 Indiana nonprofit organizations from 12 counties were awarded capital grants totaling $110,108.22 by the SIA Foundation.

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 19:39

GM to Lay Off 800 Workers at Detroit-Hamtramck

General Motors (GM) will lay off 814 hourly and salaried workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck, MI, Assembly Plant starting Feb. 28.

Collision Industry Conference (CIC) committees in Las Vegas in November tackled topics ranging from better welding practices to OEM procedures and new ways of documenting increasingly detailed vehicle test drives.

Fear not, ladies—the Girls Behind the Gun paint suit is made just for you and is finally here!

See below for a list of regional automotive association events coming up in January.

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 15:22

UV Symach Technology is Born

Symach has developed a new UVA-LEDtronic technology for drying and curing UV coating products.

Lucid Motors, together with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and local officials, celebrate the start of construction of its electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, AZ.

Rim Country, AZ, residents have a new option for auto body repair, paint, windshield replacement and more.

On Nov. 9, ASA-FL hosted its inaugural Florida Foundations Training and Trade Expo at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, FL.

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