Our industry is using technology like never before to reimagine the consumer claim and repair experience.

George Lesniak, Autel’s director of sales and training, said one of the biggest challenges for shops working to follow OEM collision repair procedures – in particular, the steps necessary for calibration of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) – is the variation among automakers.

It appears that Tesla’s highly-anticipated Pickup Truck is still poised to be unveiled sometime this coming November.

Collision repair businesses of all sizes have a potential talent pool of new employees, including those concluding their service in the U.S. military, according to a speaker at this past summer’s Collision Industry Conference in Indianapolis.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the opening of a collision repair center in Gonzales, LA.

Michigan automobile owners are eagerly anticipating next summer’s promised relief from the nation’s highest car insurance rates.

Many collision repairers are familiar with the process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Theory of Constraints and Six Sigma.

I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has announced that Walt Rundell, an instructor at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, will receive the 2019 I-CAR Platinum/Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award.

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced that a new customer engagement milestone was reached through its CCC ONE Platform.

Chicago Autohaus finished a complete revamp.

Flagstaff Nissan Subaru announced that its third annual Trunk-Or-Treat event will be held at both of its dealership locations: Flagstaff Nissan at 4960 E. Marketplace Drive and Flagstaff Subaru at 4910 E. Marketplace in Flagstaff, AZ.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 16:19

Geico RICO FL Lawsuit Could See a New Timeline

The ongoing lawsuit between Geico Insurance Co. (Geico) and Shazam Auto Glass, LLC, (Shazam) and its owner, Sean Martineau has newly proposed court dates following requests for additional time.

There is never a boring day at Thurston’s Plus Auto Body and Automotive, located in Emporia, KS.

Many of us have been on diets over the years.

The user experience of Tesla’s electric cars is centered mostly on the vehicles’ large, high-resolution displays.

Each year, I apply various presentation themes, and this year, I based my theme on something Wayne Gretzky, the legendary hockey player, once said.

On Friday, Sept. 27, the St. Louis I-CAR Committee hosted its 2019 Automotive and Collision Job Fair at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL.

It’s that special moment when the customer comes to pick up their vehicle and smiles from ear-to-ear.

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its 5th Annual Texas Auto Body Trade Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 20 and 21.

Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint what caused a vacant building to go up in flames on Sunday, Oct. 6.

The Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education’s Automotive Technology program is taking a quantum leap forward this year.

Kids at a local high school will be able to get hands-on experience thanks to a local business.

All Star Auto Lights, the leading distributor of replacement automotive headlights, announced it is being acquired by Atlantic Street Capital, a private equity firm targeting entrepreneurial businesses poised for the next level of growth.

AAPEX 2019 Mobility Garage: Products and Training for Tomorrow will feature hands-on training and demos to prepare technicians and shop owners for the next generation of electric cars and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs).

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and Spanesi are collaborating to offer the largest SEMA Show booth drawing the association has ever offered from the SCRS booth.

Painters Supply & Equipment Co. (PSE) announced it has completed the acquisition of D&S Color Supply (D&S).

Repairify, Inc., a leading cloud-based automotive technology and diagnostic services provider, announced the appointment of Teresa Covington as its chief financial officer.

Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is marketed as safety technology, but research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found the systems didn't do much at all.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that Tesla owners whose vehicles received the V10 software update utilized Smart Summon over 550,000 times within the first few days of the new feature’s release.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in the Seattle/Tacoma, WA, area.

Monday, 07 October 2019 15:15

Sovereign Joins CIECA

Sovereign recently joined CIECA as a corporate member.

Shamaley Collision Center of El Paso, Texas, has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facilities necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer's specifications.

 

A decade strong, Ram Truck is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of becoming a stand-alone brand with the launch of the "Power of Innovation," a multimedia campaign that showcases the brand's decade-long and ongoing commitment to building the industry's most innovative and award-winning trucks.

Danny Amaral appeared resolute as he stood talking with The Newtown Bee in the mostly empty showroom of his family’s sold automotive facility on South Main Street in Newtown, CT.

Neighbors, proud car owners, car enthusiasts, students and staff came together to support local career and technical education students during the Seventh Annual Car Show held at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus in Chester County, PA.

Brown Collision Center in Albemarle County, VA, is donating $40,000 to Service Dogs of Virginia.

A Florida District Court judge ruled to partially approve and partially dismiss certain aspects of a previously filed motion to dismiss in the Allstate v. Auto Glass America, LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly lawsuit.

Monday, 07 October 2019 13:33

On the Lighter Side: Seven of Henry Ford's Most Impactful Inventions

Written by Trevor English, Interesting Engineering

Henry Ford is one of the most prominent inventors and innovators in American history and one of the greats in the automotive industry.

Mercury Insurance Co. has agreed to pay more than $41 million to end a two-decade-long battle with the California Department of Insurance battle over the Los Angeles-based carrier improperly tacking fees onto auto insurance policies and over false advertising claims.

 

Pro Spot's promotion is the first of its kind in the Collision Repair Industry. Pro Spot is offering their loyal customers who currently have the ever popular i4 spot welder, a Trade-In credit to use toward the purchase of a brand new i4s Smart Spot Welder, the most advanced and productive spot welder in the collision industry.

Big Sky Collision Network (BSCN), Montana’s largest collision repair network, made up of three locations – Big Sky Collision Center of Billings, MT; A&D Auto Body of Bozeman, MT, and Crash Repair of Livingston, MT – will expand with the addition of EZ Body Shop of Manhattan, MT.

NOROO Paint & Coatings Co. (NOROO) has rapidly established itself as one of the top premier automotive paint companies here in the United States.

A new building that is more than 8,000-square-feet is being constructed at 1325 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna, CA, and moving day will happen in the next three to four months.

A truck trailer carrying five Tesla cars went up in flames on Sept. 24, at about 9:10 p.m., in Nevada, close to Carlin, NV, at the Interstate 80.

The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the AMi Board of Trustees: Michael Brewster, AAM, Gil's Garage, Inc., Burnt Hills, NY; Jim Silverman, Automotive Training Institute, Linthicum, MD, and Mary Steele, ASA Florida, Punta Gorda, FL.

Mitchell International, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty (P&C) insurance and collision repair industries, announced the release of its Mitchell Intelligent Estimating solution, an advanced, artificial intelligence claims automation solution.

An increasing number of shops over the past several years have begun charging and being paid for the administrative tasks involved in processing total losses, according to the findings of a recent “Who Pays for What?” survey.

Driven Brands, North America’s leading group of automotive aftermarket brands, announced its acquisition of ABRA Automotive Systems LP, the franchising subsidiary of ABRA Auto Body Repair of America (ABRA).

Collision Specialists CARSTAR, located in Wichita, KS, was voted the first-place winner for “Best Auto Body Repair Shop” in the transportation category.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 20:37

NICB Combats Tow Truck Scams With New PSA

 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is warning consumers about the dangers of tow truck scams by issuing a new PSA.

Walser Automotive Group opens the doors to its second Subaru dealership in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, metro.

Fix Auto Poway and GEICO Insurance have teamed up to provide two deserving families with new vehicles.

At SEMA 2019, the German manufacturer SATA, producer of high-performance spray guns, breathing protection equipment, filter regulator units, cup systems and accessories, displays its new Special Edition spray gun “Hippie”.

On Sept. 21, ASA North Texas hosted a full-day training event at Holiday Inn Express & Suites DFW West in Hurst, Texas, featuring Rick White of 180BIZ.

The numbers are staggering—The Bureau of Automotive Repair’s (BAR) backlog has tripled within the last three years, with 436 cases in 2016, 561 in 2017 and 1,314 from last year.

On Sept. 7, ASA-CO hosted its 2nd Annual Golf “Fore” ASA tournament at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve in Bloomfield, CO.

The State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA) hosted the 2019 West Coast Auto Dismantlers Convention on Sept. 6-7 at the Hyatt Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA.

After 22 years of dedicated service, Eric Danberg, president of Boyd Autobody & Glass, has announced his retirement, which will be effective March 31, 2020.

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