The COVID-19 pandemic definitely made an impact on industry companies, as was shown through the recent financial results for Boyd Group Services Inc.

Aug. 13 was a busy night for law enforcement in Kent County in Michigan.

Thursday, 13 August 2020 17:52

On the Lighter Side: Weird 'John Bronco' Mockumentary Coming Soon, Trailer Out Now

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1

Men want to be him, women want to be with him. So of course he's not real.

A New Orleans man who prosecutors claim was the ringleader in a scheme to stage car crashes with large trucks in an effort to defraud insurance and trucking companies has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy.

Mitchell International is the latest company to publicly state that it doesn’t share U.S. shop estimate data with CARFAX.

Thursday, 13 August 2020 17:06

Mark Olson: Get it Right the First Time

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This year’s Collision P.R.E.P. program commenced Aug. 6 with “Documenting for Repair Process and Liability, and Building a Bulletproof File,” presented by Mark Olson of VECO Experts.

Drew Morgan had never met the car before.

“The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.”

California has the most government-imposed restrictions on individuals and businesses in the country in response to COVID-19.

“You’re making the investment today for the return down the line,” said Connor Smith, CARSTAR original equipment manufacturer (OEM) manager, as he began describing the value in auto glass businesses gaining OEM certifications in an industry webinar.

Just like the racing at nearby Churchill Downs, Carvana is looking to speed past the used-vehicle retail competition in Louisville, KY.

LKQ Corporation announced Aug. 12 it has appointed Jacob H. Welch of ValueAct Capital to its Board of Directors, effective the same day.

AkzoNobel, a global paints and coatings leader, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Griffin to the position of Regional Commercial Director for Automotive and Specialty Coatings in the Americas, effective August 1, 2020.

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) planned its inaugural ARA Summer Road Trip for July 23-25, with the intention of connecting up-and-coming industry leaders with experienced auto recycling veterans through tours of several ARA member facilities.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, joined virtually by stakeholders and community supporters, on Aug. 11 signed Senate Bill 4 (SB4), an act relating to public health geared towards worker safety.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) got creative and allowed its supporters to "hit the links" to support a great cause through its first virtual golf fundraiser, held July 25.

Rallye Motors, a luxury car dealership with locations throughout Long Island in New York, is facing a class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of charging customers for labor and repairs to vehicles that were not performed.

Honda Motor Co. is offering an app that scores the safety of car owners’ driving habits and links with insurance carriers that can offer discounts to drivers who are deemed a good risk.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 18:25

AGSC Announces New Meeting Dates

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) has rescheduled its meetings, originally scheduled for September, to the week of Jan. 11, 2021, in Orlando, FL.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 17:25

Iowa Auto Body Shop Hit Hard by Dorecho

Waln Collision Repair, a family-owned collision business in the idyllic community of Fairfax, IA, was slammed by a dorecho that barreled through the Midwest on Aug. 9.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 16:31

CARSTAR on Nicholasville Opens in Kentucky

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR on Nicholasville, located at 2159 Lexington Road, Nicholasville, KY.

Nikola Corporation announced a "landmark" order for 2,500 battery-electric refuse trucks for Republic Services, one of the largest waste collection companies in the U.S.

A bill to provide limited COVID-19-related liability protections for Tennessee businesses, schools, health care providers and nonprofits passed committees Aug. 11 in the House and Senate.

Early insured loss estimates for Hurricane Isaias are in days after the storm rocked the East Coast, knocking out power for millions and creating significant property damage from the Carolinas to New York.

Although there’s been a push for Congress to greatly simplify the process of seeking forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program loans of less than $150,000, it seems likely those receiving loans above that amount will still need to provide adequate documentation for how the funds were spent.

Safety inspections required by automakers as part of post-collision repairs sometimes include measurement of the steering column to ensure it was not damaged in an accident.

Following the success of Lyft Rentals in California, the company is bringing its best-in-class car rental experience to more travelers across the U.S. through a new partnership with SIXT rent a car.

The ASE Virtual Instructor Conference was a success, as more than 900 instructors from across the country participated in the sold-out event.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 19:45

GM Names John Stapleton Acting CFO

General Motors on Aug. 11 announced John Stapleton, GM North America CFO, has been named acting global CFO, effective Aug. 31.

Are you currently waiting on the delivery of a Honda you ordered? When it arrives, it may have been assembled by one of Honda’s accountants. 

A Honda Odyssey minivan recall will soon begin because water may enter the outer door handle cables for the power sliding doors.

Karma Automotive is growing its footprint in the Lone Star State.

The pandemic has hit a lot of businesses hard, but Color Coat Restoration found a way to keep customers coming in while helping the Bakersfield, CA, area.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pushed back Aug. 10 against General Motors' attempt to revive its racketeering lawsuit, two days after FCA's former lead labor negotiator, convicted in the UAW corruption scandal, compared GM's tactics to those of disgraced Sen. Joe McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts.  

People who are passionate about cars undoubtedly know the MotorTrend Television show, "Bitchin’ Rides."

The automotive industry has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, but despite some calls for a bailout that could resemble the Cash for Clunkers deal launched during the Great Recession, a federal stimulus program seems both unlikely and unnecessary, according to the head of data and analytics at J.D. Power.

Tesla chose to build its next Gigafactory production facility in Austin, TX, and not in Tulsa, OK.

After years of relying on her son to get her to work at University Hospital, Sandra Black’s smile shined as bright as the dazzling car before her eyes.

This year’s "Christmas in July" raised $26,700 for the nonprofit "Community Christmas" area-wide event that starts in November.

Monday, 10 August 2020 19:12

Fix Auto USA Expands in Orange County, CA

Fix Auto USA on Aug. 10 announced its newest location, Fix Auto Lake Forest, in Orange County, CA.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Aug. 10 announced $96 million in state grants have been awarded to 4,933 Pennsylvania small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order.

Since the beginning of April, SEMA Market Research has been tracking how businesses within the specialty-equipment industry have navigated through the disruption over the past few months.

A new liability shield law makes Georgia the most recent and the most populous state to protect businesses and other organizations from potential lawsuits over COVID-19 exposure.

On July 24, a deserving military member experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their family---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donors GEICO and CARSTAR of Trenton.

With the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, many young families are struggling just to keep a roof overhead and food on the table.

Just one month after the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, the Trump administration is re-imposing a 10% tariff on aluminum imports from Canada.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an upcoming effort to make the state’s roads safer this summer---a push that might also serve to help ease the state’s budget crunch, too.

Travel may get complicated in Oregon if discussions between Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and lawmakers bear fruit.

West Virginia has awarded $7.6 million in COVID-19-related small business grants since it launched its Small Business Grant Program more than three weeks ago, Gov. Jim Justice said Aug. 7.

Friday, 07 August 2020 21:22

J.D. Power to Acquire ALG From TrueCar

J.D. Power’s analytical horsepower is about to get much stronger.

Focus Advisors sent an email Aug. 7 to Autobody News reviewing the advisory firm's updates on the collision industry.

An industry survey this summer not surprisingly found a significant decline in shop revenues this spring, but it also found shops were not continuing to lay off employees and were actually growing less concerned about weathering the storm.

Before everything changed in March with the spread of COVID-19, the collision repair industry was rolling along and the economy was good.

Since the pandemic began, many body shops have temporarily suspended the practice of giving refurbished vehicles to deserving families, and it makes sense.

Thursday, 06 August 2020 23:01

In Reverse: The Advent of the Computer Age

In January 1980, BYTE Magazine announced in an editorial "the era of off-the-shelf personal computers has arrived."

With safety measures such as masks and facial protection, social distancing, limited gatherings and reduced travel, the workplace experience differs significantly today from a few months ago.

Hurricane Isasias wreaked havoc on Slatington, PA. Homes were damaged and some people had to be evacuated.

With the coronavirus spreading faster than public health officials can track it, California could become one of the first states to mandate that businesses notify workers and state officials any time an employee has been exposed to the disease.

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