Micki Hazz Marketing in Newbury Park, CA, is a company that helps body shops and other companies to flourish in the rapidly changing world of marketing, public relations and advertising.

Mike's Auto Body in Concord, CA, received the 2018 On Your Side Showmanship of Excellence Award by Nationwide Insurance for its outstanding customer service and over-the-top community involvement.

Louisiana House Bill 411, an anti-steering bill which would require consumers to be notified of their right to choose a shop, passed the state’s House of Representatives and Senate in May.

On May 22, the Knoxville I-CAR Committee held its annual golf fundraiser at Avalon Golf Course in Lenoir City, TN.

MOTOR Information Systems, one of the world’s premier suppliers of automotive data and a trusted partner of leading automakers, unveiled a new educational white paper for Original Equipment Parts Manufacturers and the greater automotive parts industry: “How to generate more demand for OE Parts.”

On May 16, Eastman Performance Films, LLC announced its investment in 3D scanning technology for paint protection film patterns, claiming this is a leading edge, next-generation enhancement that will transform Eastman’s pattern development process by increasing speed and accuracy.

A $25 million lawsuit blames Nissan, North America, Inc. brake problems on a deadly crash involving a 2004 Infiniti QX56 and the deaths of a mother and her two children.

A Ford Explorer Police Interceptor carbon monoxide lawsuit alleges two California officers were killed in a crash caused by defects found in the Explorer.

On May 13, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard the appeal of shop owner Leif Hansen who sued GEICO for refusing to cover diagnostic scans on his 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 which received rear bumper damage during a crash.

Tuesday, 04 June 2019 18:16

Are You as High-Tech as Your Customers?

No one wants to take their car to a body shop. The customer is either mad someone hit their car or embarrassed, thinking the accident was their fault.

The Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Houston campus, announced that students enrolled in its collision repair training program received $23,000 in scholarships in 2019 so far.

On May 7, the Triangle Chapter of the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) met at Carfix in Garner, NC.

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

Monday, 03 June 2019 18:54

On the Lighter Side: 15 Amateur Mechanics Who Turned Their Cars Into Works of Art

Written by Saoirse Kerrigan, Interesting Engineering

While many customize their cars to better reflect their individual style, there's a whole global community dedicated to customizing cars for the sake of art.

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co Ltd said on Thursday, May 16, that it would be using cameras and radar in the development of its full self-driving technologies.

CIECA announced its next CIECAst webinar will feature Michael Naoom, AVP, Claims Experience for Safelite Solutions.

ClaimsCorp Inc. recently renewed its commitment to CIECA and the CIECA Standards.

Two students and a recent graduate of the Auto Collision and Management Technology program at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco, Texas, have been nationally honored for their academic work.

Jackson Township, NJ, fire officials were dealing with a number of fallen trees, including ones that closed parts of Dishong Mountain and Blackburn roads on May 29 as storms continued to hit the region.

Five years after a vehicle repair shop in Hyannis received a special permit for a new operation in Mashpee, the state Appeals Court has vacated the permit and a Barnstable Superior Court judge’s decision to uphold it.

Kong Vang has a long career of diagnosing problems and then addressing them.

TechForce Foundation, in partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), awarded three collision repair students with scholarships funded through a TechForce Foundation FutureTech Success Grant.

One year after the I-CAR Sustaining Partner program’s launch in early 2018, the number of partners has grown substantially to 23.

Over 19 automotive collision industry businesses and organizations came together at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus, in Downingtown, PA, on May 8 for the fifth annual Auto Collision Experience (ACE). 

Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed an assignment of benefits (AOB) reform bill into law.

An auto body repair shop is facing licensing code violations after the owner was arrested on drug and ammunition charges when detectives raided the garage.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. has delivered on May 27 a non-binding letter to the Board of Groupe Renault proposing a combination of their respective businesses as a 50/50 merger.

Friday, 31 May 2019 19:51

Tire Tax Bill AB 755 Defeated

The California Auto Body Association (CAA) is proud to announce that AB 755, a bill which would have increased the tire change fee from $1.75 to $3.25 per tire has died on the Assembly Floor.

Auto body associations had been around since the 1940s.

Most people in the auto collision industry agree that the collision industry was born around 1946.

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd., a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announced that William M. Cook has been appointed to join its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

ASA-OH hosted Scott Simmons of Collision Advice for two Estimating Best Practices seminars.

Thursday, 30 May 2019 21:41

Todd Tracy Battles Counterfeit Airbags

Todd Tracy, an attorney based in Texas, has been combatting the automotive industry and protecting consumers for over three decades.

On April 26-27, the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA) hosted its first trade show at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, KS.

On May 9, the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) hosted a meeting featuring guest speaker Kyle Gradeless of Sullivan Equipment who shared information on the need for destructive weld tests and how to do them.

On May 22-23, AASP/NJ hosted two educational sessions featuring National AutoBody Research’s (NABR) Richard and Sam Valenzuela.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 22:24

NABA Hosts Industry Night Event

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On May 22, the Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) hosted an Industry Night Event for members to tune into 3M’s webcast on Structural Adhesives.

Honda is recalling more than 19,000 vehicles with front passenger Takata airbag inflators that may have been installed incorrectly during replacement.

Adam Haddad, who was indicted in connection with alleged insurance fraud, accused of using hammers and mallets to further damage customers’ vehicles he was to repair, was arraigned for a second time on May 21, in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, MA.

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Suncoast Technical Education Center’s (SunTech) automotive program hosted a car show called Car Mania.

The 1Collision Network has expanded its US footprint, with the addition of Jet Auto Care in Colorado Springs, CO.

When mechanics at Ramstrom’s Service Center on West Boylston Street start work on a customer’s car, they reach first for the shiny blue tool chest.

When Army veteran Cheryl Wiggins bought a lemon last year, she began to despair she would ever gain a reliable set of wheels to get around Hampton Roads again.

Thousands of auto part distributors attend the Latin Auto Parts Expo every year.

Haskins Automotive received a special recognition award at the 2019 annual Wellesley Veterans Parade.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced enhanced integration capabilities during the creation of estimates and repair plans, within an update to Mitchell Cloud Estimating. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:31

YANG Hosts Three Meet Ups in Three Weeks

The Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) had a busy few weeks in late April and the beginning of May, hosting three Regional Meet-Ups.

On April 17, the Long Island Autobody Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) and the Autobody Craftsman’s Guild (ABCG) held their April General Meeting at the Melville Marriott Hotel in Melville, NY.

Technological advances in the collision repair industry are an ongoing challenge; however, when utilized properly, many of these advances, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can be a huge benefit during the repair process.

State Representative Kirk Talbot (R), chairman of the Louisiana House Insurance Committee, has sponsored a bill that proposes to prevent insurers from writing a first estimate based on photos.

Representatives from Allstate Insurance and Safelite spoke at the Rhode Island Committee on Corporations hearing last week to voice concerns over vague language in proposed legislation regarding calibration.

William J. Smith and Sarah Nancy Mess, both former Rockland County residents who now live in New Jersey, received the keys to the vehicles at the Nanuet Collision Centers, through a program known as Recycled Riders.

Liability is a hot topic in the collision repair industry. While following OEM procedures and acquiring shop insurance is a must, all policies are not created equal.

Two Haywood Community College automotive students brought home top awards from the North Carolina SkillsUSA competition.

BASF was named a 2018 General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year for the fourteenth time since 2002.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:45

On the Lighter Side: The Story of a Prize Car, ‘Miss Belvedere’

Written by Domagoj Valjak, The Vintage News

In June of 1957, the City of Tulsa organized the “Tulsarama” Golden Jubilee Week—a week-long celebration of the State of Oklahoma’s 50th anniversary of statehood.

The Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s Office filed a suit in Luzerne County Court on Thursday, May 23, claiming a Wilkes-Barre, PA, auto dealer defrauded customers, knowingly selling them vehicles that wouldn’t pass inspection without making them aware.

On April 30-May 2, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted its 2019 Annual Business Meeting and Conference at the Hurst Conference Center, in Hurst, Texas.

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