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Automotive Parts Associates, Inc. (APA) has named Steve Tucker the organization’s president, effective March 1.

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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) on Feb. 24 released the following statement from Bob Bruggeworth, president, CEO and director of Qorvo and 2021 SIA board chair, regarding President Joe Biden’s executive order calling for a review of supply chains of critical products, including semiconductors.

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As catalytic converter thefts impact increasing numbers of people, Minnesota State Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville) is re-introducing legislation to prevent scrap metal dealers from buying catalytic converters from anyone other than an automobile repair shop, auto recycling business or a vehicle owner who demonstrates proof of ownership.

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CIECA has announced the formation of the Emerging Technologies Data Standards Committee. The kickoff meeting is at 11 a.m. CST March 3. 

 

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SCRS has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway to bring you a series of quick tips to help you boost your business.

Friday, 26 February 2021 00:30

These Used Vehicles Are Selling…Slowly

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iSeeCars recently published a list of the fastest-selling used cars in January, and the Hyundai Palisade came out on top at 26.2 average days to sell.

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Accident history is the No. 1 thing used-car shoppers look for in a vehicle’s history, according to CARFAX.

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Ford has become the first American automaker to join the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), an expansion of the company’s commitment to safeguard human rights, communities where such work is done and the broader environment.

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Too often, underrepresented students simply don’t receive the resources, guidance and level of support needed to aid their pursuit of a successful STEM career.

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With Winter Storm Uri leaving millions of Texans without power or water, North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged $1 million in relief for storm victims. 

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The USAA Foundation, Inc. has announced a $350,000 commitment to help Texas residents recover from February's historic winter storm.

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Nikola Corporation, a leader in zero-emissions transportation solutions, on Feb. 25 reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2020.

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SEMA is still accepting applications for the 2021 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Program.

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Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes.

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Rivian is planning to open an “Experience Center” in Laguna Beach, CA, transforming a landmark movie theater into a full-fledged EV community facility.

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PPG announced on Feb. 25, 2021 the launch of its premium NCP450 Iso-Free Primer Surfacer and NCX455 Iso-Free Catalyst for the U.S. market.

Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:09

Ford Changes Tone on EV Battery Production

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Ford has changed its tone regarding the production of electric vehicle batteries, with CEO Jim Farley recently noting large-scale battery production must be brought to the U.S.

Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:35

On The Lighter Side: Check Out The GM Heritage Center

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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This is a great tour to enjoy from home.

Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:54

Tesla's Fremont Factory Partially Shut Down

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According to a tweet from Sawyer Merrit, Tesla's Fremont, CA, factory has been partially shut down for a few days. It could just be certain production lines and not a total shutdown.

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Professionals Auto Body in Altoona, PA, has been awarded General Motors' highest designation certification for collision and mechanical repairs.

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The Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance, chaired by Sen. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton), on Jan. 26 passed Senate Bill 54, Motor Vehicle Insurance, by Sen. Danny Burgess (R-Zephyrhills.)

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Montway Auto Transport on Feb. 24 launched its new Vehicle Home Delivery service as part of the company's Business Solutions umbrella.

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More than 87,000 Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty trucks may have windshields that can fall off the trucks in the event of crash impacts, greatly increasing the risk of injuries to occupants.

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Emergency responders sent to an electric vehicle fire may not be able to depend on the emergency response guide provided by the automaker.

 

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A Nissan 350Z driver who crashed while reportedly street racing early in the morning in January in the Tampa, FL, area absolutely devastated a Cadillac dealership.

Gilbert Anchondo, a veteran of the collision repair industry who lost his son and daughter-in-law in a mass shooting in 2019, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 17, his family said.

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Electric vehicle (EV) registrations in the U.S. in 2020 reached record market share of 1.8%, demonstrating increased consumer interest for electric vehicles, according to new analysis from IHS Markit, a leader in information, analytics and solutions.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mayor Dean Trantalis visited The Boring Company’s (TBC) tunneling projects in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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In an effort to extend group discounts for auto insurance to lower-income drivers, blue-collar workers and motorists of color, California has issued revised draft regulations following a two-year study that found group discounts disproportionately benefit wealthier and more highly educated Californians when it comes to auto rates, according to the California Department of Insurance.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 19:40

Oshkosh to Electrify U.S. Postal Service Fleet

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After years of waiting, the U.S. Postal Service finally awarded the contract to modernize its delivery fleet to Oshkosh, the company known mostly for its military vehicles.

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The auto industry might get federal relief from the shortage of semiconductor chips that has crippled vehicle production over the past several weeks. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:55

asTech Acquires adasThink

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Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC, announced Feb. 24 the acquisition of adasThink.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Amarillo, TX.

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UpSwell, a marketing firm specializing in helping local businesses expand their customer base, announced Feb. 24 the findings of its recent auto service consumer survey.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Ohio.

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February sales are expected to show a relatively strong vehicle market in the U.S., though slowing from January's robust post-holidays pace.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 23:16

A Snowstorm Didn’t Stop These Businesses

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“Mother Nature is going to do what Mother Nature wants to do,” said Jim Ricci, Vitro business development manager, US ARG, of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, TX, area, on Feb. 23 as he recalled the previous week’s snowstorm. “Until it happens you can’t anticipate how you’re going to react to the situation. None of us lost communication with each other and that was good."

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Auto Glass Week (AGW) is your one-stop-shop to enhance your business skills, gain industry insight and make valuable connections.

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Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and infrastructure solutions, announced Feb. 23 details about its North American hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) commercial truck program.

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A man wearing full body armor and armed with a bow and arrow and a large ax smashed a car through the gate of a Pasadena, CA, auto body shop before being arrested early Feb. 21, police said.

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Just like we saw over the summer of 2020 when car thieves used riots to loot Hellcats and all kinds of other cars, thieves once again proved how opportunistic they are.

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Three men are suspected of stealing performance cars from dealerships in North and South Carolina and police, along with other agencies, are on the hunt.

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Cox Automotive on Feb. 23 released its 11th annual Car Buyer Journey Study.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 19:23

The Numbers Game: Are You Winning?

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Recently, I did an estimating class for a regional MSO. I gave seven estimators a simple estimate to write prior to the class.

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Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. 

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:43

3M Announces Strategic Investment in asTech

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3M Company on Feb. 23 announced a strategic investment in Repairify, Inc. d/b/a asTech, a leading provider of remote diagnostic solutions, calibration services and key programming solutions to the automotive aftermarket industry.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 00:14

Do Better Tools Mean Less Injuries?

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Setting devices and wire cut-out tools are often touted as devices that make installations safer for technicians but are they actually delivering on the promise?

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Farmtruck and AZN bring back an epic third annual Daily Driver contest.

Monday, 22 February 2021 23:36

Car Rental Companies Persevere in Texas

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The deadly, once-in-a-generation winter storm that left millions without power in Texas had car rental companies scrambling to maintain operations and get customers safely on their ways.

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Lucid Motors and Churchill Capital Corp IV, a special purpose acquisition company, announced Feb. 22 they have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced it is offering payment relief options to its customers affected by the winter storms that struck Texas earlier in February.

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Denver is now home to one of the few Tesla-operated body shops in the country.

Monday, 22 February 2021 19:16

Wisconsin Association Has New Name

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Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association Limited (WACTAL), established in 1971, has now become Wisconsin Collision Repair Professionals (WCRP).

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Motional on Feb. 22 announced it is operating driverless vehicles on public roads, becoming one of the world's first companies to do so.

Monday, 22 February 2021 18:50

AASP/NJ Reacts to 2021 Insurer Report Card

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The 2021 Insurer Report Card was recently published by CRASH Network.

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Kia Motors America and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) on Feb. 22 announced a renewal of their partnership and continued commitment to reducing injuries and saving lives by providing teens and their parents with the tools they need to be responsible behind the wheel. 

 

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Tesla’s massive Megapack battery installation in Moss Landing, CA, is nearing completion.

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Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on the Texas Legislature to introduce legislation and authorize funding to winterize the state's power system after widespread power failures.