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Friday, 13 May 2022 10:38

RPM Act Co-Sponsors on Ballots in ID, KY, NC, OR and PA

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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The 2022 election season is kicking into high gear in May with 14 states holding primary elections this month.

 

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Ever wonder if it is important to protect electrical connections on EVs during the repair and refinish process? 

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Mercedes-Benz is telling the owners of more than 292,000 vehicles in the U.S. to stop driving them due to a problem that could cause the brakes to fail.

Thursday, 12 May 2022 12:18

Volkswagen Bringing Back Scout Brand with Electric Truck, SUV

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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On May 11, Volkswagen Group’s Supervisory Board confirmed the company’s plans to launch an all-electric pickup truck and rugged SUV for the U.S. market.

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While car trouble always seems to come at the worst time, not being savvy under the hood and having to pay to fix it only adds to the frustration.

Thursday, 12 May 2022 12:03

Rivian Announces Q1 2022 Results, Posts $1.6 Billion Net Loss

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs

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Rivian announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2022, posting a $1.6 billion net loss on $95 million in revenue---below Wall Street's forecast of $131 million.

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In AAA’s latest survey of attitudes about automated vehicles, drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve the performance of existing driver support features rather than develop self-driving cars.

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USAA announced May 12 it is celebrating 100 years of serving military families by gifting 100 vehicles across the country to military families in need.

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Drivers are paying more at the pump---a lot more---as the cost of gasoline moves steadily higher.

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CARSTAR is planning a tremendous gathering for its North American franchise partners, vendors, insurance carriers and industry leaders in Nashville, TN, this summer.

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Leadership of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) met with the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) on May 5 in Washington, D.C.

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Fisker Inc. confirmed it will produce its second vehicle, the Fisker PEAR, at the factory Foxconn recently bought from Lordstown Motors Corp. in Lordstown, OH.

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For more than 30 years, collision repair technicians have experimented with glue pulling repair (GPR) techniques to fix vehicles.

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The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Data Access, Privacy and Security Committee in April continued its ongoing discussion related to auto body shop estimates resulting in entries on vehicle history reports.

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Lordstown Motors Corp. (LMC) on May 11 announced it closed the sale of its Lordstown, OH, facility and signed product development agreements with Foxconn.

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Heidi Foster has been fighting battles her entire life.

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Most people have settled into their career by the time they reach the age of 39, so switching careers at such a stage in life may seem like a daunting prospect---especially when the choice was not of your own volition.

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Since Zutobi’s initial U.S. Fuel Index in summer 2021, prices have increased dramatically in every state. Last summer, the average cost of a gallon of gas across the U.S. was $3.03; this has since increased dramatically by 27.88% to $4.20 today.

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With the pandemic halting mobility over the last two years and accidents falling sharply, the collision repair industry has been impacted worldwide.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 10:33

Toyota Brushes Off Pandemic, Chip Problems to Make Record $24.6B Profit

Written by Chris Chilton, CarScoops

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The COVID-19 pandemic and global semiconductor shortage that have crippled some carmakers proved to be no obstacle for Toyota, which announced record profits for the year to March 31.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 10:21

Ford Sells 8M Rivian Shares for $214M, Still 4th-Largest Shareholder

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Ford sold 8 million Rivian shares for $26.80 per piece, amounting to $214 million in total, according to a May 10 SEC filing.

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Modern Body Shop in Athens, GA, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but the business founder who grew up in a one-store, crossroads community in south Georgia left a legacy not only for business, but for community service.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 09:24

Poll: Americans Worried About Gas Prices, Few Say Country is ‘Headed in the Right Direction’

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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Americans are increasingly worried about gas prices and the direction of the nation, according to a new poll.

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Maaco continues to earn top awards and recognition for its strong 2021 performance, strategic leadership, brand reinvention and innovative approach to customer engagement as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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asTech, a Repairify company, on May 11 announced a partnership with Driven Brands to establish a formal scanning diagnostics program that enables its network of automotive collision repair centers to access the full suite of asTech solutions for the highest quality and precision repairs. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 07:34

On The Lighter Side: Rare Race Cars Highlight the Ray Evernham Collection at Mecum Indy

Written by Motorious, John Puckett

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Which of these classic race cars would you rather have?

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Research into the accuracy of the blend time formula commonly used in the industry is among the projects the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has on its docket, the association reported at an open board meeting held in April in Oklahoma City.

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“I have all these great ideas, but I can’t get my people at the shop to help implement them.”

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What happens when your body starts to fail you, but your mind is as sharp as ever? Do you quit or do you re-invent yourself?

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 14:02

Subaru Battery Drain Lawsuit Settlement Reached

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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A Subaru battery drain lawsuit settlement has been reached between the automaker and plaintiffs following multiple class actions that were filed since 2020.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 13:55

Lordstown Motors Says It’s on Track for Endurance Electric Pickup Production This Year

Written by Jim Mackinnon, Akron Beacon Journal

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Lordstown Motors said it remains on track to start commercial production of its all-electric Endurance pickup truck later this year.

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Volvo Trucks North America customer Quality Custom Distribution (QCD)---a Golden State Foods (GSF) company---is increasing its commitment to zero-tailpipe emission freight transport with its latest order of 30 Volvo VNR Electrics.

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Hertz and Shelby American announced a three-year custom car partnership, kicking off with exclusive 2022 Shelby edition Ford Mustangs.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 12:08

Gasoline Prices Set Record May 10 as Biden Set to Release Plan on Inflation

Written by Bethany Blankley, The Center Square

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Gasoline prices set a record May 10 ahead of President Joe Biden’s planned announcement to address rising inflation costs.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 12:01

New York Auto Insurance Regulation Change Sought

Written by Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square

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More than 20 business organizations sent a letter to New York’s state senators on May 9 urging them to repeal an auto insurance regulation in place since 1978 they say is outdated.

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Toyota Motor Corp said May 10 it would suspend operations on 14 lines at eight domestic factories for up to six days in May due to the COVID lockdown in China.

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In the world of collision repair, there are a ton of multi-talented people doing other things when they’re not repairing vehicles.

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An auto body shop manager told me he has a recurring nightmare where he is standing in his shop and watching money fly out the door. He keeps reaching out to grab the cash, but it keeps slipping through his fingers.

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EVgo Inc., the nation’s largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) and first powered by 100% renewable electricity, on May 10 announced it was selected as the City of Portland’s partner to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure on city-owned property.

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Brianna P. was introduced to the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol, CT, at age 9, timid and unsure of what her future held.

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Catalytic converter thefts have soared in recent years, thanks in large part to the spiking prices of precious metals.

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Penske Automotive Group, Inc. on May 3 announced it acquired Terry Lee Hyundai and Genesis of Noblesville, IN, increasing the company's presence in the Indianapolis metropolitan market.

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CCC Intelligent Solutions, the SaaS platform powering the P&C insurance economy, on May 10 announced Bear River Mutual Insurance Company will employ the CCC platform, leveraging the tech leaders advanced AI and mobile claims solutions.

Monday, 09 May 2022 13:19

New Jersey to Spend $10 Million to Address Skyrocketing Car Theft

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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In 2021, 14,230 cars were stolen in New Jersey, and data from the first quarter of 2022 shows a 37% increase.

Monday, 09 May 2022 13:07

Lordstown Delays Plant Sale to Foxconn, Needs $150M in Capital for Production

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Lordstown Motors announced May 9 it will delay the sale of its Ohio manufacturing plant to Foxconn by four days.

Monday, 09 May 2022 12:52

Hyundai May Build New EV Plant in Georgia: Report

Written by Andrei Nedelea, InsideEVs

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Hyundai has made no secret of the fact it wants to build an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in the U.S.

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The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced its next CIECAST webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET May 24: “Data Sharing in the Collision Industry and Its Unintended Consequences.”

Monday, 09 May 2022 09:20

$5,000 Awarded to NORTHEAST Attendees

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Ten attendees at the NORTHEAST® 2022 Automotive Services Show walked away $500 richer, thanks to a fun and exciting contest that was a win-win for show-goers and exhibitors.

Monday, 09 May 2022 09:14

AASP/NJ Explores Labor Rates with Tim Ronak

Written by Abigail Andrews

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“Labor rate is only part of the labor sale equation,” AkzoNobel’s Tim Ronak informed attendees during the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey’s (AASP/NJ) virtual meeting April 28.

Friday, 06 May 2022 15:35

CATL’s $5B North American Battery Production Plans Land in U.S.

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL) said in March 2021 it would invest $5 billion into potential electric vehicle battery cell manufacturing sites in North America.

Friday, 06 May 2022 14:20

California Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Year-Long Gas Tax Suspension Bill

Written by Madison Hirneisen, The Center Square

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A group of bipartisan lawmakers unveiled a new proposal to bring relief to consumers at the gas pump April 28, announcing a plan to suspend the state’s excise gas tax for an entire year.

Friday, 06 May 2022 14:10

Senate Committee to Consider Temporary Suspension of Alaska's Gas Tax

Written by Kim Jarrett, The Center Square

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The Senate Transportation Committee will consider a bill to suspend Alaska's 8 cents-per-gallon gas tax through June 30, 2023. 

 

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In this video, Mike Anderson from Collision Advice takes a look at three- and four-stage refinish formulas.

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On May 4, two deserving Southern California residents experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of two vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program along with car donors Nationwide and Farmers Insurance, collision repairers Auto Art Collision Specialist and Mission Viejo Auto Collision, and charity partner Family Promise of Orange County.

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On May 3, there were big smiles and tears of joy as 21-year-old Olivia Carter celebrated a major milestone in her quest for independence---the presentation of a vehicle to help her get to work, take care of herself and enroll in college this fall.

Friday, 06 May 2022 11:59

Tesla Locks in Long-Term, Low-Carbon Nickel Supply Deal with Vale SA

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla has locked in a long-term, low-carbon nickel supply deal with Brazilian mining company Vale South America, the latter company confirmed May 6.

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New vehicle shoppers primarily want two things in their next ride---better fuel efficiency and more driver assist safety features.

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CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned and operated collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Island Automotive and Collision located at 13 Lucon Drive, Deer Park, NY 11729.