The spread of COVID-19 has dramatically changed our world, upending everything from our daily routines to where and how we can work.

Autobody News followed up with Sam Plumb, vice president of Alpine Auto Renovation, a single-location shop in Utah.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed vehicle production at the Fremont, CA, factory has resumed today despite orders from Alameda County health officials.

They are coming in scared. They are wearing gloves and protection masks. For the first time in history, they aren’t stealing our pens! They are bringing their own.

Really opening Texas would require the governor and like-minded officials to actually put businesses in a situation where they could operate and make money.

A fight is brewing in North Carolina over workers compensation rules tied to COVID-19, with business groups that lobby the General Assembly pushing back against changes that would make it easier for employees to win claims.

The coronavirus pandemic couldn't have hit Ford at a worse time---midway through a restructuring effort, with several critical vehicle debuts just around the corner.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on May 11 announced the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15. 

Ford becomes the last of the Detroit 3 automakers to announce it will resume production after being shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, while Honda joins the list of foreign-owned car companies reopening their North American plants.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has decided about 56 million Takata airbag inflators won't be recalled as planned, a decision which quickly got the attention of safety advocates.

Courtesy of the ongoing pandemic, Waymo is going back to the future with its Waymo One autonomous ride service.

Ford Motor confirmed May 10 it is finalizing plans to get factory production in the U.S., Canada and Mexico up and running by the end of May.

The MSO heads to St. Louis to race the slick streets against a team of even slicker racers led by Dynamite Dave.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on May 9 to announce the company will be moving its California-based headquarters to Texas or Nevada, and file a lawsuit against Alameda County.

When the COVID-19 situation was first becoming more prevalent in the U.S., Sherwin-Williams realized the importance of offering educational content to the industry.

The Monkeys sprint to wrap up the '68 Ford Galaxie XL before its owner comes to Dallas.

Galpin takes an unseen Ed Roth show-rod out of the trash and restores it for a grand debut at the Corvette Museum.

Collision repair industry associations around the country may take different stances on various matters, but one shared commonality is the intent of improving the businesses of their members.

Tesla isn't building any cars worldwide after the all-electric vehicle maker reportedly halted production in Shanghai, China, due to a shortage of components, reports Bloomberg.

May 8 will see a major shift for some businesses in the state, while others hopeful of reopening continue to face uncertainty as to whether and when they'll be able to open their doors to the public again.

Car dealers and repair shops may have been deemed essential during the COVID-19 crisis, but as traffic patterns slowed in Cherokee County, OK, so did the number of people looking to buy vehicles.

Bates Collision Centers, the collision repair center of “choice” in the Bay Area of Texas with locations in Baytown and Channelview, is helping support and protect local law enforcement by disinfecting and sanitizing the Baytown Police Department’s fleet of patrol cars.

In addition to the risk COVID-19 poses to people’s individual health, shop owners and personnel should also be aware that the global pandemic poses increased risks for cybercrime.

SEMA members: Let the industry know about your company's status and responses to the Coronavirus by sending press releases and information to Carr Winn at carrw@sema.org.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have published comprehensive guidance to ensure cleanliness and safety as Americans reopen businesses, schools, homes and public spaces.

Friday, 08 May 2020 17:25

Half of an Uproar

The mayor and safety officer of Laurel, OK, are unfairly taking a beating for their handling of getting repairs to hail-damaged city vehicles, Chief Tommy Cox of the Laurel Police Department and other city officials are saying.

Cox Automotive will furlough more than 12,500 employees internationally later this month, roughly 10,000 of which are in the U.S., the company said in a statement provided to Auto Remarketing.

The beginning of May saw new movement in the ongoing assignment of benefits (AOB) fraud lawsuit between Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and defendants Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly.

The first Ford-built powered air-purifying respirators, developed in close collaboration with 3M, are on their way to help protect health care workers fighting COVID-19.

Auto Pro Collision, a family-owned and operated automotive repair center with four locations, is using #GivingTuesdayNow as a platform to launch a fundraising campaign, Drive to End Hunger.

Thursday, 07 May 2020 22:14

Equalizer® Launches New Auto Glass Gear

Round Rock , Texas (May 4th, 2020) - Equalizer® Auto Glass Tools has created a new mantra to live out their passion for quality auto glass tools and techs making quality sets.

Governor Phil Murphy on May 6 signed Executive Order No. 138, extending the Public Health Emergency declared on March 9 through Executive Order No. 103 and extended on April 7 through Executive Order No. 119.

Counties across California will have the option to ease stay-at-home orders starting next week---but only if they meet a laundry list of requirements surrounding coronavirus case counts, testing and hospital capacity, state officials said May 7.

A new four-year study, led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) in partnership with a 16-member team, is seeking to provide the trucking industry, regulators and the general public with practical guidelines for safely integrating automated driving systems into current fleets.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said May 7 that auto and other manufacturing workers can return to the job next week, further easing her stay-at-home order while extending it through May 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bob Juniper, owner of Three-C Body Shop, Inc. in Columbus, OH, has always been a strong believer in marketing and advertising.

New light-vehicle sales fell sharply in April to a SAAR of 8.6 million units, the lowest monthly selling rate in almost 30 years.

Thursday, 07 May 2020 17:37

Lawmakers Spur Push to Aid Auto Industry

Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation and those of other nearby states are marshaling bipartisan support for federal incentives to bolster the auto industry following the COVID-19 production shutdown.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is asking auto repairers to send a letter urging their U.S. congressmen and senators to oppose a Cash for Clunkers program in the next phase of COVID-19 stimulus legislation.

What steps are shops around the country taking to get work in the door? Here is a quick run-down of 10 ideas from 10 shops.

It was a bleak spring for many shops, but there have been some glimmers of hope for a better summer ahead.

COVID-19 is without a doubt the greatest challenge the world has faced since World War II, if we consider the number of cases in comparison to SARS, MERS and Ebola.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas believes Tesla’s newest electric vehicle production facility will land in Texas.

Rental-car companies struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic’s catastrophic blow to their business have been working with automakers to call off purchases, in some cases even redirecting vehicles in transit to their now largely neglected parking lots.

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 22:55

Fire Torches Cleveland Auto Body Shop

A May 5 morning fire raged through an auto body shop on the East Side of Cleveland, OH.

Nationwide says having employees work at home in response to the COVID-19 crisis is going so well it plans to shut down at least five of its traditional brick-and-mortar offices by Nov. 1.

AutoNation, Inc., America's largest and most recognized automotive retailer, on May 5 announced it will partner with the American Cancer Society to help raise funds and awareness for its COVID-19 Response Fund. 

Empire Auto Parts, a leading distributor of quality replacement crash and cooling parts, announced the opening of its fourth distribution center.

Drawing from his Quaker roots, Fred Beans has instilled in his family business the philosophy of “doing well by doing good.” 

Two businessmen have been charged in the District of Rhode Island with allegedly filing bank loan applications fraudulently seeking more than a half-million dollars in forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

On May 5, just four weeks after initial production began, GM delivered its 1 millionth face mask.

Until recently, body shop customers typically brought in relatively clean cars for repair.

This little boy took their family car to go to California to buy a Lamborghini with $3 in his pocket.

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 18:36

GEICO Sends Notice on New Market Pricing

GEICO recently sent out a notice regarding its new policy on glass market pricing for recalibrations in the U.S., excluding Florida.

Detroit native John Stuef’s family was all-in when it came to the Motor City’s No. 1 industry.

When work slows down, shop owners need to get busy. Now isn’t the time to think there’s nothing you can do to respond to the current situation.

From organizing senior meal deliveries to leading donation drives, Volkswagen dealerships across the country are doing their part to help find new and inventive ways to support their neighbors during these difficult times.

A recent study by WalletHub ranked states based on the fewest number of coronavirus restrictions and Texas came in at No. 8.

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