The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in East Peoria, IL.

Collision Works has acquired Auto Craft Collision Repair’s eight locations including facilities in Wichita, KS, Andover, KS, and Junction City, KS, and Tulsa, OK.

Pink — it’s everywhere when the calendar turns to October and for a good reason — it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Detroit Youth Choir has been making waves of late with its awe-inspiring performances on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, finishing in 2nd place this season and just missing the $1 million grand prize.

Dealerships for General Motors Co. (GM) brands are "starting to feel the pinch" as trim pieces and other parts for their body shops become harder to find because of the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike.

On Monday, Sept. 16, members of AASP/NJ gathered at the Colonia Country Club in Colonia, NJ, to honor one of the association's most beloved members with the 15th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing. 

Although the cooler weather has not yet arrived, when it does, the deer will become more active, which could end up causing some collisions to occur.

On Sept. 18, Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) hosted their monthly meeting at Automotive Technology Institute (ATI), one of the organization’s golf sponsors.

As AASP-MN continues to promote the passage of legislation that would require insurers to pay for OEM-mandated repair procedures, the association invited Representative Ruth Richardson (DFL – Mendota Heights, MN), who authored the bill in the House, to a recent meeting which was held at Heppner’s Auto Body in Inver Grove Heights, MN.

Neal Klein, owner of Klein's Collision Center located in Jamestown, ND, said working on cars is his passion which has helped him build a successful business over the past 34 years.

Monday, 30 September 2019 16:36

On the Lighter Side: Here Are All the Best Life-Size Lego Vehicles Ever Made

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Some ambitious groups and even automakers have recently stepped into the Lego world with fabulous full-scale replicas of real-life cars, one of which can even be driven.

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) has been working to expand its reach within the state by adding chapters.

CIECA announced the winner of the organization’s logo refresh contest on Sept. 18 during the annual CIECA CONNEX conference in Charlottesville, VA.

On Sept. 18, the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) hosted a Regional Meetup in conjunction with the Auto Care Association’s 2019 Fall Leadership Days and Legislative Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Alan Gilbertson, an Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology student at the North Dakota State College of Science, has been named the first recipient of the new North Dakota Career Builders Scholarship.

Sun Toyota's Collision Center has been named a Gold Class repair facility by the inter-industry conference.

The arduous and urgent accident and serious injury prevention campaign that is being carried out nationwide to alert drivers of the more than 50 million recalled Takata airbags arrives in South Florida, which have claimed the lives of at least 19 people in the United States.

Two classic cars were stolen from an auto shop in Clarksville, TN, on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Flames incinerated two trucks and damaged other nearby vehicles Monday, Sept. 23, outside a Hackensack, NJ, auto repair shop, sending plumes of black smoke skyward that could be seen from Route 80.

Big promises and zero return: several complaints have been made against a local auto body repair shop accused of defrauding customers before vanishing.

Badgley’s Garage sits humbly on Clippert Street in Lansing Township, MI, a building of unassuming white concrete blocks.

The Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club, which supports Pennsylvania College of Technology students through a pair of scholarship funds, recently honored two more beneficiaries of its generosity.

The St. Louis I-CAR Committee met at Ranken Technical College on Sept. 12 for their final preparations before the Gateway Automotive and Collision Job Fair on Sept. 27.

On Sept. 12, ASA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) partnered to host the 6th Annual Technology and Telematics Forum at the Hilton Garden Ballroom in Troy, MI.

Multi-shop operator executives and a diverse group of industry experts who serve on the MSO Symposium advisory board, unanimously voted for the return of two highly-acclaimed presenters, Susanna Gotsch of CCC Information Services, and Vincent Romans of The Romans Group.

Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:38

Oct. 15 CIECAst Webinar Announced

CIECA announced its next CIECAst webinar: “What to Expect in 2020: Developments in the Automobile in 2019 and What That May Mean in 2020.”

The Ford Motor Co. has picked Austin as the third city to launch a commercial self-driving vehicle expected to be on the roads by 2021, according to reports.

Goff’s Collision Repair Centers, a family-owned auto body business for 52 years, is being acquired by Texas-based Caliber Collision Centers.

Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:08

PPG Debuts P565-318X HS Wet-on-Wet Sealers

PPG  today introduced its premium P565-318X HS Wet-on-Wet Sealers under the NEXA® Autocolor brand.

It’s the “Year of the Bronco” at the 2019 SEMA Show and WD-40 Company and SEMA Cares have partnered to rebuild an iconic cult classic, the 1966 Ford Bronco, to be featured before being auctioned off to raise money for ChildHelp, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

Collision industry members are invited to join the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) during their annual reception the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (PDT) in the Renaissance 1 Room at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel during the 2019 SEMA Show.

Service King Collision partnered with GEICO and local charity, Allies in Service, to donate a 2015 Honda Accord to Bernard Gourlay, a local Navy veteran, through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.

For the past 73 years, D & H Auto Body has been a mainstay on Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill, located in Queens, NY.

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

On Nov. 9, ASA-Florida will host its inaugural Florida Foundations Training and Trade Expo at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, FL.

On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 3, the California Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA) will host its Annual Meeting at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas during AAPEX and SEMA.

On top of taxpayer dollars, it's estimated that driving on roads in need of repair costs motorists $120 billion in vehicle repairs and operating costs - $533 per driver, according to a recent report by QuoteWizard

Mercedes-Benz emissions’ cheating has cost Daimler nearly $1 billion after German prosecutors fined the automaker "based on a negligent violation of supervisory duties in the area of vehicle certification in connection with deviations from regulatory requirements in certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles."

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 17:54

Fort Morgan, CO, Hosts 19th Fall Harvest Car Show

Once upon a time in a faraway land called Detroit, there lived Titans named General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the collision repair industry, has developed a proof-of-concept XR (extended reality) smart glasses solution for collision repair facilities, in strategic collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

A car carrying ship full of Hyundai and Kia models is blocking the entrance to the Port of Brunswick, GA, one of the busiest ports in the US, and a major car import/export hub.

PPG announced that the recent Track Walk fundraising event for the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) generated more than $32,000 to help fund the organization’s educational, medical, social and financial efforts for children in need.

Those who have been in the collision industry for a long time remember the 1980s as the advent of automotive unibody construction.

Collision Works acquired DeShields Truck Services Inc. in Oklahoma City on Sept. 13, 2019.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 21:27

PennDOT Receives $8.4 Million Federal DOT Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was recently awarded an $8,409,444 Automated Driving System Demonstration Grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation, to test the safe integration of automated driving systems within work zones.

Earlier this month, Polyvance announced the availability of three new welding rod materials to meet industry and customer demands

Group 1 Automotive, Inc., an international, Fortune 500 automotive retailer, announced it has completed a preliminary assessment of damages across its southeast Texas dealerships in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Imelda.

German automaker Volkswagen has announced that it has taken steps to begin the development and production of lithium-ion battery cells to use in future vehicles.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit in the Alameda County Superior Court against Paul Blanco’s Good Car Company, a network of motor vehicle dealerships, and it’s Chief Executive Paul Blanco alleging that the company engaged in a variety of unlawful business practices.

Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair and Service (MNCARS) is proud to announce the release of new video resources to expand its outreach and raise awareness of career opportunities in the automotive service and collision repair industry.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:16

NE Resident Wins Hood Decorating Contest

Kyle Van Pelt, of McCook, NE, is the winner of the annual hood decorating contest put on by the Auto Body Technology program at North Platte Community College.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 19:54

AASP-PA TOOLS to Feature Industry Favorites

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AASP-PA will be holding its annual T.O.O.L.S training and expo on Nov. 8 – Nov. 10 at Kalahari Resort & Conventions in the Poconos Mountains, PA.

Lowrider and Quaker State announced plans to build a custom, one-of-a-kind 1968 Chevrolet Impala, with intentions to auction the popular and classic vehicle to support a charity.

Both the House and the Senate introduced new forms of legislation in Florida.

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum focuses on award-winning race cars, and now the museum is bringing two big wins of its own home to Philadelphia.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:28

How Might the GM Strike Impact Customers?

More than 49,000 United Auto Workers Union employees have walked off the job at General Motors facilities across the U.S., launching their first strike at the nation’s largest car company in a dozen years.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 16:53

Post Repair Calibration – A Growing Crisis

Have you, as a body shop owner or manager, ever taken a vehicle to an OE car dealer for a post-repair recalibration on an Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) vehicle only to get the “deer in the headlights” look from the dealership service manager, or simply be told the car does not require recalibration … even though you know it is required?

Monday, 23 September 2019 21:54

New Technician School Now Open in Memphis, TN

A new automotive technician school is open in Memphis, TN.

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