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The Boyd Group Inc. announced Nov. 19 the acquisition of a collision repair center in Oshkosh, WI.

With a new president and Congress taking power in January, it’s critical that SEMA members consider joining SEMA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) to ensure the industry has a voice in the political process.

Collision repair owners and managers across the country say hiring technicians and high turnover rates have become critical issues in their businesses.

Seven individuals across two states were charged in an indictment unsealed Nov. 17 for their alleged participation in a scheme to obtain approximately $16 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

For Texas State Technical College student Haley Rios of Bryan, TX, auto collision and repair work is a family tradition.

Subaru of America, Inc. announced Nov. 18 it has been named the 2021 Top Mainstream Brand for Residual Value from the ALG Residual Value Awards.

As the winter season approaches, drivers have signaled their road travel will not slow down despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

An early supporter of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) as a founding sponsor, today Enterprise is a Platinum sponsor of the organization and boasts 11 WIN members supporting various WIN committees from within its organization.

Cars and toys go together, now so more than ever thanks to a collaboration between HGreg.com and the popular annual Toys for Tots program.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:01

MNCARS Provides High School Support

As part of its 2020 workplan, Minnesota Careers in Auto Repair & Service (MNCARS) “adopted” two high school programs to provide enhanced support and mentoring during the year.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:22

CCC Auto Claims Snapshot---October 2020

Repairable appraisal counts in October 2020 were nearly 20% lower than in October 2019. 

FOCUS Advisors is proud to announce the sale of its client, Pride Auto Body, to Classic Collision of Atlanta, GA. 

Through the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program, Service King Collision recently repaired and donated a 2016 Kia Rio to Dorinda Goodenough, a local Phoenix resident.

Wesco Group, a leading paint, body and equipment distributor in the western U.S. and Canada, is pleased to announce it has acquired Cook’s Automotive PBE business.

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in three phases, perhaps starting in December, with health care professionals and the most vulnerable first in line.

Colorado’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has returned to level one operations, the center’s highest level, Gov. Jared Polis said Nov. 13.

Three West Coast states are asking out-of-state visitors to self-isolate for at least two weeks to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said Nov. 17 residents should wear masks in all settings---even if socially distanced---and avoid traveling, if possible.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:40

Gov. DeWine Places Ohioans Under 21-Day Curfew

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Nov. 17 placed Ohioans under a curfew, beginning Nov. 19, for 21 days in what he said is an effort to stop the rising spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 23:30

Chevy Bolt Fire Recall: Better Park Outside

A Chevy Bolt fire recall has been issued for nearly 68,700 Bolt EV cars worldwide following at least five fires and two injuries.

Joseph Ashton, former vice president of the UAW’s General Motors Department, was sentenced Nov. 17 to 30 months in federal prison for conspiring with other UAW officials to engage in honest services fraud by taking $250,000 in bribes and kickbacks from a UAW vendor and for conspiring to launder the proceeds of the scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

U.S. News & World Report on Nov. 17 unveiled its Best Vehicle Brand awards and Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award.

Tesla touchscreen failures have caused the government to upgrade and expand an investigation into media control unit (MCU) failures that cause the screens to go black, leaving drivers without important features.

The DrivenToDrive program helps injured veterans, like retired U.S. Air Force SrA Karah Behrend, regain their independence and get back behind the wheel of a retrofitted vehicle.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 20:40

Fix Auto USA Announces Entrance Into Oklahoma

Fix Auto USA announced Nov. 17 it has entered its 13th state, Oklahoma, with the addition of Fix Auto Jenks in Tulsa, OK.

Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its second multi-shop acquisition in the last two weeks, with the acquisition of all six Elite Auto Collision locations in the Georgia market.

To help carriers understand the ever-changing market and offer them benchmark insights, LexisNexis Risk Solutions released its latest Insurance Demand Meter, reporting on Q3 U.S. auto insurance shopping activity.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 18:50

Car Part Thefts Plague Rome, NY, Businesses

For more than a year now, the city of Rome, NY, has been hit by a rash of catalytic converter thefts, mostly at businesses such as auto body shops and used car lots, police report.

Massachusetts residents spoke out and voted “yes” on the Right to Repair Bill.

CenterOak Partners LLC, a Dallas-based private equity firm, announced Nov. 17 the formation of CollisionRight, Inc., a leading regional multi-shop operator of auto body repair services in the Central U.S.

Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent collision repair MSOs, announced Nov. 17 the acquisition of French Davis Collision, Inc. in Missouri, Arnold’s Auto Body, Inc. in Iowa, Fred Rieser Auto Body, Inc. in Ohio, and Open 7 Days Auto Body, Inc. in California.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Westside Collision, located at 801 West Ave. K, Lancaster, CA 93534.

Teams from Detroit and the Northeast go head-to-head in the first matchup of round 1.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a provider of data, analytics and technology for insurance, announced the inclusion of mileage information from connected vehicles in its LexisNexis Vehicle History solution.

Biotech company Moderna announced Nov. 16 that its new COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be 94.5% effective.

Boyd Group Services Inc. released its 2020 third quarter financial report recently and noted its financial results were impacted significantly by the pandemic.

Subaru of America, Inc., in partnership with Rainbow PUSH Coalition, announced Nov. 12 a new scholarship program that will champion local students interested in pursuing a future in automotive technology.

During its recent virtual Annual Meeting, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) elected Brad Crawford, of Livingston Collision, Inc. in Livingston, NJ, to its Board of Directors.

Around the same time Giga Texas’ construction kicked off 24/7 shifts, Tesla started a hiring ramp for its Gigafactory in Austin.

Lordstown Motors Corp, a leader in electric light duty trucks focused on the commercial fleet market, announced Nov. 16 recent commercial, operational and strategic developments, as it remains on track to begin production of the Lordstown Endurance, the world’s first full-size, all-electric pickup truck, in September 2021.

New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM) Insurance and Amica claimed the top spots in this year’s J.D. Power Auto Claims Satisfaction Study, based on responses from 11,055 insured consumers who had settled a claim within the six months prior to taking the survey.

Insurance companies have been pushing photo estimates for more than five years, and collision repair shops have been objecting to the inaccuracies of these estimates for the same amount of time, because these virtual claims typically require a supplement---or five!---due to the potential for inaccuracies inherent in the process.

The Auto Care Association (ACA) hosted its 2020 Fall Leadership Days virtually, Sept. 23-25.

It’s undeniable that 2020 has been a year for the history books---the amount of change over the past 12 months is unprecedented and has been disruptive in every imaginable way.

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) offered more than a half dozen educational opportunities in October for the local automotive and collision repair industries.

ASA Northwest has begun coordinating its 21st annual Kids First fundraiser, benefiting needy families during the holiday season.

In June, Tesla released its 2019 Impact Report, outlining its commitment to responsibly sourcing the materials used in its battery cells.

Tesla Giga Texas workers may already be building the foundations for the factory’s casting facility and paint shop.

Friday, 13 November 2020 20:34

Mopar Releases New Opt OE Position Statement

Opt OE is not OE, Mopar said in a recently released position statement.

Quality Collision Group, a new private-equity-backed venture of multi-site OEM certified collision repair centers, announced the continued growth of its organization with the addition of two experienced executives to its expanding leadership team.

Mondofix Inc. (Fix Network World), a global automotive aftermarket services network, announced the appointment of Alan Gajewski as its director of marketing and communications in the U.S.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced Nov. 13 several scholarships and equipment recently distributed to collision repair students thanks to collaborations with and donations from CARSTAR, BASF, TechForce and Craftsman.

Friday, 13 November 2020 19:14

Defining Election Results for ACRA Members

A week after election day, it is pretty well acknowledged that former Vice President Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the country’s 46th president in January 2021. 

Stating it will provide visitors a safe, innovative and eco-friendly transportation alternative, autonomous mobility-as-a-service provider, Beep, will deploy what it says are the first autonomous shuttles at Yellowstone National Park with the National Parks Service.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is warning motorists of an increase in deer on roads because of mating season.

The latest research from Cars.com, digital automotive marketplace and solutions provider, found nearly half of Americans---47%---plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, down 21 percentage points from 2019.

Used vehicle trade-in values are returning to normal levels after skyrocketing during the summer months, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds.

AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, announced Nov. 12 it is launching the inaugural "Twelve Cars of Christmas" DRV PNK Holiday Parade to provide a memorable holiday to families with children who are battling cancer and other serious illnesses.