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Guild 21 will hold its next meeting at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 10, "The Journey of ADAS from Factory to Repair," featuring David DeBoer, CEO of Burke Porter Group.

At the 2020 NABC Annual Meeting, the National Auto Body Council held its board elections for the upcoming year. 

At 11 .m. PST Dec. 3, join the Auto Care Association for a town hall discussion on the state of the industry.

I-CAR,® the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced Nov. 11 the launch of Get to Gold Class, an all-inclusive package customized for shops working toward I-CAR Gold Class® recognition.

After the U.S. citizens chose to forgo incumbent Donald Trump’s second term in favor of a new president, Joe Biden will take office in early 2021.

Two White Plains, NY, auto body shops are fighting for control of a garage, each claiming that the other is interfering with business and costing them customers, while both are facing eviction.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:03

On The Lighter Side: Teen With GoPro Solves 27-Year Mystery

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

Technology can be a wonderful thing, especially when it helps to solve mysteries which have been plaguing families for years on end.

It’s a bit amazing that just over two years ago, Tesla was struggling to hit a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 per week at the Fremont Factory in California.

Bentley Motors has announced it plans to become a global leader in sustainable luxury mobility with what it calls its Beyond100 strategy. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:19

Atlanta Cops Bust Chop Shop

Thanks to the COVID-19 shutdowns, 2020 has been a year of high car theft rates which seem to just keep increasing.

As the Golden State struggles to manage a new spike in COVID-19 cases, public health officials announced Nov. 10 that none of the state's 58 counties would be able to move forward with reopening plans this week.

Shop owners, technicians, ADAS suppliers, manufacturers, employers and industry associations in the automobile and light truck sectors were part of a diverse group of industry professionals who participated in recent National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) development workshops for Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Recently, a deserving veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide him independence and the ability to reach his goals---thanks to Universal Collision and car donor State Farm, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program.

AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, is "adopting" 50 local families in South Florida through a partnership with Neighbors 4 Neighbors' Adopt a Family 4 the Holidays Program. 

Ford Motor Company announced Nov. 10 its Kansas City Assembly Plant will build the all-new E-Transit van, part of a more than $3.2 billion investment in Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities to produce a series of new electric vehicles for commercial and retail customers.

Erie County (NY) Legislator Frank Todaro secured special respiratory masks needed for auto body students to continue in-person classes at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center.

During the SEMA360 virtual show, asTech shared detailed information with attendees about the services the company offers and what sets the company apart from others in the industry.

“When I was young, I thought about going into the oilfield,” Rey Salgado said. “I was going to drop out of school; however, thankfully, I was counseled not to do that. The oilfield business goes up and down, but as long as people are behind the wheel, auto collision repair and refinishing will never go out of style.”

Some Connecticut car dealerships are forging ahead with expansion plans in the state, even as the coronavirus pandemic has suppressed sales.

Safelite® Group, a nationwide vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite® AutoGlass, announced Nov. 10 an agreement to acquire the assets of the Lee & Cates Glass auto glass business. 

Nashville is bracing for winter amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with cold temperatures, indoor gatherings and flu season compounding concerns.

Ford Motor Company Chief Customer Experience Officer Elena Ford and Ford Fund made a $200,000 investment in October to support education services for students affected by the pandemic.

A Roselle, NJ, man has been criminally charged with filing a fraudulent insurance claim for repairs on a luxury vehicle he wrecked while intoxicated earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes announced.

Getting paid for the work performed is key to running a successful collision repair shop, but no one receives payment for items that aren’t invoiced.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 18:40

USI Shines at SEMA360

USI’s journey began in the 1970s and the company has been involved for the SEMA Show for many years.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 18:11

Fix Auto USA Announces Six New Locations

Fix Auto USA on Nov. 10 announced continued growth with the addition of six franchise locations.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Auto Care Collision Center, at 4757 W. Arrowhead Road, Hermantown, MN 55811. 

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting and Meineke Car Care Centers have recently received the honor of being named as two of the top franchise opportunities for veterans.

CARSTAR is saluting the veterans throughout its North American network of independently-owned collision repair facilities on Veteran's Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, both held Nov. 11.

Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced the addition of 23 new locations in October 2020.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 00:02

CCC Introduces Vehicle-Level ADAS Insights

CCC Information Services Inc. announced Nov. 9 the availability of CCC® VIN Connect-ADAS, the latest in a series of innovations that support underwriting precision at the point-of-quote.

Monday, 09 November 2020 23:39

2020 Autonomous Vehicle Market Update

A few years back, automotive technologists such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk were downright boastful about the speedy timeline in which they anticipated bringing fully autonomous vehicles to the mainstream marketplace.

As the world continues to react to Joe Biden’s election victory, small business owners across Central Texas say they don’t know what a Biden presidency means for them.

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., emailed the Ford team Nov. 6  "a message on the U.S. Election" as protesters gathered in Detroit and tensions nationally ran high over the presidential election.

Monday, 09 November 2020 22:06

Volvo Airbag Death Causes S60 and S80 Recall

A Volvo airbag death has led to a recall of more than 54,000 model year 2001-2003 S60 and S80 vehicles that were sold or registered in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 12.3%, or 35.3 billion vehicle miles, for August 2020 compared to August 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Teams Utah and Iowa face off in the final matchup of the Wildcard Round.

The Tennessee Collision Repair Association (TCRA) has been gaining momentum the past few months, and their efforts were on display at the association’s first quarterly meeting, held Nov. 5.

Although the cancellation of so many training events this year may have led many to believe that continuing education is no longer important, the Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) and the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA) know that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

SEMA, the trade association representing the $46.2 billion automotive specialty equipment industry, presented its top honors during a special SEMA Awards Celebration held Nov. 5, during the week of SEMA360.

The SEMA Battle of the Builders® concluded Nov. 6 during SEMA360, where Brady Ranweiler was named the winner of the annual competition.

First National Realty Partners announced the acquisition of a 23,164-square foot Tesla Sales and Service Center, located at 50 West Ogden Ave. in Westmont, IL.

The Virtual AAPEX Experience on Nov. 5 announced the recipients of the new AAPEX Service and Repair Awards during a live-streamed ceremony.

With the electric vehicle segment becoming more and more crowded, Ford has announced its upcoming EVs will be priced quite aggressively.

During SEMA360, SCRS hosted a series of educational offerings with topics that deal with scanning and diagnostics, repair procedures and marketing.

The marketing game is more important in 2020 than ever before. Are people finding your business online, and if they are what are they seeing? Are you getting leads online or disappearing altogether?

If you are developing a new tool or piece of equipment that can help the collision repair industry on any level, the SEMA New Product Awards is a big deal.

New York State Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell announced the Department of Financial Services (DFS) fined Allstate Insurance Group, State Farm Insurance Group, AIG Property Casualty Company and Tri-State Consumer Insurance Company a combined $2.1 million for violations of insurance statutes and regulations. 

The National Auto Body Council Body has recognized leaders and philanthropists in the collision repair industry for the past two decades.

Friday, 06 November 2020 17:10

ALLDATA Goes All-In to Support SEMA360

When it was announced the SEMA Show was going virtual for 2020, ALLDATA went all-in to support the industry’s foremost mechanical and collision repair event, developing content and activities to offer SEMA360 attendees an online experience unique to these unprecedented times.

The Claims Bridge International (TCBI) announced the U.S. launch of its cloud-based technology, EziClaims Suite, to assist the collision industry deliver contactless hail claims for customers.

CIECA announced Nov. 5 that Russ Sims, property & casualty claims senior business consultant for Nationwide, joined CIECA’s board of trustees, effective immediately.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the company will bring new electric vehicles to market faster than anticipated as the automaker announced a major step forward Nov. 5 in its self-driving car development.

BBVA Research published its October auto sales chartbook, noting vehicle sales have experienced a V-shaped recovery, increasing 36% in the third quarter of 2020 from the previous quarter. 

AAA members who insure their vehicles through the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club will receive a third round of premium refunds totaling approximately $46 million.

Thursday, 05 November 2020 23:46

On The Lighter Side: Fascinating Look At Tesla’s Mammoth ‘Giga Press’ Machine Being Assembled

Written by Simon Alvarez, TESLARATI

A recently-uploaded video has provided a rather fascinating glimpse at the assembly process of an IDRA “Giga Press” machine, which allows Tesla to produce single-piece casts for the Model Y.

Tesla recently received reservations for 150 Semi trucks from Pride Group Enterprises (PGE), which operates businesses in equipment, rental, leasing, logistics and sales.

Hoping to bring happiness to educators and first responders amid their workday, the Jim Ellis Buick GMC Mall of Georgia team, along with Vice President Stacey Ellis, recently delivered 171 meals for the Gwinnett County Sherriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Fire Department Station 24 and teachers at Buford Elementary.