A family-owned auto business in northern Minnesota burned down in a morning fire on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian has landed itself a new customer, and a monumental one at that.

Monday, 23 September 2019 17:01

Fast N’ Loud: The Season Finale



Richard Rawlings and the Monkeys put the pedal to the metal in their final attempt to finish the '72 Buick Riviera super-build in time for SEMA.

Rupert’s Auto Body donated a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze to the sheriff’s Office VIPS for Vets program to support the growing need for transportation services for local veterans.

Blockchain, artificial intelligence, 5G and edge computing are just some of the emerging technologies collision repairers will likely encounter in the future, said Fred Iantorno, vice president of Internet of Things (IoT) for VeriFacts Automotive.

Friday, 20 September 2019 20:24

ASA Urges Veto Override for NH OEM Repair Procedure Legislation

Written by Alexis Wilson

ASA is asking New Hampshire repairers to contact state lawmakers and urge them to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s recent veto of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures legislation.

At a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, about the progress of the Willets Point, Queens, Development in New York between the city and the Flushing community board, a group of auto workers showed up to make sure they weren’t left behind in the aftermath.

Humans and extraterrestrials in the vicinity of the top-secret government facility Area 51 will have access to a special Tesla Supercharger in Nevada today, the company stated in a Twitter announcement.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 21:57

Kenworth Donates Truck Cab to SCCTC

It’s amazing how a donation from a company can open the door for students to learn with a hands-on approach.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 21:25

Kool Tools: Pre-SEMA 2019

I have been conducting I-CAR mobile welding tests for 15 years now.

Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

The costs to own and maintain a new vehicle are going up according to an AAA study.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, a deserving Spotsylvania, VA, family experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their family – thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program along with car donor State Farm and repair partner Caliber Collision – Culpeper, VA.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:20

AASP-MN to Host “Beyond the Four Strokes” Seminar

Written by Alexis Wilson

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, AASP-MN will host “Beyond the Four Strokes: What Do You Do When Nothing You See is Wrong, but Something is Broken?” from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at EP Auto, Tire & Glass, Eden Prairie, MN.

On Sept.18, ASA hosted the newest installment of the association’s monthly Webinar Wednesday series featuring Tekmetric CEO Sunil Patel who presented “Cybersecurity 101 for Shop Owners.”

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 21:25

New Season of Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings


The callouts are louder, the races are riskier, and the stakes are higher than ever as the best street racers in the country head back to the track for an all-new season of STREET OUTLAWS: NO PREP KINGS.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, AASP/NJ provided an overview of what collision repair shop owners need to know about ADAS technology by hosting a panel discussion on the topic at the Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 15:25

The Journey to Operational Excellence

Written by Dave Luehr

One of the commonalities between most collision repair shops is chaos.

North Haven Auto Body of North Haven, CT, has joined the list of safety-conscious auto glass companies by becoming an accredited Registered Member Company of the prestigious Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC).

On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Gateway Collision Chapter of AASP-MO held its first meeting after summer break at Syberg’s Dorsett in Maryland Heights, MO, sponsored by Mitchell International, Mid-Nite Auto Parts, Chapman & Hogan Insurance, and United Fire Group (UFG).

The recent Goodguys West Coast Nationals Show presented by BASF at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif., showcased a long list of award-winning cars, including the crowned “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod.”

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 19:54

On the Lighter Side: See Jay Leno Live An ‘80s Fantasy in This Flying DeLorean Hovercraft

Written by Christopher Smith, motor1.com

 

Here’s one for all the 1980s fans, whether you grew up during the decade of excess or simply look back upon it fondly.

Thanks to the efforts of Assembly Members Tim Grayson, Tasha Boerner-Horvath, Phil Ting, Phil Chen, Senator Holly Mitchell, and enthusiasts throughout California, state lawmakers have approved SEMA-supported legislation (SB 112) that restores “fix-it” tickets for cars suspected of violating the state’s exhaust noise limit.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 17:06

CARSTAR Opens First Location in Minnesota

CARSTAR, North America’s largest premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of its first Minnesota location, CARSTAR Bighley Auto Body, located at 2409 Margaret Street N., North St. Paul, MN, 55109.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 15:23

Christy Jones Honored as NAWBO Iowa 2019 Business Owner of the Year

Written by Alexis Wilson

R Jones Collision 1 owner, Christy Jones, has been honored with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) "Business Owner of the Year" award.

Tesla’s V10 update to members of its Early Access Program included several novel features for the electric car maker’s vehicles, from new games to a cool “theater” function.

Rosedale Technical College will celebrate 70 years on Sept. 28 at its Blue Jean Ball, honoring its reputation as the center of training for the skilled trades in Western Pennsylvania.

Monday, 16 September 2019 20:52

WIN Supports ‘Headbands of Hope’

Earlier this year, WIN hosted its 2019 Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During the three days, members listened to a variety of speakers that discussed the theme of “Navigating Tomorrow Together.”

Hundreds of firetrucks - all part of a collection belonging to Andy Leiter - were housed in a building on Route 302 in Middletown, NY.

After almost 80 years of banging out dents and straightening frames, a Red Bank, NJ, auto body shop is headed to the scrap heap.

For over two years, a bipartisan group of lawmakers studied how consumers’ cars were repaired following a collision, how the insurance system reimburses the consumer for those repairs, and in the process, crafted House Bill 664 to keep drivers in safely repaired vehicles.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the acquisition of three collision repair centers in the Columbia, SC, area.

Monday, 16 September 2019 18:11

General Motors Workers Go on Strike

Local Union leaders from across the nation met Sunday, Sept. 15 after the 2015 General Motors (GM) collective bargaining agreement expired Saturday, Sept. 14 and opted to strike at midnight on Sunday.

Equalizer®, the leading source for auto glass removal and replacement products in the world, is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Arsenal™️, a new quarterly subscription box service which features a wide array of auto glass related products from Equalizer®.

Rolls-Royce has sued J&B Body Works in Mount Vernon, NY, to get back a Ghost that has been idled in the repair shop for more than 430 days.

 

It's a double-barreled blast of NASCAR as Richard Rawlings and the Gas Monkeys dive into stock car racing.

Friday, 13 September 2019 17:10

SCRS Offers Members Personal Benefits

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announces a new benefits program offering SCRS members, and their employees, the opportunity to save on personal rental vehicles.

Daimler Trucks has begun testing highly automated heavy-duty trucks on Virginia highways in partnership with its subsidiary Torc Robotics, the companies said.

As comedian Kevin Hart goes through the process of physical rehabilitation after wrecking out in his 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda named Menace, the car is set to be taken apart.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced the recipient of the Sulkala Family Scholarship.

The Chapman Automotive Group in Phoenix has agreed to become the exclusive automotive sponsor for the Pima Community College Athletics Department.

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces the next installment in the FREE Elite Webinar Series.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 18:23

Axalta Sells Its 60,000th Spectrophotometer

Axalta, the leader in digital color management for the automotive aftermarket, today announced that it has sold its 60,000th spectrophotometer, with 10,000 sold in the past 15 months.

Rod Behler practically teethed on the tires at Fred’s Body Shop.

A GM vacuum pump recall for more than 3.4 million SUVs and trucks has been issued in the U.S. because brake assist could be lost and drivers could experience hard brake pedals and longer stopping distances.

This year’s MSO Symposium will be hosted on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

This fall, BASF is sponsoring the Greater Detroit Area High School / College Transportation Career Fair, hosted by the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:46

Tesla Insurance: A Startling Asset

Tesla is getting into the insurance business. With sufficient demand and a relatively low risk assumed by Tesla, the product actually seems like it will become a major asset for Tesla in the future.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 18:26

AASP/NJ Creates Legal Defense Fund to Aid Shops Battling Litigation

Written by Alexis Wilson

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has established a Legal Defense Fund to provide financial assistance to member shops battling industry-related issues through the legal process.

It’s fair to say that Tate’s Auto Group in Show Low, AZ, is finished.

Even a year after Greeley, CO, was pounded with golf ball-sized hail, local body shops and dent repair shops continue to feel the storm.

You may be surprised to learn that many body shops create a “repair plan” at the end of the repair when everything has been documented and the final bill is created, according to Tim Ronak, senior services consultant at AkzoNobel.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:48

Techs of Tomorrow: Cheerleader, Gymnastics Coach, Collision Repair Student All in One

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Eighteen-year-old Michelle Perschall discovered her love for automobiles at the age of four when her grandparents bought her a bright yellow racing Corvette Power Wheels.

A Harrison County, WV, man accused of stealing more than $4,000 worth of items from Rom Rog Automotive while he was an employee there has been arrested on multiple charges following a search of his home.

Auto Glass America, LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, recently filed documents with a Florida District Court regarding its dispositive motion to dismiss.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 21:25

Police Seek Cadillac Ranch Arson Suspect

Authorities are asking for your help to find out what happened to one of the Cadillacs at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

From coast to coast, collision repairers are talking about the talent pool shortage facing the industry and what can be done to address what some are calling an impending crisis.

On Aug. 22, the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) held a regional meet-up event at Seasons 52, a restaurant in Houston.

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