UpdatePromise announces their debut into the service and repair financing space with its new UpdatePromisE-Pay financing option.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:14

Mitchell Partners With UpdatePromisePay

Mitchell International has partnered with UpdatePromisePay powered by UpdatePromise to be their Merchant Services Provider for Mitchell Cloud Glass.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 19:42

ASE Certification Registration Now Open

ASE winter registration is now open through March 31.

On Thursday, Jan. 9, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 1712, which will require vehicle manufacturers to send a notice to consumers within 90 days of a new car lease or purchase of their warranty rights under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA).

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Utica, MI.

HD Repair Forum is proud to announce the creation of four committees: Education, Technology, Parts, and OEM Repair Standards.

The ongoing legal battle between Geico and six parties has ended in an Arizona courtroom.

Takata non-azide driver inflators (NADIs) are under a federal investigation after reports the airbags could explode or could fail to deploy properly.

There's no doubt the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is fast.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced that it has entered the state of California via two acquisitions representing nine locations in the suburban Los Angeles area.

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property & casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, now connects with Intuit QuickBooks Online within the Mitchell RepairCenter solution.

 

Polyvance announces its collaboration with the Skills Georgia leadership team to introduce nitrogen plastic welding as a scored part of the competition in the 2020 state-level contest.

Although nitrogen plastic welding has been a scored part of the competition at the National SkillsUSA competition since 2018, incorporation at the state level has been delayed, mainly due to a lack of resourcesand awareness. “Indiana and Oklahoma were a couple of the first states to include plastic welding,” says Kurt Lammon, Polyvance’s president. “Last year we helped to start it in Tennessee. We look forward to starting in Georgia this year.”


Polyvance is working with 3M and State Farm in Georgia to augment the traditional adhesive repair elements with plastic welding. “We are currently discussing how to incorporate plastic welding with the adhesiverepairs in Georgia, but in Tennessee last year we had one of each repair and it was certainly enough to be able to distinguish the skill level of the competitors,” says Lammon.


Eli Morgan and Tim Tollison of State Farm lead the Skills Georgia team and Jackie Johnson of 3M oversees the plastic repair portion of the contest. “We’re honored to be invited to work with these great peoplewho selflessly volunteer their time to address the technician shortage challenge we all face,” says Lammon.


The Skills Georgia contest is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Caliber Collision location at Mt. Zion Road in Morrow, GA. The winners of this contest will represent Georgia at the national SkillsUSAcompetition in Louisville, KY on June 25th.


Polyvance urges any state chairs who want to incorporate nitrogen plastic welding into their contests to contact Kurt Lammon at kurt@polyvance.com as soon as possible. For an overview of the plastic welding portion of the contest, Polyvance created a training video which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz0aBrDcAa8

 

For inquiries, contact Kurt Lammon at 256-638-4103

Monday, 13 January 2020 16:23

On the Lighter Side: Led Zeppelin Introduces Hot Wheels Car Collection

Written by Amie Williams, motorious.com

A new Hot Wheels car collection is hitting the shelves, and it will be perfect for the Led Zeppelin car enthusiast in your life.

Safelite’s second motion to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit in New Jersey District Court has been denied.

Car-O-Liner is pleased to introduce the adapter and software that allows the A-Tong to be connected to the CTR9.

If you have a few dollars burning a hole in your pocket and want to acquire a showstopping vehicle while raising funds for a worthy cause, read on.

Adam Koster officially became the owner of Paullina Body Shop on Jan. 1, 2020.

Bert Lener, the owner of Bert’s Auto Body & Glass, has been doing auto body work since 1992.

Mitchell has donated more than $3,400,000 worth of its Mitchell Cloud Estimating solution to dozens of US collision repair and technical schools.

A Subaru Takata airbag inflator recall has been issued for nearly 498,000 of these vehicles to replace the passenger frontal airbag inflators.

Tesla fans and future owners of the Model Y cannot help but think about how the upcoming all-electric crossover compares in size versus the flagship Model X SUV and the mass-produced Model 3 sedan.

More than 100 ASE certified technicians have extended their certification expiration dates by one year without setting foot in a test center, thanks to the ASE Renewal App program which tests technical knowledge through an app on their phones, tablets or computers.

In the old days, we were almost always stuck with whatever was on the radio.

Calling all painters who have a passion for collision repair and a competitive streak: BASF wants to hear from you. The battle for the 2020 R-M Best Painter has begun.

On Dec. 15-16, 2019, Women in Automotive (WIA) hosted its 2019 Winter Conference at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs, CA.

Axalta made a splash with its 2020 Global Automotive Color of the Year "Sea Glass." This modern turquoise blue shimmers and sets the trend as a fresh new color for all vehicle types.

Over the years, the automotive and collision repair industries have become more welcoming to female professionals in the traditionally male-dominated space, yet even as the number of women in the industry has increased, few females pursue careers in more technical roles.

Sun Toyota, a Morgan Auto Group dealership, is pleased to announce that Moran (“Rani”) Ezra was recently promoted to the new position of sales training manager.

Women’s Industry Network (WIN) is committed to financially supporting females who demonstrate their desire to excel in the field of collision repair through the WIN Scholarship Program. 

Audi introduced their latest concept vehicle at CES 2020, the Audi AI:ME, exploring the company's vision for the autonomous luxury car we can expect to see in the coming years.

Auto Glass Academy, the leading source for auto glass removal, replacement and repair training, is excited to announce we are now a licensed education facility accredited by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Unless current law is updated, Massachusetts residents will increasingly lose the ability to take their cars to independent repair shops and be forced to pay more at dealerships, the head of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition told members of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce at its Executive Breakfast Forum.

Tesla just became the biggest automaker in history.

Dynabrade, Inc., of Clarence, NY, is proud to offer a new line of air power tools geared toward the automotive aftermarket -- the nitro series line of power tools.

General Motors Co. (GM) announced that it delivered 2,887,046 vehicles in 2019 in the United States.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 18:26

UNIBODY AutoTech Collision Center Joins CIECA

UNIBODY AutoTech Collision Center recently joined CIECA as a corporate member.

CCC Information Services (CCC) and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (American Honda) announce that the OEM becomes the first to integrate its diagnostics scanning cloud technology into the CCC X data exchange, simplifying scanning and reporting for Honda and Acura vehicles.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 17:39

CARSTAR Celebrates Banner Year

CARSTAR caps off a banner year to close out its 30th anniversary celebrations.

The industry’s adoption of vehicle scanning as an indispensable part of the repair process can be seen in the results of the “Who Pays for What” surveys conducted for several years by Collision Advice and CRASH Network.

A positive forecast for the collision repair industry in 2020 was among the presentations at the eighth annual “MSO Symposium” held in Las Vegas during SEMA.

Assured Performance announced the appointment of five regional directors to spearhead the launch of their national five-star “certified repair provider” (CRP) program.

Many in the collision repair industry are familiar with Frank Terlep, an experienced executive, entrepreneur, author and self-proclaimed “disrupter” of the automotive industry.

The Tesla Cybertruck has been subjected to many nods of both praise and criticism.

Ram 4500 and 5500 trucks are under a federal investigation after complaints from ambulance companies which said the trucks broke down while transporting patients.

While most of his days are filled with car parts, bondo and paint, Eagle Auto Body owner, Rob Albino’s other days are filled with him taking the turns on a racetrack.

Diana Ploch remembers the disorientation immediately following the September 2018 collision that totaled her Toyota — “just trying to make sense of what was going on.”

Heated exchanges that erupted during the “Parts and Materials Committee” presentation at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Las Vegas in November sounded “exactly what committee meetings feel like,” Aaron Schulenburg, committee co-chairman joked, and demonstrated, according to co-chairman Ken Weiss, “why we ended up with two subcommittees.”

Induction Innovations, Inc. introduces the latest in Induction heating, the ALFe 3.5 and ALFe 5.0. Capable of heating aluminum and steel, these heavy-duty products are ideal for those that require high-end heat levels to release seized parts and panel bond adhesives.

On Dec.14, the Triangle Chapter of the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) hosted its 2019 Christmas Party at Flemings Steak House in Raleigh, NC.

On Dec. 18, ASA’s monthly Webinar Wednesday featured a discussion on “What’s Happening With Data Access Policy” with Robert L. Redding Jr., ASA Washington, D. C. representative and Greg Scott from the U. S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition.

When Jeff Peevy was named chairman of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in 2019, he placed an empty chair on the stage at each meeting.

Assured Performance is proud to announce the appointment of Craig Seelinger as vice president of technical compliance & network support.

SEMA has expanded its partnership with event producers across the country by increasing the number of scheduled qualifying events to 13 nationwide.

A complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against a towing company which the complaint claims has overcharged thousands of consumers who required towing services from a towing company that is the exclusive towing company authorized by the New York City Police Department to tow vehicles on seven highways with a daily vehicle volume of 1.2 million cars per day.

The Bonner County, Idaho, Community Food Bank assists approximately 4,200 individuals each month, primarily with food, but also with other resources when available.

We all know that Ford hasn't been at the forefront of the best news recently, but we stumbled upon a little story that will definitely bring a smile or tear down your face.

California has authorized the testing and commercial use of light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads.

Do you remember Aesop’s old fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper?” In short, the story is about a grasshopper who played all summer long while the ant worked hard to have enough food to make it through the winter. I’ve updated it a little to make my point about body shop marketing, so my apologies to Aesop.

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