Research conducted by AAA this year found that most vehicle escape tools can break tempered side windows, but none were able to break laminated glass.

On Oct. 12, ASA-PA hosted its 2019 Super Saturday training extravaganza at the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA.

On Oct. 10, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) hosted a training session, “Shop Processes, Culture, and Quality Control While Reducing Liability,” presented by Mark Olson of VECO Experts, at Cabela’s in Charleston, WV.

Day three of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas was filled with new product demonstrations, high-tech equipment and technology, and educational opportunities.

The Collision Industry Hall of Eagles held its 2019 Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Paradise Event Center at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

More than 160,000 people are estimated to attend the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show this week in Las Vegas.

Chief Collision Technology announced a partnership with Burke Porter Group to create Mosaic advanced diagnostic technology (ADT), the industry’s first-ever automated advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) calibration system.

On Oct. 25 and 26, the Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois (ATRI) and the Missouri Auto & Truck Recyclers (MATR) combined forces to host the 2019 MO/IL Convention and Trade Show at the Best Western Premier in Alton, IL.

As 2019 draws to a close, the world looks back on the year and reflects on all the changes that have come with the turning of a calendar.

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) and BMW of North America (BMW) announce that the automaker will leverage the CCC Promote technology to provide dealers with a powerful new marketing solution to price and promote parts to collision repair facilities while estimates are being written.

Probst Auto Body Inc. in Dieterich, IL, has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facilities necessary to repair the participating automaker brand vehicles according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Inspired by the testimony of Greta Thunberg, the Australian teen who testified before the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Barry's Auto Body, Staten Island's only environmentally friendly automotive collision repair shop, is encouraging other body shops to use “green” automotive products in daily operations.

One of the benefits of driving a "connected" car is the ability to receive warnings of hazardous weather conditions on the road ahead.

Some 20 years ago, the world of collision repair was one where the major partners operated in silos, with limited communication between them.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 18:19

WIN Opens Nominations for 2020 MIW awards

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announces that nominations for the prestigious 2020 Most Influential Women (MIW) awards will open on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, and will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 18:09

NABC 2019 Award Winners Announced

At the 2019 SEMA Show, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) presented the awards to its annual award winners.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 17:54

Fix Auto Opens Five CA Locations

Fix Auto USA is excited to announce continued expansion in California with the addition of five new Franchise Locations.

Carbeat™, AkzoNobel’s state-of-the-art digital bodyshop workflow control solution that enables automotive body repair shops to track their work in production and thus operate more efficiently, has been awarded a patent.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Alabama.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 17:23

CARSTAR Enterprise in NY Opens

CARSTAR is continuing its rapid East Coast expansion with its 25th store in New York, CARSTAR Enterprise, located at 19825 Jamaica Ave. Hollis, NY, 1142.

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 16:56

SEMA Announces New Product Award Winners

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced its Best New Products Award winners this morning at the 2019 SEMA Show.

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

With the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show opening at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5, attendees began to arrive today in Las Vegas for the big event.

Hilliard L. Gibbs Sr. will celebrate his 90th birthday in a novel way that pays tribute to his contributions to the community.

In a recent issue of Auto Glass Repair and Replacement (AGRR) magazine, we looked at how auto glass companies should start preparing today for the mobility changes of tomorrow.

With nearly 500,000 plug-in electric vehicles now sold, Tesla has more such vehicles on the road in the United States than Chevrolet and Nissan combined.

Polls show women are intimidated when they have to bring their vehicles into shops for repairs; but, by empowering them through a series of classes held at shops nationwide, women are no longer scared to enter a body shop.

Monday, 04 November 2019 16:53

New CarCapsule Product Debut at SEMA

Catch the New CF1 by CarCapsule debut at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 through Nov. 8.

Monday, 04 November 2019 15:50

On the Lighter Side: 36 Chevy Corvettes in Ultimate Barn Find

Written by Steven Symes,


People have been amazed at the story of how 36 Chevrolet Corvettes, one from the 1953 to 1989 model years, were discovered hidden away in New York City.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Long Island Autobody Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held its October General Meeting at Eagle Chevrolet in Riverhead, NY.

“It is my belief that every aspect of the automotive industry value-chain will be disrupted in some way, shape or form. I also believe there will be a small percentage of existing businesses that will figure out how to be a disruptor, a large percentage of existing business that will be disrupted, and last but not least, there will be new companies that enter the automotive market as disruptors,” wrote industry leader Frank Terlep near the opening of his new book, Auto Industry Disruption – Who and What is Being Disrupted, and What To Do About it.

From the start of the “modern” collision shop in the late 1940s up through the 1970s, body shops, as a business, were fairly crude by most standards.

Friday, 01 November 2019 20:09

Street Outlaws: SEMA/ No Prep Kings


Discovery channel will go live from SEMA on Monday, Nov. 4 during a supersized episode of Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings.

Auto Glass America, LLC (AGA) and its owner Charles Isaly filed a response to Allstate’s complaint and a counterclaim, and is demanding a trial by jury.

City Councilmember Gene Masuda can add another name to the list of challengers for his District Four seat in the upcoming March 2020 elections.

Tesla will be making its presence known at the upcoming 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, with the electric car maker scheduled to offer test drives for its lineup of vehicles to interested participants of the event.

A family-owned and operated dealership focused on new and used vehicle sales and automotive service, Brooklyn Mitsubishi, launched its efforts this month to spread awareness and raise funds for the fight against cancer.

The Latin Tyre Expo 11th edition and the Latin Auto Parts Expo 7th editions will be held on July 14-17, 2020 at the all-new Amador Convention Center in Panama City, the Republic of Panama, where you will learn how you can increase your company sales in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Maureen LaFontaine of Highland Township, MI, matriarch of a metro Detroit auto empire, died Monday, Oct. 28.

SEM Products releases innovative, 50 state-compliant, 2K Urethane Chip Guard for replicating OE textured chip guards on lower vehicle panels.

Pro Spot is adding more specials and promotions just in time for the SEMA Show.

A second round of scholarships will be awarded this year for 50 students to train for automotive manufacturing careers at Alabama’s community colleges.

Cummins Inc. unveiled its latest innovation, a heavy-duty truck with fuel cell and battery electric power.


Tesla rebuilder and the man behind Electrified Garage, Rich Rebuilds, recently shared the story of how a totaled Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive was rebuilt for a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle with relatively minor repairs.

Service King Collision partnered with GEICO and local charity, Volunteers of America, Northern California and Northern Nevada (VOANCNN), to donate two vehicles benefitting two local veterans through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.

On Oct.18-19, the Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) hosted its 2019 Annual Education Day at the SW Holiday Inn in Lincoln, NE.

Ford Motor Co. plans to roll out the next generation of its Sync infotainment system in new vehicles starting in 2020, which the automaker says will unlock an array of new abilities in its vehicles.

Online registration for the 2019 MSO Symposium, taking place on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay ends Friday, Nov. 1.

Several months in the making, a new auto-body repair and paint shop is opening on the south side of Lakeview, OR.

The owner of a parcel that might contain his new paint and body repair shop says he’s willing to talk with residents who fear his business will produce noise and pollution and decrease their property values.

Most young men develop a love of the automobile at some point in their youth.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC CEO Sherif Marakby announced that Austin, Texas, will become the third market in which the automaker will test self-driving vehicles on public roads.

The CARSTAR Colorado Business Group is helping address the collision repair technician shortage the industry faces through a new partnership with Aims Community College, Automotive & Technology Center, Northern Colorado’s premier Collision Repair and Refinishing School.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 18:00

Wet Finishes and Ugly Ape Body Shop in KY Merge

Wet Finishes and Ugly Ape Auto Body recently announced their merger, which became official in late 2018.

The current political climate in the United States is a bit tense.

On Oct. 16, ASA’s Webinar Wednesday focused on “Countering the Dealership Overtime Exemption,” which was presented by ASA’s Wage and Hour Attorney Brian Farrington of Cowles & Thompson in Dallas.

At SEMA next week, Polyvance will display its latest product to help body shops repair today’s large, multi-piece plastic bumpers – the 6076 Bumper Stabilizer.

On Oct. 18, Kukui Corporation’s Jimmy Lea hosted a webinar entitled “The Driving Force – Women in the Automotive Industry” where he was joined by six automotive industry experts who happen to be women as they discussed their careers and their vision of the future.

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