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Car-O-Liner® is showcasing its collision repair solutions this week at SEMA360.

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 23:23

Automakers Report October Sales

Several automakers reported sales results from October.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) encourages service professionals to visit the new myASE.com web portal and register now to renew certifications expiring Dec. 31.

You can explore everything that’s new from Autel Tools, including advanced diagnostics, ADAS calibration, TPMS tire service, key programming and much more.

During SEMA360 this week, AirPro Diagnostics hosted two roundtable sessions: “Diagnostics, What Service is Right for Me” and “How ADAS Ready is Your Shop?”

Millions of California voted to pass Proposition 22, classifying app-based drivers as gig workers, not employees.

Tesla is projected to create 15,000 new jobs from its Gigafactory in Austin, TX.

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 17:52

AkzoNobel Hits SEMA360 in a Big Way, Virtually

When things change fast like in 2020, some companies adapt and succeed, and AkzoNobel is one of those companies.

The 6142 Shim Jim Tab Separator Tool from Polyvance helps the auto body technician easily disassemble the aggravating snap-in tabs that often hold trim such as grilles and bezels to the bumper cover.

Over the course of my career, I’ve been involved in a lot of different roles, from technician to general manager, to owner and operator of multiple shops, then as a seller when our company was acquired by a large consolidator in 2015, and as a representative and consultant assisting with both sales and acquisitions of collision repair businesses.

Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, and Hunter Engineering, the global leader in vehicle alignment systems, wheel and tire service, brake service and inspection lane equipment, announces a collaboration to develop and sell advanced drivers’ assistance calibration systems (ADAS) in North America.

Collision repair professionals once again have a unique opportunity to grade the performance of the insurance companies in their state, with the launch of CRASH Network’s “Insurer Report Card.”

Election Day in the U.S. proved to be a moment of victory for the auto care industry. 

Since TrueCar started the DrivenToDrive program in 2016 to help injured veterans regain their independence and get back behind the wheel of a vehicle, the program has awarded four disabled veterans with brand-new vehicles.

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 00:02

Roland Hence Named Winner of 2020 SEMA Launch Pad

Roland Hence, founder and director of FrontLane, Inc., was named winner of the eighth annual SEMA Launch Pad, presented by the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN).

A Detroit-area car dealership, Twin Auto Sales, was hit by car thieves recently, only this was a fairly sophisticated operation.

Thursday, 08 October 2020 21:51

Garmat Introduces The Americana Spray Booth

Since 1988, Garmat® USA has provided the American Body Shop with high quality production enhancing equipment that helps improve throughput and profitability.

Active driving assistance systems have made progress with regulators and auto safety advocates, but those systems seem to be giving drivers a false sense of security that could cause crashes, not prevent them.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently praised the Texas team working on the Austin Gigafactory in a tweet.

Insurers are bracing for a hit of about $4.3 billion from Hurricane Zeta in the U.S., catastrophe modeling company Karen Clark & Co (KCC) said Nov. 2.

The coronavirus pandemic has created economic hardship and devastation for a lot of cities across the country, but Joliet, IL, officials insist they are not one of them.

Mention the name Mariano Rivera and you would be talking about of the greatest New York Yankee closing pitchers of all time. 

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 19:51

Judge Rules Against Release of Documents

The judge in the case of Allstate* vs Auto Glass America and its owner, Charles Isaly (AGA), has ruled that certain documents provided in the case will remain confidential and not be made public.

His business, Tom and Ed’s Autobody, was chosen best in the Northwest Indiana region in a 2020 NWI Times poll, and now Andrew Tylka has been named one of the 20 Under 40 young professionals to watch.

Cox Automotive, in partnership with the National Association of Minority Automotive Dealers (NAMAD), awarded its Rising Star Award to Carlos Sandoval, partner and fixed operations director at Bartow Ford in Bartow, FL, among the largest volume Ford dealers in the nation and a 22-time President's Award Winner.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of three collision repair centers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

Karma Automotive announced Nov. 3 the opening of the latest addition to its Texas dealer network, Principle Karma at San Antonio, TX.

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its 2020 Annual Dean Griffin Memorial Skeet Shoot on Oct. 15 at Elk Fork Shooting Sports in Dallas, TX.

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 17:46

AASP-MO Holding Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Though the ongoing pandemic is not allowing AASP-Missouri to hold its annual Christmas Social or collect toys the way it has in the past, its drive to support the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots is still on.

VeriFacts Automotive, which provides collision repair process consulting services across North America, will introduce an expanded offering of coaching, evaluation, verification and OEM certification services at SEMA360.

SEMA360 officially opened its virtual doors to the public Nov. 2, when Spanesi began exhibiting its complete range of collision repair equipment for the first time ever on the virtual trade show floor.

The Collision Indiustry Conference (CIC) announced the agenda for its virtual meeting, Nov. 10-11 on the Zoom platform.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the industry’s Best New Products Award winners, with the products featured this week in the inaugural SEMA360 online trade event.

Monday, 02 November 2020 23:50

LKQ Corporation Third Quarter Financials Out

LKQ Corporation, parent company of PGW Auto Glass, reported a decrease in its revenue in the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30.

The pandemic caused a seismic shift to virtual business interactions, creating a hunting ground for cybercriminals looking to take advantage of system vulnerabilities.

On Election Day, Rodeo Drive will be in lockdown, with cars and pedestrians blocked from its luxury boutiques. Along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, barriers will control crowds. New York’s Fifth Avenue is staying open, but will quickly shutter if unrest erupts.

In a series of webinars in October, dealership fixed operations and service department managers shared their experiences and lessons learned during the pandemic, including perspectives and ideas that could be helpful for independent collision repairs as well.

I recently saw a film, "The Social Dilemma," on Netflix, and it tells a frightening story.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned recently the Cybertruck would be undergoing “small improvements” to the all-electric pickup’s design.

Monday, 02 November 2020 19:00

Body Crafters: A COVID-19 Experience

It’s tough enough, even in the best of times, to buy a second shop that needs updating.

I’ve had the good fortune recently to spend some time recently working with Nissan/Infiniti as they prepare some new hands-on training they are developing, and it gave me a chance to spend some time scanning and learning about calibrations on their newest vehicles.

Balise Collision Repair of Balise Motor Sales is opening a sixth location Nov. 2.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) hosted its annual virtual membership meeting via Zoom on Oct. 29.

Mike’s Auto Body in California's Bay Area is celebrating its 20th anniversary of giving cars to deserving individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, with a grand total of 92 vehicles donated since 2000.

I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is excited to be a part of the 2020 SEMA360 Virtual Show, Nov. 2-6, with a series of complimentary offerings showcasing I-CAR’s educational experts and robust learning experiences. 

As part of the resolution of the Third Amended Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation for Reagor-Dykes Auto Group in Lubbock, TX, the trustee is prepared to announce the chance for former Reagor-Dykes consumers to assert claims for compensation.

Ford produced solid financial results in the third quarter of 2020 through a combination of great operating execution; benefits from focusing on its strengths in high-demand, profitable vehicles; and a reversal of business effects from the coronavirus pandemic.

Get ready for an electric Ram pickup.

Volkswagen has drawn inspiration from Tesla in many ways, especially in its quest to transition to a lineup of fully-electric vehicles.

Friday, 30 October 2020 18:09

Financial Incompetence is No Excuse!

Written by Dave Luehr

Struggling businesspeople can often be heard reciting all the reasons they aren’t making enough money.

A longtime auto body shop in Auburn, CA, is under new ownership.

Friday, 30 October 2020 16:53

It’s Alive! Take a Video Tour of SEMA360

The following video offers a sneak peek of SEMA360.

Friday, 30 October 2020 16:28

Three Things to Have Ready Prior to SEMA360

SEMA360 participants who are registered and approved for the online event, taking place Nov. 2–6, will receive login information beginning Oct. 30.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series launches Nov. 2 in conjunction with SEMA360.

With 2020 quickly coming to an end, collision repair shop owners should start thinking about their marketing plans for next year.

Retailers, pharmacies, liquor stores and other merchants across the U.S. are gobbling up insurance that protects buildings from damage caused by societal unrest, worried about possible street violence after the U.S. presidential election, insurers and brokers told Reuters.

Black Book reported wholesale values declined for the seventh week in a row.

Charlie's Matrix Auto Glass, a local family-owned automotive glass and tint company in Tucson, AZ, was awarded the statewide contract for vehicle glass replacement, repair, tinting and accessories by the State of Arizona, commencing this month.