Monday, 09 September 2019 22:54

Fast N’ Loud: Gas Monkey Games

Richard Rawlings and the band of Monkeys go deep into Gas Monkey Garage. Watch rare moments and cringe at events as Richard and the Monkeys take on the Misfits of Fired Up in the first ever Gas Monkey Games.

Gaylen Rainforth spent four years and spent what he called “plenty” of money in the pursuit of some childhood nostalgia.

Body shop owners and Yelp experts who work with the collision repair industry weighed in recently about last month’s article (Does Yelp Bully Body Shops?) in the wake of Billion Dollar Bully, a documentary about how Yelp can adversely impact small businesses.

The US pickup truck market is a hefty prize for any automaker.

During the last week of August, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) hosted a series of free training opportunities around the state, featuring Rick White of 180BIZ and Kukui Corporation’s Jimmy Lea.

If you’ve ever wondered why you’ve been waiting so long when your car or truck goes in for service, it’s because Chester County, PA, is experiencing a severe shortage of auto service technicians.

On Aug. 24, the Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Society (PARTS) and ARA-NJ collaborated to host the CONNECT 2019 Summit and Expo at the Philadelphia West Marriott in West Conshohocken, PA.

Beck Motor Company, in Pierre, S.D., turns 50 this year and is inviting everyone to the company’s Sept. 12 celebration, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, 09 September 2019 17:32

North Platte, NE, Couple Wins MPCC Raffle Car

Isai and Chawnta Zuniga, of North Platte, NE, stand next to the 2019 Mid-Plains Community College raffle car on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced on Monday, Sept. 9, the acquisition of a multi-store operation consisting of four collision repair centers: three in Indiana, one in Kentucky.

Those who travel on Bypass Road in Williamsburg, VA, may have noticed some recent construction underway.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, CARSTAR American Collision Experts in Waterford Township, MI, celebrated the grand re-opening of its facility after an accidental fire kept the local business down for four months.

Monday, 09 September 2019 14:08

On the Lighter Side: World’s Fastest Shed Hits the Drag Strip With Audi RS4 Engine

Written by Anthony Karr, motor1.com

 

About a month ago, we showed you a rather weird and impressive machine – a motor shed based on a 1999 Volkswagen Passat and powered by a 4.2-liter V8 engine sourced from an older Audi RS4.

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, recently announced brand new limited-time incentives for entrepreneurs looking to become a Maaco franchise owner and current franchisees looking to open additional centers.

NASCAR star Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, who drives the legendary No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is teaming up with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) again to put the brakes on distracted driving.

Friday, 06 September 2019 20:29

GM Names New Chief of Global Marketing

In an effort to build General Motors' (GM) brands and improve customer service, the automaker has a new global marketing boss.

Autobody News is excited to announce that we will, once again, be participating in the 2019 SEMA Show.

The Doan Group recently renewed its commitment to CIECA and the CIECA standards.

 

During a Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) meeting in Indianapolis, two board members highlighted the post-accident safety inspections called for in many automakers’ repair procedures.

Friday, 06 September 2019 15:51

KABA's July Event Focuses on Safe Repairs

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On July 27, the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA) hosted a full-day educational event for collision repair industry professionals at Thirsty’s Brew Pub and Grill in Hays, KS.

Registration is open for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) IDEAS Collide Showcase from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, in Las Vegas at the 2019 SEMA Show.

Friday, 06 September 2019 14:35

On the Lighter Side: Bidding War for James Bond’s Iconic Aston Martin Breaks Auction Record

Written by Ian Harvey, The Vintage News

Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has been a profitable example of always outrageous, sometimes campy spy movies that have survived changes in audience tastes, political trends and superhero domination of the box office.

When it comes to education, for teachers, it can be more costly to “give” one.

A Somerset-Berkley, MA, Regional High School senior is the recipient of the Dunning Fellows and Scholars Excellence in Automotive Design at the transportation design program at the College for Creative Studies (CCS).

Thursday, 05 September 2019 21:56

Rear-Seat Reminder Systems to Be Standard by 2025

Major automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) members of the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers industry groups pledged to include rear-seat reminder technologies in all new vehicles by the 2025 model year.

The Tennessee River was the backdrop on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for a lineup of seven cars being donated by Greenway Automotive to Colbert County, AL, area school systems.

The Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Repair programs at Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio, are hosting a Cruise-In car show on Sept. 25 from 5-8 p.m., on the Penta campus located at 9301 Buck Road.

Not long after getting a judge to sentence a Wisconsin man in connection with a Ponzi scheme fueled by luxury vehicles, officials announced details involving seven defendants for their roles in a bank fraud conspiracy they described as “conversions” and connected with more than 80 fraudulently obtained auto loans to create $1.7 million in bank and credit union losses.

Thursday, 05 September 2019 18:14

HGreg.com Acquires Property in FL

HGreg.com, the dealership group that has set out to redefine the car buying experience, has found a new home in West Palm Beach, FL.

On Sept. 4, Deserving New Jersey area veterans experienced a day on the golf course with leaders from the collision repair industry, courtesy of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and the annual Drive Fore Courage program.

A presentation at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in, held in Indianapolis, highlighted some of the complexities the collision repair industry is facing in both “static” and “dynamic” calibrations of some advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

AAPEX 2019 is hosting a three-hour advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) Forum to prepare auto repair shops for the opportunities and challenges of servicing ADAS-equipped vehicles.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced that Chief Automotive Technologies has donated welders and a rivet gun to be awarded to the collision business whose team places in the top three at the Top Tech Mentor/Mentee Competition.

This year, Ed’s Collision and Glass, located in Maple Grove, MN, enters its 40th year of business in the auto repair industry.

To send a clear message to his employees, the community, other entrepreneurs and the State of California, President Curtis Nixon, the founder of UpdatePromise in Chino, CA, recently announced a new compensation plan in which all his entry-level employees and new hires will now earn a minimum of $20 per hour.

It’s considered a victory if a high school or college auto tech program makes it to the SkillsUSA’s Championships.

On Aug. 15, ASA North Texas held a meeting, sponsored by DRiV Inc.

Original One Parts™, industry-leading supplier of Certified Original™ reconditioned OEM auto parts, is excited to announce a strategic partnership with A&P Auto Parts and New England Auto & Truck Recyclers.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, members of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) met up at the Candlefish store in the Ponce City Market (PCM) in Atlanta to collect backpacks for the Kids In Need Foundation before enjoying a walk along the Atlanta Beltline and dinner at the PCM food court.

In the wake of the recent tragic mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) has committed to assist one of our own in a "Campaign of Caring."

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:46

Symach Names Stephen Healer New UK Sales Manager

Symach is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Healer as Symach’s UK sales manager, effective immediately.

CarMax, Inc., the nation's largest retailer of used cars, announces plans to hire more than 850 automotive technicians and detailers nationwide.

In 2000, Mike’s Auto Body, an MSO with 16 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, donated a completely refurbished vehicle to Denise Rios and her family as part of Mike's Auto Body's Benevolence Program, currently celebrating its 19th anniversary.

In the land of four-foot pizzas, pasta cooked al dente each and every time and breathtaking scenery everywhere you look, Autocarroseria La Pigna in Longobardi, Italy, is a second-generation shop with five employees that recently celebrated its 52nd anniversary.

Polyvance, a specialist in automotive plastic repair since 1981, has always promoted plastic welding as the primary repair process.

A Ford fuel economy lawsuit alleges the automaker cheated owners and lessees of 2017-2019 vehicles, including the 2019 Ford Rangers and 2018 Ford F-150 trucks.

In August, the Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) hosted its quarterly meeting with over 100 attendees.

In August, Rick White of 180BIZ presented an informative webinar on “Making Change Stick” in collision repair shops.

Magic Guard is a revolutionary three-in-one product that protects wheels, prevents rust and repels rain.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is currently accepting nominations for its “Collision Student of the Year” award.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kansas will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit, the Auto Care Association’s biennial Washington, D.C., fly-in.

Symach announced that CARSTAR Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada, has opened a new location utilizing Symach’s complete body shop solution.

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 16:01

CREF Partners With MCRA to Support State’s Lone School Program

Written by Alexis Wilson

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is partnering with the Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA) to support the state’s lone collision repair training program.

The 1Collision Network has recently partnered with a national benefits provider to offer a complete HR Management Platform to add to their offerings for affiliated collision repair centers.

As gas stations in Florida ran out of fuel due to long lines of car owners rushing in to fill up their vehicles before Hurricane Dorian makes landfall, Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla will offer free Supercharging services and unlock more range for vehicles that are on Dorian’s path.

The Leckner Ford dealership in Marshall, VA, will close.

Forty-one years after Edward Kirn began teaching Don Hoag the auto-body repair business, the venerable Kirn’s Body Shop, located in Cooperstown, NY, closed its doors for good on Friday, Aug. 23.

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 14:43

Hurricane Dorian and Tips Shops Should Know

Hurricane Dorian is expected to impact portions of the Bahamas and several areas, including West Palm Beach, FL, as early as on Saturday, Aug. 31, according to NBC News.

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