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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 28 outlined additional guidelines for the phased plan to re-open the state on a regional basis. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing clear: Not every manufacturer is going to come out of this crisis intact.

An Orillia, Ontario, Canada, company is doing its part to ensure the safety of those who are still on the road during the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Motors intended to start calling in workers to its U.S. factories starting April 27 to help prepare facilities to restart vehicle production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announced it has expanded its live virtual continuous learning courses for Refinish customers globally while they follow shelter-in-place orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

As Tesla prepares to get back to work, investors are taking on a bullish stance on the company’s stock.

Some states in the U.S. have already begun easing coronavirus restrictions as reports of new cases start to plateau in pockets of the country.

Eureka Police in Missouri are investigating a burglary at Eureka Auto Collision Center, 1023 W. 5th St., where two cars and about $5,000 worth of tools were stolen.

Here are the latest key updates you may have missed over the past weekend relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of April 27.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 00:47

NY-Based Industry Pioneer Dies at Age 95

Al Porcelli, a collision repair industry leader and educator and the founder and longest-serving official of the Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild, died April 7 from conditions associated with a long life. He was 95.

The St. Louis I-CAR Committee held a virtual meeting April 23 with 22 people in attendance.

Colorado and Nevada have joined West Coast states in a working group aimed at gradually reopening their economies while continuing to combat COVID-19. 

Lenders reported frustration with being shut out of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s system to apply for relief loans, a sign that the program that restarted April 27 with additional funding is already overwhelmed.

With Driven Brands' purchase of Fix Auto USA and Auto Center Auto Body on April 21, the collision repair industry is experiencing another shift in landscape during a time of accelerating consolidations.

When Erie Insurance opened for business in 1925, co-founder H.O. Hirt inspired us with his motto: Never lose the human touch.

State Auto Insurance Companies customers with personal auto policies as of June 1 will receive a 5% reduction on their entire policy premium at their next renewal.

As Colorado’s men and women battle on the front lines of the coronavirus as health care workers and first responders, CARSTAR collision repair centers throughout the state are offering free services to help keep them on the road, safe from germs and viruses in their vehicles.

The 2020 Q1 State of Automotive webinar, co-hosted by Facebook Automotive, IHS Markit and Dealers United, addressed how dealerships are handling the impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19 and social distancing measures have slashed into business at Collision Center of Muskogee in Oklahoma, said shop manager Mel Dyess.

Classic Collision Inc., an Atlanta-based automotive collision repair company, announced it has acquired Palm Collision Center in the South Florida region.

COVID-19 has not been a stranger to the industry, as multiple auto glass repair and replacement businesses have made adjustments, and in some cases, temporarily closed in order to help limit the virus’ spread.

 

Richard pays big bucks hoping to use a '63 Cadillac for a quick flip project.

Here's where some automakers stand on restarting factories that have been closed for at least a month due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.

Restarting vehicle manufacturing plants when it is safe to do so would surely be good news for the U.S. economy, but it's only half the equation for automakers.

Beau and the Galpin team take on two famous Hollywood cars built by the iconic George Barris.

As a result of the economic issues related to COVID-19, many shops are experiencing reduced volume. Industry experts recommend shops take advantage of the downtime by working ON their business, instead of IN their business.

Business ownership always has its ups and downs, but the current economic climate has added loops and twists leaving many folks feeling nauseated.

The coronavirus has forced a reckoning with daily financial life, with belt-tightening and budgeting.

Friday, 24 April 2020 18:16

Is It Time for an Industry Overhaul?

Everyone is on an unexpected and steep learning curve. Responding to an abrupt change in the automotive retail environment is a challenge dealers are meeting nationwide in varying capacities.

With social distancing, isolation and quarantine efforts dominating news and daily life, coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. and world economies.

Friday, 24 April 2020 17:43

Auto Repair in the Time of COVID-19

At JT Mechanic & Body Shop in Lincoln Heights, an L.A. neighborhood, customers need to wear masks when dropping off their car.

P.O.R. Products, which typically manufactures its POR-15 automotive restoration products, recently switched to producing hand sanitizer.

FOCUS Advisors announced the sale of Fix Auto USA and its largest MSO franchisee, Auto Center Auto Body, Inc., to Driven Brands.

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

Thursday, 23 April 2020 23:12

May 2020 Southwest Edition

Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:58

On the Lighter Side: YouTuber Pulls Abandoned Mazda RX-7 from the Bottom of a River

Written by Interesting Engineering

He finds six cars in total with Mazda RX-7 and 1973 Mustang Mach 1.

Florida Spine & Joint Institute (FSJI) has sued GEICO for over $750,000, alleging intentional interference with contractual relations and defamation.

Certified Collision Group (CCG) added its 450th affiliate location earlier this month.

Predictive analytics and marketing automation company automotiveMastermind has partnered with a video communication company to implement a video feature Mastermind says will help dealership sales teams personalize their communications with consumers.

A draft version of Oregon's still-evolving plan for gradually lifting coronavirus restrictions, outlined in a PowerPoint presentation April 20, includes criteria for a county-by-county reopening of the state if certain goals and commitments are met.

In mid-April, the Sno-King Chapter of ASA Northwest overcame the challenges of social distancing without sacrificing the service they provide members, by hosting a meeting via Zoom.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 22:51

Post-COVID-19 Claims Trends: What to Expect

COVID-19 makes it difficult to predict what insurers can expect from the future.

On March 15, with the number of coronavirus cases steadily rising, governors in five states---California, Ohio, Illinois and Washington---closed down bars and restaurant dining rooms in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 22 said the states of California, Oregon and Washington are talking about when hospitals and other health care providers can begin scheduling noncritical surgeries again.

Gov. Steve Sisolak said April 21 that Nevadans will help determine the timeline when it comes to re-opening the state.

The ongoing pandemic and the measures being taken to stem its advance are playing havoc with the economy here and around the world.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently revealed the rationale behind his efforts at providing numerous non-invasive ventilators to hospitals.

Tesla will be issuing credits to customers of its Insurance program in response to a California order for insurers to provide financial relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Ram bed step recall has been issued for 42,700 model year 2019-2020 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks after it was determined the bed steps could suddenly break.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:47

Virus ‘Killing’ IL Car Repair Firms

The coronavirus stay-at-home orders and layoffs mean people are driving fewer miles, avoiding wear and tear on their vehicles, crashing less often and requiring fewer roadside assists.

A deal to provide additional pandemic relief for small businesses, hospitals and others appears set to get through Capitol Hill in the coming days and then become law later this week.

CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, is commending its team members and franchisee owners’ commitment to its communities in the face of a worldwide pandemic.

President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have agreed on a new, nearly $500 billion stimulus package to help small businesses impacted by stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:18

Most Shops Weathering The Storm---So Far

Autobody News used its 19,000 shop email subscribers and social media channels to conduct a survey of collision shops across the country April 17-19,  to see how they were coping with the COVID 19 pandemic.

UC Davis study has found that since stay-at-home orders have been put into effect, California has been saving around $40 million a day due to reduced traffic and reduced crashes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world and closed car plants from east to west.

glassBYTEs previously released an article detailing government COVID-19 relief program options for auto glass business owners. Since then, additional companies have come forward and have shared what programs they view as most valuable.

A group of six Northeast states---Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island---on April 20 jointly announced a council formed by representatives of each to come up with a plan to reopen their economies as the coronavirus crisis starts to ebb in the weeks to come.

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