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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 20:50

Severe Weather Leads to an Increase in Business at Body Shops

Written by Nicolette Perdomo, everythingLubbock.com

Severe weather sometimes includes hail. When hail happens, customers often run to auto body shops to get their cars fixed and, or for help with insurance claims.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings headquartered in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Eagles, are proud to celebrate the milestone fifth year of partnership with the Axalta All-Pro Teachers program.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 2392 (Santiago, Chapter 434, Statutes of 2018) modified Vehicle Code (VC) § 22524.5 regarding reasonableness of storage rates and presumptively unreasonable charges when those fees are a result of an accident or recovery of a stolen vehicle.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 15:45

Ford Partners with Amazon for In-Car Delivery

Written by Keith Laing, The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. is joining General Motors Co. and Volvo Cars in partnering with the world’s largest online retailer to launch in-car package deliveries, as connected vehicle technology becomes more sophisticated. 

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 21:20

Auto Glass America Seeks to Extend Lawsuit Timeline Against Allstate

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com

Allstate’s lawsuit against Auto Glass America LLC of Florida (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly, continues over AGA allegedly pressuring Allstate’s insureds to choose their company for windshield replacements.

Consumers in Rhode Island now have the right to choose OEM parts on insurance-paid repairs made up to 48 months after the vehicle’s manufacture date—and insurers must pay for them.

Dave Zamora decided to step away from the Bay Area and its fast-paced environment by opening Zamora Auto Body in Valley Springs, CA, almost two decades ago.

Toyota’s plans for a network that would allow vehicles to communicate with each other to avoid collisions has hit a roadblock.

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 14:02

First Responders Learn New Rescue Skills Through National Auto Body Council Program

Written by National Auto Body Council

More than 100 first responders from across the Mid-Atlantic region gathered on April 26, 27 and 28 for information on accident scene first responder safety awareness.

Monday, 06 May 2019 21:08

SEMA Expands Youth Outreach with NHRA

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is expanding its youth outreach efforts by partnering with the NHRA’s Youth & Education Services (YES) Program. This initiative enables SEMA to reach and introduce students to the excitement and opportunities in motorsports, whether as a spectator, career or an overall lifestyle.

No, that picture above is not a belated April Fools' joke. It's one of the initial renderings of a Tesla Model S-based motorhome prototype set to bring some serious buzz to an upcoming Michigan Energy Office electric vehicle ride-and-drive event.

Balise Collision Repair of Balise Motor Sales opened a fifth location on May 1.

Every year, there are a handful of state bills that are relevant to the collision repair industry.

Friday, 03 May 2019 21:41

Street Outlaws: Burnouts Down Under

On the next "Street Outlaws," when Farmtruck and AZN are invited to Summernats, an annual burnout competition in Australia, they can't say no.

The SATA Fitness Tracker will be included free with every new SATAjet X 5500 spray gun purchased, beginning May 1, 2019 – only while supplies last.

 The 2019 Texas Legislature has the opportunity to make insurance companies pay on uninsured/underinsured motorist policy benefits. 

Wade Scheel, director of governmental affairs at Stericycle Environmental Solutions, has been working at the 30-year-old compliance company for 11 years and has three decades of industry experience.

Only 25 years ago, the average body shop's marketing plan involved buying a Yellow Pages ad and sponsoring the local Little League team.

Some collision repair professionals are content with doing a good job and taking home a nice paycheck at the end of the week, while others want to give back to the industry in one way or another.

BASF’s John Shoemaker, Business Development Manager for BASF Automotive Refinish Coatings, will teach a course on damage assessment at the inaugural Carolina’s Educational Collision Conference (CECC) on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., held at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, North Carolina.

 

OEConnection® (OEC) recently renewed its commitment to CIECA and the CIECA standards.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 18:04

NABR Launches VRS Labor Rate Survey in MA

 

National AutoBody Research (NABR) recently announced the launch of its VRS Labor Rate Survey in the state of Massachusetts, sponsored by AASP-Massachusetts.

 

ASA unveiled a new app April 30 at its Annual Business Meeting & Conference, providing a way to reach its members and others---with important industry news and vital association information---more quickly than ever.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 22:14

Creating the Perfect Work Environment for Retaining Techs

Written by Jason Unrau, CBT Network

 

Dealerships nationwide are in the throes of a technician shortage.

 

On April 24, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) hosted a Webinar Wednesday, the second of the month, featuring a presentation titled “An Update on EPA Section 609 Certification” by Dave Cappert of ASE.

Polyvance has been promoting plastic repair in vocational-technical schools for the past several years.

 

PJ's Auto Body of Succasunna, NJ, was recently awarded I-CAR Gold certification by the I-CAR Professional Development Program, the highest role-relevant training achievement recognized by the collision repair industry.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 17:36

Problems Are Opportunities!

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There are many commonalities between the homeless living on Skid Row, the mediocre, and the successful.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 16:58

Reducing the Cost of Fraudulent Auto Claims

Written by William Pagan, PropertyCasualty360.com

 

The old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and that is especially true when it comes to filing insurance claims.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 15:46

WIN Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

 

Each year, the WIN College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to deserving students enrolled in a post-secondary collision repair technology program.

Monday, 29 April 2019 22:59

On the Lighter Side: A Gamer Just Beat a Professional Racing Car Driver on the Track

Written by Jessica Miley, Interesting Engineering

A simulation car race player has beaten a real-world champion on a live race track. 23-year-old Enzo Bonito who trained on a racing simulator beat Lucas di Grassi, a Formula E and ex-Formula 1 driver on a winding race track in Mexico on Jan. 19.

Monday, 29 April 2019 21:54

Going the Distance: Colson’s Auto Repair & Costa’s Auto Works in Carpinteria, CA

Written by Megan Waldrep, Coastal View News

Colson’s Auto Repair in Carpinteria, CA, has been family-owned-and-operated for 70 years.


On the next "Street Outlaws" on the Discovery Channel, Farmtruck and AZN invite all the 405 racers out west to Willow Springs International Raceway for a road race competition, which will get everyone out of their element.

 

Many collision repair shops wonder how to reach more customers to drive business through their doors. In this day and age, the customers are found online.

Monday, 29 April 2019 18:28

AASP-MN Awards Scholarships to Automotive Students

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is pleased to announce scholarship awards totaling $16,000 to help automotive service and collision repair students pay for tuition or tools during the 2019--20 school year.

National Coatings & Supplies (NCS)/ Single Source have donated $88,830 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, which was made in part with NCS/ Single Source’s paint manufacturer partners (AkzoNobel, Axalta, BASF, and PPG), along with customer participation.

Dentsmart Inc. announced its achievement of I-CAR Gold Class status, the industry standard for training that contributes to complete and safe repairs.

During the week of March 25--28, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) held regional meetings in Charlotte, Hickory, Greensboro and Durham, NC.

Monday, 29 April 2019 15:53

AASP-MN Holds Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference on April 11 at Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast in Minneapolis, MN.

Friday, 26 April 2019 22:47

AASP-MN Announces 2019--2020 Board of Directors

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April marked the beginning of service for the 2019--2020 Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) Board of Directors.

On April 16, the Nashville I-CAR Committee held its Annual Golf Fundraiser at Topgolf Nashville, benefitting Nashville-area high school and college collision programs.

Friday, 26 April 2019 19:59

Did You Know? Speeding Is a Neglected Problem

Written by Dave Werner

 

Speeding is a factor in the deaths of approximately 10,000 people each year in the U.S., but the problem isn’t being addressed comprehensively.

On April 16, Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) held its monthly meeting at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO.

Friday, 26 April 2019 16:58

Did You Know? Autonomous Vehicles Tested in the Villages, FL

Written by Dave Werner

There’s a lot of discussion, including in several of these Did You Know articles, about autonomous vehicles.

 

Enterprise Holdings recently renewed its commitment to CIECA and the CIECA standards.

You: Hey, Mike, I keep hearing you saying we need to look up the OEM repair procedures on every single vehicle every single time. But surely you’re not talking about even the easy jobs, where we’re just replacing a single part.

Axalta, a leading manufacturer of powder and liquid coatings, is pleased to announce Bryan Shelton, Global Responsible Care Coordinator for Axalta, has received the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Responsible Care® Employee of the Year award.

 

The New Hampshire Senate Committee on Commerce received comments on House Bill 664 at a public hearing.

Thursday, 25 April 2019 18:16

AASP-MO Receives Update on OSHA Compliance

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On April 17, AASP-MO held an OSHA compliance training class at the Lewis and Clark Career Center in St. Charles, MO.

 

More than 32 first responders from 10 local fire departments gathered on April 6 for a demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication, preparing them to provide the best response for car accident victims in the region, all thanks to the National Auto Body Council F.R.E.E.™ program and Auto Collision and Glass.

Thursday, 25 April 2019 17:24

Did You Know? Distracted Driving – Every Driver Is Guilty

Written by Dave Werner

 

Are you a distracted driver? Absolutely “YES,” no exceptions. Distractions are everywhere and are constant.

From April 12—13, the Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA) held its Spring Conference at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel in Helena, MT.

 

The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the launch of a new technician competition for entry-level collision technicians and their mentors.

On April 10, the Knoxville I-CAR Committee held a meeting at TCAT during lunch to discuss the group’s upcoming golf tournament, which will support the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Nearly 4,000 fans flooded the field at AT&T Stadium to cheer and celebrate U.S. military service members competing in the 3rd Annual Dallas, TX, Cowboys Military Combine presented by Caliber Collision.

Capital Paint & Refinish has won the BASF ColorSource Automotive Refinish 2018 Distributor of the Year award for a third time at the annual ColorSource conference.

On April 10, the Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) held a regional meet-up at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with the 2019 Automotive Communications Council (ACC) Conference. ACC hosted the meet-up.

On Friday, April 12, two deserving Orlando, FL, residents experienced a life-changing event: the presentation of vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families.

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