A Grand Traverse County, MI, body shop is still open despite a minivan smashing into its building.

An undercover inspection that began in 2016 revealed that Service King Paint & Body facilities in San Diego and across California were illegally disposing hazardous waste generated during auto body repair operations.

Christine Powell has become the lead plaintiff in a class action complaint in New Jersey against Subaru of America (Subaru) alleging the carmaker was “manufacturing, marketing and selling new vehicles with defective and dangerous windshields that were spontaneously and/or unreasonably cracking, chipping and otherwise breaking.”

Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA, hosted a Transportation Career Fair on Oct. 22 that was sponsored by the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 16:39

Aaron Clark Joins AirPro Diagnostics

AirPro Diagnostics, LLC is pleased to announce that Aaron Clark has accepted the position of Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the company.

A man has been sentenced to 22 years to life in prison for the 2017 fatal shooting of an auto body shop worker in Canarsie, the Brooklyn, NY, district attorney said.

On Oct. 17, ASA North Texas met at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill in Irving, Texas, for its monthly meeting.

On Sept. 28, AASP/MA hosted its Annual Fall Meeting at Supercharged Entertainment in Wrentham, MA.

Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host its annual open house from noon to 3 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 3 in Westford, MA.

The longest nationwide strike against General Motors Co. (GM) in nearly 50 years ended on Friday, Oct. 25, when a majority of members ratified a new four-year deal with General Motors Co. and the union turned its attention to Ford Motor Co.

Hyundai is the latest automaker to pursue the lofty dream of the flying car.

Five public high school automotive teachers—Ken Cox and Dennis Johnson of California, David Lilly of New Hampshire, Joel Massarello of Michigan and Baxter Weed of Vermont—are among the 18 winners of the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, the highest number of automotive winners of the prize in its three-year history.

Danielle Pisarcick of Homer City, PA, was the lucky winner of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club’s 2019 raffle benefiting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Automotive Restoration Scholarship Fund.

Friday, 25 October 2019 18:39

On the Lighter Side: The Ten Weirdest Cars in the World’s Most Bizarre Car Collection

Written by Andrew Ganz, motor1.com

An automotive supplier – especially one tucked away in a small industrial city in southern Austria – is an unlikely steward for a car collection this diverse.

Richard Campfield, Ultra Bond owner and president, filed a motion in Ohio’s federal court seeking a summary judgement in certain aspects of Ultra Bond’s Lanham Act claim and Safelite’s counterclaim in its lawsuit against Safelite Group, Inc., Safelite Solutions LLC, and Safelite Fulfillment, Inc. (Safelite).

Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemed pumped up for the reveal of the Tesla pickup truck.

The need for vehicle seat calibrations isn’t new. Many years ago, Will Latuff of Latuff Brothers Auto Body in Minnesota forwarded me information pertaining to a seat calibration needed on a Honda.

On Oct. 8, Triangle Chapter members of the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) gathered at the CARQUEST Training Institute’s Research Center in Raleigh, NC, for a tour and to learn more about the facility’s offerings.

DRiV Incorporated, through its Garage Gurus national training platform, announced the recipients of 12 $2,500 tuition scholarships.

It's been a busy season at Flinthills Collision Center in El Dorado, KS.

The 2019 MSO Symposium taking place on Monday, Nov. 4 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, is a peer-learning focused event.

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

The LATIN TYRE EXPO and the LATIN AUTO PARTS EXPO will be held on July 14-17, 2020 at the all-new Amador Convention Center in Panama, Republic of Panama.

The Tesla Semi will begin limited production in 2020 from its facilities in the United States, notes the company in its third-quarter update.

Whether you are a shop owner, car enthusiast or aspiring artist, BASF Refinish Automotive Coatings will have something for you at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) 2019 Show.

Paul Hendrix-Mills was busy sanding down a 1948 Studebaker on Sept. 27 at 1st Choice Auto Body in John Day, OR.

At noon on Oct. 16, Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) held its October meeting at Dean Team Volkswagen’s Ascent Room in Ballwin, MO.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:24

CCC ONE® Streamlines Customer-to-Shop Payments

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announces its CCC ONE® Platform now integrates with leading credit card payment processer, Clearent, offering collision repair customers a simple way to handle customer-to-shop payments.

All Star Auto Lights, the leading distributor of replacement automotive headlights, announced that it has opened its eighth distribution center in Colorado.

On Oct. 10-12, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) hosted its 76th Annual Convention and Exposition at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

Government Employees Insurance Co. (GEICO) has filed a complaint against six parties in Arizona, alleging the group participated in “fraudulent acts” which included billing the auto insurer for windshield replacements that “never took place.”

Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a locally owned-and-operated collision repair center located in Mankato, MN, donated $4,700 to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA) hosted its fall 2019 Performance Impact Conference for PBE distributors and supporting partners at the InterContinental at the Plaza in Kansas City, MO, on Sept. 30-Oct.2.

On Sept. 25, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) hosted a presentation on “Future of Mobility” at Cauley Ferrari of Detroit in West Bloomfield, MI.

AASP/NJ held its Annual Meeting on Oct. 17 at Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ, featuring keynote speaker Danny Gredinberg of the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) who provided an overview on the purpose of the DEG and how it improves database accuracy through facilitating the submission and tracking of database inquiries to the three major estimating system providers.

NuGen IT announced that Pete Tagliapietra, business development leader of the company, will present “The Future DRP … Is There One?” during the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Two Midwestern senators, one a Republican and one a Democrat, have re-introduced The National Historic Vehicle Register Act (S 2455) that would elevate the status of the Historic Vehicle Association’s documentation of culturally important vehicles.

A new patent submitted by Rivian reveals an upcoming control system wherein access to in-vehicle functions like semi-autonomous driving capabilities and media controls will be customized to an individual driver.

The business that began as a corner gas and service station in the 1960s has grown to an auto service center that has now expanded to include a state-of-the-art body and paint shop.

Walker High School students interested in a career in automotive repair and maintenance can get hands-on experience and earn certification.

Monday, 21 October 2019 14:38

On the Lighter Side: Could the 1929 Studebaker ‘House Car’ Be the First Motor Home?

Written by Greg Zyla, More Content Now

Although motor homes didn't really take off until the 1970s, the first motor home that we know of was built by Raymond Frank back in 1958.

Cordele, GA, police say two people have been charged in connection to the murder of a 24-year-old man.

A Baytown, Texas, auto collision repair company is suing a competitor alleging it used unfair practices.

Held on Sept. 27-29, DRIVE EXPO WEST 2019 boasted a record number of industry professionals and sponsors, providing an opportunity for hundreds of shop owners and automotive aftermarket executives to network and receive valuable industry education.

Colorado Springs, CO, area students got a chance to learn about careers in the auto industry on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

If you’re a pot grower, the last thing you want to do is get busted on Marijuana Eradication Day.

Millennials hold the key to reversing the slump in the automotive industry, according to the Millennials and Auto Trends Report.

Friday, 18 October 2019 16:06

IGONC Celebrates Largest ASTE Ever

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On Sept. 27-29, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) hosted its 2019 Automotive Service and Technology Expo (ASTE) at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Cary, NC.

Thursday, 17 October 2019 23:41

PPG to Unleash Creativity at SEMA Show

PPG  today announced that attendees at this year’s SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Nov. 5-8 will be part of a unique experience when they visit booth 24600.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive retail companies in the U.S., has acquired Mike Shaw Subaru located in Thornton, CO.

 

Volkswagen doesn't expect its new focus on electric cars — in order to avoid heavy EU regulatory sanctions — to hurt its profit margins, Chief Executive Herbert Diess reported in a newspaper.

The Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) returned from summer break on Sept. 26 when nearly 100 attendees gathered at the USS Chowder Pot IV in Hartford, CT, where they received updates on the association, learned about future plans, and enjoyed a presentation on “Creating a Non-Negotiable Final Bill,” delivered by Scott Simmons of CollisionAdvice.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) hosted its inaugural Top Tech Mentor and Mentee Competition at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 28.

This fall, the Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA) announced its partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to support the state’s only collision repair training program at Montana State University (MSU) – Billings City College.

CIECA announced its next CIECAst webinar: “This Changes Everything: The Impact of New Technologies on the Auto Physical Damage & Claims Ecosystem – What Repairers and Other Collision Industry Stakeholders Need to Know.”

Shop owners will have the opportunity at SEMA to learn how to keep their businesses running efficiently and profitably in today’s rapidly changing automotive market.

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announces the next installment in the FREE Elite Webinar Series.

There’s no evidence New Hampshire motorists are safer because the state mandates that vehicles undergo a yearly safety inspection, says a state representative who is preparing legislation to ease that requirement.

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