On Aug. 21, Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) held its monthly meeting at Firestone Complete Auto Care in St. Louis.

Friday, 30 August 2019 18:19

Big Success at ICRA 2019 Golf Tournament

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On Aug. 15, the Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA) hosted its 2019 Golf Tournament at Riverside Casino and Golf in Riverside, Iowa. According to ICRA Executive Director Janet Chaney, “The tournament was a big success, and over 65 collision repair professionals joined in the fun.”

On Aug. 21, ASA Northwest held its 26th Annual Golf Tournament at Eagles Pride Golf Course in Tacoma, WA.

It seemed like we had just gotten over the decline of the hippie movement, and the rise and fall of disco and a TV actor being president of the U.S.

In 1989, Mark Gibson started painting Peterbilt hoods in his father’s garage - an inauspicious beginning to what would later become one of the premier heavy-duty truck body shops in the country; Diversified Body and Paint Shop located in Denver.

Tesla has formally introduced its in-house insurance service for its vehicles, an initiative that Elon Musk initially announced in the company’s first-quarter earnings call.

Artificial Intelligence is no longer relegated strictly to Sci-Fi movies or futuristic dreams. 

A North Olmsted, Ohio, man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for selling cocaine, MDMA and marijuana. Emad Silmi, 45, was one of several people charged for conspiring to sell narcotics in Northeast Ohio.

CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, joined the team from Nationwide Insurance to sponsor the Nationwide Children’s Championship -- the annual fundraiser for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Program.

CARSTAR TCA – Lauderdale Lakes, located in Lauderdale Lakes, FL, was handling a typical collision repair when they learned that their customer, who had been living in her car, was sleeping on benches and under bridges while awaiting insurance approval of the repairs.

On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Kukui Corporation hosted a webinar for the automotive and collision repair industries entitled “Understanding Metrics That Drive Business to Your Shop.”

LaFontaine Automotive Group is growing once again, adding Glenn Buege Buick GMC in Lansing, MI, to its family of companies.

Finding a job after graduation is a concern for students; but, graduating students from Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) ColllisionU in Fayetteville, NC, have the opposite problem. 

Around 40,000 people in the U.S. die every year in vehicle accidents and more than a million globally; so, car manufacturers aim to put an end or at least decrease the number of traffic accidents in the near future.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 21:52

Unity Repair Shop in PA Destroyed by Fire

A quick-moving fire on Tuesday, Aug. 27 gutted an auto repair shop in Unity Township, PA.

To celebrate both the production of its 10-millionth car and its 60th anniversary, Mini gathered a group of 60 cars — one from every production year — for a recent photo op at its assembly plant in Oxford, England.

Tesla’s internships for high school graduates at Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, NV, have been well received due to their mutual benefits for both the company and participants.

Airbrush artist Donnie Inman, 34, has used his art to build a new life for himself after getting out of prison.

An individual served by Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties in Nebraska received the gift of reliable transportation on Aug. 17.

Service King Collision and Allstate Insurance have collaborated to benefit local charity, The Guidance Center of Long Beach, CA, through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.

California regulators say a ruling by the state’s highest court means a $27.6 million fine imposed against Mercury Insurance Co. for improperly tacking fees onto auto insurance policies will stand.

Insurance company executives and auto salvage shop owners celebrated, while auto dealers and collision repairers condemned Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of legislation dealing with who gets to dictate the cost of fixing accident damage to cars and trucks.


Fans of online car buying sites can now shop online from one of Oklahoma City’s most trusted name in auto dealers.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Wednesday, Aug. 21 that global automotive supplier Vuteq USA plans to invest more than $60 million to open a manufacturing facility to serve the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. auto assembly plant in Huntsville, AL.

Doug and Tamara Pike didn't believe their decades-old business would garner widespread national recognition, but the couple quickly realized that was not the case.

This is something of an unusual situation that we’ve never seen before.

The Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA) has been awarding scholarships to help address the automotive and collision repair industry shortage since 1991, and this summer, the group awarded its 2000th scholarship to collision repair student Brendan Franch, in partnership with the Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association Ltd (WACTAL).

The California Autobody Association (CAA) is delighted to announce Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. as our newest corporate sponsor.

What’s the cost of a comeback?

CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, is supporting the next generation of collision repair professionals with a national scholarship program in conjunction with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

On Aug.17, the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) gave back to the community by collecting backpacks and other back to school necessities to benefit Denver Public Schools’ ESSA Foster and Military Family program.

Early bird registration for the 2019 MSO Symposium, taking place on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay, will be ending soon.

Monday, 26 August 2019 18:41

SCRS Welcomes SCACAR as Newest Affiliate Association

Written by Alexis Wilson

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announces the South Carolina Association of Collision & Autobody Repair (SCACAR) as the newest state association to join as an affiliate association.

Caliber Collision announced on Monday, Aug. 26 the appointment of Judd Nystrom as chief financial officer (CFO) and Claudia Schaefer as chief experience officer to replace Bob Gary and Greg Clark, respectively, after they announced their retirement earlier this year.

Leaked images and footage from the interior of Gigafactory 3 suggest that Tesla is already making the necessary preparations for trial production runs of its Made-in-China Model 3 in its massive Shanghai-based facility.

Alarm bells are ringing at carmakers after the latest round of retaliatory tariffs that will hit cars exported to China from the United States.

Fix Auto USA announces continued expansion in established West Coast markets with the addition of five new franchise locations.

The Automotive Aftermarket Riders Club (AARC) will once again “Ride for the Future” with the proceeds from their annual ride benefiting the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

Arrowhead Auto Body in Hermantown, MN, gave away a Recycled Ride to a veteran from the Northland on Thursday, Aug. 22.

TSG Consumer Partners (TSG), a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector, announced on Thursday, Aug. 22, that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Joe Hudson’s Collision Centers (JHCC) from Carousel Capital.

A Johnson County, Iowa, nonprofit received a donation on Thursday, Aug. 22 that staff says "changes the way" they can help people.

The first day of school is often frowned upon by students. It is the official end of summer vacation, which means it’s time to hit the books once again.

On Aug. 1, AASPI hosted its 2019 golf outing at Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect, IL.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced at their July 2019 board of directors meeting a collaborative effort with the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and a consortium of state and regional associations representing the collision repair industry to establish industry-wide recognition of the documented OEM repair procedure as the standard of repair.

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

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) issued a warning on Tuesday, Aug. 20 to Texas drivers hunting for bargain auto insurance about a scam that could leave them without the coverage they paid for.

It's hard to find a good car guy, and for residents of Pasadena, MD, that search just got more difficult.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Alan Conner Collision Center, located at 2584 Gayton Centre Drive, Richmond, VA, 23238.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) fall schedule of career fairs provides collision and auto service industry businesses with the opportunity to connect with high school and college transportation students across the country.

PPG announced the launch of its premium ECS8X A-Chromatic Sealers for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:55

On the Lighter Side: Starship Technologies to Launch Autonomous Food Delivery Robots Across Colleges

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

Starship Technologies is expanding its fleet of autonomous food delivery robots, and they'll be roaming college campuses soon.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:35

On the Lighter Side: Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" 1968 Mustang GT Is for Sale

Written by Mike Hanlon, New Atlas

After four decades, so well hidden, that most believed it had been destroyed, the hero car from the Warner Brothers cult movie Bullitt reemerged in January 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Customizing Youth Auto Shop Education


The SEMA High School Vehicle Build Program uniquely connects high school automotive shop classes with specialty-equipment manufacturers’ products to build one-of-a-kind customized vehicles.

Across North America, some students going back to school this fall will ride electric school buses.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 14:32

CARSTAR to Exhibit at 2019 SEMA Show

At this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, will host an exhibit on the show floor, located in the 2019 SEMA Show Westgate Hall, Booth No. 16320.

When Stephanie M. of Detroit was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, it’s fair to say that the way she was going to travel around town wasn’t the primary thing on her mind.

The Tesla Gigafactory 3 in China received its first comprehensive acceptance certificate on Monday, Aug. 19, following an inspection of the facility by government representatives.

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced on Tuesday, Aug. 20, the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Alabama.

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