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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) hosted its annual virtual membership meeting via Zoom on Oct. 29.

Mike’s Auto Body in California's Bay Area is celebrating its 20th anniversary of giving cars to deserving individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, with a grand total of 92 vehicles donated since 2000.

I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is excited to be a part of the 2020 SEMA360 Virtual Show, Nov. 2-6, with a series of complimentary offerings showcasing I-CAR’s educational experts and robust learning experiences. 

As part of the resolution of the Third Amended Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation for Reagor-Dykes Auto Group in Lubbock, TX, the trustee is prepared to announce the chance for former Reagor-Dykes consumers to assert claims for compensation.

Ford produced solid financial results in the third quarter of 2020 through a combination of great operating execution; benefits from focusing on its strengths in high-demand, profitable vehicles; and a reversal of business effects from the coronavirus pandemic.

Get ready for an electric Ram pickup.

Volkswagen has drawn inspiration from Tesla in many ways, especially in its quest to transition to a lineup of fully-electric vehicles.

Friday, 30 October 2020 18:09

Financial Incompetence is No Excuse!

Written by Dave Luehr

Struggling businesspeople can often be heard reciting all the reasons they aren’t making enough money.

A longtime auto body shop in Auburn, CA, is under new ownership.

Friday, 30 October 2020 16:53

It’s Alive! Take a Video Tour of SEMA360

The following video offers a sneak peek of SEMA360.

Friday, 30 October 2020 16:28

Three Things to Have Ready Prior to SEMA360

SEMA360 participants who are registered and approved for the online event, taking place Nov. 2–6, will receive login information beginning Oct. 30.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series launches Nov. 2 in conjunction with SEMA360.

With 2020 quickly coming to an end, collision repair shop owners should start thinking about their marketing plans for next year.

Retailers, pharmacies, liquor stores and other merchants across the U.S. are gobbling up insurance that protects buildings from damage caused by societal unrest, worried about possible street violence after the U.S. presidential election, insurers and brokers told Reuters.

Black Book reported wholesale values declined for the seventh week in a row.

Charlie's Matrix Auto Glass, a local family-owned automotive glass and tint company in Tucson, AZ, was awarded the statewide contract for vehicle glass replacement, repair, tinting and accessories by the State of Arizona, commencing this month. 

Thursday, 29 October 2020 21:38

On The Lighter Side: Top 5 First Time Barn Find Washes

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

Watch these cars get spiffy after years of hiding!

An October 2020 Gartner, Inc. survey of 500 U.S. employees revealed that six in 10 U.S. employees are distracted at work due to the upcoming U.S. presidential election---a more than 20% increase from December 2019.

Tesla will begin ramping the presence of its Service Centers across the world, aiming to build 52 new facilities over the course of 2021, a new report states.

Mark Kaufman, Ford's global director of electrification, will present during the next CIECAST webinar, "The Future of EVs," at 11 a.m. CST Nov. 17.

Automotive retail innovator Scott Painter---a founder of Fair.com, TrueCar and CarsDirect---on Oct. 29 announced a new venture, NextCar Holding Company (NXCR.)

Tesla’s first Service Center in Puerto Rico is officially close to being developed, sources say.

Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:45

Kia Motors America Donates 2020 Niro EV to MIT

Kia Motors America has donated a 2020 Niro EV to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in an effort to raise awareness and increase adoption of alternative fuel vehicles.

Thursday, 29 October 2020 16:11

AASP-MN Releases New Membership Video

AASP-MN is pleased to announce the release of its new membership video. 

Tesla’s Autopilot may have the best performance, capabilities and ease of use in Consumer Reports’ recent ranking of active driving assistance systems, but it remains “a distant second” to GM’s Super Cruise nonetheless, according to the testing organization Oct. 28.

Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would require all new cars sold in 2035 to produce zero carbon emissions.

GM Defense has delivered its first Colorado-based Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV, for short) to the U.S. Army.

In response to high automobile insurance assessments, New Jersey's Senate Commerce Committee passed legislation sponsored by Sens. Nia Gill, D-Essex/Passaic; M. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex; Nilsa Cruz-Perez, D-Camden/Gloucester; and Nellie Pou, D-Bergen/Passaic; that would prohibit the use of education, occupation, homeownership status, marital status or credit score in certain automobile insurance determinations.

One deserving family in need received a life-changing donation to help regain independence as the Oxmoor Auto Group in Louisville, KY, provided them with a free car.

U.S. auto sales for October are expected to show a still recovering market with the sales pace rising for the sixth straight month since April's historic low.

FI.TIM, a world-renowned company specializing in the design and manufacturing of lifts and benches for car body repair, devotes a lot of time and resources to enhance and improve the evolution of the automotive repair sector.

CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, has risen in its rank among the top 100 in Franchise Times magazine’s Top 200, the most comprehensive ranking of the 500 largest U.S. franchise systems.

The automotive repair industry has always been one that is predominantly male. 

Vehicle Service Group (VSG) announced a $7 million expansion to its Madison, IN, operation.

Following up on previous SEMA eNews items, below are additional specials, discounts and previews from SEMA360 manufacturers.

Volunteering, sponsoring, donating or just helping others out during a time of need.

One silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic: a 22% decline in frequency of auto insurance repairable claims translates into a record high level of customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction Study.

A fast-moving, wind-whipped wildfire left two firefighters critically injured and forced more than 90,000 residents in Southern California to evacuate Oct. 26, while huge swaths of the Golden State went without power in an effort to prevent more flames, officials said.

Owners of Newton, MA, auto repair shops are feeling the pandemic and want people to not forget about them as they look with a wary eye toward the future.

In years past, the MSO Symposium has brought together an exclusive group of attendees to review and discuss the latest trends and expected changes in automotive collision repair.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., reported net income for the third quarter 2020 of $96.2 million ($4.96 per diluted share) and adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) of $79.2 million ($4.08 per diluted share).

Ally Financial Inc. and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) have joined forces to name Grené Baranco, the new and used sales manager of Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead in Atlanta, the recipient of the third annual "Ally Sees Her" award, in recognition of her automotive leadership and commitment to community and diversity.

The VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo has announced its 2021 event will transition from an in-person event to a virtual event in March.

Ally says auto dealers “play a vital role in the economic fabric of the country.”

These are very challenging times for the automotive industry, and watching the moves made by the major players is very interesting and telling of the challenges lying ahead.

A new survey of employees who work for large employers ranks United Services Automobile Association the best organization to work for in Arizona, according to an analysis by the Forbes website.

As El Paso continues to grapple with a surge of coronavirus cases, county authorities on Oct. 25 implemented a curfew and city health officials asked residents to stay home for the next two weeks in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

Attending SEMA360 online allows participants to conveniently log in and out as needed, beginning from the time the event opens Nov. 2 until it ends on Nov. 6.

AutoNation, Inc., America's largest and most recognized automotive retailer, announced Oct. 26 it is again America's No. 1 Public Automotive Retailer according to the October 2020 Reputation.com Automotive Reputation Report.

Fix Auto USA on Oct. 26 welcomed Maserati-certified Fix Auto Walnut, in Los Angeles, to the rapidly-growing network.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed bipartisan compromise legislation that shields many businesses from liability on COVID-19---a big priority for business groups like the Michigan Chamber of Commerce---and also enshrines some worker protections into law.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) congratulates Tom Elder, current treasurer and past president, who was elected president of the AASP National Board during its virtual semi-annual meeting held Oct. 20.

Monday, 26 October 2020 18:37

Honda Pays $5 Million Over Takata Airbags

Honda will pay $5 million to settle Arizona allegations that Honda made serious mistakes in the way it handled the issue of deadly Takata airbags.

Monday, 26 October 2020 18:25

A New Repair Shop in Town

Drivers entering Blue Earth, MN, from the east end of town on County Road 16 have probably noticed a new business as they come up the hill by the Blue Earth Stockyards.

As Tesla's Battery Day approached in September, the automaker revealed its revolutionary new use of silicon is one of the major steps towards making batteries extremely cheap.

Monday, 26 October 2020 16:08

Axalta Releases Third Quarter 2020 Results

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd., a leading global coatings company, announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced the lineup of 2020 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit virtual sessions, available as part of SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education in conjunction with SEMA360.

DCR Systems announced Oct. 22 the company has partnered with the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Ram (CJDR) of Willoughby dealership in Ohio and converted an existing, outdated body shop to a DCR-operated and dealer-branded accident repair center.