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Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a computer-aided means of keeping a vehicle in its lane and preventing or mitigating collisions, is a relatively new concept in the automotive world and even newer for the trucking world.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 18:14

VW, Audi Face Proposed Class-Action Lawsuit Involving CPO

Written by Joe Overby, Auto Remarketing

 

Volkswagen Group of America, Audi of America and their respective German parent companies (Volkswagen AG and Audi AG) are facing a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

 

WIN (Women’s Industry Network) recently announced the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:42

In Reverse: The Birth of I-CAR

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As I-CAR celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we thought it only fitting to provide some insight into the organization’s natal beginnings.

 

On April 17, ASA’s monthly Webinar Wednesday featured a presentation by Aaron Stokes, client services manager for Synchrony, titled “Increase Sales and Your Customer Value Proposition with Financing.”

Monday, 22 April 2019 22:28

On the Lighter Side: Hot Wheels Expands Its Life-Size to 1:64 Scale Legends Tour for 2019

Written by Kurt Ernst, Hemmings Daily

Last year, die-cast brand Hot Wheels celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 15-city tour and a build contest that immortalized one lucky winner’s custom car in 1:64 scale.

Monday, 22 April 2019 20:39

VA Veterans Receive Refurbished Cars From NABC Recycled Rides

Written by Staff, WTKR News 3

Two veterans who are struggling to make ends meet got new rides in Virginia Beach, VA, Wednesday, April 3, reported News 3 in Norfolk, VA.

On April 3 and 4, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) held its 2019 Hill Day and State Legislative Summit in Washington, D. C.

Starting off a week of industry meetings and events, a group from the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) took an evening to stop by Pro Spot’s new Training Facility outside of Nashville, TN.

On April 3, the Collision Career Institute (CCI) celebrated the graduation of two repair planners: Justin Stokes and Alison Penberthy.

Friday, 19 April 2019 21:59

Border Closure Could Have Adverse Effects on WV Automotive Industry

Written by Rebecca Carballo, Charleston Gazette-Mail

As President Donald Trump continues to consider closing the United States’ border with Mexico, West Virginia business owners and industry advocates worry about the effect it could have on the state’s automotive sector.

From April 10--11, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its quarterly regional meetings in Austin and Dallas, attracting around 40 attendees to each event.

Friday, 19 April 2019 17:26

Street Outlaws: Close Call

 

On the next "Street Outlaws" on the Discovery Channel, Monza finally gets a chance to come for the list after his wreck, and he feels like his car is faster than ever.

Friday, 19 April 2019 15:45

Service King Hires New CFO Mark Hutchens

Service King Collision Repair Centers recently announced the appointment of Mark Hutchens as chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately.

From April 1--3, the Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA) hosted its Spring 2019 RDA IMPACT Performance Conference at the OMNI Frisco in Frisco, TX.

 

ASA is asking Louisiana repairers and vehicle owners to urge their state representatives to oppose legislation aimed at eliminating the state’s premier vehicle safety inspection program.

 

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

 

On April 4, Kukui hosted a Shop Owners Success webinar featuring “15 Golden Nuggets of Customer Service Success” with Nancy Friedman, the “Telephone Doctor.”

 

Collision shop owners may soon be thanking government for reviving an outdated regulation.

 

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has launched a 401K Multiple Employer Plan as an exclusive benefit to SCRS members.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 21:04

Royal Collision Center in Fontana, CA, Helps Veteran in Need of Car

Written by Russell Ingold, Herald News

Ilona Smetana has gone through many hardships in recent years. Now, with help from a big donation by a Fontana, CA, company, she is moving forward on a positive path.

On April 12, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois’ proposed Senate Bill 2104 passed out of the Illinois Senate.

 

Gerber Collision & Glass recently announced the acquisition of three collision repair centers, including one intake center, located in the Buffalo, NY, area.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:41

Lakeside Chevrolet of Rockwall, TX, Taps Into the Power of Solar

Written by Staff, Blue Ribbon News

Family-owned car dealership Lakeside Chevrolet of Rockwall, TX, now has nearly one-third of its electricity provided for by the power of the sun, thanks to a brand-new solar panel system installed on its rooftops.

When Nick Patel came to America from India at the age of 18, he began working at his brother-in-law’s Maaco shop. Soon afterward, at 22, he became a franchise owner himself.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 21:40

Auto Dealers Get Raw Deal From Thieving Employees

Written by Steven Finlay, Wards Auto

 

The auto dealer and the employee were close. They worked together for years. Their families socialized. They went to the same church.

 

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) announced the election of Ann Gonzalez, vice president, strategic development at I-CAR to the CIF Board of Trustees.

Martin Senour Paints has announced its 2019 second quarter training schedule, offering classes in Color Adjustment and Blending, Painter Certification and Pro//BASE™ Refinish System Painter Certification.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 19:38

New Louisiana Bill May Affect AGRR Businesses

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com

 

A new Louisiana bill has been introduced in the House. If it passes, there could be changes ahead for insureds choosing where to have their auto glass repaired or replaced.

On April 12, two Paradise, CA, residents experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of vehicles to provide them reliable transportation following the massive wildfires that destroyed the region.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:22

Fire Marshal: Welding Sparked Cohasset, MA, Auto Shop Blaze

Written by Staff, Patriot Ledger

 

The state fire marshal concluded that sparks from welding repairs caused a four-alarm fire that destroyed a South Main Street auto body shop on April 4.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:40

Honda Civic Driver Killed by Exploding Takata Airbag Inflator in AZ

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

 

We thank CarComplaints.com for reprint permission.

 

A 2002 Honda Civic driver in Arizona is at least the 25th death worldwide caused by an exploding Takata airbag inflator.

 

Participants in ASA’s upcoming Annual Business Meeting & Conference will get the opportunity to hear from a senior U.S. Department of Labor official about the merits of its agency’s HIRE Vets Medallion Award Program.

Monday, 15 April 2019 22:04

On the Lighter Side: 7 Super Expensive Cars That Were Abandoned

Written by Loukia Papadopoulos, Interesting Engineering

Super expensive cars are so priceless you would think their owners would never let them go. Still, it seems some people can not hold on to a good thing.

Monday, 15 April 2019 21:48

Tampa, FL, Police Busts Repair Shop Owner for Running Stolen Car Chop Shop

Written by Isabel Rosales, ABC Action News

Tampa, FL, Police Department is investigating as stolen cars were stripped down for parts. TPD arrested a repair shop owner for allegedly running a chop shop.

Monday, 15 April 2019 20:58

Out-of-Business Greenwood, SC, Body Shop Owner Pushing County for Zoning Relief

Written by Adam Benson, Index-Journal

The owner of a Greenwood County, SC, auto body shop that was destroyed in a 2018 fire is pushing for the right to rebuild.

 

The Collision Repair Industry Snapshot Survey, co-sponsored by the Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-CAR©, has launched and is open for responses from collision shop owners and managers.

Monday, 15 April 2019 20:01

NY Man Charged for Pretending To Be Auto Insurance Broker

Written by Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq, PropertyCasualty360.com

 

Barrington Mayne has been arrested on a felony complaint for alleged insurance fraud.

Monday, 15 April 2019 17:34

Total Loss Car Accident Payouts May Not Fully Compensate Drivers

Written by Brigette Honaker, Top Class Actions

 

Insurance companies may not be paying consumers what they’re owed after a total loss car accident, according to class action litigation.

Monday, 15 April 2019 16:33

Hamlet, NC, Auto Body Shop Expands, Plots Future

Written by Jasmine Hager, Richmond County Daily Journal

Jeff Hoopaugh said his company, Refined Restorations and Collision, LLC, had modest beginnings.

 

CIECA is looking for a few additional thought leaders and industry professionals to speak at the upcoming annual conference---CIECA CONNEX 2019---in Charlottesville, VA, Sept. 16--18.

Friday, 12 April 2019 22:58

Fort Collins, CO, Couple Still Waiting for Fix 3 Years After Vehicle's Airbag Recall

Written by Nicole Brady, The Denver Channel/Contact7

 

Martha and Tom Fenno received notice in May 2016 that their 2007 Chevy Tahoe was part of a nationwide Takata airbag recall.

 

Two bills approved by a U.S. Senate committee in late March would provide ASA members one more tool to protect their shops from cyber threats.

Friday, 12 April 2019 22:26

FL No-Fault Auto Insurance Repeal One Hearing Away From Senate Floor

Written by John Haughey, Florida Watchdog

Florida adopted a personal-injury protection [PIP] auto insurance law in 1979 and remains one of 10 states with a “no fault” mandate that requires motorists to carry $10,000 in medical coverage.

Friday, 12 April 2019 21:50

Firefighters Spot Blaze Near Fawn Township, PA, Body Shop

Written by Christopher Dornblaser, York Dispatch

A local fire chief watching his child's soccer game the afternoon of April 1 spotted a fire near a Fawn Township, PA, auto body shop and sprang into action.

Autobody News caught up with Keith MacDonald, PPG's Show Truck driver, on April 5 when the truck made a stop at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals car show in Del Mar, CA.

Friday, 12 April 2019 21:04

Street Outlaws: Out of Control



On the next "Street Outlaws" on the Discovery Channel, Farmtruck and AZN rebuild the Gonorail to be better suited for street racing, then take it on the road to Kansas for a fishing trip at a popular car show.

Jeff Peevy has observed many changes in the collision repair industry over the course of his nearly 40-year career. As the current chairman of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) and president of the Automotive Management Institute (AMi), Peevy regularly talks to body shop owners and managers about the current issues they face.

The Accuvision-3D measuring system from Arslan Automotive Canada Ltd., has now received approval from Assured Performance Network, Laguna Hills, CA for bodyshop certification programs in the USA.

Friday, 12 April 2019 17:52

Thomasville, GA, Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Counterfeit Car Parts

Written by Staff, Albany Herald

A Thomasville, GA, business owner accused of trafficking counterfeit car parts made in China pleaded guilty March 29 to the crime, Middle District of Georgia U.S. Attorney Charles Peeler said.

 

Rick Johnson, a former body shop owner who has been a leader in the collision repair industry for nearly 40 years, was named the new executive director of the California Autobody Association (CAA).

Friday, 12 April 2019 16:33

Couple Found Dead in Long Beach, CA, Auto Body Shop; Parents Suspect Murder-Suicide

Written by Jeremiah Dobruck, Long Beach Post

The man and woman found dead March 31 in an industrial area of Long Beach, CA, had been a couple for nine years, according to relatives who suspect they died in a murder-suicide.

Just over a decade ago, there were approximately 1,400 high school and college collision repair programs in the United States, according to Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Michael Giarrizzo, Manager of  DCR Systems, released a video featuring Symach Srl equipment.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 22:20

NABC Recycled Rides Gets Veterans Back on the Road in Lakeland, FL

Written by Bobby Lewis, 10News WTSP

Alisha Rousset will not forget her daughter’s sixth birthday.

From March 22--24, ASA Northwest held its 2019 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. ATE is the largest automotive training event on the West Coast.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 20:49

How Will These Recalls Impact Your Customers?

Written by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued three recalls with implications for the auto glass industry.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 20:16

Are We Going To Let Insurance Companies ‘Total’ Our Industry?

Written by Joe Henry, ACT Auto Staffing

 

Joe Henry, owner of ACT Auto Staffing and former body shop owner, sent us the below comments in response to Stacey Phillips’ “Solving the Tech Shortage” column, which invited additional input from the collision industry on the technician shortage. The column was published in the March 2019 edition of Autobody News

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