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CARSTAR, North America’s largest premier network of independently owned and operated collision repair facilities, is proud to announce the opening of CARSTAR Trice Paint and Body located at 896B Oak St., Eatonton, GA 31024.

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Mitchell, an Enlyte company and leading technology and information provider for the Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance and collision repair industries, on April 20 demonstrated its end-to-end claims automation solution for attendees of Tractable’s Vision Summit.

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As gas prices retreated from mid-March highs, Cox Automotive saw a slight decrease in shopping for fuel-efficient vehicles and now shopping has plateaued, the company reported April 13.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 15:00

IG: Troy, NY, Repair Shop Unsafely Passed Cars for Inspection

Written by Sara Rizzo, News 10

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New York State Inspector General (IG) Lucy Lang is asking the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to notify drivers who got their inspection done in 2021 at Pete’s Auto & Body in Troy, NY, to get their vehicles re-inspected.

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The Caliber family of brands, including Caliber Collision, alongside Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass, is celebrating 25 years as one of the nation's leading automotive services providers.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 13:58

Hertz CEO Trying to Downplay 'Stolen' Rental Scandal

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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Hertz got into a lot of trouble a few months ago when some customers complained of having been arrested or accused of grand theft auto after renting one of the company's cars.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 12:32

Apple Car Rumored to Feature Own Operating System

Written by Can Emir, Interesting Engineering

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One of the longest-running rumors in technology not confirmed by the company is that of Apple Car, an electric vehicle on which Apple is working.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 12:20

Volvo Plug-In Car Sales: Almost 50,000 in Q1 2022

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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Volvo Cars reported 148,295 global car sales in Q1 2022, 20% less than a year ago due to parts supply issues, especially semiconductors.

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In an industry that boasts more than 300 new-car models available to the public each year, perhaps nothing has more radically changed the face of automotive than the rapid rise in production and popularity of electric cars.

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With inflation on the rise and gas prices skyrocketing, Americans are looking for ways to cut back on certain expenses including auto insurance.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 09:31

Tesla Employees Visit High School Students, Opening Path to Work at Giga Texas

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

 

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Tesla employees recently visited Del Valle Independent School District (ISD) students for a resume building session in preparation for their future careers, including potential jobs at Giga Texas. 

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Advancing the company's commitment to vehicle electrification, Toyota will invest $383 million in four of its U.S. manufacturing plants that build the heart of new Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 08:28

Tesla Turns Mobile Charger into Optional Accessory for New Vehicle Purchases

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla has decided to backtrack on its decision to charge an extra $400 for a mobile charging connector for new vehicle purchases.

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Aaron Kipp vividly remembers the day the Opus IVS DriveSafe tool arrived at West Hills Collision Center in Portland, OR, where Kipp is the operations manager.

Monday, 18 April 2022 12:56

Rivian CEO: Current Supply Issues Won't Impact Company's Future Success

Written by Steven Loveday, InsideEVs

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Early constraints are normal when it comes to virtually any company, and we know full well that making it in the automotive industry is ridiculously challenging.

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A new study from Nationwide found Americans overwhelmingly support new laws to curb distracted driving.

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Recently, Fahtina Al Amin, a mother of two teenage boys, one of whom has sickle cell anemia, experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor Hertz and CDE Collision Center–Des Plaines.

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Penske Truck Leasing on April 18 announced it has ordered 750 all-electric Ford E-Transit cargo vans.

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Shops constantly need to invest in tools, equipment and training---not to mention standard overhead and employee costs---but many facilities struggle financially, largely due to artificially suppressed labor rates.

Monday, 18 April 2022 08:16

Massachusetts Right to Repair Court Case Decision Delayed Once Again

Written by Camille Sheehan, Auto Care Association

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U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock issued a notice April 15 informing of another delay to provide a decision on the Right to Repair court case in Massachusetts.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted Axalta committed to participate again in the CIF Annual Donor Program.

Friday, 15 April 2022 13:46

Aftermarket Businesses: It's Time to Host Your Lawmakers

Written by SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Do you want members of Congress to pass bills that protect our automotive freedoms and enable the specialty automotive aftermarket to thrive?

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Lucid Group on April 15 announced the official opening of its newest Studio location in the Seaport District in Boston, MA.

 

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The DEG inquiry process is a mechanism for questioning or seeking additional clarification of a database values that you feel may be incorrect or require additional notations.

Friday, 15 April 2022 08:50

El Paso Woman Breaks Barriers in Auto Industry, Driving Other Women to Do the Same

Written by Salina Madrid, CBS4 News

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CBS4 is showcasing another inspirational woman in the Borderland who is Breaking the Bias, the president of Pronto Body Shop, Tiffany Menefee.

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Linda Zuke at Weirs Buick GMC put her money where her mouth is.

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According to Catalyst.com, women in automotive repair and maintenance make up only 9.9% of the automotive workforce. In 2014, when Mary Barra became CEO of GM, she was the first woman to run a major OEM.

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On April 12, two Oklahoma City veterans experienced a life-changing event---the gift of reliable transportation to help them get to work, manage their family life and continue their path to independence.

Thursday, 14 April 2022 13:48

California Unveils Plan to Phase Out New Gas-Powered Vehicles by 2035

Written by Madison Hirneisen, The Center Square

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California air regulators are setting new targets to increase sales of electric vehicles in the coming years as the state moves to phase out the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, according to a new recommendation released April 12.

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The countdown is on. April 26 marks the launch of the all-new, all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup.

Thursday, 14 April 2022 10:59

Tesla’s $137M Racial Discrimination Verdict Reduced to $15M

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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On April 13, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick reduced the $137 million award granted by jurors to former Tesla employee Owen Diaz to $15 million.

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According to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research, connectivity will be available in more than half of new vehicles sold in 2022 and more than 70% in 2028.

Thursday, 14 April 2022 10:14

Volkswagen’s EV Sales Soar in Q1, Led Comfortably by ID.4

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Volkswagen AG reported sales of its all-electric vehicle models increased 65% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same period a year ago. 

Thursday, 14 April 2022 09:20

Wake Tech Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility to Train Students for Auto Repair Careers

Written by Nia Harden and Adam Owens, WRAL News

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A new training center for students interested in careers in the automotive industry opened April 13---a big step for preparing a workforce for an industry with growing opportunity, especially in North Carolina.

Thursday, 14 April 2022 09:08

Florida Revokes Titles of Nearly 400 Illegally Imported Cars

Written by Chris Chilton, CarScoops

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Florida is revoking the titles of almost 400 cars imported from Japan on the gray market, which the state said were registered fraudulently.

Thursday, 14 April 2022 08:54

Toyota Recalls 500K Vehicles Due to Software Errors

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Toyota is recalling more than 500,000 vehicles because a software error can cause the vehicle stability control system not to default to ON the next time the vehicle is started.

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced April 14 it has expanded its presence in the Santa Fe, NM, metropolitan area through the acquisitions of two single-shop businesses, Custom Craft Auto Collision and Don Juan’s Certified Collision Care.

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SCA Claim Services announced April 14 the promotion of Brandon Cruz to business development manager.

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has extended its in-person registration closing date to April 22 for its 2022 Annual Educational Conference, May 2-4 held in Greenville, SC.

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PartsTrader on April 12 announced a partnership with LKQ North America to provide access to LKQ North America’s broad range of alternative parts and services via SurePart, PartsTrader’s new parts pricing platform for carrier-written/IA estimates.

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Year after year, Audatex, a Solera Company; CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.; and Mitchell, an Enlyte company, partner with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to support secondary and post-secondary students by donating software subscriptions to help ensure that future collision repair technicians learn on the same software widely used by the collision repair facilities and insurance carriers where they will soon seek employment---at no cost to the school or students.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:49

On The Lighter Side: Empty Autonomous Car Runs From San Francisco Cops

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

 

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The future sure seems dumb…

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Getting involved with local collision repair training programs can seem daunting, but the rewards are well worth the effort, as Chris Ryland, Houston I-CAR Committee chair and instructor, can attest.

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Penske Automotive Group, Inc. on April 12 announced it has acquired BMW/MINI of Escondido, along with a collision center, located in Escondido, CA.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:05

Judge Orders Demolition of Packard Plant in Detroit

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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Saying the structure has become a public nuisance, a judge has ordered the demolition of the deteriorating Packard auto plant in Detroit.

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Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announced the next installment of its popular free Elite Webinar Series: “How to Leverage Social Media for Your Body Shop."

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Polestar, a premium electric performance car maker, on April 13 opened a new retail location---known as a Polestar Space---in Scottsdale, AZ.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:33

Oregon Auto Body Shops Struggle Under Pressure of Parts Shortages, Many on Back Order

Written by Bola Gbadebo, News Channel 21

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If things were a struggle before, Bend, OR, body shops are working even harder these days to get their job done and satisfy waiting customers.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:26

Tesla Ramps Hiring Efforts in Giga Texas

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla’s Omead Afshar announced Giga Texas is hiring and hinted the Cyber Rodeo only showed a tiny peek into the innovation and manufacturing of the factory. 

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As part of Collision Industry Week and the National Auto Body Council® (NABC) Pars for Cars Golf Fundraiser in Oklahoma City, the NABC unveiled the NABC F.R.E.E.™ Demonstration Vehicle Presented by Genesis Rescue Systems.

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The highly acclaimed Hyundai IONIQ 5 won big at the prestigious 2022 World Car Awards on April 13, with the all-electric crossover named overall World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year and World Car Design of the Year.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 08:47

Tesla Pushes Against OK Senate Bill That Would Prohibit Direct Sales, OTA Updates

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla is reaching out to supporters to push against Senate Bill 512 in Oklahoma, a piece of legislation that would prohibit direct sales and close both service centers and showrooms in the state.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 08:13

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio Co-Sponsors Federal REPAIR Act

Written by Camille Sheehan, Auto Care Association

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The Auto Care Association, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) applaud U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-OH, for co-sponsoring the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act. 

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Brooklyn-based auto dealer Bay Ridge Honda was honored with the Honda Masters Circle Award for 2021.

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The all-electric Toyota bZ4X SUV not only looks to further Toyota’s commitment to a carbon neutral future, but it does so in style.

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AirPro Diagnostics, the leader in remote diagnostics, scanning, programming and ADAS calibration solutions, is proud to announce it has expanded its relationship with Nissan North America to further service its network of Certified Collision Repair facilities in the safe and proper repair of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.

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Barrett-Jackson has again proved to be the barometer of the collectible car market with another record-setting event during its 2022 Palm Beach Auction, April 7-9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

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Glencore and General Motors Co. announced April 12 a multi-year sourcing agreement in which Glencore will supply GM with cobalt from its Murrin Murrin operation in Australia.