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The Alabama Small Business Commission Emergency Task Force and the Subcommittee to Reopen the Economy on April 17 released "Reopen Alabama Responsibly," a detailed report and series of recommendations on resuming business operations during the next stage of the fight against the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic.

Dean Seif, owner of CARSTAR Allstar Collision in Corona, CA, was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year by the CORONA Chamber of Commerce.

Recent Auto Remarketing reports chronicled the swift declines in wholesale activities at auctions and the softening of vehicle retail sales at dealerships.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced new details in his plan to reopen the state economy shut down by the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 97% of the U.S. population is currently under a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend life as we know it.

Monday, 20 April 2020 17:30

Ford Tests Social-Distancing Wearables

Ford is experimenting with wristbands that vibrate when employees come within 6 ft. of each other as part of a broader array of new safety protocols.

With President Donald Trump ready for states to re-open for business, a series of governors said this weekend they still need more federal help in securing needed Coronavirus testing to pave the way for relaxed restrictions, as the White House said more than 41,000 people have now died from the virus outbreak since the first death in late February.

Gov. Greg Abbott on April 17 announced initial steps to reopen the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, including those that in the next week will loosen surgery restrictions at medical facilities, allow all retail stores to provide product pickups and reopen state parks.

Customers have been benefiting from AkzoNobel’s expert digitization of color for decades.

Friday, 17 April 2020 22:51

Bathtub Hot Rod | Car Kings 103

The Car Kings team restores one of the most offbeat builds ever

COVID-19 has affected us all to some degree, from orders to shelter in place to maintain social distance.

JJ invites 32 racers from all over the country to compete in Street Wars

Mercedes-Benz moves forward with electrification of its lineup with the goal to put on the market 20 plug-in hybrid EQ Power models by the end of 2020.

The World Health Organization issued a warning April 17 about coronavirus testing, saying there’s no evidence serological tests can show whether a person has immunity or is no longer at risk of becoming reinfected.

As the U.S. reels from the massive economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, there are growing calls by President Donald Trump and others to start to reopen businesses, schools and other public spaces so that the nation can begin to recover financially.

President Donald Trump during his daily coronavirus task force briefing on April 16 announced the first plans for reopening the economy and transitioning from widespread stay-at-home efforts. 

Two new auto service programs are now available to help dealers during the COVID-19 pandemic, one providing data on closed repair order volume, which could help new-car dealerships understand and respond to changes in demand for vehicle maintenance and repairs.

According to a new study conducted to evaluate driver distractions, using an infotainment system is more distracting than driving drunk or high on weed.

The governors of New York and six other Northeastern states on April 16 extended their coronavirus stay-at-home orders to May 15, as President Donald Trump prepared to release new White House recommendations for states to follow in reopening the economy.

Michael Laurato is a defense attorney in the ongoing battle between Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate Indemnity Company and Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company (collectively Allstate) and defendants Auto Glass America LLC (AGA) and its owner, Charles Isaly.

The Monkeys race to finish their Buick Indy Racer for a deep-pocket client.

Based on auto industry analyses, a rough March for used-vehicle sales appears to have spilled over into April, and as PureCars says in its latest COVID-19 report, dealers are “facing obvious headwinds” in pre-owned.

Thursday, 16 April 2020 21:33

Enterprise’s Response to COVID-19

As an essential services provider, Enterprise remains open to meet critical transportation and personal mobility needs.

CIECA announced its next CIECAst webinar will feature Brent Johnson, director of global product management for collision at Chief Collision Technology.

Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Solutions announced the next installment in the free Elite Webinar Series: “How to Market in a Downturn.”

Thursday, 16 April 2020 18:12

On the Lighter Side: Wild Custom Limo-Jet Heading To Mecum Indy Auction

Written by Brett T. Evans, Motor1.com

 The Learjet-based luxury transport was completed in 2018.

A $349 billion coronavirus loan program for small businesses has run out of money less than two weeks after it was launched, the U.S. Small Business Administration said April 16.

Automakers are anxious to get their assembly lines rolling again, especially since leaving factories idle is costing them billions of dollars by the week.

The way we buy cars may never be the same, as auto dealers adjust to working under COVID-19 restrictions and customers discover they prefer the new approach, which leans heavily on internet sales and vehicle demos and could include valet-style pickup and delivery service for everything from test drives to oil changes.

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA), the nation’s leading insurer exclusively serving 501(c)(3) nonprofits, is introducing insurance to protect nonprofit employees in California.

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, the giant automotive plant under construction in Huntsville, AL, will not begin production in the spring of 2021 as planned because of the coronavirus pandemic.

General Motors Co. on April 14 began mass production of the Ventec Life Systems V+Pro critical care ventilator under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wynn Resorts is asking a judge in the U.S. District Court - District of Massachusetts to toss a $9.6 million civil suit brought last year by the owner of an Everett, MA, auto body shop.

Autobody News is aware of a phishing scam targeting our newsletter mailing lists.

Car dealerships appear to be the next priority for Pennsylvania House GOP members after the State Government Committee advanced a measure granting the industry a waiver from the coronavirus shutdowns.

Ford is expanding its efforts to design and produce urgently needed medical equipment and supplies for health care workers, first responders and patients fighting coronavirus.

A weekend hail storm had auto repair shops across Lincoln, NE, busy April 13.

The City of Memphis and hospitals are getting thousands of masks for first responders thanks to the help of a local auto body shop.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announced April 13 it is leveraging its global operations and technical know-how to provide critical equipment and products to people and organizations in its local communities around the world.

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During a time of paused hands-on education, ZF Aftermarket is offering continued education to technicians throughout the month of April with their ZF [pro]Tech online membership.

Carvana’s rush of recent activities continued April 13 with the online used-vehicle retailer making a move to help buyers who just took delivery.

EUGENE, OREGON, April 13, 2020 – Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, is pleased to announce the availability of their “COVID-19 FMLA Employee Leave Expansion Resource Guide for Body Shops and Small Businesses.”

Richard races toward a vintage payday by restoring his '37 Buick Racer back to its Indy 500 roots.

The iconic Mustang is off to the races when Team Galpin builds a '72 Mach-1 resto-mod to meet NASCAR superstar Joey Logano's need for speed.

Automakers announced another round of extended plant closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michigan auto dealerships will be allowed to make online sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new executive order April 9 declaring dealership employees are now considered critical workers.

Independent shop owners from New Jersey to California on April 7 called their supply line of auto parts and shop materials largely intact despite the national COVID-19 coronavirus response.

Friday, 10 April 2020 20:46

Western Shops Deal with Uncertain Times

Some shops are doing everything they can to return to normalcy, but with so many questions and so few answers, the situation seems to change every day.

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced a relief fund set up for professional automotive recyclers impacted by the COVID-19 virus has received a matching donation for $20,000. 

Kent Carlson and David McCreight are concerned some shop owners may be taking on SBA “Paycheck Protection Program” loans without considering all the possible implications.

In an effort to help customers during these challenging times, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the nation’s largest auto insurer, is announcing up to a $2 billion dividend that will go to its auto insurance customers.

Friday, 10 April 2020 19:03

USAA to Return $520 Million to Members

USAA, the country’s fifth largest property-casualty insurer, will be returning $520 million to its members.

Dan Dewater, owner of Hangtown Body Shop and A1 Collision & Bumper Center in Placerville, CA, isn’t afraid to operate a little outside of the box.

In the early 1990s, an engineer named Douglas C. Hansen was working for an aerospace firm developing a solid propellant design for airbag inflators for a wide range of applications.

OE collision shop certification has been top-of-mind for the industry for the last 10 years or more.

COVID-19 has ravaged the U.S. for more than a month, but even as social distancing separates us physically, people around the world have come together to support and aid one another.

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