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Three vehicles from Kia Motors America were named "Best Cars for the Money" in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) will present “ADAS: The Future is NOW,” a seminar focusing on advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), for members via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 17:03

DEG Welcomes KABA as Newest Gold Level Sponsor

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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) introduced its newest Gold level sponsor, the Kansas Auto Body Association (KABA).

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 00:02

Hyundai Isn't Building the Apple Car After All

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The Apple car is dead again.

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After a series of bad passes, Shawn is determined to get the Murder Nova driving straight again.

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In the old days, body shop marketing and advertising was relatively simple, with only a few things to consider---direct mail, phone book advertising, radio or TV advertising and, if you decided to think outside of the box, billboards or even sky writing.

Monday, 08 February 2021 21:04

Nevada Looking to Close Classic Car Loophole

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Certain members of Nevada’s state legislature have laid out their plans to close so-called loopholes in the state law dictating what constitutes a classic car.

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Every January, the subject of minimum wage becomes a hot topic as lawmakers debate whether or not to raise it, with the goal of keeping up with the cost of living.

Monday, 08 February 2021 18:36

Splashy Louisiana Debut for Carvana

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Carvana made its Louisiana debut on Feb. 3.

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Maryland’s House Environment and Transportation Committee meeting had an in-depth auto glass discussion as several industry members weighed in on HB 519, which would require those installing auto glass in the state to follow the AGRSS Standard.

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A recent post from Tesla’s official LinkedIn account indicated the company is looking to bolster its Autopilot team with a number of dedicated data annotation-related job openings.

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A global supply shortage is impacting jobs right here in metro Detroit.

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NSG Group reported it is recovering from the decline it faced in mid-2020, largely due to COVID-19, in its third quarter consolidated financial report.

Friday, 05 February 2021 21:34

Investigating Auto Seat Failure Claims

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The claims analyst is sometimes faced with an unusual set of circumstances that may have caused an automobile accident. 

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Merchants Fleet, the nation’s fastest-growing fleet management company, announced Feb. 2 its plans to further electrify its portfolio with BrightDrop, the new business backed by General Motors, offering electric first-to-last-mile products and software services.

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Tesla is now at a point where the company is on the verge of becoming a mainstream automaker.

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General Motors is idling three of its assembly plants in North America and running a fourth in South Korea at half capacity for one week as it struggles with the ongoing semiconductor shortage that has already impacted production at Ford Motor Co., Stellantis and others globally.

Friday, 05 February 2021 19:02

‘Chip Famine’ Slams Auto Industry

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A global chip shortage has forced virtually every major automaker to halt some car production and furlough workers---just as the industry was showing signs of recovery from the pandemic-related shutdowns last spring.

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More than three decades after the last train left Michigan Central Station, the building’s ornate interior will soon look as its creators envisioned more than a century ago.

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bano Ramirez, a member of Mitchell International’s Solution Specialist team, on Jan. 25.

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The American Honda Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $324,000 for the fall 2020 funding period to six nonprofit organizations dedicated to enhancing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education opportunities for young people. 

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Toyota more patents than any other automaker in 2020, according to an annual ranking by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

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On Feb. 2, California began accepting round two applications from small businesses and nonprofits seeking funds from the state’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

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As America readies for the action of the field Feb. 7, Kia Motors America announced Feb. 5 an all-out blitz in support of America's youth, specifically those whose football dreams have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The CIECA Board of Trustees recently approved an initiative to begin developing its next generation of CIECA standards.

Thursday, 04 February 2021 20:07

SCRS Quick Tips: OEM Procedure Research

 

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SCRS has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) to create a series of quick tips to help boost business. 

Thursday, 04 February 2021 20:00

Tesla Insurance Eyes Imminent Entrance in Texas

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Tesla is eyeing an entrance into Texas for its insurance initiative, possibly making it the second state to welcome the electric automaker’s exclusive vehicle coverage program.

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In 1979, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) was established as a result of the introduction of the front-wheel-drive unibody vehicle, according to Jeff Peevy, vice president of technical products, programs and services for I-CAR.

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Every year at this time, Jack Molodanof, a registered lobbyist for the California Autobody Association (CAA) and president of Molodanof Government Relations in Sacramento, CA, begins the process of reviewing hundreds of proposed bills.

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On Feb. 2, ASA Northwest hosted a virtual presentation and discussion on the current state of collision education, featuring George Arrants, vice president of the ASE Education Foundation, and Beth Rutter, global director, industry and customer engagement, for Tradiebot Industries.

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PPG and the PPG Foundation on Feb. 3 announced a commitment to invest $20 million by 2025 to address systemic racism and advance racial equity in the U.S., by funding educational pathways for Black communities and people of color.

Thursday, 04 February 2021 16:53

CARSTAR Named a Top 40 Franchise Operation

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CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, has been named again to the Franchise Times “Fast and Serious” rankings of the smartest-growing franchise companies.

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Fix Auto USA, an industry-leading collision repair network, is proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary of business.

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According to Amazon, its deliveries in certain Los Angeles area neighborhoods may look and sound different going forward. This is because Amazon has begun testing the Rivian electric delivery vans on routes.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 23:26

On The Lighter Side: GM Teases Super Bowl Advertisement Featuring Will Ferrell

Written by Matthew Crisara, Motor1

Yes, it’s that time of the year where the best teams in the NFL compete for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in five people in Philadelphia were food-insecure.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 22:25

WIN Calls for Board of Director Candidates

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) is now accepting applications for its Board of Directors.

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During the MSO Symposium in November, industry consultant Vincent Romans said there are a dozen private equity firms with investments in U.S. collision repair organizations, including Caliber, Gerber, Service King, Crash Champions and Classic Collision.

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The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) announced a $25,000 donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans in advance of NADA Show 2021.

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Automotive search engineiSeeCars.com says in looking at vehicle inventory in 2021, it has found 9.5% less new-car inventory is available from the current model year compared to the same time last year.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 20:50

New Tesla Semi Spotted in Sacramento

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A new Tesla Semi with a white paint job, updated window design, smoked headlights and updated tail lights was spotted in Sacramento, CA.

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Two Davis, CA, residents are facing multiple felony charges after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in an auto insurance fraud scheme.

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Following the passage of Senate Bill 4336/Assembly Bill 6163 in 2020, New York received “green,” the highest rating, in the 18th annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws report, which Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released in January.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 20:12

Chip Shortage Is Affecting Rental Car Orders

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U.S. car rental companies are beginning to feel the effects of a global shortage of semiconductors used in automobiles.

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The Zebra, an insurance comparison site, released its 2021 State of Auto Insurance Report revealing the national average annual cost for car insurance to be $1,483, down 3.9% since 2020.

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Recently, a deserving Oakfield, NY, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to the Ken Barrett Collision Center and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program.

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The Senate on Feb. 3 voted 86-13 to confirm Pete Buttigieg as secretary of transportation.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced Feb. 3 the acquisition of a collision repair center in Longwood, FL.

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced Feb. 3 the acquisition of nine leading repair shops throughout Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin.

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CCC Information Services Inc. and Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. on Feb. 3 announced a definitive merger agreement between Dragoneer and CCC’s parent holding company.

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Mitchell and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions on Feb. 3 announced the availability of the MD-TS21.

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The Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation (CSAR), a group supporting a single, national fuel economy standard, released a statement Feb. 2, after it withdrew from a lawsuit between California and the federal government.

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles has officially issued a permit to Baidu USA to begin testing driverless vehicles on public roads in Sunnyvale, CA.

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A new position statement related to what is---and isn’t---included in vehicle scan charges, and a plea for information about any school’s collision repair training programs that is struggling, were among the topics at the first Collision Industry Conference (CIC) of 2021, held virtually online in January.

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Are insurers using current market conditions with fewer claims to lean on shops to be more competitive?

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced Jan. 29 its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger worker safety guidance to help employers and workers implement a coronavirus prevention program and better identify risks which could lead to exposure and contraction.

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As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the U.S., employers must determine whether they will require vaccinations in the workplace and if they should set up a program to administer them.

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Tesla alerted owners and customers at the end of the last week of January its service centers will now offer collision repair.