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Scanning and diagnostics are quickly becoming the fastest-growing segments of vehicle repair.

CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Porter's Kearney Body Shop, located at 104 W. Main St., Kearney, MO 64060.

CSN Collision Centres (CSN) and 1Collision Network have announced the merger of their business operations.

Congratulations to Stacey Phillips, freelance contributor at Autobody News, for receiving an award for her column, “Solving the Tech Shortage.”

Classic Collision, LLC., an Atlanta-based multi-site collision repair operator, announced it is has acquired H&M Auto Body in Miami, FL.

Monday, 13 July 2020 22:51

On the Lighter Side: 17 Futuristic Car Designs from Visionaries of the Past

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering

Here are 17 interesting futuristic car designs from the past that will bring a smile to your face.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) held its first-ever virtual training meeting on July 9 to provide member shops with the proper resources and direction needed in order to bring their employees back to work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

OEConnection (OEC), the leading automotive technology provider for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, announced it has acquired NuGenIT, Inc., a software company specializing in body shop and collision industry optimization tools.

Audi Start-Stop system malfunctions have caused a class action lawsuit that alleges the vehicles are too dangerous to drive for Audi owners, occupants and all others on the roads.

Heavy D surprises the mechanics with his latest build: a tank.

Tesla officially has a higher valuation than Toyota, Volkswagen and Honda combined thanks to a significant surge in the electric automaker’s stock price over the past week.

SEMA joined with dozens of other trade associations in urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to forgive all PPP loans that are less than $150,000.

Nominations for the 2020 SEMA Person of the Year Award are now being accepted at sema.org/awards.

Erica Carr of Wolf Lake, NY, submitted postcards, from around 1926 to 1928, showing photos of Post Garage Co., Inc., that was at 88-92 West Main Street in Middletown.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Treasury Department last week released the names of 4.9 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipient businesses and nonprofits that received $150,000 or more.

With Texas continuing to break records for new coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations last week, Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated July 10 that things will continue to get worse.

When industry veteran Erick Bickett was growing up, he aspired to be an airline pilot like his dad. He realized that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for him.

Amazon has signed an agreement to acquire Zoox, a ride-hailing group that developes autonomous technology from the ground up with passengers front-of-mind.

Collision repairers around the country aren’t sitting still as business conditions continued to evolve as summer began.

A friend of mine who owns a body shop always swore marketing and advertising were a waste of time and money, but now he’s singing the blues.

U.S. Sens. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, Bob Menendez, D-NJ, Thom Tillis, R-NC, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, Senate Banking Committee members, introduced the Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act, bipartisan legislation to streamline forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for small businesses.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Gigafactory may be experiencing some speed bumps as of late, but the project is also making headway in some key areas.

While no financial endeavor is invincible, it turns out the brand and business acumen of actor/producer Mark Wahlberg might be the perfect storm for success in the auto industry.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-MI, has introduced legislation to create the National Institute of Manufacturing, which would streamline national manufacturing programs.

According to the California Highway Patrol, since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, vehicle theft investigators and detectives have witnessed a significant rise in auto fraud. 

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman in Detroit on July 8 granted FCA’s motion to dismiss what the company’s lawyers called a baseless lawsuit.

Lucid Motors has revealed it will open 20 retail locations and service centers across North America by the end of 2021.

With vehicle service contract companies and auto repair facilities ranking as some of the most distrusted industries by consumers, two companies in those spaces said they are committed to working together to change this reputation by providing transparency and higher levels of quality in vehicle repair.

Unsuspecting drivers in the Chicago and Houston areas are scammed out of hundreds to thousands of dollars due to the deceitful deeds of tow truck drivers, according to special agents of the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Although the tough times shops are experiencing in some markets aren’t over, the summer has brought some sunnier trends for the industry. 

Autel US has released three calibration expansion packages for its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibration frame systems, the Standard Calibration System and the MA600 Mobile Calibration System that expand the vehicle and device coverage of these highly successful calibration solutions.

When reports were first coming from China in early January regarding the coronavirus, Dave Gunderson, vice president of 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD), said the company saw the writing on the wall.

The Florida assignment of benefits (AOB) fraud lawsuit between Government Employees Insurance Co., GEICO Indemnity Co., GEICO General Insurance Company and GEICO Casualty Co. (collectively GEICO) and defendants Smart Ride (originally organized under the name Chipio Windshield Repair LLC), Andrew Baker, Gerald Salko, Lawrence Tenebaum and Michael Meryash (all of whom controlled Smart Ride), the Baumer Group LLC, Stealing Home LLC and Rekaba LLC reached a settlement, and the case is expected to be dismissed.

General Motors Co. announced July 8 the appointment of Steve Carlisle, 58, as executive vice president and president, North America, effective Sept. 1.

There are very few automakers in the market today as serious about electric car battery tech as Tesla.

The new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), that went into effect July 1, may not fulfill its intended purpose.

DCR Systems announced July 8 that Classic Accident Repair Center, one of the company’s nine operations, is now a BMW Certified Collision Repair Center.

Some people love to donate to their favorite causes and support charities and nonprofit organizations they believe in. But, what would you do if someone needed a kidney?

Parts consistently make up 40% of total repair order dollars, so it’s well worth it for shop owners to pay careful attention to the role parts play within their business.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 18:57

On the Lighter Side: Canadian Police Discover 40 Stolen Cars In Shipping Containers

Written by Jeffrey N. Ross, Motorious

Most of the stolen vehicles were intercepted in Italy on their way to Turkey and Libya.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Park Place Dealerships, one of the country's largest and most prominent luxury dealer groups, for $685 million of goodwill and approximately $50 million for parts, fixed assets and leaseholds, excluding vehicle inventory.

As the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the U.S. in March, Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, and part of the Driven Brands family of automotive brands, implemented a three-stage strategy for dealing with the crisis and helping its franchisees plan for the future.

BASF was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during a virtual ceremony honoring the recipients of the company’s 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards on June 24. Read more

The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is proud to announce it has joined the CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition, a group of independent automotive parts and repair companies, associations and insurers dedicated to preserving and protecting consumer choice, transparency and affordability in the post collision repair market.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 16:34

ASCEF Awards Scholarships to 33 Students

The Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation (ASCEF) is proud to announce the Board of Trustees awarded 36 scholarships to 33 deserving students, totalling $18,250.

The Consumer Access to Repair (CAR) Coalition recently sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce, speaking out against a previous request on behalf of auto manufacturers opposing consumers' choice over the use of the data generated by telematics in their vehicles.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 22:32

2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show Canceled

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Irving, TX.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 22:22

General Motors Posts ADAS Resources

General Motors recently published a guide for auto glass businesses, auto insurers and consumers on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS.)

On July 1, the trade agreement that replaces the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement became active.

The Employment Situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 2 spells out a significant increase in employment for June.

State Farm Insurance Co. has been approved for an overall auto insurance rate decrease of 9.6% in Louisiana, the state insurance department reported.

Mary Barra and Mike Manley won't be meeting after all under court order to hash out a resolution to General Motors' racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 18:57

Jerry Seiner Acquires 2 AZ Stores

For the past 40 years, the Jerry Seiner Dealerships have operated in Utah. This week, the dealer group made its entrance into Arizona.

Mad Scientist Sam’s wild creation, The Kraken, comes to life but Heavy D continues to be skeptical of the build that’s supposed to become a viral success.

New vehicle sales for two of Detroit's automakers dropped by about a third in the second quarter, reflecting the coronavirus pandemic's toll on the auto industry.

The industry took another step toward ensuring the ongoing Takata airbag recall campaign is successful.

Chris Miller knows a thing or two about cars, but, like other business owners, he didn’t have a repair manual for handling the impact of the new coronavirus on the local economy.

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