Friday, 20 March 2020 20:56

IBIS USA 2020 to be Online Simulcast

IBIS (International Bodyshop Industry Symposium) is pleased to announce that IBIS USA 2020 will take place as a virtual event April 2.

Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler will close all of their factories due to worker fears about the coronavirus, sources tell 7 Action News.

Friday, 20 March 2020 18:59

Street Outlaws: Memphis

Fresh off their huge win against NOLA, JJ Da Boss and the MSO hit the streets after getting called out by Quinn Shireman and his team from Kentucky.

PennFleet near Philadelphia, PA, opened its property to truck drivers in need of a place to stop and rest, if regular spots are closed or full due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

XYG issued a statement to correct and clarify the claims made in the “Auto Glass Industry Faces Calibration Issues from Two Manufacturers” article, published March 6 on the glassBYTEs.com website.

VECO Experts announced it will reduce its fees to 50% of the retail rate to all of its monthly collision repair partners this April and May.

Adopting the mantra “Stay Home for Nevada,” Gov. Steve Sisolak announced enhanced COVID-19 risk mitigation measures, including the closure of non-essential public-facing businesses in Nevada for at least 30 days, effective at noon March 18. 

Honda on March 18 announced it would adjust production at all of its automobile production plants in North America, including the U.S., Canada and Mexico, due to an anticipated decline in market demand related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Toyota is extending the length of its production suspension at all of its automobile and components plants in North America, including Canada, Mexico and the U.S. 

Bergen County, NJ, Executive James Tedesco III has revoked an order closing body shops and most other businesses as a precaution against the coronavirus, WABC reported March 19.

Tesla will temporarily suspend production at its factories in California and New York in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it announced March 19.

Thursday, 19 March 2020 21:16

Kool Tools: SEMA 2019

Kye Yeung, Amber Alley and I walked the floor of SEMA 2019 to find more Kool Tools. As in the past, we found some interesting and unique tools that can save you and your shop time and money.

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

PPG has named Colours, Inc., its automotive refinish 2019 Platinum Distributor of the Year. 

Six trade associations representing the transportation industry, including the Auto Care Association, called on state and local governments March 17 to consider the importance of motor vehicle supply and repair facilities in implementing orders to close nonessential businesses as a result of the coronavirus.  

CIECA announced Connor Smith, senior manager of OEM for CARSTAR, will present during the next CIECAst webinar.

COVID-19 continues to impact the U.S., but some in the auto glass industry worked together to help those in need.

The Senate on March 18 passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Americans and introducing paid sick leave and an expanded family and medical leave act to the nation’s employers.

Just a day after an Alameda County, CA, spokesperson declared in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that Tesla is an “essential business” and thus allowed to remain in operation amid the C-19 outbreak, the county’s sheriff’s office has taken an opposing stance. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 20:55

Pirate Garage Car Show Set for Early June

Helping students learning valuable life skills and exposing them to potential career paths has been the highlight of Rob Hill’s career as the automotive instructor at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in Santa Ynez Valley, CA, for the past seven years. 

With schools closing across the country because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Petersen Automotive Museum began offering free educational livestream programming March 17.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, some auto glass businesses have implemented additional safety practices to ensure their employees and customers remain protected. glassBYTEs reached out to some industry professionals to learn what if any changes they’ve made.

Spring is usually a great time to buy a classic car, but the worldwide spread of coronavirus has thrown a monkey wrench into the plans of car collectors as health concerns cancel sizeable gatherings. 

Pacific Elite and its affiliated companies, the largest family-owned operator of collision repair shops in California, announced a merger March 18 with Crash Champions LLC, a leading regional collision repair business in the greater Chicago area.

Tesla stock has taken a significant hit in recent weeks, dropping back to sub-$500 levels as of writing March 17.

The auto industry is now feeling the weight of the ongoing C-19 pandemic, with veteran automakers Volkswagen and Daimler announcing they will be suspending production in their European facilities. 

Car dealerships are expecting to feel the pinch from coronavirus control policies as U.S. state governments have begun calling for lockdowns of walk-in businesses. Dealers, like other retail outlets, will begin to see the impacts of social distancing in the coming weeks.

Due to the worsening situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daimler Group decided March 17 to suspend the majority of its production in Europe, as well as work in selected administrative departments, for an initial period of two weeks.

The last month’s all-but-unprecedented plunge in market confidence has prompted the Federal administration to request $850B in support for the economy including $50B for the airline industry and $250B for small business loans. The macro impact to the economy of all the closures is being played out in business pressure on companies large and small. 

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women who volunteer their time and expertise at the organization in support of the automotive industry. 

ALG, a subsidiary of TrueCar, and the industry benchmark for determining the future resale value of a vehicle, is providing an updated 2020 new vehicle sales forecast to account for the quickly evolving Coronavirus pandemic and the latest economic outlook.

An Idaho man was sentenced to jail over an alleged “crash and buy” auto insurance fraud scheme.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 19:08

Firefighters Battle NJ Blaze

Firefighters battled a raging blaze March 16 at a Paterson, NJ, mixed-use building.

You’ve probably wondered what it takes to build a car, and you might even know it. However, have you ever wondered what it takes to build a car such as this one by yourself?

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:59

Why Driver-Assist Systems are Flawed

Sometimes, technology evolves at a faster rate than the regulations needed to responsibly manage it. 
Broadway Automotive announced March 16 it is purchasing the Pietroske Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealership in Manitowoc, WI,, extending its operations within northeast Wisconsin.
Monday, 16 March 2020 19:22

31-Year-Old Compares Body Shop Work to Tech College Courses

Written by Victoria Antonelli

David Cesar, 31, who has been working on cars his whole life, recently enrolled in a collision repair program so he could “learn how to fix everything on a vehicle.”

Police have arrested a man after an automotive repair shop employee was assaulted, officials said.

A local family-owned chain of auto repair shops is about to open the doors to its rebuilt shop in Midlothian, VA.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Waukesha, WI. The location previously operated as Nagel Auto Body, providing service since 1986.

A PPG-painted custom 1932 Kugel Muroc captured the 2020 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the recent Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) held at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, CA.

The ASE Education Foundation will hold its seventh annual Instructor Training Conference, July 14 through July 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco, Texas.

The luck of two deserving Tampa Bay area residents changed for the better Friday, March 13. 
Friday, 13 March 2020 18:49

23-Year-Old Makes Dream A Reality, Opens Shop in NM After College

Written by Victoria Antonelli

William Sanders, 23, said he loved cars from a very young age and repaired vehicles as a hobby before enrolling at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. In 2017, he graduated from the technical school’s Associate Paint and Autobody program.

Friday, 13 March 2020 18:17

Two-Time Skills USA Competitor Follows in Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps

Written by Victoria Antonelli

Chandler Allison, 19, grew up in Pollard, AR, surrounded by people who worked with their hands and prided themselves on being self-sufficient. His great-grandfather owned a body shop while the rest of his mother’s family raised farm animals and his father’s family grew crops.

ProCare Collision, a Texas-based Multi Shop Operator (MSO), announced March 10 they have acquired Hodges Collision, a Houston-based MSO with six locations in the Houston metro area. 

The Ashwaubenon, WI, village board gave final approval Feb. 25 to a rezoning request from Broadway Automotive to have a collision center on property the company purchased near the corner of the Ashland Avenue access road and Industry Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an automotive trade group’s challenge to design patents covering parts for Ford Motor Co.'s F-150 pickup truck.

A Hudson County, NJ, man admitted in federal court on March 10 he recruited Bergen County, NJ, traffic accident victims for an insurance fraud racket that racked up $3.5 million in bogus medical bills.

A Jeep "death wobble" class action lawsuit alleges defective solid front axles and damping systems cause violent vibrations of the steering wheels while driving highway speeds.

Subaru of America Inc. (Subaru) recently requested the class action lawsuit, originally filed by Christine Powell against the auto manufacturer for allegedly defective windshields, be dismissed for failing to state a claim and lack of jurisdiction. 

Associations and businesses have begun to speak out---in both opposition and support---of a new piece of auto glass legislation introduced in Connecticut’s General Assembly.

New automaker restrictions on vehicle scanning, and deciding on OEM or aftermarket scan tools, were among the topics discussed at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in January in Palm Springs, CA.

Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) met Feb. 26 at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in St. Louis, MO. 

John Shoemaker says too often shop estimates “create more questions than answers.”

In a continued effort to address collision repair industry concerns, AASP/MA has created five committees within its Board of Directors to identify new potential solutions focused in specific areas problematic for Massachusetts body shops. 

ASA Ohio launched its brand-new Collision Performance Leaders Group (CPL), Feb. 6 at Ohio Auto Kolor Training Center in Columbus, OH.

The Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) held its monthly meeting Feb. 20 at MobileTech in Wilmington, NC. 

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