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Friday, 10 September 2021 16:20

AsTech Hosts Industry Night of Education

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On Aug. 24, asTech hosted an Industry Night of Education for auto body shops outside the Tulsa, OK, metro area.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Ankeny, IA.

Thursday, 09 September 2021 22:05

Li-Cycle to Build Next Plant in Alabama

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Li-Cycle Holdings on Sept. 8 announced it will build a fourth commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility, to be located in Tuscaloosa, AL.

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Members of the collision industry recently had an opportunity to tour the DCR Systems location in Mentor, OH, prior to the July Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Cleveland.

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Women in Auto Care, a community of the Auto Care Association, awarded more than $175,000 in scholarship funding and starter tool sets to 63 female students across the U.S. looking to have a career in the auto care industry.

Thursday, 09 September 2021 20:27

NHTSA Gets Pat on the Back from NTSB Concerning Tesla

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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The opening of a federal Tesla Autopilot crash investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has caused a different U.S. safety agency to stand and applaud.

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Your auto body shop’s next vehicle scan through Opus IVS™ might come with something more than advanced vehicle diagnostic information: A 77” state-of-the-art HDTV.

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Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, is now offering as-soon-as-next-day touchless home delivery to Carson City and Reno, NV, area residents.

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The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) said Sept. 9 an email that went out to NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show attendees from Hilton claiming the Embassy Suites by Hilton Secaucus Meadowlands is closed was incorrect.

Thursday, 09 September 2021 17:52

Ohio Court of Appeals Rules Against Safelite

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Shonda Hicks, a licensed insurance surveyor with the Safelite Group, won her appeal in Ohio court Sept. 2 in a workers’ compensation case involving her falling in a parking lot.

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FineFix, Maryland’s uninsured motorist fine forgiveness program, officially ended July 31.

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Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, and Car ADAS Solutions, an ADAS technology and services company, have joined forces to offer enhanced support for dynamic and static ADAS calibrations.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 21:59

On The Lighter Side: 9 Tesla Features That Prove We're Living in the Future

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering

From remote defrosting to 'valet mode' Tesla has more than a couple tricks under its hood.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 22:13

U.S. Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2021 Outpacing Last Year’s Results

Written by Michael Strong, The Detroit Bureau

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For 15 years, U.S. roadway deaths declined. That ended in 2020, despite traffic numbers being down due to the pandemic restrictions.

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Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and BMW of North America, LLC are partnering to add a unique program for service members at the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg, NC, base.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 21:10

Flooded Cars Are a Problem for Their Owners---and Future Car Buyers

Written by Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News

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Residents across the country are still mopping up from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which hit the Gulf Coast before sweeping up into the Northeast, leaving parts of New York City and its suburbs under water this past week.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 20:58

Toyota Plans $13.6B Spending Spree to Develop EV Battery Tech by 2030

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Toyota Motor Corporation announced Sept. 7 it will spend a massive $13.6 billion, or 1.5 trillion yen, on battery supply systems and research and development of electric vehicle battery technology by 2030.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 20:28

Ford Mustang Plant Halts Production, Neighbors Evacuated Over Gas Leak

Written by Jacob Oliva, Motor1.com

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Ford Motor Co.’s Flat Rock (MI) Assembly Plant, which produces the Mustang, has halted production, due to investigations related to a gas leak, along with community assistance measures the company currently employs.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 19:22

New Tech from Nissan Recovers 98% of Rare Elements from Electric Engines

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

 

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As countries look to reduce their carbon emissions, the focus is on cleaning up fossil-fuel-powered transportation. Electric vehicles (EV) are a major part of this strategy but the production of electric vehicles requires the mining of rare earth elements (REEs).

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 19:15

Tesla Supplier Samsung Building a $17B Chip Factory 40 Minutes from Giga TX

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla key supplier Samsung Electronics has reportedly selected Taylor, TX, as the site of its upcoming $17 billion chip plant.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 19:08

End of Federal Unemployment Raises Questions About Fraud, Joblessness

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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Federal unemployment benefits ended over Labor Day weekend, raising questions about how the payments’ expiration will affect the job market and whether Congress will renew the benefits.

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After 16 years on America's Team, All-Pro tight end Jason Witten is part of a new team, Caliber Collision---America's leading collision repair brand.

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If there was a championship team for automotive technicians comparable to the winners of the World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals or Stanley Cup, it would be ASE World Class Technicians.

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The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) Scholarship Foundation announced the winners of its annual CAR CAREERS Scholarship Program, providing more than $100,000 to deserving students pursuing careers in automotive technology.

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PPG on Sept. 7 announced it expects sales volumes in the third quarter 2021 will be lower by $225 million to $275 million, compared to what the company anticipated at the start of the third quarter.

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VeriFacts Automotive, LLC announced the next Guild 21 webinar will be held at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET Sept. 9: “Optimizing Your Best Asset---Your Team.”

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In another indication the increased prevalence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are not likely a death knell for the collision repair industry, a recently-published study estimates there will be about 790,000 “risk events” per year on the roads in the EU in 2029 attributable to reduced performance of lane-keeping assistant systems alone.

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It all began with a poorly-painted Camaro, which led to a career as an industry consultant whose services are coveted by auto body shops primarily in California.

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A recent webinar during Automotive News’ Fixed Ops Forum promised “Five Secrets of a Body Shop That Rocks,” though not all five were too much out of the ordinary.

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One of the things I think our collision repair industry has been making small strides in is researching OEM repair procedures. I don’t think we’re where we need to be on that yet---every repair on every vehicle every time---but we’re making small strides.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 23:06

Newest Black Book Index Barely Misses Another Record

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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So much for an extended reprieve from soaring wholesale prices.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 22:39

Employee Badly Burned in Fire at Bethel, OH, Auto Shop

Written by Jake Ryle, WCPO News

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On Sept. 3, flames erupted in Elite Autobody, Cycle and Sales in Bethel, OH.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 22:27

Alternative Power Vehicles Estimated to Account for 45% of U.S. Light Vehicle Sales by 2035

Written by Ashley Reyes, SEMA

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Sales of alternative powered vehicles, while currently representing just 5% of all U.S. light-vehicle sales today, are expected to reach 45% by 2035, according to new SEMA Market Research.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 22:17

Missouri Auto Repair Shop Seeks Expansion for High-End Vehicles

Written by Cathy Lenny, West Newsmagazine

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An auto repair company has outgrown its current location at 17519 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield, MO, and is looking to expand.

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GEICO is seeking to amend its lawsuit against Leif’s Auto Collision Centers and shop owner Leif Hansen to add allegations of unjust enrichment, and to elaborate on why it is asking the court to allow the insurer to refuse to do business with Leif’s because GEICO believes continuing to do so puts its employees’ safety at risk.

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The number of color coats required to make a refinish repair is one primary consideration for evaluating the throughput performance of a refinish paint system.

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Collision repair shops reporting difficulties in getting replacement parts this year may be glad to hear Honda is ramping up parts production.

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As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targets and increases enforcement against automotive aftermarket companies through its National Compliance Initiative, the federal agency is harming legitimate businesses in the motorsports industry.

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Results of a newly released Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis national poll reveal Americans' confidence the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over has decreased to 23% entering the fall, as compared to entering summer (53%), as the highly contagious Delta variant surges. 

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 18:37

Tesla Outsmarts Man Who Stages Hit & Run by Model 3, Arrest Follows

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

 

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Recently, the Slidell Police Department in Louisiana arrested a man who falsely claimed he was hit by a Tesla Model 3 at a gas station.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 18:19

Until 2023? Parts Shortage Will Keep Auto Prices Sky-High

Written by Tom Krisher, AP

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Back in the spring, a shortage of computer chips that had sent auto prices soaring appeared, finally, to be easing. Some relief for consumers seemed to be in sight.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 18:11

GM, Honda to Share Parts in Joint EV Development

Written by Marcus Williams, Automotive Logistics

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As part of plans first announced last year to jointly develop electric vehicles (EVs) for sale in North America, GM and Honda are reported to be sharing 50% of the parts being used in them.

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Stellantis is pleased to announce Christine Feuell, previously chief commercial officer at Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, will join Stellantis as Chrysler Brand CEO on Sept. 13, reporting to Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 17:27

CarLotz Announces First Hub in Alabama

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CarLotz, the nation's largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, announced Sept. 7 it will open its first hub in Alabama.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 17:21

CIF Announces asTech as Annual Donor

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted to announce asTech, a Reparify company, has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program at the URGENT CARE level with a $5,000 pledge.

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The annual CARSTAR Liss Auto Body Make-A-Wish golf outing at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, IN, was a resounding success once again, although this year’s event took a slightly different path to raising nearly $30,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and two local children.

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A good racehorse trainer is always looking for the next Secretariat or Sea Biscuit to win the big races and maybe the Triple Crown. In the NFL, coaches are always looking for the next GOAT like Tom Brady.

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Auto body shops all over the country put their charitable efforts on hold during the pandemic for obvious reasons. But a few shops out there took the opportunity to step up and do even more, by reaching out to their local communities and finding more ways to help.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 15:58

NORTHEAST Returns Live This Week

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The long-awaited return of the largest regional automotive services show in the country is this coming weekend.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 15:51

Allstate, AGA Ordered to Schedule Settlement Conference in Windshield Lawsuit

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel C. Irick issued an order in Orlando District Court on Sept. 1 for the scheduling of a settlement conference in Allstate* vs. Auto Glass America and Charles Isaly.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, will unveil a portfolio of coatings that enhance the performance, durability, safety and cost of electric vehicle (EV) batteries and motors at The Battery Show North America, Sept. 14 -16 in Novi, MI.

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The USAA Foundation, Inc. has announced a $500,000 donation to Team Rubicon and American Red Cross to help families and communities recover from the recent impacts felt by Hurricane Ida.

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Classic Collision™, in partnership with GEICO® and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, donated a refurbished vehicle to local resident Kyla Williams, a recent graduate of Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, FL, for her recognition as the Boys & Girls Club of America Southeastern Military Youth of the Year winner.

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Growing up in Sweden, Ron Olsson believed his future would one day lead him to America. After moving to California, he founded Pro Spot International in 1986, introducing the collision repair industry to resistance spot welding, which OEMs already used while building vehicles.

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To celebrate the launch of its first line of electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz USA has developed an activation at the 2021 U.S. Open to educate fans about its electrification efforts.

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Joyson Safety Systems (JSS), a leading global supplier of mobility safety components and systems, announced President and CEO Guido Durrer will retire from his current position Dec. 31.

Friday, 03 September 2021 22:26

Elon Musk Updates Tesla Cybertruck Delivery Target, Hints at Novel Features

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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It appears the Tesla Cybertruck’s customer deliveries will indeed see some notable delays, but the wait for the all-electric pickup truck will likely be worth it.

 

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of DEG, in partnership with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), present Quick Tips for those in the collision industry.