Insurance.com, the leading online resource for auto, home, health and life insurance expertise based on 20 years of helping consumers, released a new study on Aug. 6, examining the worst states for auto accidents claims.

See below for a list of regional automotive association events coming up in September.


The Matrix Wand announces a manufacturing and development partnership with the Vortex Corporation. Vortex is a US-based manufacturer of machinery and electrical components with operations in Europe and Asia.

A new software update is available for Autel key programming tool models IM608, IM508, IM600 and IM100.

Inside the Caliber Collision Academy Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, soldier's transitioning out of the military are hard at work. 

On July 14-17, 2019, shop owners will have the chance to increase their sales in Latin America & the Caribbean.

Accessing door panel clips when removing the door panel can be a challenge, especially because of how deep they are located.

Caliber Collision, the country’s largest collision repair company in the United States, announced that it has acquired Herb’s Paint & Body across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Bentley has chosen DC Autocraft, a BASF customer located in Burbank, Calif., as the recipient of the 2018 Bentley Bodyshop of the Year Award for the Americas.

Monday, 05 August 2019 21:05

CAA Regrets to Announce the Passing of Past President Warwick Bryan

Written by Alexis Wilson

Warwick Bryan, owner of Precision CARSTAR located in Palmdale, CA, passed away on July 24th.

Monday, 05 August 2019 20:49

On the Lighter Side: JAXA and Toyota Team up to Launch a Manned Moon Rover by 2029

Written by Fabienne Lang, Interesting Engineering

Picture a Toyota vehicle driving in space -- now that’s an image!

SafeAirbags.com, an organization notifying consumers of the need to repair the millions of recalled Takata airbags that remain on the road in the U.S., launched a national broadcast consumer awareness campaign, featuring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, on Aug. 5.

Austin Ledbetter, 17, has a talent for fixing wrecked cars. The rising senior at Cherokee High School in Canton, GA, has earned national recognition for his work in automotive repair.

On July 24, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) based in Lugoff, SC, did something it has never done before: bestowed its first-ever corporate Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award to a corporation.

A Navy veteran and his partner were honored with a newly restored car during a special presentation at the Hot August Nights Awards presentation in Virginia City, NV, on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The eighth annual Art Beckman Memorial Cruise-In for Hospice of Garrett County, MD, is set for Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nu-Finish Collision Center, located at 1470 Maryland Highway, Mountain Lake Park, MD.

One young Newberry, SC, resident was the recipient of a big surprise Friday, Aug. 2.

The Center for Wisdom’s Women and its social enterprise, Herban Works, were recently the recipients of a van through a donation from Phil and Kate O’Connor of Coleman’s Collision Centers of Maine.

When I interview shop owners or managers all over North America for various articles, they usually end up asking me the same question.

Some shops have told me Yelp is unfair, unless they’re willing to buy an advertising plan for $300-$500 or more.

The Nebraska Auto Body Association (NABA) is dedicated to providing information that members need in order to become more successful in their collision repair businesses.

As widely expected, the Federal Reserve cut the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to two percent, marking the first downward move by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in 11 years.

Environmental advocates converged on Camden County, NJ, to call for greater electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the county and across the state on Thursday, Aug. 1.

On June 21-23, ASA-AZ hosted its annual Automotive Training & Expo at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, AZ.

Seats are filling fast, but there is still time to register for Mitchell 1’s Shop Management Workshop, taking place Sept. 19-21 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) announced that the 2019 NABC Awards are open for nominations.

On July 12, the Triangle Chapter of Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) attended its annual Night Out at the Bulls Ballpark in Durham, NC.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. defeated claims that it discriminated against employee Nancy Heisler on the basis of her sex and age by rejecting her from several job opportunities at the company, an appeals court affirmed.


Richard Rawlings and The Monkeys raise the bar at Gas Monkey Garage with a mind-blowing super-build they plan to debut at SEMA.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 21:15

Gerber Collision & Glass Opens FL Location

The Boyd Group Inc. (the “Boyd Group”) announced the July 31, 2019 opening of a collision repair center in Destin, FL.

Barry’s Auto Body, an eco-friendly collision repair shop in Staten Island, NY, will be launching a series of new videos on its YouTube channel.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 20:41

Recalls That May Come Into Your Body Shop

Visibility and spontaneous glass breakage were focal points of the latest recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and I-CAR have collaborated to provide an updated executive summary of the Snapshot of the Collision Repair Industry survey, which is now available for download.

It was in the early 2000s when Gene Cortes’ shop in Nanuet, NY, was hitting its numbers and plugging along with a crew of 31 people fixing approximately 200 cars every month.

Lithium has offered us the most efficient battery until now, but it is also very flammable.

Tiffany Silva is a second-generation shop owner whose father Ed Cichon opened Accurate Auto Body in Richmond, CA, 36 years ago.

The accident claim-and-repair process can be tedious, time-consuming, full of paperwork and a roadblock for getting a vehicle back on the road quickly and making money.

A recent study from US-based global marketing information services firm JD Power has concluded that consumers are not at all that excited about the advent of full self-driving vehicles, or electric cars for that matter.

CIECA is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Weidmann as CIECA’s interim executive director, effective Aug. 1, 2019. Weidmann has worked in the insurance and collision repair industry for more than 42 years.

Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that evidence existed supporting the $2.88 million verdict awarded to JB Collision in the shop’s lawsuit against Sherwin-Williams.

On July 24, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) held its monthly Webinar Wednesday featuring Elite Worldwide’s Bob Cooper who discussed “Four Easy, Cost-Free Ways to Bring in More New Customers.”

The 11th Annual Pass and Go Event will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at Wyatt Johnson Automotive Group’s Mazda dealership.

A Tesla used car warranty lawsuit alleges pre-owned Model S and Model X warranties aren't much good, especially when it comes to the batteries.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) continues its support of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center with its latest annual $1,000 donation.

Subaru of America Inc. recently donated a 2019 Subaru Ascent to Blue Ridge Community College’s Automotive Systems Technology program along with various other software to help more proactively train future car manufacturers.

The 2019 AAPEXedu program will include ten sessions for automotive service professionals, auto parts retailers and warehouse distributors to help them prepare for the future, while also enhancing the service they provide to today’s customers.

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, today announced a partnership with Podium, a leading online platform for small businesses.

The Universal Technical Institute Drags event at the Texas Motor Speedway is a celebration of cars that are incredibly quick off the line and dominating in a straight line.

A Greenwood, SC, man is facing a grand larceny charge after police said he walked off the job with an expensive piece of automotive equipment.

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. today announced that Barry Snyder has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Operations and Supply Chain Officer and Robert Roop has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately.

On July 15, U. S. Southern District of Texas Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. released a final judgment in the lawsuit filed against AirPro Diagnostics by asTech parent company Repairify.

Monday, 29 July 2019 16:06

Aug. 8 CIECAst Webinar Announced

CIECA announced its next CIECAst webinar: “Inside the AI Black Box: Understanding How Algorithms Appraise Auto Damage in Seconds.”

More than 40 Cape Cod independent auto repair shops have joined together as part of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition to support a much-needed update to the Commonwealth’s Right to Repair law.

Tesla’s second-quarter report and its succeeding earnings call provided updates on what could very well be two of the electric car maker’s most pertinent projects to date: the Model Y ramp and Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.

Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Honda have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, creating a template for a national standard, a longtime auto industry goal.

Financially struggling Nissan Motor Co. will cut about nine percent of its global workforce under a turnaround plan announced in Japan on Thursday, July 25.

AirPro Diagnostic announced on July 12 that it is offering a free scan tool to collision repair facilities.

A local woman who is accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from a well-known local auto body company in Yuma, AZ, and nearly causing it to go out of business appeared in court for her sentencing Wednesday, July 24, but instead moved the appearance to an aggravation mitigation hearing following the victim's statement made in court.

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