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Historically, fourth quarter length of rental (LOR) increases over the third quarter, as a result of traditional patterns brought about by winter weather, animal accidents and increased travel volume around the holidays.

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Garnett Station Partners, LLC, a New York-based principal investment firm, on Jan. 20 announced it has made a growth investment into VIVE Collision, a leading collision repair multi-site operator in four Northeast states.

Thursday, 20 January 2022 16:27

ABRA Mitchell Opens in South Dakota

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America announced its expansion in South Dakota with the opening of ABRA Mitchell, located at 715 S. Main St., Mitchell, SD, 57301.

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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) is proud to announce Luther Collision and Glass of Minneapolis, MN, as its newest Toyota Certified Collision Center (TCCC).

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Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is gearing up for its premier Scottsdale Auction with an unparalleled docket of rare supercars, exotic vehicles and celebrity-owned vehicles that will cross the block at No Reserve during the auction company’s 50th anniversary celebration at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Jan. 22-30.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 22:57

Chevy Chip Shortage Nixes a Feature

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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The computer chip shortage has really hit the automotive industry hard, particularly Ford and GM in North America.

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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) welcomes the installation of a new water well and weather and hydrologic equipment used for measuring salt growth conditions as part of its broader Restore Bonneville program.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 20:53

Starting Up a Green Car Rental Company in Minnesota

Written by Amanda Huggett, Auto Rental News

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Brimming with excitement over electrification, entrepreneur Ebrima Jallow beams when given the opportunity to educate a rental customer on the benefits of environmentally friendly vehicles and letting them experience the driving difference.

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All Star Auto Lights, a specialty distributor of alternative automotive parts and a portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital, announced Jan. 19 the acquisition of Autolights.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 17:57

Teenager Accidentally Finds Flaw That Lets Him Hack Dozens of Tesla Cars

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

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David Colombo, a 19-year-old cybersecurity researcher, accidentally came across a vulnerability that allowed him to control a dozen Tesla cars, Vice reported.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 17:23

GM’s Chevy Bolt Plant Gets Tax Rebate on Investment to Ramp EV Production

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Orion Township, MI, approved General Motors’ request for a tax rebate on its proposed $1.3 billion investment to expand the Orion Assembly Plant, the facility that makes the Chevy Bolt.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 17:05

Tesla Driver Charged with Felony After Deadly Crash Killing 2

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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According to a recent article in The Washington Post and also reported by Electrek, Reuters and other publications, a Tesla owner/driver has been charged with a felony after running a red light with Autopilot engaged, which caused a deadly crash, though it seems Autopilot isn't being blamed for the terrible situation.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 16:49

Maaco Celebrates 50th Anniversary Milestone

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Maaco, North America’s body shop and a leader in the $38 billion automotive paint and collision industry, is celebrating its 50th year of business on the heels of a record-breaking year.

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Luxury color concept showcases move toward magenta hues, sustainability and autonomous driving.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 16:39

SCRS Open Board Meeting Cancelled

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Due to a COVID-19 contact trace, and out of an abundance of caution, the SCRS Board has decided to cancel the Open Board Meeting that was scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Jan. 19.

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Just 1 of 3 buildings full of Ferraris, Corvettes, Camaros, Ford GTs, Chargers, Porsches, a Lambo possibly connected to Nicolas Cage, and plenty more.

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Mitchell, an Enlyte company and leading technology and information provider for the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and collision repair industries, and asTech, a Repairify™ company, on Jan. 19 introduced the MD-OE22.

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The Caliber family of brands---including Caliber Collision, Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass---has hit another growth milestone with its 1,400th collision center, located in Omaha, NE.

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Ford recorded a fourth-quarter gain of $8.2 billion on its equity investment in Rivian, following Rivian’s Nov. 10 initial public offering.

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Driven Brands Collision Group and GEICO supported a combined 17 schools nationwide through donations for Benchmark Grants, distributed by the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

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Nationwide partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to fund a $5,000 Benchmark Grant, designed to help underfunded collision education programs elevate the caliber of training offered to ensure graduates are prepared to successfully begin their careers in the industry.

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1Collision®, a national group of independently owned collision repair centers, has entered into an agreement to deploy the Opus IVS™ DriveSafe™ collision scanning solution to its network of affiliate locations.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 22:18

SATA Introduces New Logo

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SATA GmbH & Co. KG announced it redesigned its logo to a clear, simple and modern "flat design," similar to those of icons whose logos are minimalistic and easily understandable.

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Blink Charging Co., a leading owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle charging equipment and services, announced Jan. 18 it is deploying EV chargers at General Motors dealerships in the U.S. and Canada.

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CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, has been ranked No. 1 in its category among the top franchises in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2022 Franchise 500.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 18:38

ASE Announces New Officers for 2022

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has announced its officers for its 2022 board of directors, elected during the annual ASE board meeting held in Arizona.

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At-home charging for Jeep® 4xe and Chrysler plug-in hybrid electric vehicles is now easier with the introduction of new WiFi-capable, Level 2 (240-volt) charging units from Mopar.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 17:47

Tesla Raises Full Self-Driving Capability’s Price to $12,000

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla has raised the price of its Full Self-Driving Capability to $12,000, less than two years since it was raised from $8,000 to $10,000 in 2020. 

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 17:37

NAIC: Auto Insurers Earned Big Bucks in 2020 During Worst Economic Year of Pandemic

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Private passenger auto insurers earned $250.6 billion in 2020, a report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) determined.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 17:24

General Motors Launches Online Parts Sales

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GM is launching a new online parts marketplace, making its catalog of 45,000 repair and maintenance parts more convenient for Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac owners.

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Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is providing $100,000 in funding to EVmatch, a local electric vehicle (EV) charging software company, to support increased EV charging access to the public and people living in multi-unit residential housing.

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 17:10

DCR Systems New Corporate Member of CIECA

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DCR Systems has joined CIECA as a corporate member.

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New light-vehicle sales totaled 14.93 million units in 2021, up 3.1% from 2020’s 14.47 million.

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Toyota on Jan. 18 announced it will produce about 150,000 fewer vehicles in February than originally planned as it deals with the ongoing semiconductor shortage.

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Ford Motor Company and Stripe have signed a five-year agreement to scale the automaker’s e-commerce capabilities faster and to deliver an always-on experience for Ford and Lincoln customers.

Monday, 17 January 2022 22:37

Intel Answering Call for More American-Made Semiconductors

Written by Joseph Szczesny, The Detroit Bureau

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The shortage of semiconductors continues to limit production of new vehicles across North America and other parts of the globe. 

Monday, 17 January 2022 21:38

Tesla Model Y: Details and Advice Related to $20,000 Repair

Written by Steven Loveday, Insider EVs

 

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Tesla owner Ryan Shaw's Model Y electric crossover was undrivable after it got rear-ended. The cost to have it repaired was a whopping $20,000.

Monday, 17 January 2022 20:58

NORTHEAST 2022 Educational Program Revealed

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As excitement continues to build for the NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show set for March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has added even more for automotive professionals to get enthused about with the unveiling of the 2022 educational slate.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is asking this question of the industry: Are you interested in getting involved in the CIF efforts?

Monday, 17 January 2022 19:51

Tesla’s Request for Tougher Fuel Economy Penalties Thrown Out by U.S. Appeals Court

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla’s request for tougher penalties on automakers that fail to meet U.S. fuel economy standards was thrown out by a U.S. appeals court Jan. 13.

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The 2022 SEMA Scholarship application period for students preparing for careers in the automotive or performance parts industries is now open and will run through March 1.

Friday, 14 January 2022 21:17

Service King Grants $30,000 Through CREF

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Service King supported the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and the industry at large by donating $30,000 for distribution between three schools’ collision education programs through the Service King Way Grant: In Honor of Mario Malacara.

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Gerber Collision & Glass, a division of the Boyd Group, Inc., continued to support the collision industry’s future generation by funding a $2,500 Benchmark Grant, which will be used to better educate students and help ensure they are prepared to successfully begin a career in the collision repair industry after graduation.

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CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of two individual Classroom Enhancement Grants, totaling $15,000, awarded through the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

 

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In this video, Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) discusses how to effectively use it to address missing information in any of the three major collision repair estimating systems.

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The Carolinas, Tennessee and Gulf States collision associations have postponed the Southeast Collision Conference due to the ongoing COVID-19 surge.

Friday, 14 January 2022 17:19

EV Owner Driving Tesla’s Shortest-Range Car Shares Experience During I-95 Traffic Catastrophe

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Dan Kanninen, an electric vehicle driver and former White House liaison at the EPA, recently shared his personal experience during the I-95 traffic catastrophe, which resulted in about 48 miles of the interstate being closed due to ice and snow.

Friday, 14 January 2022 17:06

Ford Market Cap Hits $100 Billion for First Time Amid EV Push

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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Ford Motor Company’s commitment to electric vehicles has pushed its market value above $100 billion for the first time. 

Friday, 14 January 2022 16:54

Tesla Cybertruck Production to Start Q1 2023: Report

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati

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Tesla Cybertruck production will start on the first quarter of 2023, people familiar with the matter told Reuters

Friday, 14 January 2022 16:17

New SEMA Market Research Report: Supply Chain Issues Expected to Ease by End of 2022

Written by Kyle Cheng, SEMA

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The ongoing supply-chain disruption has had ripple effects throughout the global economy, including the specialty-equipment industry.

Friday, 14 January 2022 16:11

Service King Opens Deer Park, IL, Location

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Service King Collision is now open and offering its streamlined, digital-first automotive collision repair services to the Deer Park, IL, community at 20168 N. Rand Road.

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In the early days of 2022, the Cox Automotive Industry Insights has team laid out 10 trends that will shape the auto industry in the year ahead.

Thursday, 13 January 2022 19:45

On The Lighter Side: Watch a YouTuber Boost His Tesla Model S With Three Jet Engines

Written by Ameya Paleja, Interesting Engineering

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Like the much anticipated Tesla Roadster, but faster.

Thursday, 13 January 2022 21:22

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Biden's Private Sector Vaccine Mandate, Upholds Health Worker Mandate

Written by Dan McCaleb and Casey Harper, The Center Square

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 blocked the Biden administration's vaccine mandate on private sector businesses, though it allowed a separate mandate to stand for certain health care workers.

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Just over a decade ago, Bridgerland Technical College in Logan, UT, received the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) 2010 Makeover Grant.

Thursday, 13 January 2022 19:05

ABRA Mandan Opens in North Dakota

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America announced its expansion in North Dakota with the opening of ABRA Mandan.

Thursday, 13 January 2022 18:50

ACPN Announces 2022 ACPN Scholarship Winner

Written by Camille Sheehan, Auto Care Association

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The Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association, on Jan. 13 announced the winner of its annual ACPN Scholarship.

Thursday, 13 January 2022 18:16

New Hampshire Gets Federal Funding for Roadway Updates

Written by Christian Wade, The Center Square

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New Hampshire is getting another pile of cash from the federal government to help fix potholed roads and crumbling bridges and expand public transit options.