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A Tesla Supercharger with 100 stalls has been confirmed for Harris Ranch, CA, one of the company’s most historic charging locations.

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A man in Maryland is being charged with wire fraud after obtaining multiple COVID-19 relief loans.

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As California surpasses a major milestone in the fight against COVID---administering more than 20 million vaccine doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities, and with hospitalizations continuing to steadily decline---Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 6 outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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Employees at a Waterville, ME, auto body manufacturing plant repeatedly informed management of fall and noise hazards but these reports went ignored until the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an inspection Oct. 1, 2020, in response to a complaint.

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Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, part of Experience Auto Group's roster of luxury dealerships across the eastern seaboard, has been recognized as the top volume Maserati dealer in Florida and second in the nation for 2020.

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An increasing percentage of shops are using OEM scan tools---and billing for the fees associated with accessing OEM repair information.

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Driving trend information in a report issued earlier this year by Arity, the data analytics company owned by Allstate, offered a suggestion that harder hits and total losses may have been up over the past year, even as claims counts, as reported by CCC Information Services, were down 21% for 2020.

Wednesday, 07 April 2021 17:03

AASP-MN Announces 2021-22 Board of Directors

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April marks the beginning of service for the 2021-22 AASP-MN Board of Directors.

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Ensuring the next generation of collision repair professionals receive an education that allows them to successfully enter the workforce after graduation requires the support of the entire industry.

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While the pandemic hasn’t allowed the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) the ability to conduct its in-person high school and college transportation student career fair events this school year, CREF has been electronically gathering hundreds of collision student resumes of those who are currently looking for full- and part-time employment.

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I’m concerned some of you may read the first paragraphs of this column, and presume it’s about customer satisfaction indexing (CSI)---it’s not---and decide to move on.

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A Pawtucket, RI, woman was arraigned in federal court in Providence, RI, on April 1 and released on personal recognizance, charged by way of indictment with allegedly executing a scheme to defraud her auto body repair shop employer of approximately $580,000.

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On International Women’s Day on March 8, Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of The NEXT Education, shared insights on “What’s NEXT for the Future Autobody Worker in Our Emerging Digital World,” during a webinar hosted by the Women’s Industry Network (WIN).

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Waseem Tarabishi insists employees at his San Diego-area collision repair shop take the online classes they need to maintain their technical certifications while on the clock so he can make sure they are paying attention.

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 22:07

Las Vegas Ready to Welcome 2021 SEMA Show

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With more than five weeks to go before the SEMA Show space agreement deadline, show management reports more than 1,000 exhibitors have already been confirmed for the 2021 event.

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Here’s a tip: Investors might be interested in buying your shop’s real estate.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is excited to kick off a year of celebration to commemorate its 20th anniversary on April 4.

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The Auto Care Association reacted in support of the Supreme Court’s ruling April 5 in the Google v. Oracle case surrounding a decade-long copyright dispute over software.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Milwaukee, WI.

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Do you remember back in the day when it was easy to tell if you were being robbed or not?

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A trade group that represents automakers said a semiconductor shortage caused by COVID-19 could result in 1.28 million fewer vehicles being made in the U.S. this year.

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Add “former” to the title of Waymo CEO John Krafcik, who announced April 2 he’s left the company.

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Craig Camacho has seen it all during his career in collision repair, and has learned over the years what works and what doesn’t.

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AB 471 is a multi-faceted piece of legislation created to address consumer protection and transparency within the automotive repair industry.

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As a way to recognize vehicle service professionals who are proficient, credentialed and committed to excellence, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has designated June as Automotive Service Professionals Month.

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General Motors President Mark Reuss on April 6 announced Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be built at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, MI.

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On March 31, ASA hosted a special bonus webinar, “Importance of a Return to Work Program for Your Bottom Line,” featuring Nick DiCarlo, vice president, regional sales director, AmeriTrust CONNECT.

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When his car broke down in May 2020, U.S. Navy veteran Bruce Curl was in dire straits.

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Zeigler Auto Group’s sales may place it among the leading auto dealerships nationwide, but a recent federal investigation found sales consultants’ commissions often failed to meet minimum wage requirements at 13 Michigan, Indiana and Illinois locations.

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The five OKC slots for America's List are almost set.

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The Giga Press is shaping up to be one of Tesla’s trump cards in the emerging electric vehicle sector.

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Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced April 3 it has selected an enhanced proposal from Centerbridge Partners, L.P., Warburg Pincus LLC and Dundon Capital Partners, LLC to provide the equity capital required to fund Hertz's exit from Chapter 11, keeping the company on track to conclude its Chapter 11 case in June.

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Audi of America has selected DEKRA North America as the partner for the Audi Authorized Collision Repair (AACR) program.

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Certified Collision Group (CCG), the OE certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced April 5 its biggest quarter in company history, adding 52 independent locations in first quarter 2021.

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After purchasing a minority stake in the company in early 2020, CarMax said April 1 it will acquire the remaining shares of Edmunds.

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Tesla has released its first quarter vehicle production and delivery report, revealing the company has achieved yet another record Q1.

 

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SCRS has teamed up with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg with the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) to bring you a series of quick tips to help you boost your business.

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While the pandemic cancelled vacation plans in 2020, cooped-up travelers are planning more road trips this year, according to a new national survey from Erie Insurance conducted to support Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.

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“You get to decide what you want to charge and what line items to put on an estimate,” Kristen Felder of Collision Hub said during an estimating training session, taught by Larry Montanez III of Collision Hub and hosted by the Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA).

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The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced April 2 its first standards release of the year, the 2021R1, will be available to members April 21.

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is thrilled to announce Dedoes Industries has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program at the "Urgent Care" level with a pledge of $5,000.

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The vast majority of drivers understand the danger cell phones present on our roadways, but survey data from Farmers Insurance reveals a significant gap between this belief and drivers' actual behavior.

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The owner of Everett and Worcester, MA, auto body shops was sentenced March 31 in federal court in Worcester in connection with a payroll tax scheme resulting in a tax loss to the IRS of more than $290,000.  

Friday, 02 April 2021 15:22

On The Lighter Side: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Clint Eastwood’s Car Collection

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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Okay, there's not bad or ugly about it, we admit, and it will make your day!

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PPG on April 1 announced it has honored Ideal Distributors of St. George, UT, as its automotive refinish 2020 Platinum Distributor of the Year.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Simi Valley, CA.

Thursday, 01 April 2021 18:18

Automakers Report March, Q1 Sales

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Several automakers on April 1 began reporting March sales results.

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North Miami Beach Vice Mayor Michael Joseph has initiated talks with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company (TBC) for a 1- to 2-mile tunnel under State Road 826.

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President Joe Biden unveiled March 31 a $2 trillion infrastructure spending proposal he called the “Build Back Better” plan at an event in Pittsburgh.

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When Tesla pitched a Gigafactory in Texas, it promised to bring at least 5,000 middle-skill jobs to the state that would fit a targeted economic development need.

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Large automakers, related companies and the United Auto Workers (UAW) made specific requests to the Biden Administration recently in a six-page letter.

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Consumers in the market for a new vehicle will likely have a harder time finding what they want at an affordable price right now due to severe supply shortages affecting the automotive industry.

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CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Collision Specialists of Brownsville, located at 2124 N. Central Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521.

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Registration for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) annual summer golf fundraiser, co-hosted by PPG Automotive Refinish, is now open.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James and New York Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt on March 26 announced the guilty pleas of two Long Island auto repair shops and their owner for tax evasion.

 

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Engagement in the industry and membership in organizations focused on advancement are critical for collision repair businesses positioning themselves for success in the future.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 20:47

Combat the Tech Talent Crisis with CREF

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With the average technician age approaching 50, shops and other collision repair industry businesses are in desperate need of qualified entry-level staff to fill positions as technicians age out.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of three collision repair centers in Tallahassee, FL.