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This day and age, social media platforms have become one of the biggest, if not the biggest, channels for advertising and reaching target markets.

The New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) announced New Mexicans have saved more than $60 million in auto insurance premiums since March 1.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Aug. 3 residents should follow his universal mask mandate the same way they obey stop signs and wear seat belts. 

COVID-19 sent Sylvia LeRoy, a pregnant nurse working at a Brooklyn hospital in the earliest days of the pandemic, into a tailspin that left her barely responsive in a brain recovery center in Pennsylvania. 

Businesses---but not health facilities---would get immunity from liability for death or injury stemming from COVID-19 if they substantially followed directives aimed at preventing the spread, according to a draft expected to be introduced in the Nevada Legislature’s special session.

A Fresno, CA, businessman offering classic car restoration services to the community under the name West Coast Chassis LLC was recently indicted on fraud charges, announced U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott recently.

In a previous column, I shared some best practices shops can use to improve their parts-related processes and profits. Here a few more.

Ford reports better-than-expected results for the second quarter: a net profit of $1.1 billion, which includes a $3.5 billion gain on the automaker’s investment in Argo AI as part of an autonomous-driving technology alliance between Ford and Volkswagen.

Like it was for many retailers in the automotive space, it was a challenging second quarter and first half for Penske Automotive Group’s Used Vehicle SuperCenters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Reps. Filemon Vela (D-TX) and Lance Gooden (R-TX) on July 20 announced the introduction of the Small Business Comeback Act, bipartisan legislation that would create a recovery fund to provide businesses with the support they need to see it through the coronavirus national emergency.

Classic Collision, LLC, an Atlanta-based multi-site repair operator, announced its second acquisition within the past three weeks, by acquiring Imperio Auto Body & Collision Center in Miami.

The auto industry is at the forefront of needing immediate supply-chain transformation.

Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal has tarnished the German automaker in more ways than one.

The City of Oshkosh, WI, is receiving a $250,000 state grant to help in the renovation and preservation of the former Gibson Auto Body into a unique gathering space in downtown Oshkosh.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., reported net income for the second quarter 2020 of $49.6 million ($2.57 per diluted share) and adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) of $48.7 million ($2.52 per diluted share.)

Democrats and Republicans in the California legislature are at odds over enhanced unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Autel US has announced its new IM608Pro Key Programming Bundle is currently available for pre-order and will ship starting mid-August.

The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee on July 27 voted to release a bill that would require employers of essential employees to pay workman’s compensation costs if an employee contracts COVID-19 on the job.

So many COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits have been filed against insurers across the country that a federal judicial panel has called for a hearing on how to legally process them all.

General Motors Co. burned $7.8 billion in the second quarter navigating the coronavirus pandemic, but the Detroit automaker still beat Wall Street expectations and is hopeful it can pay down debt and generate cash going forward.

LKQ Corporation released July 30 its second quarter 2020 revenue of $2.6 billion, which is down 19.1% year-over-year, according to the company.

Plug-in electric cars used roughly 4.1 TWh of electricity in 2019 in the U.S., which is about 3,000 kWh per year or 8 kWh per day.

General Motors showed new photos July 29 of its all-new Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing facility in Lordstown, OH, to mark the beginning of steel construction.

ADESA used its Simulcast+ digital auction platform last week to host a 22-site online sale on behalf of The Hertz Corp., selling cars digitally to buyers in 19 states during this single digital auction event.

Emerging trends in claims frequency and driving patterns are giving a number of private auto insurers pause before they commit to additional policyholder credits.

After spending a May day preparing her classroom to reopen for preschoolers, Ana Aguilar was informed the tots would not have to wear face masks when they came back.

MINI USA announced its digital guide for consumers to help them enjoy the ultimate drive-in movie experience.

New Series Kicks off with a Sneak Peek August 3 Featuring A Never Tried Before Dragster Zamboni Build with the Vegas Golden Knights Among Others.

At any point, a piece of technology can go from being discretionary to essential, and in many cases, this is what’s happening now with photo estimating within the collision repair industry.

Tesla’s factories, or at least the land that it acquires for its production facilities, seem to be getting progressively larger with each iteration.

When the Lucid Air hits the market in early 2021, it will employ one of, if not the most advanced suite of driver-assist systems.

The sharp reduction in personal auto claims that followed COVID-19 shutdown orders began to fade away after the Memorial Day weekend, but frequency appears to be dropping again in reaction to a resurgence of the disease.

Universal Achievers Foundation (UAF) was recently recognized by Shelby County (TN) Schools and the Memphis Office of Youth Services (MPLOY) Youth Summer Employment Program for assisting 91 high school interns using the BrightShift virtual learning environment.

On July 27, Senate Republicans announced their plan for another wave of the Paycheck Protection Program as a part of the HEALS Act.

There is a type of plastic called thermoset which is found in products that have to be durable and heat-resistant.

Six trends have been identified in a Cars.com press release that indicate digital auto sales are going to play a significant role.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 21:39

Cyber Scammers Stay Busy During Pandemic

Phishing is the top COVID-19-related digital fraud scheme worldwide, according to new research from TransUnion’s ongoing Consumer Financial Hardship studies.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 21:28

Tesla, Franchising and the Bottom Line

Wall Street was bullishly anticipating Tesla’s second-quarter earnings report released July 22.

Holman Enterprises is charging up its fleet division at ARI in a new way.

A Florida man was arrested and charged with fraudulently obtaining $3.9 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and using those funds, in part, to purchase a sports car for himself. 

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced July 28 that Connor Smith, senior manager of OEM for CARSTAR, will present during the next CIECAST webinar.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:46

SATA Not Attending 2020 SEMA Show

SATA and Dan-Am Company, the exclusive independent distributor of SATA Spray Equipment in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, will not be attending the 2020 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Evanston, IL, resident Kobi Evans, 19, was all smiles after graduating July 14 from the Automotive Service and Repair Career Pathways Program, a partnership between Oakton Community College, Youth Job Center in Evanston and Evanston Township High School.

Despite sharp spikes in the number of coronavirus cases in Texas and Florida, auto dealers in two of the nation's largest markets say traffic has largely stayed steady.

The Diesel Brothers continue work on their rival builds for the first ever "Tour de Utah" off-road race.

Monday, 27 July 2020 21:17

On the Lighter Side: Hot Wheels Previews Over 30 Cars During San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Written by Christopher Smith, Motor1

SDCC is all online this year, but Hot Wheels isn't holding back.

Ford has secured some additional breathing room as it tries to navigate the ongoing global financial crisis.

Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry showed increases in June, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.)

During the days and weeks following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, protests erupted in every state across the country.

Over his lifetime, it's estimated Phil Deegan owned 150 cars, and his home in Mankato, MN, is said to have always displayed an assortment of classic cars and trucks.

Hertz Global Holdings has reached an interim settlement with debtors to suspend litigation related to the car rental company’s plan to reduce its leased fleet of rental cars, according to an SEC filing on July 24.

The “CARSTAR Christmas in July” gift aimed to bring some holiday cheer to the Dallas–Fort Worth area by giving away a $1,000 VISA gift card to a deserving individual within the community.

Representatives from the Auto Care Association (ACA) and its membership met July 24 with James Owens, deputy administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to discuss the data access referendum that will be included as Question 1 on the ballot for Massachusetts voters this November.

Not more than two weeks ago, we reported Mercedes is ending the production of the C-Class sedan in the U.S., as well as the A-Class in Mexico.

If everything goes as planned and if work on the site progresses at a similar pace as Gigafactory Shanghai and Giga Berlin, Tesla’s upcoming Austin factory could start producing Cybertrucks by the end of next year.

Driven Brands™, North America’s leading group of automotive aftermarket brands, proudly announces Dean Fisher, collision group president, has been elected as a board member for the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR.)

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

The deadline to apply for a feature vehicle at the 2020 SEMA Show is July 31.