As the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the U.S. in March, Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, and part of the Driven Brands family of automotive brands, implemented a three-stage strategy for dealing with the crisis and helping its franchisees plan for the future.

BASF was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during a virtual ceremony honoring the recipients of the company’s 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards on June 24. Read more

The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is proud to announce it has joined the CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition, a group of independent automotive parts and repair companies, associations and insurers dedicated to preserving and protecting consumer choice, transparency and affordability in the post collision repair market.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 16:34

ASCEF Awards Scholarships to 33 Students

The Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation (ASCEF) is proud to announce the Board of Trustees awarded 36 scholarships to 33 deserving students, totalling $18,250.

The Consumer Access to Repair (CAR) Coalition recently sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce, speaking out against a previous request on behalf of auto manufacturers opposing consumers' choice over the use of the data generated by telematics in their vehicles.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 22:32

2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show Canceled

The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Texas Auto Body Trade Show scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Irving, TX.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 22:22

General Motors Posts ADAS Resources

General Motors recently published a guide for auto glass businesses, auto insurers and consumers on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS.)

On July 1, the trade agreement that replaces the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement became active.

The Employment Situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 2 spells out a significant increase in employment for June.

State Farm Insurance Co. has been approved for an overall auto insurance rate decrease of 9.6% in Louisiana, the state insurance department reported.

Mary Barra and Mike Manley won't be meeting after all under court order to hash out a resolution to General Motors' racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 18:57

Jerry Seiner Acquires 2 AZ Stores

For the past 40 years, the Jerry Seiner Dealerships have operated in Utah. This week, the dealer group made its entrance into Arizona.

Mad Scientist Sam’s wild creation, The Kraken, comes to life but Heavy D continues to be skeptical of the build that’s supposed to become a viral success.

New vehicle sales for two of Detroit's automakers dropped by about a third in the second quarter, reflecting the coronavirus pandemic's toll on the auto industry.

The industry took another step toward ensuring the ongoing Takata airbag recall campaign is successful.

Chris Miller knows a thing or two about cars, but, like other business owners, he didn’t have a repair manual for handling the impact of the new coronavirus on the local economy.

CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) announced July 6 the organization has completed the 2020R1 Release of the CIECA Standards for the collision industry.

It appears it will only be a matter of time before Tesla enthusiasts on the East Coast will be able to view the Cybertruck, with CEO Elon Musk stating the electric car maker will attempt a cross-country trip using the all-electric pickup sometime later this year.

Thursday, 02 July 2020 20:50

Spanesi Americas Launches New Website

Spanesi Americas is very proud to announce the release of its new website.

Four vehicle safety bills have been introduced by U.S. Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a move applauded by numerous safety organizations, including the Center for Auto Safety.

How many bumper covers, fender liners and plastic shields are currently sitting in the middle of the road in this country?

Tesla has released its second quarter vehicle production and delivery report, posting a total production of 82,272 and total deliveries of 90,650.

As Californians gear up to see an Independence Day like no other in modern day history, the list of things revelers can do to celebrate is shaping up to be even more restrictive.

Back in April, Ford Motor Company kicked off a partnership with Wayne State University, the Wayne State University Physician Group and ACCESS, focused on delivering mobile COVID-19 tests.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 22:02

Auto Body Shop Has a Woman's Touch

Two Region women in Indiana are smashing barriers by assuming the reins of a business that puts things back together.

As more states continue reopening the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) took a closer look at the current landscape of the industry.

A bill that would offer Georgia businesses legal protection from certain coronavirus-related lawsuits is on Gov. Brian Kemp's desk.

During IBIS USA 2020, George Irving Jr., Toyota’s national manager of service and collision operations, announced the manufacturer’s success in its efforts to clearly identify non-reusable parts in several major estimating systems, including Audatex, CCC and Mitchell.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 19:07

June 2020 SEMA Industry Indicators

The worst of the downturn is likely over.

Ford Motor Co. is joining Starbucks and Coca-Cola in an advertising boycott against Facebook sites as part of an effort to urge the social media giant to regulate misinformation and hate speech critics say divides a troubled nation.

Car enthusiasts hoping to gather for some motoring fun will have to stay home, parked in their garages for now.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 18:15

Honda Boycotts Facebook and Instagram

American Honda Company Inc. has joined a number of other high-profile brands in electing to halt advertising spend on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state plans to issue new measures as early as July 1 that could require local jurisdictions to step up enforcement of a mandate requiring people to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 17:48

Senate Approves 5-Week PPP Extension

The U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a five-week extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) late June 30, just a few hours before the application window on the program was scheduled to close.

Recent images taken of Tesla’s battery production facility in Kato Road near the Fremont Factory in California suggest the expansion of the site is already underway.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Arizona’s bars, gyms, waterparks and theaters would be closing back down, as the state sees spikes in coronavirus cases.

The Louisiana Senate on June 29 approved bipartisan legislation that would make sweeping changes to how the state’s legal system handles car insurance claims.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost wants General Motors to repay $60 million in state tax credits the company received.

A car dealership in Ellenville, NY, is suing an HBO production company for $8 million after the location was destroyed by a massive fire after being used as a set for the television series "I Know This Much To Be True," according to the Record Online.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:17

New Hampshire Bill Dies in Committee

A bill that was pre-filed at the end of 2019 and introduced in New Hampshire’s House earlier this year failed to make it out of the Senate.

1Collision proudly announced the addition of 1Collision Waconia in Waconia, MN, and 1Collision Grimes in Grimes, IA.

The U.S. commercial automobile insurance segment’s underwriting losses deepened to $4 billion in 2019, the segment’s worst loss in 10 years and a continuation of a decade-long trend of worsening underwriting results, according to a new AM Best report.

The wholesale vehicle market has reached a positive milestone in June, and this particular one had not occurred in more than three months.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:34

How USMCA Will Affect Auto Industry

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) takes effect July 1, replacing and modernizing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with the aim of supporting mutually beneficial trade.

In March and April, many consumers got extensions on their leased-vehicle terms because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, get ready for the Great Lease Return Tsunami.

I-CAR® announced June 30 a collaborative partnership with Audi of America’s Collision Repair Network, in which I-CAR will deliver expanded training to all new network members as Audi seeks to augment the knowledge of technicians and shop management, thus bolstering customer care, amid a new era of vehicle sophistication and repair complexity.

Ford is providing peace of mind to potential customers nervous about buying or leasing a new or used vehicles in an unsettled economy with a program that offers the option to return the vehicle in case customers lose their jobs within the first year.

People who live and drive in Arizona should brace themselves for higher auto insurance premiums. A new law is increasing the minimum amount of coverage required and this will result in higher rates for most drivers.

As Texas grapples with soaring coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, local elected officials in some of the state’s most populous counties are asking Gov. Greg Abbott to roll back business reopenings and allow them to reinstate stay-at-home orders for their communities in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

The coronavirus forced the country into a state of constant change for months as medical professionals and government leaders tried to learn as much as they could while offering safety guidelines.

At least 14 states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans as the U.S. sees a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

Autonomous vehicle technology will be the subject of a likely lawsuit to be filed by the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to ignore a 2018 petition.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will consider “toggling back” California’s reopening plan and reinstate restrictions if hospitals and health care needs exceed capacity after increased testing has resulted in more positive test results being reported.

Monday, 29 June 2020 19:39

Body Shop Eyes Merrillville, IN, Site

A new auto body repair shop would represent a significant investment in the town and bring a modern operation to Merrillville, IN, but some property owners think it should be in a different location.

More than one in four shops is now using a materials invoicing system, a 50% increase from just four years ago, and those that do say they are regularly being paid based on those systems, according to data from a “Who Pays for What” survey earlier this year.

Monday, 29 June 2020 17:55

On the Lighter Side: Man Breaks Cannonball Run Record Driving Rental Mustang Across America

Written by Ian Harvey, The Vintage News

The Cannonball Run, the drive across America, has a new record holder.

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