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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Danny Gredinberg of DEG, in partnership with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), present Quick Tips for those in the collision industry.

Friday, 17 September 2021 17:38

Enterprise, Microsoft Bring Connected Car Technology to Rental Fleets

Written by Auto Rental News Staff

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Enterprise Holdings is working with Microsoft to bring connected car technology to Enterprise’s car rental, exotic vehicles and commercial truck rental fleets in the U.S., and soon to the U.K. and Canada.

Friday, 17 September 2021 17:32

Proposal Would Give Tax Break to NJ Residents Who Lost Vehicle to Tropical Storm Ida

Written by Todd DeFeo, The Center Square

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A state lawmaker wants to give New Jerseyans who lost a vehicle due to Tropical Storm Ida a break on their taxes.

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IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a family business that designs and manufactures products for the professional trades, and Intersport, an independent award-winning marketing agency headquartered in Chicago, have announced the inaugural U.S. Auto Technician National Championship (USATNC) competition.

Friday, 17 September 2021 15:37

Elite Body Shop Solutions Launches New Website

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In a world changed by the pandemic, auto body shop owners have realized the growing potential of all things digital.

Friday, 17 September 2021 15:23

Industry Groups, MA Legislature Clash Over Auto Body Shop Labor Rates Bill

Written by Kim Jarrett, The Center Square

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Two industries have opposing perspectives on a bill that would set the amount paid for auto body shop labor rates.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 21:56

GM Asks Chevy Bolt Owners to Park 50 Feet from Other Cars

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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We can arguably say GM is taking the necessary precautions to try to keep people safe. It has recalled every single Bolt EV and Bolt EUV ever built.

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Lucid Group on Sept. 16 announced the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range has received an official EPA rating of 520 miles of range.

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Even in the face of a pandemic that ravaged livelihoods and economies globally, the automotive specialty-equipment market somehow managed to continue its steady growth trend, up to $47.89 billion in 2020---a 4% increase over 2019, according to the recently released 2021 SEMA Market Report.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:34

Nissan Announces New Leadership Appointments

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Nissan is announcing senior leadership changes within its North America manufacturing team, effective Oct. 1.

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On the strength of some very successful new-vehicle launches for 2021, the auto industry continues its trend of producing ever-more appealing vehicles.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 16:37

On The Lighter Side: Auto Body Shop Owner Wins $1 Million On His First Day Of Business

Written by Florida Lottery

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The Florida Lottery announces that Brian Woodle, 46, of Callahan claimed a $1 million top prize from the $5 GOLD RUSH SUPREME Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

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As the first pre-production F-150 Lightning trucks roll out of Ford’s new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center and demand soars for the all-electric truck, Ford on Sept. 16 said it will increase investment and add jobs to boost production.

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In the wake of Hurricane Ida and other intense storms across the U.S., consumers need to be on alert for flooded vehicles resurfacing on the used car market. 

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America, a leading premier collision repairer, is celebrating the team at ABRA Mankato in Minnesota for attaining 30 consecutive years in I-CAR’s Gold Class program.

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Carvana, the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, announced Sept. 15 it is now offering as-soon-as next-day touchless home delivery to Fayetteville and Fort Smith, AR, area residents.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:21

FinishMaster to Host Inaugural Hood Master Exhibit

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FinishMaster is holding its first ever Hood Master Exhibit, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Bullseye Event Center, 723 S. Capital Ave., Indianapolis.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 17:55

Maryland Governor Announces $12M in Grants for Highway Safety

Written by Brent Addleman, The Center Square

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More than 90 agencies in Maryland will receive more than $12 million in federal highway safety grants, Gov. Larry Hogan announced.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 17:49

Car Prices are About to Soar Again. Blame Hurricane Ida

Written by Chris Isidore, CNN Business

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Just when car prices looked like they were edging down from their record highs, they're heading skyward again. It's Hurricane Ida's fault.

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On Sept. 30, the Idaho Autobody Craftsmen’s Association (IACA) is hosting a full-day training and equipment show at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) in Boise, ID, with industry expert Kristen Felder as the keynote speaker.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 17:11

12 Automakers’ Level 2 ADAS Systems to Be Compared to Tesla Autopilot Investigation Results

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) of 12 automakers are being looked at to compare the results from a Tesla Autopilot investigation opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

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The latest CCC Trends report analyzes emerging trends in electric vehicles.

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Used vehicle prices and trade-in values are finally trending downward after rising all year and skyrocketing this summer, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds.

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Demonstrating its commitment to exceeding customer expectations, AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, on Sept. 15 announced the opening of AutoNation USA Denver 104, the first of two AutoNation stores in Denver the company will open this year. 

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:48

Senators Reintroduce RPM Act in U.S. Senate

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U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jon Tester (D-MT) have reintroduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act (S. 2736) in the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 15:13

Axalta Completes Acquisition of U-POL

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Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on Sept. 15 announced it has successfully completed the previously announced acquisition of U-POL Holdings Limited.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:54

SATAjet X 5500 True Soul – Colorful Insights

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SATA Special Edition 2021: The new SATAjet® X 5500 True Soul is truly inspiring with its wild, beautiful and vivid design.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:14

Annapolis, MD, Tornado Leaves Businesses, Locals in Need of Donations

Written by Jacob Baumgart, Patch

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Annapolis businesses and residents asked for donations to help them recover from September's tornado and storm.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:07

‘It Was a Sucker Punch’: Few Options for Small Business Relief During Delta Surge

Written by Ben Werschkul, Yahoo Finance

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Earlier this year, the government’s key lifeline for small businesses ended when the Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money and stopped accepting new applications at the end of May.

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GreenUP! and Western Nevada College partnered to offer a free workshop for auto repair and auto body shops in Nevada on Oct. 22 at Western Nevada College in the E.L. Cord Automotive Technology Center.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:49

Madison College in WI Looks to Refill Auto Body Workforce Positions

Written by Elise Romas, WMTV News

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From fender benders to big crashes, auto body shops and collision repair technicians are needed for everyday repairs.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 22:37

First Production Rivian R1T Rolls Off Assembly Line

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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The wait for the first modern all-electric pickup to enter series production has ended as the Rivian R1T rolled off the production line Sept. 14.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:49

Tropical Storm Nicholas Slows, Dumps Rain Along Gulf Coast

Written by Juan A. Lozano, WAGM News

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Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana on Sept. 14 after blowing ashore as a hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses and dumping more than a foot of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 21:14

PPP, UI Tax Refunds Start in Minnesota

Written by Scott McClallen, The Center Square

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue will start sending out more than 540,000 tax returns impacted by tax law changes to Unemployment Insurance compensation and Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 20:47

MWACA Partners with 360 Payments

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Midwest Auto Care Alliance has partnered with 360 Payments to offer the highest levels of technology and service to its shops.

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Colors on Parade, the world’s largest eco-friendly mobile automotive reconditioning franchise, is pleased to announce the addition of its newest area developers, Eric and Breanne Yeager.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 18:56

Mopar Launches Certification Program for Auto Glass Installers

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com

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Mopar has introduced what it calls a new certification program for installers who want to work on Mopar/FCA vehicles.

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According to a new report from Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle prices hit another all-time high in August, marking the fifth straight record-setting month.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 18:12

Another Day, Another Chevy Bolt Fire, This Time in Georgia

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs

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While General Motors is working with battery supplier LG to find a fix for the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV spontaneous combustion issue, cars are still going up in flames.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 17:51

Classic Car Dealer Pleads No Contest in Court

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Consigning your classic car to a dealership might seem like a good, no-hassle way to sell it, but you still need to be careful.

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Lithia & Driveway (LAD) announced Sept. 14 the addition of one of the top Honda stores in the Southeast, Curry Honda located in Chamblee, GA.

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Hyundai Mobis is attending the first ever Motor Bella held in Pontiac, MI, near Detroit, the heart of North America's automotive industry.

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Kia America has entered into an agreement to supply vehicle build data to LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a leading data, analytics and technology provider, to help Kia owners across the U.S. potentially benefit from their cars’ advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) when they shop for auto insurance. 

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Digital.com, a leading independent review website for small business online tools, products and services, has announced Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies among the best LLC insurance companies in 2021.

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General Motors on Sept. 14 announced it will invest $50 million into Detroit-based nonprofit programs that expand access to education and employment opportunities and strengthen city neighborhoods.

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s fastest growing independent collision repair companies, announced Sept. 14 it has acquired Robbie’s Auto, located at 238 Route 46 East in Dover, NJ; Total Auto Body, located at 1635 N. Port Washington Road in Grafton, WI; and Racine Auto Body, located at 1100 S. Airline Road in Racine, WI.

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Ford has a new chief digital and information officer, Mike Amend, who will help focus the company use of data, software and technology to drive growth and create value for customers and other stakeholders---objectives which are central to the Ford+ strategy.

Monday, 13 September 2021 22:38

Report Card's Infrastructure Grade Highlights South Carolina's Needs

Written by John Haughey, The Center Square

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South Carolina’s roads and bridges face a projected funding gap of $43 billion by 2040 and more than 50% of the state’s roads are in “poor condition,” according to the South Carolina section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SC-ASCE).

Monday, 13 September 2021 22:25

GM, LG Working Around the Clock on Bolt EV Battery Recall

Written by Mark Kane, Inside EVs

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General Motors "is taking a more direct role" with LG Chem's LG Energy Solution in solving the huge battery recall issue that affects all Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Bolt EUV electric cars and paralyzed the production.

Monday, 13 September 2021 22:10

Group 1 to Buy Prime Automotive Group for $880M; LMP Announces Deal

Written by Auto Remarketing Staff

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Two of the nation’s publicly traded dealership groups announced respective acquisitions Sept. 13, including one with a price tag in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Katten announced Sept. 13 its Chicago managing partner, Gil Soffer, will serve as adjudications officer for the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to evaluate claims of misconduct after 15 people, including two former presidents, were convicted of misusing union funds among other misbehavior.

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Crash avoidance features and teen-specific vehicle technologies have the potential to prevent or mitigate up to three-quarters of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.

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As tight vehicle inventory continues to vex the auto industry, U.S. dealer sentiment in the third quarter softened but remains mostly positive and above levels recorded in Q3 2020 and Q3 2019. 

Monday, 13 September 2021 17:16

Tesla’s Musk Shares Brutally Honest Take on Dems’ Revised EV Proposal

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared a brutally honest take on U.S. Democrats’ revised EV tax credit proposal, which happens to be heavily pro-union.

Monday, 13 September 2021 15:48

Wholesale Used Vehicle Price Trend Reverses Course in August

Written by Vehicle Remarketing Staff

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Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage- and seasonally-adjusted basis) decreased 0.4% month over month in August, according to a news release from Cox Automotive based on the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index.

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman on Sept. 9 announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, gyms and hotels.

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LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc., an e-commerce and facilities-based automotive retailer in the U.S., on Sept. 13 announced its entry into definitive acquisition agreements to purchase an 85% interest in the Alan Jay Automotive Network, a 12-dealership group in Florida, along with the associated real estate, generating approximately $345 million in annualized revenue and $18.3 million in adjusted EBITDA.

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) started the "Pay It Forward" campaign to allow current WIN members and non-members to purchase and gift a full 365-day WIN membership for a new member.