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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Toyota more patents than any other automaker in 2020, according to an annual ranking by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

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On Feb. 2, California began accepting round two applications from small businesses and nonprofits seeking funds from the state’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

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As America readies for the action of the field Feb. 7, Kia Motors America announced Feb. 5 an all-out blitz in support of America's youth, specifically those whose football dreams have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The CIECA Board of Trustees recently approved an initiative to begin developing its next generation of CIECA standards.

Thursday, 04 February 2021 20:07

SCRS Quick Tips: OEM Procedure Research

 

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

Thursday, 04 February 2021 20:00

Tesla Insurance Eyes Imminent Entrance in Texas

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Tesla is eyeing an entrance into Texas for its insurance initiative, possibly making it the second state to welcome the electric automaker’s exclusive vehicle coverage program.

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In 1979, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) was established as a result of the introduction of the front-wheel-drive unibody vehicle, according to Jeff Peevy, vice president of technical products, programs and services for I-CAR.

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Every year at this time, Jack Molodanof, a registered lobbyist for the California Autobody Association (CAA) and president of Molodanof Government Relations in Sacramento, CA, begins the process of reviewing hundreds of proposed bills.

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On Feb. 2, ASA Northwest hosted a virtual presentation and discussion on the current state of collision education, featuring George Arrants, vice president of the ASE Education Foundation, and Beth Rutter, global director, industry and customer engagement, for Tradiebot Industries.

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PPG and the PPG Foundation on Feb. 3 announced a commitment to invest $20 million by 2025 to address systemic racism and advance racial equity in the U.S., by funding educational pathways for Black communities and people of color.

Thursday, 04 February 2021 16:53

CARSTAR Named a Top 40 Franchise Operation

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CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, has been named again to the Franchise Times “Fast and Serious” rankings of the smartest-growing franchise companies.

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Fix Auto USA, an industry-leading collision repair network, is proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary of business.

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According to Amazon, its deliveries in certain Los Angeles area neighborhoods may look and sound different going forward. This is because Amazon has begun testing the Rivian electric delivery vans on routes.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 23:26

On The Lighter Side: GM Teases Super Bowl Advertisement Featuring Will Ferrell

Written by Matthew Crisara, Motor1

Yes, it’s that time of the year where the best teams in the NFL compete for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in five people in Philadelphia were food-insecure.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 22:25

WIN Calls for Board of Director Candidates

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The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) is now accepting applications for its Board of Directors.

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During the MSO Symposium in November, industry consultant Vincent Romans said there are a dozen private equity firms with investments in U.S. collision repair organizations, including Caliber, Gerber, Service King, Crash Champions and Classic Collision.

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The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) announced a $25,000 donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans in advance of NADA Show 2021.

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Automotive search engineiSeeCars.com says in looking at vehicle inventory in 2021, it has found 9.5% less new-car inventory is available from the current model year compared to the same time last year.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 20:50

New Tesla Semi Spotted in Sacramento

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A new Tesla Semi with a white paint job, updated window design, smoked headlights and updated tail lights was spotted in Sacramento, CA.

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Two Davis, CA, residents are facing multiple felony charges after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in an auto insurance fraud scheme.

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Following the passage of Senate Bill 4336/Assembly Bill 6163 in 2020, New York received “green,” the highest rating, in the 18th annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws report, which Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released in January.

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 20:12

Chip Shortage Is Affecting Rental Car Orders

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U.S. car rental companies are beginning to feel the effects of a global shortage of semiconductors used in automobiles.

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The Zebra, an insurance comparison site, released its 2021 State of Auto Insurance Report revealing the national average annual cost for car insurance to be $1,483, down 3.9% since 2020.

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Recently, a deserving Oakfield, NY, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to the Ken Barrett Collision Center and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program.

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The Senate on Feb. 3 voted 86-13 to confirm Pete Buttigieg as secretary of transportation.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced Feb. 3 the acquisition of a collision repair center in Longwood, FL.

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Crash Champions, LLC, announced Feb. 3 the acquisition of nine leading repair shops throughout Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin.

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CCC Information Services Inc. and Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp. on Feb. 3 announced a definitive merger agreement between Dragoneer and CCC’s parent holding company.

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Mitchell and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions on Feb. 3 announced the availability of the MD-TS21.

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The Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation (CSAR), a group supporting a single, national fuel economy standard, released a statement Feb. 2, after it withdrew from a lawsuit between California and the federal government.

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles has officially issued a permit to Baidu USA to begin testing driverless vehicles on public roads in Sunnyvale, CA.

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A new position statement related to what is---and isn’t---included in vehicle scan charges, and a plea for information about any school’s collision repair training programs that is struggling, were among the topics at the first Collision Industry Conference (CIC) of 2021, held virtually online in January.

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Are insurers using current market conditions with fewer claims to lean on shops to be more competitive?

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced Jan. 29 its Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger worker safety guidance to help employers and workers implement a coronavirus prevention program and better identify risks which could lead to exposure and contraction.

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As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the U.S., employers must determine whether they will require vaccinations in the workplace and if they should set up a program to administer them.

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Tesla alerted owners and customers at the end of the last week of January its service centers will now offer collision repair.

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Electric vehicle sales are poised to hit their highest level on record in 2021, according to the car shopping experts at Edmunds.

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What do you do after you finish a bottle of your favorite adult beverage? After recovering from your hangover, I would guess you probably throw it into the recycle bin and forget about it.

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asTech, a Repairify Inc. company, is providing GM with key scanning, diagnostics and calibration solutions.

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The University of the Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) issued a reminder that March 31 is the deadline to submit applications for automotive scholarships at its Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Central website at www.AutomotiveScholarships.com.

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A measure that would protect businesses, churches, schools and other entities from COVID-related lawsuits is quickly moving through the Missouri Senate and could be the first bill Gov. Mike Parson signs this year.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control received notification of the first case of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in the U.S. on Jan. 22, 2020. 

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A familiar face returns to the 405's list, bringing with him a new car with scary potential.

Monday, 01 February 2021 23:48

From the Desk of Mike Anderson: How to Improve Paint Materials Reimbursement

Written by by Mike Anderson

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I’ve been getting some phone calls recently from shops concerned about materials reimbursement when refinishing vehicles with three- or four-stage finishes.

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“I said I was going to rule from the bench,” said U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock at the end of a video conference hearing about Massachusetts’ Right to Repair legislation. “And I have ruled from my chair, so you can get going.”

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2020 was a volatile year in many sectors of the economy, and the market for used cars has been no different.

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GM announced Jan. 28 it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targets to achieve carbon neutrality.

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Classic Collision, LLC, announced its second acquisition in two weeks, with the acquisition of both America’s Best Auto Body locations in Florida.

Monday, 01 February 2021 19:22

Herb Lieberman---A Life of Service

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Many in the collision repair business know industry icon Herb Lieberman from so many CIC meetings, and his well-known relationship with the recycle industry and aftermarket collision parts industries.

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Gerber Collision & Glass, a division of the Boyd Group Inc., donated $50,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) in support of the organization’s efforts to support high school and college collision programs, students and instructors nationwide.

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The installation of Tesla Gigafactory Texas’ first Giga Press has made significant progress.

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Ford and Google announced Feb. 1 a unique strategic partnership to accelerate Ford's transformation and reinvent the connected vehicle experience.

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Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) officially unveiled the next iteration of the SmartPath retail experience, allowing customers flexibility in how they buy their next Toyota.

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With the rollout of the Model S and Model X refresh, Tesla has brought its two flagship vehicles back into the front of the pack.

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Volkswagen has paid nearly $35 billion for equipping diesel vehicles with illegal emissions defeat devices, but the automaker likely views that amount as chump change based on what is possible if even one of two court case rulings stand.

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The Auto Care Association launched its new website experience, autocare.org, providing its members a one-stop shop for the tools and resources most important to running an auto care business.

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Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, announced Jan. 29 the sale of Caliber Collision South Tryon, a 31,500-square foot property located in Charlotte, NC, according to Justin W. West, regional manager of the firm’s Orlando, FL, office.