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Friday, 30 April 2021 19:00

SCRS Quick Tips: Feather Prime and Block

 

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

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April U.S. auto sales, when announced in early May, are expected to reveal a very hot new-vehicle market.

Friday, 30 April 2021 18:47

asTech Introduces Live-Chat in App

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asTech is now offering a new live-chat feature, making it easier for customers to communicate with technicians. 

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Recently, a deserving Connecticut veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a refurbished vehicle to provide him independence and the ability to work and take care of his family---thanks to The Durable Companies and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

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Many American students never learned about the Tulsa Race Massacre in history class, or about the tragic leveling of a once thriving "Black Wall Street" in 1921.

Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:07

On The Lighter Side: Cuda, Challenger, Roadrunners, Chargers Found Stashed At Chevy Dealership

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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This is an incredible discovery! Classic muscle cars have gathered the attention of the public for quite some time now for being rare, high performance, and wickedly valuable vehicles.

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Safelite Group, a national vehicle glass services and recalibration company and owner of Safelite AutoGlass, announced April 29 an agreement to acquire the assets of Troy Auto Glass in Troy, MI. 

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Reportedly, on Earth Day, April 22, Tesla announced it has plans to power all Superchargers with renewable energy by the end of 2021.

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Chief Collision Technology has the collision industry covered this hail season with the introduction of the industry’s first mobile 3D hail damage scanning system.

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The CARSTAR Chicagoland Business Group is helping ensure the future of the collision repair industry with its support of Lincoln Technical Vocational College over the past decade.

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Tesla’s Gigafactory New York, which produces the Solar Roof and Supercharger components, has received an extension to meet its employment goals.

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A report from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office in Texas has provided several new details about the high-profile, fatal Tesla Model S crash that happened earlier in April.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of two collision repair centers in Texas.

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ASA and its affiliates from across the U.S. invite you to ASA X50 Conference & Expo, an exciting two-day event, April 30 and May 1.

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First-quarter operating improvements around the globe, customer receptivity to new products and Ford’s skillful management of the effects from a worldwide semiconductor shortage contributed to one of its strongest operating performances in years.

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General Motors on April 28 introduced Ultium Charge 360, a holistic charging approach that integrates charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps and other products and services to simplify the overall charging experience for GM electric vehicle owners.

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Ford on April 27 announced a new global battery center of excellence---called Ford Ion Park---to accelerate research and development of battery and battery cell technology, including future battery manufacturing.

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AutoAlert, a top data-mining platform, has hired Joseph Schumacher as senior director of OEM partnerships.

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The Auto Care Association’s new Auto Care Connect event experience kicks off the first week of May and will serve as a unique annual event for association members spanning the full spectrum of the auto care industry.

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New federal guidance around masks will have Americans breathing easier this summer.

AkzoNobel announced on April 26th, 2021 the launch of Sikkens Autoclear Xpress Clearcoat, the latest cutting-edge development in rapid cure technology from AkzoNobel.

AkzoNobel announced on April 26th, 2021 the launch of Sikkens Autoclear Xpress Clearcoat, the latest cutting-edge development in rapid cure technology from AkzoNobel.

AkzoNobel announced on April 26th, 2021 the launch of Sikkens Autoclear Xpress Clearcoat, the latest cutting-edge development in rapid cure technology from AkzoNobel.

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Toyota Motor Corporation will acquire Lyft’s self-driving unit, an announcement confirmed April 26.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) is pleased to announce scholarship awards totaling $21,000 to help automotive service and collision repair students pay for tuition or tools during the 2021-22 school year.

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Building on its success in the $22 million Southern California Edison (SCE) Charge Ready pilot program, EV Connect, a software-as-a-service company leading electric vehicle charging ecosystem deployments and management, announced it is once again an Approved Network Provider in the $436 million Charge Ready program from SCE.

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Most people spend a lot of time researching and contemplating the up-front expense of purchasing a new car, but wise car shoppers also consider the total cost of ownership beyond the initial sticker price.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. on April 28 reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 27.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration on April 22 launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance---called Supplemental Targeted Advances---that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With its 25th anniversary right around the corner, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) is poised to celebrate with gusto as it announced an investment sure to drive the team through the next 25 years and beyond.

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Tesla revealed its trade-in statistics in the Q1 2021 Earnings Call Update Letter, showing a majority of the vehicles it accepts through trade-in are gas-powered.

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Affordability will become a significant issue for the automotive industry in the not-too-distant future, according to one of the industry’s top analysts.

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On April 21, President Joe Biden announced new tax credits are available to small businesses under the American Rescue Plan to incentivize vaccinations and to promote employee health around the country.

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Are electric vehicle suitable for law enforcement duty? Some police departments think so and they are replacing their aging gas-burning sedans with clean battery-electric vehicles in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint.

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General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales on April 26 announced administrative changes to its Collision Repair Network (CRN), including Information Provider (IP) independence which enables dealers and independent collision repair facilities to choose their preferred estimating platform.

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Recently, a deserving Huntington, NY, recipient experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their family---thanks to DePalo and Sons Auto Body and car donor GEICO, along with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

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

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation’s largest independent collision repair companies, announced April 23 the company has again joined forces with GEICO and the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program, to provide a high-quality refurbished vehicle to a deserving family in need to support their independence, ability to work and take care of their family.

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The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced its next CIECAST webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST May 20: “The Future of Auto Glass Repair & Recalibration.”

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Subaru is recalling nearly 448,000 model year 2018-2019 Subaru Crosstrek, 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid and 2019 Forester vehicles that could suffer stability issues.

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Giles County, TN, business owner James "Jim" Grimes, 62, is being mourned as authorities continue to investigate his death as a homicide.

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Tesla’s record first quarter in 2021 was powered by several things, but it all came down to the numbers, as usual.

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TrueCar, Inc. forecasts total new vehicle sales will reach 1,402,135 units in April 2021, up 97% from a year ago and down 12.6% from March 2021, when adjusted for the same number of selling days.

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The car shopping experts at Edmunds say vehicle owners might be pleasantly surprised if they take a moment to check how much their car is worth right now.

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The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with an open recall is declining, but tens of millions of drivers---and used-car buyers---remain at risk.

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Following Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s recent announcement to reopen the state at 100% capacity by June 1, SEMA Show exhibitors are demonstrating their commitment and excitement for the 2021 SEMA Show by securing booth space at the event taking place in Las Vegas, NV.

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Knowledge is power.

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Officials say no one was injured in a structure fire April 23 in Waldo, ME, that destroyed an auto body shop.

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Arizona defendants Sean Alexander, Terry Godfrey and Anthon Godfrey, in the auto glass services business as A&G Auto Glass and sued by GEICO in federal court for alleged fraudulent insurance claims, have pleaded their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Monday, 26 April 2021 22:37

10 Takeaways from 1Q U.S. Auto Sales

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The Kelley Blue Book data team counted 3,908,738 automobiles sold in the first quarter of 2021, a healthy increase from the same period a year ago and helped by building momentum in March.

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CAWA is holding its Summer Leadership Meetings in June at the Hilton Mission Valley in San Diego, CA.

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An analysis of insurance data in the U.S. has shown injury claims are notably less common among all-electric vehicles like the Tesla Model 3 and its peers.

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A letter from the governors of 12 states calls on U.S. President Joe Biden to back the phase-out of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035.

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Farmers Insurance donated a newly refurbished vehicle to a U.S. Air Force veteran April 15 in Boulder, CO.

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Consider what you would do if you were driving down the road at 45 mph and lost visibility for six seconds---barreling forward, no braking, no slowing down, no ability to see.

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With the first Top 20 list in place and a long night of racing ahead, drivers must apply the rules they learned to formulate strategies, and move up.

Monday, 26 April 2021 17:16

CIF Announces Enterprise as Annual Donor

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The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) is delighted to announce Enterprise has joined the CIF Annual Donor Program at the Urgent Care level.

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A South Carolina motorist has become the latest victim of an exploding Takata airbag inflator.