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Thursday, 07 January 2021 22:36

NORTHEAST 2021 Rescheduled to Sept. 10-12

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The 2021 NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show will take place this year---just a little later than originally planned.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 21:30

DEG Welcomes ABAT as Newest Gold Level Sponsor

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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) on Jan. 5 introduced its newest Gold level sponsor, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT.)

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Just in time for the 2021 hail season, Chief Collision Technology, part of Vehicle Service Group (VSG), will soon offer an automated hail claim management solution with the launch of Constellation.

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General Motors Co. announced Jan. 4 more than 650 hourly employees at its sites in the U.S. will transition from temporary to regular full-time employment in January.

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By continually learning everything she can about the collision repair industry and leading with compassion for both her customers and employees, Adrian Wright is making all the right moves as the owner of Wright One Paint and Body Shop in Augusta, GA.

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SEMA is now accepting applications for the 2021 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Program at www.sema.org/scholarships.

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Driven Brands Holdings Inc. announced Jan. 7 it has launched the roadshow for its proposed initial public offering.

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Auto insurance rates have fallen for the first time in over a decade, decreasing by 1.7% across the U.S. for 2021, according to ValuePenguin.com's State of Auto Insurance in 2021 report, published Jan. 7.

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the opening of a collision repair center in Cathedral City, CA.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 17:03

End of Year Auto Sales Pick Up Due to Pickups

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Sales of new vehicles increased in December as year-end promotions drew customers into showrooms; however, full-year sales results fell double digits under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic that closed down the car business last spring.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced he will continue the state’s latest pause on public activities due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Wednesday, 06 January 2021 23:03

Feds Bust Car Theft Ring

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According to federal prosecutors, a group has been hitting both private residences and dealerships to steal vehicles since the summer, accruing millions of dollars in stolen property.

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A Toledo, OH, business owner wants action after thieves hit his shop twice in a week.

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Lou Berard, a beloved member of the Hadley, MI, community as a small business owner and 30-year member of the Hadley Lions Club, was hospitalized for burns to his face and body sustained in a fire Jan. 2 at the family’s automotive repair business.

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The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade association for the automotive industry, recently filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts' federal court, aiming to block enforcement of the Right to Repair ballot initiative passed by state voters in the November 2020 election.

Wednesday, 06 January 2021 22:10

California Minimum Wage Hits $14 in 2021

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The hourly minimum wage in California rose to $14 on Jan. 1, and will climb to $15 in 2023.

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With the rapid changes taking place in vehicle technology, training is an important investment that will help every business thrive, according to John Van Alstyne, CEO of I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference of Auto Collision Repair).

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Mid-sized multi-shop operators (MSOs) recently offered their views on automaker certifications, ADAS challenges, growth perspectives and other topics.

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With more than a dozen states proposing legislation over the past three years related to the use of OEM collision repair procedures, why have nearly all of them failed to be enacted?

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Let’s imagine you’re getting surgery and right before they put you under anesthesia, they tell you your heart replacement is an unnecessary procedure, or they want to save money by installing an aftermarket one.

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My father used to tell me there are two types of people in the world---drivers and passengers, participants and observers, those who do and those who don’t. Some folks lead naturally and others are more than content to watch from the sidelines.

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FOCUS Advisors is proud to announce the sale of its client, Master Collision Group, to Quality Collision Group of Cynwyd, PA. 

Tuesday, 05 January 2021 21:41

Service King Opens Two New Houston Locations

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Service King Collision has expanded to offer its quality repair services to more of the Houston community, recently opening two new local shops.

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Being a single mom isn’t easy as it is, but add in not having access to a car, and life can quickly get more difficult.

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Tesla short sellers felt the burn on the first days of 2021, recording a $1 billion loss due to the electric automaker’s boost in price on Jan. 4.

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It's official, or at least, almost official.

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The average price for a new vehicle in the U.S. has now surpassed $38,000, both J.D. Power and LMC Automotive report.

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In addition to thousands of early production 2021 Ford F-150 pickups being stockpiled in parking lots around Detroit Metro Airport for a quality review, a steady stream of the new vehicles is being delivered to a site near the Flat Rock (MI) Assembly Plant for installation of seat belts and to fix other issues, the Free Press has learned.

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For most Oswego, NY, residents, snowy roads and running deer are as synonymous with the town as Lake Ontario and the Lighthouse.

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As the owner of two Des Moines, IA, metro-area auto body shops, I can tell you that Congress’ small-business relief package is like reattaching a car bumper with duct tape. It’s a short-term fix that ignores the need for a long-term solution.

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Courts are awash in coverage litigation concerning whether first-party property policies afford coverage for business interruption claims arising out of the pandemic. 

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The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a collision repair center in Avon, CO.

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All of the STREET OUTLAWS all-stars are back, but this time, it’s every man or woman for themself.

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More than a third of shops (39%) itemize on invoices the diagnostic labor time they spend researching diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) apart from the charge for the vehicle scan itself, according to just-released results from a “Who Pays for What?” survey.

Monday, 04 January 2021 23:02

Safelite to Close Business Unit

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Safelite Autoglass notifyied employees and key customers Jan. 4 it intends to end its wholesale operation, Service Auto Glass, this week.

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As Tesla continues its quest for automotive dominance, their vehicles are becoming more and more common not only within luxury markets but also as police cruisers. 

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A Logan, UT, couple have been arrested and charged with burglarizing a Smithfield, UT, business.

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Used-vehicle sales for 2020 were expected to finish 6% softer than the final 2019 tally, but it appears the year at least closed on a positive note for pre-owned.

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General Motors has agreed to settle class action claims for economic losses suffered by owners and lessees of vehicles that were recalled in 2014 for problems related to the ignition switches, power steering, key rotations and side airbag wiring.

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Search engine iSeeCars.com says that buyers have much to consider when buying a used car, such as reliability, safety and value retention.

Monday, 04 January 2021 19:50

The Rise of the Electric Vehicles

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The following article contains forward looking statements but do not imply endorsement for investment purposes. Other companies, such as Tesla, have firmly established market share and dominant market positions. ---Ed.

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Polyvance's new 6119 Dent Driver kit is a specialized tool set to help the auto body technician remove dents from plastic bumpers.

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I-CAR announced the recipients of its annual Jeff Silver and Russ Verona I-CAR Awards, recognizing one individual and one collision repair shop for advancing technical education and professionalism in the collision repair industry.

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After dominating the No Prep Track, the 405 return to their roots to rule the streets.

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Boosted by year-end sales and extra selling days, light vehicle sales in the U.S. for December are expected to finish near 1.54 million, a 1.9% increase over last December.

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Classic Collision LLC, a national multi-site collision repair operator headquartered in Atlanta, announced an acquisition the last week of 2020 of Schiro’s Collision Repair---one location in Chatsworth, CA, and one in North Hollywood, CA.

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Tommy Alderin found his dream car in Yanceyville, NC. He just didn’t know it yet.

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David Moore is well known in Winston-Salem for his Southside Rides, which puts newly released offenders, like he once was, to work in its car body shop.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 22:05

VW Beetles Recalled to Replace Takata Airbags

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Volkswagen recalls 2012-2014 Beetles and Beetle Convertibles over exploding airbags.

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Christmas came a few days early for Cape High class of 2020 grad Daniel Wright, when Heather and Michael Ingerski of Lewes signed the title of their Honda Accord over to him Dec. 17.

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Christmas came early this year for Sara Thomas, a local U.S. Army veteran, restaurant worker and single mom.

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Electric vehicle manufacturers like Tesla, Lucid Motors, and Rivian will live on in Michigan after House Bill 6233, which aimed to ban EV companies’ direct sales and service, dissipated in the State Senate after weeks of legislating.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 17:45

Lawyers Address Employer-Required Vaccinations

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COVID-19 vaccinations are beginning to be administered to frontline health workers and those in long-term care facilities in the U.S.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 17:26

Blue Collar Body Shop to Expand, Add Services

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Blue Collar Body Shop, 2730 S. Bartells Drive, is about to make even more dreams come true thanks to its expansion project and growing services.

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Shortly before Christmas, Driven Brands Holdings Inc. filed with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO), according to Renaissance Capital.

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The president's decision to back down and sign the measure released $900 billion in stimulus funds into the economy that had been held up for nearly a week.

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The U.S. Congress passed the $900 billion COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Relief Act today.

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A recent tweet from Elon Musk has revealed a tentative release date for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving suite subscriptions.