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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.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) spring scholarship and tool grant application period is now open to high school and post-secondary collision students.

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Certified Collision Group (CCG), the OE certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced Jan. 31 the addition of 24 new locations in the first month of 2021.

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State Farm says it plans to expand the use of a digital bookkeeping technology to speed up and streamline the auto claims process, after a successful trial run with USAA.

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On Jan. 25, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.

 

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

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Contagion Busters, Inc., recently formed in response to the pandemic threat, now offers the auto dealership and independent shop the equipment and training to sanitize in minutes the interior of an automobile after the maintenance and repair work has been completed and before the customer slips behind the wheel. 

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The Tesla Cybertruck appears to be reaching its final form, at least before it enters production.

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Collision Pros, a leading mid-market provider of collision repair services in Northern California, has acquired A-1 Body Shop in Davis, CA.

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The hydrogen fueling station market is witnessing a dramatic acceleration in growth, with 584 hydrogen stations deployed by the end of 2020, according to a study released by Information Trends, a market research company.

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The electric truck market in the U.S. is primed for huge growth.

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Harvest Hosts, a membership program that allows self-contained RVers to access unique overnight stays, announced the results of its survey of more than 10,000 respondents, revealing promising plans of increased travel this year---except for the airlines.

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Utah-based Larry H. Miller (LHM) Group of Companies, in partnership with Leavitt Group, announced Jan. 26 the launch of Larry H. Miller Insurance Services, an independent insurance agency that will offer LHM customers auto, home, life and business insurance.

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The Boring Company (TBC) recently met with Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mayor Dean J. Trantalis about a potential tunneling project in New River.

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All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 11.1%, or 28.9 billion vehicle miles, in November 2020 compared to November 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

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American Honda on Jan. 29 issued its latest Body Repair News Bulletin covering the 2022 Acura MDX.

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WIN (Women’s Industry Network) is committed to financially supporting females who are eager to advance in the collision repair industry through the WIN Scholarship Program.

Friday, 29 January 2021 16:56

GM Plans to Be Carbon Neutral by 2040

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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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Show your products to SEMA's worldwide network of media contacts and qualified buyers at the 2021 SEMA Show.

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Augie DeFeo wants to know why GEICO is suddenly denying the $25 reimbursement for COVID sanitizing even though cases continue to soar.

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Ford may claim the title of having the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., though that’s just one model in one market.

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As part of its January monthly newsletter, the American Car Rental Association recapped its recent progress on behalf of the industry.

Thursday, 28 January 2021 19:33

Honda Develops a New Mask---For Your Car

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No matter how you feel about them, masks are now a part of our daily lives to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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CIECA has announced the formation of a new Standards Development Committee, the Emerging Technologies Data Standards Committee.

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The Hartford is using an AI solution to analyze auto damage within its auto insurance claims operations in the U.S., accelerating how quickly claims can be processed for its customers.

Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:38

Is Raising the Speed Limit Worth the Risk?

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Drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted speed limits increasing on roadways around the country, a vehicle's ability to protect drivers in crashes is in doubt.

Thursday, 28 January 2021 17:44

On The Lighter Side: Happy 30th Birthday To These Cars

Written by Elizabeth Puckett, Motorious

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Has it already been three decades since these were built?

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ABRA Auto Body Repair of America is celebrating its growth as the company added four new shops to its network---one each in Montana, Minnesota, Iowa and Georgia.

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DCR Systems has announced Keeler Motor Car Company, based in Latham, NY, is the first company to sign a licensing agreement that provides access to DCR Systems’ full turnkey operating model.

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As electric vehicles become increasingly prevalent---the Edison Electric Institute anticipates 18.7 million EVs will be on the road by 2030---how will these vehicles impact the collision repair industry in general and your shop specifically? How can you prepare?

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Tesla’s fourth-quarter and full-year earnings for 2020 saw the electric car maker post $9.314 billion in revenue.

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In spite of the nuances of the corona virus, CAWA, in its adjustments to a new and unusual reality, still had a very productive and successful year in 2020.

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Caliber on Jan. 25 announced the appointment of Aylwin B. Lewis to its Board of Directors, effective that day.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:17

Ford Global Design Head to Retire

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One of the auto industry’s most influential design leaders will retire from Ford Motor Company this spring and be succeeded by an accomplished global industry veteran.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 19:10

2021 SEMA Hall of Fame Nominations Now Open

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SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame at www.sema.org/hof.

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The Right to Repair Coalition and the Coalition for Safe and Secure Data received a combined $51.5 million in contributions this election cycle, making Massachusetts Question 1 the most expensive measure in the state for at least the last 15 years.

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Incidents of distracted driving persist despite more than 97% of passengers confronting a motorist who had let their focus slip from the road, according to a survey of U.S. consumers by LeithCars.com.

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More than a dozen states at the start of the 2021 legislative season are renewing a push to shield businesses from lawsuits over customers’ or employees’ COVID-19 exposure.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 17:42

2020 Collision Year in Review by Focus Advisors

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The year that was and the year to come. Can anyone imagine a more incredible and challenging time?

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Mitchell announced Jan. 27 the addition of Tractable’s AI to the Mitchell Intelligent Open Platform (MIOP.)

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 16:16

CARSTAR Port Orchard Opens in Washington State

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CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Port Orchard, located at 2005 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard, WA 98366.

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Direct from its success in Arizona, Illinois and Texas, new digital start-up Carsfast is now expanding its unique car buying and financing services throughout Missouri, starting in St. Louis.