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With a focus on providing automotive aftermarket professionals with content designed to improve their careers and businesses, the SEMA Virtual Education Program will help members enhance their professional development and include comprehensive presentations, insightful discussions and short videos that teach, inform, inspire and entertain.

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced the appointment of six new members to its Board of Trustees in 2020.

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A Mercedes-Benz red paint lawsuit settlement has been reached between the automaker and customers who claim the paint and clearcoat peels, flakes, bubbles, fades and has poor adhesion.

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The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun in health care and senior living facilities across the U.S., and employers in many industries are eagerly awaiting the chance to have their employees vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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Moneyshake  just completed an interesting and compelling study about today's global electric car production and sales.

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed a review of 662,000 Tesla electric vehicles after finding no defects that caused sudden acceleration.

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Amidst the rapid construction of the Gigafactory Texas complex, Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck factory has started earning accolades of its own.

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Each year, Lake Charles Toyota contributes a scholarship to the SOWELA School of Transportation to help prospective students chase their dreams.

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Whether it’s a small shop with two employees or an MSO employing hundreds of people, the pandemic has radically changed employee/employer relationships in many ways with strong leadership now more important than ever.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has presented its new e-BULLI all-electric vehicle to the world. It's a stunning crossover between a classic 1966 minivan with all the latest drive system components of a modern VW electric vehicle.

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Dave Luehr of Elite Body Shop Solutions and Ryan Taylor of BodyShop Booster announced the second annual Positivity Summit, a free online event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Jan. 15.

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Efforts to enact SEMA-supported provisions to provide businesses with liability protection from COVID-19 related lawsuits were successful in 2020 in at least 16 states.

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SEMA stands ready to advocate the interests of the aftermarket industry no matter what the prevailing political winds.

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The BASF Color Report 2020 for Automotive OEM Coatings shows the automotive color palette shifting in unconventional ways, unveiling a wider range of chromatic colors rolling off the world’s assembly lines.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021.  

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Wholesale used-vehicle prices, on a mix-, mileage- and seasonally adjusted basis, decreased 0.59% month over month in December, putting the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 161.1, a 14.2% gain from a year ago.

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Americans watched in astonishment Jan. 6 as a violent mob broke through barricades and lines of police to overrun the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to prevent Congress from conducting the ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes.

Friday, 08 January 2021 00:06

Ford Reports Q4 2020 Sales

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Ford reported Q4 total industry sales of about 4.3 million vehicles, a small decline of 2.8% over a year ago. Ford estimates the retail industry was up 2.7%, while fleet was off 26.3%.

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California residents spend an average of 29.3 minutes commuting to work, the sixth longest commute among the states that Coverage.com studied in an analysis using pre-coronavirus data.

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On Jan. 6, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) filed a federal lawsuit aiming to stop Gov. Tim Walz’s administration from adopting California’s vehicle emission standards.

Thursday, 07 January 2021 22:51

NADA Show 2021 Goes Digital: Used-Car Preview

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NADA Show 2021 is going virtual---the National Automobile Dealers Association is holding its annual convention and expo online Feb. 9 through Feb. 11.

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.