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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.

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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.