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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. 

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Maaco Winchester proudly donated $1,275 to the Winchester Rescue Mission, thanks to overwhelming community support.

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PPG, on Jan 26, 2021 announced that it will be the primary sponsor on the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet driven by Scott McLaughlin in 10 races during the 2021 NTT INDYCAR® SERIES season.

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RateGenius, a fintech company with a proprietary consumer-lending platform, released its annual study revealing the current state of the auto refinance market for 2021, finding that savings are at a historical high and interest rates are the lowest they've been in years, with the current state of the economy driving demand in 2020 leading into 2021.

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Ward Muscatell says his new $6.5 million collision center in Moorhead, MN, will bring him a big competitive advantage in the area and his customers top-notch service.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:01

Five Automotive Trends to Watch in 2021

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None of us could have predicted the events of 2020 and their impact on the automotive industry.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 18:44

AASP/NJ Launches New Health Plan Benefit

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Thanks to the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ), there is great news for members when it comes to health insurance.

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Each year, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) receives millions of dollars’ worth of in-kind donations from generous industry companies eager to support the next generation of collision repair professionals.

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President Joe Biden isn't wasting any time in making his policy clear on electric vehicles.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted stay-at-home orders across the state Jan. 25 in response to improving coronavirus conditions, a surprising move hailed by beleaguered businesses but that prompted caution from local health officials concerned the public may let down its guard.

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Managing workplace leave of absence has historically been a challenge for employers, and with the onset of COVID-19 last year, and new federal and state legislation, there is a new layer of complexity.

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A preliminary analysis by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows auto theft took a dramatic leap upward in 2020 compared to 2019, reversing two years of auto theft declines.

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Porsche Cars North America, Inc. is teaming up with Morehouse College in Atlanta to launch a new scholarship for business majors and a guest lecture series that will expose students to the global automotive industry.

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Colors on Parade, an eco-friendly mobile automotive paint and dent repair services franchise, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest franchise units in northwest Arkansas.

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New vehicle prices have steadily been on the rise with the fourth quarter of 2020 closing with the average cost of a new vehicle reaching a record high of more than $40,000.

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Cox Automotive announced Jan. 25 the launch of Complete Retail, a revolutionary end-to-end digital retail experience that allows consumers and retailers to complete the shopping and buying processes from anywhere.

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) will be awarding scholarships to select students enrolled in post-secondary auto service or collision repair programs.

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Classic Collision, LLC, a leading national multi-site collision repair operator based in Atlanta, announced its first acquisition of the New Year with the acquisition of Arrow Collision in Miami, FL.

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Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting, a leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry, recognized outstanding performance by its franchisees at its recent virtual convention.

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Cruise and General Motors on Jan. 19 announced they have entered a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles.

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C.A.R.Score, a division of Dealer Specialties, LLC, announced Jan. 22 its vehicle condition reports will now be available on the CARFAX Vehicle History Report.

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Lucid Motors, which is setting new standards for sustainable mobility with its advanced luxury EVs, announced the opening of its newest retail location in South Florida, the Lucid Studio in West Palm Beach at Rosemary Square, on Jan. 23.

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During the Jan. 12 virtual Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) board meeting, the organization’s Board of Trustees elected new officers for 2021 and announced the recipients of the 2020 CIECA Awards.

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FY 2021 is in full swing and auto glass senior leadership and business owners have shared why they think this year is filled with optimism.

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Ford and Mazda will soon recall vehicles to replace Takata airbag inflators after failing to convince the government there are no problems with safety.

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The 17th annual Vincentric Best Value in America Awards were announced Jan. 19, with Toyota Motor Corporation winning 12 model-level awards and three brand-level awards between the Toyota and Lexus brands.

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Chicago-based Crash Champions LLC, a chain of auto collision repair centers, announced it has purchased Gillette’s Collision Center in Waukesha, WI.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 23:56

Kentucky Announces EV Manufacturing Plant

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A recently formed subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. has announced it will operate an electric vehicle motor manufacturing plant in Berea, KY, with plans to employ 200 people by 2023, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced. 

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As we move into 2021, the insurance sector should expect continuing hard market conditions, according to Jim Bramblet, managing director-insurance lead for Accenture‘s North American operations, who explained the pandemic will shape pricing and coverage in the year to come.

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German automaker Volkswagen has announced it ended production efforts of the widely-popular Golf hatchback, opening the door for the all-electric ID series in the U.S.

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More people moved to, or were born in, Texas last year than in any other state, making it the fastest growing state in the nation.

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Did you know you can read all five regional editions of Autobody News before they appear in print?

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The car shopping experts at Edmunds say the auto industry is on track for greater stability and healthier sales this year, forecasting 15.5 million new cars will be sold in 2021.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:08

CREF Celebrating 30th Anniversary in 2021

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The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021 and will be ramping up efforts to support high school and college collision programs, students and instructors nationwide.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 17:54

DEG Welcomes CCA as Newest Gold Level Sponsor

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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) introduces the newest Gold level sponsor, the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA.)

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Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation's largest independent collision repair MSOs with a leading presence in the greater Midwest and Southern California markets, announced Jan. 21 its successful rebrand of Fountain Valley Bodyworks.

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Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings is adding two new products to its high-performance Imron® Elite coating solutions line in North America - Imron Elite ColorPLUS and Imron Elite Direct-to-Plastic basecoat.

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Sure, traffic can be thick around major cities. Of course, potholes dot roadways just like most other midwestern cities. However, Indiana ranks high when it comes to the best states for driving.

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While we’re only a couple of weeks into the new year, some 2021 vehicles might already be in your used-vehicle inventory---or at least soon will be.

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President Joe Biden has wasted no time in following through on several campaign promises related to protecting the environment and addressing climate change. 

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Members of the Virginia business community are voicing concern over legislation that would require small businesses to pay state income taxes on forgivable loans received by the federal government as they are trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic restrictions.