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Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

AASP-MA Midstate Chapter BBQ 2014

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The Midstate Chapter of AASP-MA held their annual BBQ on Friday, September 5th at the Hudson Elks in Hudson, MA. The event featured great food from Firefly’s BBQ as well as entertainment, games and raffle prizes for both adults and children.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

AASP-MA Western Chapter’s 2014 Clambake

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On Friday, September 26, the Western Chapter of AASP-MA held their Annual Clambake at the Polish-American Club in Feeding Hills. Featuring delicious food, amazing raffle prizes and a fun evening of networking, it’s no surprise that the clambake was a sold-out event with over 240 attendees in the 250-person capacity hall.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

ABAC Regroups for Fall 2014

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After taking a break for the summer, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) gathered on Tuesday, September 9 to begin the fall season with their Quarterly Membership Meeting. The Country House Restaurant in Foxon was filled with association members, prospective members and guests who gathered for an evening of industry education and networking.

Friday, 22 August 2014 16:22

AASP-NJ Offers Job Matching Labor Pool Service

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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has a Labor Pool service which helps match industry professionals with jobs at auto body and repair shops throughout the state.

On the evening of Tuesday, May 20, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held its Annual Membership Meeting at the Chowder Pot Restaurant in Hartford, CT. A large group of shop owners and managers attended the meeting to participate in the election of new officers and to hear Larry Montanez of P&L Consultants resume his educational seminar from March.

On Thursday, May 29 at 7:30PM, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held its first meeting since merging with the Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild (ABCG). The meeting, which took place at Spray City Collision located at 1316 Castleton Avenue in Staten Island NY, focused on the joint organization’s legislative goals, labor department updates and sales tax audits on auto body shops. Enterprise Rent-A-Car provided pizza and soda for attendees.

On Monday, May 19, AASP-NJ held their 10th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing at the Colonia Country Club in Colonia, NJ. Charles Bryant, Executive Director for AASP-NJ, notes “the golf outing went even better than we expected.

AASP-MA held their Statewide Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, MA, on May 13. The event featured noted industry attorney Erica Eversman, Chief Counsel for Vehicle Information Services, Inc. and founder of the Automotive Education and Policy Institute, a non-profit organization geared toward educating consumers.

The concerns have also caught the attention of Massachusetts’ Commonwealth’s Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board (ADALB) which made an advisory ruling on May 20th stating that using “quality video or digital images” to prepare an appraisal satisfies its regulations.

A growing concern in Connecticut is insurers’ use of camera-phone photos for writing estimates. Rather than having licensed physical property damage appraisers physically inspect a vehicle after a collision, many insurance companies are asking their customers to submit camera phone pictures of the damage, and they are using these photos to write their estimates.

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