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Thursday, 29 November 2012 23:52

CARSTAR Expands into Upstate New York

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts expanded in the Northeast with the addition of a new collision repair facility in upstate New York. The opening of Automax CARSTAR in West Seneca brings the total number of CARSTAR locations in the Buffalo region to five.

H&V Collision Centers in Saratoga Springs, NY, has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany (CCDA) and State Farm to donate a vehicle to a needy community member as part of the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) 2012 Recycled Rides program, a nationwide awareness project where members of the NABC—a not-for-profit organization—repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need. State Farm works with the NABC to donate vehicles in communities across the country.

Recycled Rides made simultaneous donations throughout the country during Thanksgiving week. The 2012 donation marks the third time that H&V Collision Centers has contributed a vehicle to a family in need or one that is facing special challenges.

“H&V Collision Center’s goal is to help people in our local community, especially during these challenging times,” said Vartan Jerian Jr. of H&V Collision Centers. “This important program allows H&V to make a positive impact for a family in need right here in our community and across the country.”

Superstorm Sandy hit the northeast in late October, leaving thousands without power and leaving behind many damaged homes and businesses.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:44

Keenan Auto Body West Wins 2012 ACE Award

Keenan Auto Body West recently won the VeriFacts 2012 Repair Center Achievement in Collision Repair Excellence Award, also known as the ACE Award.

“We are truly proud of this award and wish we were able to attend the presentation ceremony at SEMA but Hurricane Sandy had other plans for us here on the East Coast,” said Keenan President and COO Michael LeVasseur.

Mark Scheinberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association told NADA Used Car Guide that “some big issues right now revolve around insurance,” for dealers in areas damaged by Sandy.

“Flood insurance was not available for most of the coastal property, so damage to property is on the dealer,” Scheinberg said.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:35

PA Emissions Inspection Bill Passes Senate

SEMA-supported legislation to provide a 10-year emissions inspection exemption for vehicles never before registered in Pennsylvania or any other jurisdiction was approved by the Senate. The bill now moves to the House Transportation Committee. Current law only exempts new vehicles that have less than 5,000 miles on their odometer for one year after their first registration.