Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine
The Collision Repair Education Foundation and CCC Information Services Inc. have announced four students as winners of the CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship. The scholarship program was renamed in 2007 to honor longtime CCC team member Michael Salvatore.
The CCC Michael Salvatore Memorial Student Repair Technician Scholarship awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in a repair program who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. The 2012 winners include:
Top Scholarship Recipient ($5,000) is Melissa Scheuerman (Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI)
Additional Scholarship Recipients ($2,000)are Aaron Dressler (Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA); Josh Hudson (Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, NC); and Ryan Seefeldt (Fox Valley Technical College, WI).
“CCC is proud of the accomplishments this year’s scholarship recipients have achieved,” said Joseph Allen, group vice president, Automotive Services Group, CCC Information Services. “We’re excited to continue to offer today’s students support as they seek to complete their training and move into the auto repair industry.”
Keenan Auto Body President and COO Michael LeVasseur has announced that it raised a record-setting amount of $30,000 for Little Smiles Philadelphia, an all-volunteer organization, at Keenan's 14th annual charity golf outing held at Penn Oaks Golf Club on June 14.
"We're waiting for the final tallies and post-event checks to announce the accurate total, but we know it's at least $30,000, and we couldn’t be more proud," said LeVasseur.
Fixing cars is rarely a life-and-death situation. But, on a hot summer day last year, a body shop owner had to act quickly to save the life of an insurance adjuster who was experiencing a serious heart attack at his facility. If Bob McSherry, owner of North Haven Auto Body in North Haven, Connecticut had not acted quickly and definitively when Mike Vitale, an adjuster for GEICO, experienced a serious heart attack in his rear parking lot, there is a very good chance he would no longer be alive.
On June 20 the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association (MSADA) and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition announced an agreement on compromise “right to repair” legislation that, if passed, would avoid the November ballot question fight.
Elected officials, AAA and insurance industry advocates recently urged the State Assembly to pass a law that would toughen penalties against those who stage car accidents.
The bill stipulates that anyone who causes a collision to commit insurance fraud would be charged with a class D felony and face up to seven years in prison.
Alice’s Law is named for Alice Ross, a 71-year-old Queens grandmother who was killed when others tried to stage a fake accident.
Women Auto Know, a not for profit that promotes education, environmental responsibility and employment opportunities for veterans and those with disabilities, announced its alignment with Maryhaven Center of Hope in Yaphank, Long Island and the Northport Veterans Association.
Grand Sport Auto Body & Glass has expanded with 8 new locations starting in West Chester, PA, and now covering a wide area throughout Chester and Montgomery Counties.
Grand Sport Auto has been providing auto collision repair services for over 25 years as the first body shop to open in West Chester, PA. in 1982. This is where the business got started with the philosophy of taking it one customer at a time. Fred Gunther, the founder and president of Grand Sport Auto, takes great pride in servicing his customers with the highest quality workmanship and exceptional experience.
The primary goal is to handle customers’ requirements and meet their individual needs. If repairs are paid out of pocket, the staff at Grand Sport will work to develop a plan that meets not only the budget but the expectations of the clients as well. If an insurance company pays for the repairs, Grand Sport will assist in handling any claims directly, making the entire process hassle-free for our clients. By upgrading to the latest advancements in automotive technologies, they can provide customers with the latest techniques.
Mike Orso of Nick Orso’s Body Shop in Syracuse, N.Y., said last week he has settled assignment of proceeds cases with Esurance over “short-pay claims” totaling more than $6,000. Orso, who said he filed more than $1 million in new assignment of proceeds cases in April alone, said the amount owed by Esurance involved charges for OEM versus non-OEM parts, omissions of P-page procedures, labor rate differences and “caps” on paint materials. “Many companies, at least the smarter ones, now negotiate and settle those claims,” Orso said.
Nissan is supplying New York City with fuel-efficient cabs, including six electric cars for testing, but acknowledged uncertainties about an ongoing “debate” over charging standards for electric vehicles.
The battle in fast-charging stations, the equivalent of gasoline stands for electric vehicles, is threatening to turn into a futuristic replay of other major platform wars like VHS of Panasonic vs. Sony’s Beta in video.
A proposal to allow auto body shops to sue insurance companies that do not pay them what they believe they should be compensated for repairs generated a fiery, hour-long debate on the floor of the state House of Representatives on June 11.
Supporters, including Rep. Stephen Ucci, a Johnston Democrat and the bill's sponsor, repeated the mantra that the bill would "level the playing field" between local auto body shops and auto insurance companies and ultimately be good for Rhode Island drivers.
But other lawmakers voiced concern that the proposal would only lead to higher auto insurance rates in Rhode Island, which already has among the highest rates in the nation.
Rep. Robert Watson, R-East Greenwich, called the proposal "special interest legislation" put together "on the fly."
"This is why we deserve criticism," he said. "Nonsense like this plays out in the final days of the session. This is wrong."
The bill ultimately passed the 75-member chamber on a vote of 38 in favor and 20 against.