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1HomePageMap small se 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia

Pack Brothers Collision Center of Belmont, NC, has won a short-pay arbitration case in a Lincoln County North Carolina court against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

Shane Steele, new owner of Elite Auto Collision, has worked in the industry for more than 20 years, and opened his new body shop February 20, 2014, on Hazelbrand Road in Covington, GA.

A handful of body shops in Florida and Georgia are falling victim to check fraud.

Recent wintry road conditions have sent cars slipping and sliding, leading to several accidents across Hampton Roads. Now, drivers are taking their cars to local auto body shops to be fixed and local media is there to survey the damage.

Karena Gray showed WAVY News 10 the damage to her Suzuki Forenza. She said she was driving on an interstate ramp in Chesapeake, VA, when she came upon traffic stopped for an accident, and had got into one herself.

“It was pretty much unavoidable. Like, I didn’t want to press on the brake too hard, so when I just tapped the brake, I was sliding. I didn’t want to slide in the ditch so it just happened. I hit the back of someone else,” said Gray.

That crash brought her into Carstruction in Chesapeake for repairs. Owner Vince Dobbs checked out the compact car, and pointed out the damage.

“You definitely see the fender, the bumper, and the headlights are destroyed…The battery has been impacted, the metal’s been pushed into it. It will need a new battery,” Dobbs explained.

Dobbs also showed WAVY News’ Ava Hurdle a Toyota Tundra truck with weather-related damage.

“Basically we’ve got a vehicle spun out on ice up here, which you can see the damage to the bumper cover, but there’s also damage back behind it to the reinforcement and the absorber,” he said.

The vehicle already has an estimated repair cost of between $3,000 to $4,000.

The expected repair time for the damaged vehicles is about a week or more, depending on the availability of replacement parts and insurance adjusters.

Friday, 28 March 2014 18:23

Birmingham Shop Fire Damages 16 Vehicles

Birmingham Fire and Rescue units battled a two-alarm fire, which was believed to have started in a body shop, on February 18, 2014, in southwest Birmingham, AL. The structure fire was reported at 2:30 p.m. at 15th Street Southwest and Lomb Avenue. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but appears to be accidental and may have involved welding. Jefferson County EMA and ADEM were contacted during the fire, as there were hazardous materials inside the building. Propane cylinders, diesel fuel, oil drums, and approximately 16 cars were present inside the shop.

Everyone working there got out safely.

On March 7, 2014, ABRA Auto Body & Glass announced the purchase of all 13 Wilburn Auto Body repair centers in the Charlotte, NC, metro area.