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Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:43

Diamond Standard’s New Reflexxion Website

Diamond Standard brand parts manufacturer launched a new Reflexxion Automotive website, dedicated to provide an easy, interactive portal to the Reflexxion market leadership in cowl hoods featuring on-truck hood views and a paperless Flip-Page 2014 catalog.  “We are pleased to provide a clear, leading-edge website designed to help insurers, collision centers, distributors, and consumers by arranging content in a logical path to find the right part solution among more than 100 applications available for General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and Dodge light-duty truck and SUV models. As the manufacturer of steel and aluminum cowl induction design replacement hoods, we felt it important to address in a bold way the growing need for replacing a cowl induction hood in collision repair and the increasing consumer demand for exterior components to enhance and personalize vehicle appearance,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Diamond Standard. The website provides numerous features to enable a streamlined process of easily finding information, parts, and sourcing solutions—effectively reducing clicks required and eliminating menus.

Ginger Lowrey with Riverchase Collision Repair located near the Galleria in Birmingham, AL, has been busy estimating cars that need repair and re-finishing from the winter gridlock. “We’ve just had a lot of calls, a lot of people come by, many more estimates than we would normally write,” says Lowrey.

Lowrey told local news sources that consumers need to be careful where they take their vehicles. “I think any body shop that will offer you a warranty for as long as you own the vehicle is going to be a reputable shop,” said Lowrey. “I think you have to be real careful when you file insurance claims. Often times, you will be sent to a preferred shop and they are preferred because they give that insurance company discounts in exchange for volume.” Lowrey says that you should also know what you’re paying for.

“You don’t want a lot of junk parts or aftermarket parts, they’re generic and may void warranties on your vehicle,” said Lowrey. “Most people don’t know that aftermarket parts are not crash-tested [for warranty purposes]. So if you buy a five-star minivan that’s crash-tested, then you throw aftermarket parts on it, it will not be a five-star crash-rated minivan anymore.”

And she advises consumers to get their vehicle to a shop as soon as possible.

“If your vehicle is repaired, you will not be charged storage fees at a repair facility. You will be charged storage fees if it is towed to a tow lot. I would pick a shop, have a vehicle towed to the shop you want to have it repaired at, and then you will avoid any extra charges,” she said.

Lowrey recommends these websites for consumers:

Cars were also lining up at car washes like Blue Rain Express. Staff members at the car wash say they are expecting to see breaking numbers with more than 900 customers in line.

Meantime, Birmingham police say they are avoiding towing vehicles still abandoned on city streets after the ice and snow storm, and are giving people a chance to pick up their cars as long as it’s not interfering with traffic.

As predicted, the polar vortex that wrought havoc at the beginning of the year strengthened and continued moving southward in late January, resulting in more unusually low temperatures and icy winds. This winter storm system impacted most of the country with 34 states being under some sort of winter weather warning or advisory during the last week of the month.

Earl Edward Clauge, Jr., 51, an employee of Timberland Ford in Perry, FL, crashed a vehicle into the front of the dealership, exited the vehicle, and began shooting at about 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Axalta Coating Systems officially unveiled the 2014 Brilliant Flames paint scheme on the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS race car, driven by four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon, last week at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. When the cover was removed, there were gasps, claps, and even an “awesome” could be heard from the crowd.

Motorsports announcer, Winston Kelley, moderated a panel discussion comprised of race car driver, Jeff Gordon; VP Axalta Coating Systems and Head of North American Business, Nigel Budden; and Hendrick Motorsports Chairman and Owner, Rick Hendrick. Axalta Racing paint scheme artist, Sam Bass, was also available to take questions from media.

The paint scheme, designed by Bass, marks the 22nd season of a historic partnership between Axalta, Hendrick Motorsports, and Gordon. In addition to displaying the new car design, Axalta presented Gordon with a donation to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. “This is truly a brilliant partnership. We are proud to support Team 24, Jeff’s philanthropic endeavors, and Hendrick Motorsports. There is tremendous enthusiasm and mutual benefit. We look forward to a successful 2014,” said Budden.

Axalta’s first sponsored race of the 2014 season will showcase the Brilliant Flames paint scheme in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in the Kobalt Tools 400.

Rowan County, NC, authorities say three people are responsible for breaking into a storage facility belonging to a local automotive dealership.

Diamond Auto Sales, of 5515 Mooresville Road in Salisbury, was broken into several times; suspects took automobile parts and accessories, a press release said.

Officials with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office obtained information during their investigation that led them to possible suspects.

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