Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia
In January, Florida House members introduced a bill known as HB 323. One of its primary goals was to prevent auto glass shops in the state from “offering anything of value” to their customers in exchange for making claims for their auto glass work.
In February, West Virginia State Senator Randy Smith (R) reintroduced his 2018 bill that would require insurers to only use new OEM parts on vehicles from the current model year and the two previous years.
On Feb. 19, it was so busy at C&G Specialty Auto Repair and Auto Body in Arlington, VA, that it was tough to find an open spot outside. Inside, there was a flurry of activity thanks to the city’s last snow fall.
A Norfolk, VA, mother recently received a helping hand from GEICO and Hendrick Collision.
A pair of customers walked into Coty’s Auto Body Shop in Martinsburg, WV, and were greeted by the shop’s owner, Coty Graff.
Brandon Hales stood alone in the collision repair lab, preparing a car fender to be spray-painted with primer.
A Chatham County, GA, grand jury indicted nine people accused of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and one person accused of theft by receiving stolen property after 41 cars were stolen from eight Savannah, GA, dealerships and collision centers in 2017.
Alabama’s automakers just want to know which business plan to use. They’d prefer the plan that keeps sticker prices lower and workers busy. But they may need the other ones.
U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-AL, along with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, reintroduced the Automotive Jobs Act Jan. 15, which would delay the 25 percent tariff on imported vehicles and auto parts proposed by President Donald Trump, according to a press release from Jones’ office.
On Jan. 19, Russ Swift of Fantastic Finishes, a luxury collision repair center, partnered with Sheriff Ric Bradshaw of the Palm Beach County, FL, Sheriff’s Office to refurbish and gift a 2018 Dodge Caravan to The Hometown Foundation for Sebastian Castano, one of the organization’s Dream Riders.