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Hails storms moved across Mississippi in mid March causing numerous reports of hail damage and leaving at least three people injured and many vehicles damaged.

The National Weather Service reported large hail up to softball-size hit parts of the Jackson metro area and other parts of the state mid March with widespread damage to vehicles, homes and buildings.

Toyota of Orlando was recently named recipient of the 2012 Toyota Certified Collision Center Triple Crown award.

Out of 190 Toyota Certified Collision Center (TCCC) facilities nationwide, Toyota of Orlando was the top-performing shop in its sales group. The award was presented to the shop during a special recognition dinner March 19 in Orlando, FL.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts recently expanded in Dalton, GA, with owner Ken White opening a second location on the south side of the city.

Ken’s CARSTAR South opened in February. White renovated the building extensively before opening the modern facility. White has been in the collision repair industry for 20 years, and has owned his own business for 15 years.


Nearly 200 I-CAR instructors, volunteers, and industry members gathered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 22-23 for I-CAR’s Eastern Regional Conference. Outstanding instructors and volunteers were recognized for their dedication and commitment to I-CAR and for delivering collision repair training to their local areas.

Thursday, 21 March 2013 15:32

How to Donate to Ray Gunder’s Legal Fund

Members of the collision repair industry as well as distributors around the country are invited to make a donation on the behalf of Ray Gunder by sending checks payable to: Brent Geohagan, Attorney at law; Geohagan, P.A., 3001 Bartow Road Lakeland, FL 33803. Please write in the memo area: “Donation to Gunder’s Legal Fund.” Upon winning his cases, Gunder has committed to creating a ‘war chest’ legal fund from recovered fees and costs for repairers to use to fight their own insurer underpayment battles.

Georgia’s new car tax got fixed after state lawmakers reached agreement March 5 on a deal that won’t automatically give big tax breaks to a large group of used car dealers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The tuneup, crafted with the help of representatives of Gov. Nathan Deal, will fix unintended consequences of a new law that eliminated the state’s hated “birthday tax” on car registrations. A chief problem was a double tax on car leases.

The changes will go into effect as soon as Deal signs the legislation, which is expected to happen quickly.

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