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The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) honored its 17th class of Accredited Automotive Managers (AAMs) on Oct. 11, 2010. The graduating class of 2010 had 95 automotive service professionals who earned the Institute’s prestigious AAM designation by successfully completing AMI courses and accumulating a minimum of 120 credits.

The continuing education offered by the Institute helps automotive service professionals improve their business management skills. In addition to providing business management classes, the Institute offers the AAM designation, the industry’s first business education accreditation.

The Houston Police Department has been drafting a new city ordinance with the help of the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) aiming to protect consumers from body shops overcharging or charging for work that hasn’t been done to vehicles.

According to Sergeant Michael Provost, of Houston Police Department Vehicular Crimes Division, Houston has no regulations when it comes to automotive repair facilities and this has caused problems for consumers—especially those whose vehicles are coming directly from the accident scene while an owner is taken to the hospital.

A door-to-door insurance salesman in Garfield County, Okla., is believed to be casing out homes while trying to sell insurance policies.

Sheriff’s deputies told KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City that the salesman is employing high-pressure sales tactics, asking when a spouse might be home as a means to determining when the home might be unoccupied.

Catalytic converter theft is on the rise in Killeen, TX. Tracey Williams, owner of Affordable Towing & Recovery in Killeen, told the Killeen Daily Herald that one of her impound yards was hit multiple times.

“They’re just jumping fences and cutting catalytic converters off cars,” she said. “They are getting rid of them and selling copper.”

Craig’s Collision Center announces the Grand Opening of their newest ‘state-of-the-art’ auto collision center at 10836 South Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76140.

The location opened for business mid September. It is staffed by experienced senior Customer Service Managers and the facility is managed by John Faulkner who has more than 23 years experience in auto collision repair. For more information visit www.CraigsCollision.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Safelite Glass Corp. has been fined $52,000 by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) for allegedly providing continuing education (CE) courses in the state after its provider registration and course certifications had expired, according to information from the TDI.

According to the final consent order, Safelite initially registered as a continuing education provider (for insurance courses) in May 1993, and, as the state of Texas began using Sircon for administration of the CE program, Safelite registered as a Sircon provider from September 2007 through September 2009, with its registration expiring on September 3, 2009. It re-registered as a provider on December 16, 2009.