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ADESA, a vehicle auction operator, has signed a 20-year lease for a new auction center at the Dallas Logistics Hub with The Allen Group, the site's San Diego-based developer. The facility will be built on 175 acres at the northwest corner of Wintergreen Road and North Lancaster Hutchins Road in Hutchins, Texas.

A report by an automobile insurer concludes that Oklahoma City drivers are less likely than Tulsa drivers to be involved in traffic collisions.

El Paso County sued Gemini's Body Shop on Friday, alleging the auto body shop engaged in misleading business practices that harmed consumers trying to get their cars repaired, a statement from the county attorney's office said.

Caliber Collision Centers, an Irvine, Calif.-based operator of collision repair facilities in California and Texas, announces the acquisition of a 19,000 square foot facility in Bedford, Texas located in the busy Grubbs Family of Dealerships that includes Nissan, Chrysler, Jeep and Infiniti dealers.

by Jeff Postelwait, Tulsa World

Tulsa resident Bill Knight purchased five automotive dealerships formerly owned by Penske Automotive Group Inc. as well as two collision repair shops Thursday. United Ford's south Tulsa location, Jaguar of Tulsa, and Lincoln Mercury of Tulsa, all near Memorial Drive near the Creek Turnpike; and Volvo of Tulsa and United Hummer at 41st Street and Memorial were included in the purchase.

Central Louisiana was spared full scale hurricane damage in last week’s flooding but estimates of flooded cars are in the many thousands. Alexandria State Farm insurance agent Myron Lawson said some estimates indicate the number of vehicles affected by the storm and the resulting wet weather might climb into the multiple thousands, though no official estimates have been announced. Some automobile claims came directly from Hurricane Gustav, Wednesday morning's flooding in the cities made the number of claims much higher. "[Sept. 3rds] events at minimum doubled them," Lawson said. “The claims process has begun, but it could be days before claims adjusters can look at auto claims. That would only be the beginning. It could be months (before we finish)," Lawson added.