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California car buyers are America’s top consumers of hybrid and electric vehicles, reports Edmunds.com.

Edmunds.com, an automotive shopping and information site, conducted a thorough analysis of hybrid and electric car buying in each of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) and found that California residents are buying a larger proportion of these vehicles.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:48

San Mateo Auto Body Shops Get Reprieve

The city of San Mateo is backing off enforcement of auto shop vehicle lifts and temporarily not issuing any new permits, saying it would rather find solutions with businesses who were hit with costly violations in recent weeks during inspections for other public nuisance problems.

“We understand this came as a surprise to many in the auto shop community and we are aware of and sensitive to the concerns which have been expressed by the business owners,” City Manager Susan Loftus wrote in an Oct. 19 letter to the shops.

On Oct. 16, WIN Collision Center in Carson, CA, hosted two Verifacts training clinics. More than 80 people attended with approximately 67 of those attendees being insurance adjuster and appraisers. The clinics covered training on hybrid vehicle repairs and MIG brazing. According to Anthony Guinn, WIN Collision Center General Manager, the hybrid clinic was very educational and gave a very good view of the technical areas that are new to the industry.

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 16:26

CAA Inland Empire Meets Nov. 15

The Inland Empire Chapter of the California Autobody Association will meet Nov. 15 at a new venue, Mill Creek Cattle Company, 103 N. Lincoln Ave. in Corona, CA, and host guest speaker Lynnette Madsen from BPG Consulting. Madsen, president/CEO of BPG Consulting, Inc., a risk management firm, will address identify theft, federal laws and requirements. Madsen is a certified ID Theft Risk Management Specialist and will help members become aware of what mitigation plans you need, as well as IT requirements. In addition, the meeting will cover the risk of "the cloud" and third party downloads.

Registration begins at 6 p.m., speaker starts at 6:30 and dinner will be served at 6:45. Cost is $30 for CAA members or $45 for non-members. Vendor cost is $150.

RSVP to Cindy Shillito at (714) 944-4028 or to radiatorgirl@socal.rr.com.

The Los Angeles/South Coast CAA Chapter has been dormant for the past year, but the chapter is coming back to life. The newly revived chapter is seeking board members. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please attend the dinner meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the WIN Chevrolet Collision Center, 2201 E. 223rd Street in Carson, CA.

It was recently announced that Anthony Guinn, General Manager of WIN Collision Center, will be the chapter's new president. Guinn will host the Nov. 13 meeting and officers will be elected.

Please RSVP to Cindy Shillito, CAA Southern California Representative, at (714) 944-4028; or at radiatorgirl@socal.rr.com.

Dinner will be provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation hosted an Open House Sept. 25 at Cypress Community College in Cypress, CA to present new equipment and tools to its collision repair instructor and students - the first recipients of the $50,000 California Matching Makeover Grant.