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More Californians crash their cars on December 15 than any other day of the year, according to an Allstate Insurance Company review of its California auto insurance claims over the past four years. The number of accident claims on December 15 jumps 23 percent compared to the daily average during the rest of the year.

"This spike in crashes could be related to weather, holiday shopping, travel or other distractions," says Robert Feldman, Allstate agency owner in metro Los Angeles. "What's important for drivers is that we stay focused while at the wheel whether on the highway or in the driveway—on December 15 and every day of the year."

The California Autobody Association’s East Bay chapter hosted its signature 13th annual Toys for Tots Model Truck Customizing Competition on Nov. 16 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, CA.

More than 300 CAA members and friends attended the dinner, raffle, and truck competition, which raised money for Toys for Tots and Bridge Intervention Services. The latter is an organization that was established in 1999 to address the growing need for effective intervention with at-risk youth who are experiencing the negative cycle of current destructive youth culture.

“The purpose of the agency is to create ‘Bridges of Opportunity’ to youth, their families and the community,” Kathy Mello, owner of T.G.I.F. Body Shop in Fremont said. “Through collaboration with individuals, local businesses, professionals, and various agencies, the program seeks to provide a channel of innovative networks which will enhance the overall intervention process.”

On Monday, November 1, Deb Hughes, Sun Devil Auto Toys for Tots team leader, began rallying employees and vendors to donate money, gifts & toys for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program again this year. On December 1, collection bins will be placed inside each of the 21 Sun Devil Auto valley locations. The team expects to collect much more for the charity and will promote this campaign through December 15th.

Last holiday season Sun Devil Auto, an Arizona auto-repair company, delivered a dozen bicycles and many more dozens of toys for needy valley children to the Arizona US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. This year they expect to deliver even more through additional in-store special events and cross-promotion focusing on their charity work.

It all started in Los Angeles with two hot rod enthusiasts still in high school; Mike Huniu and his cousin “Fast” Eddie Levy. Their shared auto shop class was about the only thing keeping them in school. It was very likely that the only reason they even graduated was that they worked on the Principal’s car.

They did their work in Mike’s father’s garage behind his house. When it began to spill out onto the lawn, they were told to take their hobby elsewhere. By this time they had graduated high school and had saved enough money to go into business together.

It was in the early 1950’s when they bought a service station on the corner of 51st Street and Hoover.  After a few more years of fixing and racing cars, they decided that they liked tearing cars apart better than putting them together.

Trying to keep an auto showroom and the sales tax revenues that come with it in town, San Juan Capistrano’s Redevelopment Agency will pay its largest incentive to date—$5 million —to an auto group for taking over and operating a dealership that is set to shutter by the end of the year according to the Orange County Register.

Capistrano Ford will end up being operated at its current location by the Tuttle-Click Automotive Group and then will move by March or April to a vacant former Nissan and Dodge/Jeep dealerships location at 33375 and 33235 Camino Capistrano under a new name, the city said.

This one-time Dodge/Jeep dealership will house a Ford/Lincoln dealership starting next year due to a $5 million incentive payment by San Juan Capistrano’s Redevelopment Agency.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has selected January 12 for their 2011 Annual Golf Outing presented by Hertz. The outing will take place at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort in Palm Springs, California.

The golf outing is held each year in conjunction with the NABC’s open board meeting and the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). This coming year the meetings are scheduled for January 11–14, 2011. The open board meeting is scheduled for January 12 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

“The annual golf outing is a fun and relaxing way to network with industry peers, while raising awareness of the great work the NABC does to enhance the image of the collision repair industry,” says NABC Vice President Brandon Devis of Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. “We are very excited to have Hertz on board as our presenting sponsor in 2011. They are a long-standing supporter of the NABC and have stepped up to the tee in support of our Annual Golf Outing.”