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Thu, 02 Jul 2015
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Due to the Independence Day Holiday in the U.S., daily news coverage will resume Tuesday, July 7th.
Michigan Bill Seeks to Ban Insurer-Mandated Parts and Materials Procurement
ASA supported legislation would make insurance company mandates on parts and materials illegal in the state.

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Traffic Volume Gains Remain Strong in April
Driving was up 3.9 percent in April versus 2014. Growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q1 2015
Shops reporting higher sales and earnings compared to previous year declined in the first quarter. Read

Rhode Island General Assembly Approves Glass Shop Licensing Changes
Motor Vehicle Glass Consumer Protection Act expands licensing requirements for motor vehicle glass repair and replacement facilities. Exempts licensed body shops. Read

Rhode Island Two-Tiered Licensing Bill Passed by General Assembly
Legislation that requires OEM aluminum certification for top collision repair facility license tier received its final approval in the Rhode Island Senate yesterday. Bill sent to Governor. Read


Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Increased in 2014

Major auto physical damage indicators continue to see dramatic increases. Losses on collision claims up 8.4 percent versus 2013. Read

Rhode Island Licensing Bills Scheduled to be Heard
House and Senate versions of two-tiered collision repair licensing bill move another step closer to passage. Would require OEM aluminum certification for highest level license. Read

ABPA Files Brief in Support of Non-OEM Parts Distributor's Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
The Automotive Body Parts Association believes the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in supporting dismissal of Felder’s Auto Parts' antitrust case against General Motor’s Bump the Competition program. Read

March Traffic Volume Up 3.9% Compared to 2014
Gains in driving continue across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Rhode Island Two-Tiered Collision Repair Facility Licensing Bill Clears House
Rhode Island Bill that would require OEM Aluminum Certification for Class A status passed by House of Representatives. Senate version approved by Judiciary committee last week. Read


Collision Repair Industry Production Increases in March

Production improved versus February and is more than 4 percent above 2014.Read

Judge Recommends Dismissal of Complaints in 14 Lawsuits Against Auto Insurance Companies
U.S. Magistrate Judge recommends that complaints in 14 pending antitrust cases brought by collision repairers against insurance companies be dismissed. Would allow plaintiffs to amend complaints to address problems cited. Read

Rhode Island Two-Tiered Collision Repair Facility Licensing Bill Clears Committee
A bill that seeks to revise Rhode Island’s existing licensing regulations was recommended for passage by House Corporations Committee. Requires OEM Aluminum Certification for Class A status. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation
Body repair prices in April up less than one percent compared to year ago. Auto insurance prices were up more than five percent during the same period. Read

New Weld Inspection Technology Could Revolutionize Collision Repair Quality Control
Portable, non-destructive, weld inspection technology developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could transform collision repair facility operators’ ability to measure structural repair quality. Read

Estimating System Providers Ready to Support General Motors Dynamic Pricing Pilot
Concerns raised by collision repairer and insurers over privacy and estimating workflow forced General Motors to postpone its dynamic pricing initiative last year. With a pilot announced for this summer, CollisionWeek asks how estimating system providers have implemented GM’s system to alleviate these concerns. Read

Interview: Chuck Sulkala, Executive Director of the National Auto Body Council, Discusses Milestones Achieved by the Recycled Rides Program
The National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program delivered nearly $3 million in refurbished vehicles to people in need during 2014. Sulkala, discusses that milestone, another about to be achieved by the program, and how the industry can get involved. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Increases in January
Production improved versus December and is significantly higher than January 2014. Read

Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Increased Slightly in 2013
Latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the increase in the independent collision repair facility population that started in 2012 continued in 2013. Read

CIC Committee Begins Update of Class A Shop Definition
Changing technology driving quicker update cycle. Committee considers segmented document to reflect differing capabilities. Read

U.S. Length of Rental Falls 0.1 Day in Q1 2015
The overall average length of rental declined in the first quarter for the first time in two years across the U.S. Read

NADA Reports Dealer Body Shop Count Increased
Again in 2014

For the second straight year, the number of dealerships operating on-site body shops has increased. Read

January 12-Month Traffic Volume Surpasses 2007 Peak
After more than seven years, traffic volume for the 12 months to January set a new high. Surpasses peak set in November 2007. Read

Interview: Rick Tuuri from AudaExplore Discusses Feather, Prime and Block Implementation
AudaExplore, a Solera Company, is introducing the collision repair industry's first solution to itemize Feather, Prime and Block labor in the estimate. Rick Tuuri, vice president of industry relations for AudaExplore explains how the system will work and the benefits for repairers and insurers. Read

Largest Auto Insurers Continue to Add Market Share in 2014
The largest private passenger auto insurers gained market share in 2014. A change in ranking among the top five auto insurers for the second year in a row. Read

Interview: Gary Ledoux from American Honda Discusses ProFirst Certified Program
American Honda has announced the launch its ProFirst certification program for collision repair facilities. In our exclusive video interview, CollisionWeek sat down with Ledoux on Friday prior to the start of the Northeast Trade Show in New Jersey to discuss the new program. Read


Big 4 Collision Repair MSOs Surpass 1000 Total Locations

ABRA, Boyd, Caliber and Service King see increased rate of growth in new locations during 2014. Unit growth in 2014 nearly triple 2012 expansion. Read

A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our annual series by Vincent Romans and Mary Jane Kurowski examines the largest shop groups in the North American collision repair industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers. Read


Shops Rate Insurers:
Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index

Repairers rate the claims handling performance of the nation's 15 largest personal automobile insurers. Read


 

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Today's News

Recent News

Jul 01
Four Lane Auto Parts Acquires Salvage Hunter Auto Parts
National AutoBody Research Schedules Texas Labor Rate Workshops
Germany - PPG Expands Waterborne Coatings Plant
Australia - I-CAR and MTA Institute of Technology Sign Agreement

Jun 30
ABRA Acquires Milwaukee, Wisc. Collision Repair Center
NADA Increases 2015 New-Vehicle Sales Forecast to 17.2 Million
Service King Launches Apprentice Development Program
Australia - FCAI Warns on Improper Repairs from Non-Genuine Parts

Jun 29
ABRA Acquires 23 Kadel’s Locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington
The Collision Centers of New York Adds Fourth Long Island Location
SkillsUSA Auto Refinish Collision Repair Medalists Named
ASA Publishes Updated ‘Not-Included Operations’ Charts
Badolato Nominated as NJ Commissioner of Banking and Insurance

Jun 26
NY Collision Repair Center Owner Indicted for Theft of $570K in Sales Tax
General Motors Publishes Additional Details of MyPriceLink Pilot
Chief Announces New Instructors, Third quarter Class Schedule
WMABA Golf Outing September 16
I-CAR Commends USAA Training Commitment

Jun 25
Enterprise Commits $1 Million Annual Support for American Red Cross
AASP-MN 21st Annual Golf Outing a Success
Canada - BASF Expands Distribution in Quebec
Australia - AMA Group Raises AU$45 Million

Jun 24
Ford to Pilot Car Sharing, Invests in Autonomous Vehicles, 3D Printing
CIECA Standards Updated for Aluminum Labor Codes
Axalta Commissions New Waterborne Facility in Germany
Service King Donates $30,000 to Samaritan Inn Village

Jun 23
Average U.S. Gas Prices Near 2015 High
Service King Acquires Florida Collision Repair Center
U.S. Senators Call for Increased Transparency, Accountability at NHTSA
GCIA Launches Labor Rate Survey
Pannazzo Named Chief Operating Officer at Autobody-Review.com

Jun 22
Boyd Group Acquires Location in Battle Creek, Michigan
Caliber Donates $35,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
Enterprise Recognizes Axalta Business Council Members
AMI Announces 2015-2016 Board of Trustees
Canada - Chief Adds Alu Autotech as Distributor in Ontario

Jun 19
Improved Interactions Drive Gen Y Increase in Auto Insurance Satisfaction
Massachusetts Governor Appoints New ADALB Members
NACE | CARS Details Celebrity Appearances
Safelite Will Add More Than 1,000 Additional Technicians in 2015

Jun 18
Mitchell Releases Toyota Recommended Repair Procedures
CARSTAR Names Award Winners at Annual Conference
Randy Boyd to Retire at GM
Kadel’s Raises $34,000 for Children’s Cancer Association

Jun 17
Enterprise Acquires AllCar Rent-a-Car, Carpingo in Brooklyn
Kemper Achieves I-CAR Insurance Gold Class Status
PartsTrader Names Anderson Director of Decision Sciences
Safelite Announces Staff Appointments
CCC Introduces Appraisal Platform

Jun 16
CARSTAR Offers Positive Outlook For 2015, Details Growth Strategies
Mitchell Integrates PDA Xpress Virtual Estimating Solution
Registration Open for CCIF at NACE
Australia - Berkshire Hathaway and IAG Forms Strategic Relationship

Jun 15
ABRA and Service King Announce Acquisitions
KAR Auction Services Acquires UK-based Salvage Auction
CARSTAR Selects Enterprise as Preferred Car Rental Provider
1Collision Network Joins List of Co-located Groups at NACE | CARS
SCRS and March Taylor Memorial Fund to Provide Tool Scholarships

Jun 12
Legislation Seeks to include Crash Avoidance in NHTSA 5-Star Rating
Copart Opens Third Location in the Middle East
NACE | CARS Offers 50% Discount to I-CAR and ASE Shops and Techs
Axalta Supports YMWIC STEM Education Program

Jun 11
Volvo City Safety System Cuts Rear End Collisions by 28%
Allstate Using Mobile Hail Assessment System in Colorado
Premiere Services Adds Reconditioned Mobile Electronics Parts Program
AASP/NJ Executive Director Urges Shops to Use Variable Rate Survey
Mitchell International Extends Alliance with J.D. Power

Jun 10
NTSB Calls for Immediate Action on Collision Avoidance Systems
ABRA Named Farmers Insurance MSO of the Year for Third Year
CARSTAR Annual Conference in San Diego this Weekend
Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists Announces New Leadership

Jun 09
Driven Brands Acquires 1-800-Radiator & A/C
1Collision Network adds Champaign, Illinois Location
Guild 21 Conference Call Thursday Features CARSTAR Canada’s Jefferies
Ed Foundation and Congresswoman Collaborate on Veteran Employment

Jun 08
Wholesale Vehicle Prices Fall in May
NHTSA Highlights New Technology Solution to Prevent Drunk Driving
Honda Releases 2016 Pilot Body Repair Information
U.S. Senate Committee Examines EPA’s Proposed Ozone Standard
Williams Collision Equipment to Distribute Spanesi Americas

Jun 05
Tipsord to Succeed Rust as State Farm CEO in September
DCR Systems Receives Patent for Paint Booth System
Application Deadline for AMI Scholarships June 20
Solera Completes Acquisition of DMEautomotive

Jun 04
NHTSA to Require Electronic Stability Control on Heavy Trucks and Buses
Honda Video Details Improper Total Loss Repair
Foundation Needs Sponsors for School Instructors to Attend NACE
UK - Carlyle Closes Acquisition of National Accident Repair Services
EU - Belron Acquires Autotaalglas in the Netherlands

Jun 03
Valspar Completes Acquisition of Quest Coatings Businesses
MSO Symposium Agenda Details Released
Vehicle Service Group Partners with Habitat for Humanity
Uni-Select Announces Management Reorganization

Jun 02
U.S. House Committee Addresses Automotive Cybersecurity
Rupert Named Director of Idaho Department of Insurance
CARSTAR Webinar Tomorrow Features CCC’s Gotsch
Boston Seminar to Address Short-Pay Collection
UK - Automechanika Birmingham Trade Show Announced in 2016

Jun 01
Consumer Sentiment Declines in May
Uni-Select Completes Sale of US Automotive Parts Distribution Business
NICB Warns Texas Storms Leave Thousands of Vehicles Flooded
AASP-MN Announces Employee Assessment Member Benefit
11th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing a Success

May 29
ARA Reiterates Call for Access to OEM Recall Data
ABRA Adds Jerry’s Body Shop as Franchise in Minnesota
J.D. Power to Acquire NADA Used Car Guide
SBA Offers Business Continuity Webinar to Prep for Hurricane Season
PartsTrader Announces Technology Partner Program

May 28
Property/Casualty Insurers' Net Income Declined in 2014
Safeco Fined $95K by Montana for Shortchanging Auto Insurance Claims
Copart Reports Declining Revenue in Fiscal Third Quarter
Automotive and Industrial Supply Opens New Location in Logan, Utah
NACE | CARS to Support Breast Cancer Programs and Research

May 27
Valspar Acquires Coatings Business from Quest Specialty Chemicals
New-Car Sales to Reach 17.3 Million SAAR in May
NACE | CARS Announce Detroit Destination & Technical Tours
Auto Glass Safety Council to Hold Annual Meeting in Reno September 29

May 26
AASP-MN Disappointed by Legislative Session
ASA Congratulates AudaExplore on Feather, Prime, Block
I-CAR Reports Gold Class Shops Save Consumers and Insurers Money
3M and Education Foundation Announce Hire Our Heroes Grants

May 21
Education Foundation Awards $200K in Scholarships and Grants
Enterprise Commits $3 Million to Fisher House Foundation
Lawsky to Leave New York Department of Financial Services
Australia - AMA Group to Purchase Woods Accident Repair Centres

May 20
Takata Air Bag Recall Expands to 34 Million Vehicles
NY Bill Restricting Parts/Materials Mandates Clears Insurance Committee
IAA Launches Part Search Capability
Refinish Distributors Alliance Spring Membership Meeting Held in Texas

May 19
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in April
Survey Projects 7-10% Health Care Premium Increase in 2016
Gerber Donates $35,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
CARSTAR Liss Honored by Make-A-Wish
Gotsch Receives WIN Cornerstone Award

May 18
AAA Projects 5.3% Increase in People Driving For Memorial Day Getaway
Cooks Collision Acquires Oakland Auto Body
Former Auto Parts Executive Indicted for Role in Conspiracy to Fix Prices
AASP/NJ Sponsors State SkillsUSA Competition
Florida Prohibits Price Optimization to Determine Insurance Premiums

May 15
Google Prototype Self-Driving Cars to Start Testing on City Streets
CARSTAR Adds Location in San Diego
Hertz Reports Higher Off-Airport Volume in Q1
Pacific Elite Nears Completion of Rebranding Project
OSHA and CCAR Renew Alliance
WIN Announces Board Leadership

May 14
U.S. to Accelerate Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Mandate
AAA Tests Show Headlight Limitations Increase Crash Likelihood
NACE | CARS Announces Return of the Technology & Telematics Forum
Pro Spot Introduces Virtual Welding Contest at AASP Northeast Show
Keenan Auto Body Announces CROP Graduate

May 13
General Motors to Test Real-Time Parts Pricing System this Summer
Study Confirms Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Braking
FTC Urges Michigan to Repeal Ban on Direct-to-Consumer Auto Sales
Women Drivers Closing the Mileage Gap
NABR Releases Preliminary Results of Procedures Survey

May 12
Boyd Group Reports First Quarter 2015 Sales Up 53.4% versus 2014
CCC Acquires Insurance Telematics Provider
Mitchell ITR Report Examines Vehicle Life-Cycle Impact on Repair Cost
Martin Senour Announced Third Quarter Training Schedule
Canada - CARSTAR Adds Location in Greater Ottawa Area

May 11
Retired PPG Employee Charged with Theft of Glass Manufacturing Secrets
Collision Repair School Makeover Grant Application Deadline May 29
NJ Makes it a Crime to Evade Premium by Registering Auto in Other State
NACE Details OEM Training Classes
IAnet Names Alden Director of Operations

May 08
ASA Collision Leadership Encourages Congress to Review MFN Clauses
BASF Names Distributor of the Year
Sherwin-Williams Announces Third Quarter Training Schedule
UK - Raytheon Teams with Axalta on Apprenticeship Program

May 07
Axalta Reports First Quarter Results
Boyd Acquires Collision Repair Facility in Washington State
Solera Reports Third Quarter 2015 Revenue Up 7.1%
Guild 21 Conference Call May 14 Features Mercedes-Benz
ASA Board of Directors Sworn In During Annual Business Meeting
Equipment and Tool Institute Announces 2015-2016 Officers and Directors

May 06
Allstate Reports Operating Income up 4.8% in First Quarter
FinishMaster Acquires Distributors in California and North Carolina
Freightliner Receives Autonomous Truck License in Nevada
NACE Releases MSO Symposium Agenda
PartsTrader Releases New Version
Sherwin-Williams Partners with Toyota for Estimator Training

May 05
Recent Gas Prices Motivating Americans to take a Road Trip this Year
ABRA Acquires Indiana Collision Repair Center
Career Fair this Saturday in Downingtown, Pennsylvania
CEI Names Bob Glose Senior Director of Operations
Canada - Fix Auto Adds Two Locations

May 04
ABRA Acquires Keenan Auto Body
CARSTAR Announces Record Revenue in First Quarter
Judson Named Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner
Canada - AIA Donates CA$250,000 to Automotive Business School

May 01
WIN Relocates Next Week’s Conference to Washington, D.C.
1Collision Network Adds Wisconsin Location
Education Foundation Career Event at Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 18
China - Axalta Builds New R&D/Training Center in Shanghai

Apr 30
LKQ Corporation Reports Revenue Growth of 9.1% in First Quarter
Tony Molla Joins ASA Staff as Vice President
Shawn Hezar Joins Caliber Collision as Senior VP-Strategic Accounts
Brad Keselowski to Keynote at NACE | CARS 2015
Australia - AAAA Releases its Vehicle Data Sharing Code of Practice

Apr 29
More Customers Are Shopping for New Auto Insurance Provider
Caliber Acquires Cherner Collision Centers’ Seven Locations
Mitchell Announces 13th Annual AutocheX Premier Achiever Awards
Property Damage Appraisers Announces Leadership Team Appointments
Australia - Collision Repair Expo Attendance Up 34% from 2013

Apr 28
Jeff Peevy Named President of Automotive Management Institute
Sherwin-Williams EcoLean Workshop June 16-17 in Cleveland
Dallas Collision Repair Career Fair Attracts Draws Over 200 Students
John and Brittany Force to Speak at NACE | CARS 2015

Apr 27
Mitchell Announces Updated RepairCenter Mobile
AASP/NJ’s 11th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing May 18
AASP-MN Announces Board of Directors
Ireland - PPG and Dublin Institute of Technology Announce Partnership

Apr 24
NACE | CARS 2015 Registration Open
Nationwide Implementing Automated Mobile Hail Estimating
Wurth USA and Hunter Engineering Announce Partnership
Canada - Fix Auto Expands in Quebec

Apr 23
Dynabrade Acquires National Detroit
I-CAR Announces Tech Center Award Winner
CEI Visits Ford HQ for F-150 Aluminum Repair Review
Canada - CSN – 427 Auto Collision First to Achieve New I-CAR Gold Class

Apr 22
Solera Acquires DMEautomotive
AASP-MN Awards $15,000 in Scholarships
Women’s Industry Network Elects Board
UK - Nationwide Crash Repair Centres Renews PPG Supply Agreement

Apr 21
New Report Projects Evolution of Self-Driving Car Market
Gas Prices Rise on Higher Crude Oil Costs
PartsTrader Doubles Contribution for Students to Attend SkillsUSA
I-CAR Improves Online Registration Process
Safelite AutoGlass Donates $5,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Apr 20
Roark Capital Group Acquires Driven Brands
ABRA Acquires Chicago-area Collision Repair Center
CARSTAR Seeks to Expand Insurance Relations Team
China - BASF Signs Refinish Manufacturing Agreement
Canada - Fix Auto Expands in Ontario

Apr 17
Ford Forms Partnership to Develop High-Volume Carbon Fiber
Insurance Auto Auctions Opens Chicago-North Location
Former Service King CFO Sentenced To Prison For Embezzlement
Georgia High School Collision Repair Enrollment to Double
Ford Reduces Prices 14% on 77 New Parts in Truckload Program

Apr 16
Study Examines When, Where and How Much Motorists Drive
H.I.G. Capital Sells Dent Wizard to Gridiron Capital
Smart Transportation Innovation Coalition Formed
Taxes are now the Top Concern for Small Business Owners
Axalta to Launch e-Learning Campus

Apr 15
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in March
Shirin Hezar Promoted to CEO at Pacific Elite Collision Centers
AkzoNobel School Sustainability Grant Application Deadline April 22
ABRA Announces Partnership with AccuracyDriven4

Apr 14
Maine Cheapest State to Insure a New Car, Michigan Most Expensive
Scott Wendel Passes Away
Car Guys Collision Repair to Open Two New locations in Ocala, Florida
Sherwin-Williams Details 2014 Top OEM Color Repairs
WIN Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Apr 13
ABRA Acquires Four Collision Repair Centers in Chicago
Copart Expands in the Middle East
I-CAR Announces 2015 Board of Directors
Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces 2015 Trustees
Richard Perry Named OEM and Strategic Account Sales Manager at Chief

Apr 10
LKQ and Ford Renew Patent License Agreement
Allstate, Tech-Cor Commend Ford on Aluminum F-150 Repairability
I-CAR Announces New and Updated Courses
NABC Promotes Teen Anti-Texting and Driving Campaign

Apr 09
CIECA Outlines EMS to BMS Migration Plan
Collision Works Acquires its 6th Location in Southern Oklahoma
Telematics Provider Working on Predictive FNOL
Michael Quinn Named Executive Vice President at Assured Performance
Canada - CARSTAR and Uniban Announce Auto Glass Partnership

Apr 08
Berkshire Hathaway Invests $560 Million in Axalta
Florida, Texas, California Metro Areas See Population Growth
Guild 21 Conference Call Tomorrow on Personal Brand Promise
ASA Welcomes Two New Staff Members
Canada - CARSTAR Adds Location in Edmonton

Apr 07
Automotive Service Association Opposes Tennessee Salvage Legislation
ABRA, Gerber and CARSTAR Add Locations
PartsTrader Announces OEM Dealership Inventory Integration
Jeff Peevy Joins Collision Industry Foundation Board of Trustees
CEI Names Steve Enoch Chief Information Officer

Apr 02
I-CAR Mourns the Loss of Johnny Dickerson
2015 F-150 Reaches 29% of Overall F-150 Sales for March
Cadillac Premieres Aluminum Intensive 2016 CT6
Owner of PA Collision Shop Arrested in $85,000 Insurance Fraud Sting

Apr 01
Carlyle Group Makes Offer for UK-based Nationwide Accident Repair Svc
Service King Acquires Orlando Collision Repair Center
EPA Seeks Input on Potential Ban of Paint Stripper Chemicals
Mitchell Hosts Collision Industry Boot Camp in Seattle
Canada - Fix Auto Announces New Location in Montreal

Mar 31
Axalta Announces $1 Billion Secondary Stock Offering
AASP/NJ Celebrates Successful NORTHEAST Trade Show
Women’s Industry Network Hosts Webinar April 15
Canada - Registration Open for CCIF Halifax
Australia - Pratt to Retire as I-CAR CEO, Czvitkovits to Assume Role

Mar 30
Service King Acquires Second Charlotte, N.C. Location
Radiator Assemblies Added to GM Rewards Program
RSVP Deadline Friday for Maxwell High School April 8 Open House
BASF Names Employee and Salesperson of the Year in North America
Australia - Subaru Joins I-CAR as Sustaining Member

Mar 27
Boyd Group Reports 7.2% Same Store Sales Growth in 2014
National Auto Body Council Opens Nominations for 2015 Awards
CAPA Announces Technical Committee Members

Mar 26
FTC Approves Carlisle’s Purchase of the Graco Liquid Finishing Business
Copart Expands Online Auction Capabilities in the Middle East
Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser Sells Out, Waiting List Available

Mar 25
Blumenthal Calls FTC Settlement with BMW Wake-Up Call for OEMs
Study Shows Distraction Factor in More than Half of Teen Crashes
Enterprise Selects Redspot as Franchise Partner in Australia & NZ
Sherwin-Williams Renews As Official Paint of NASCAR

Mar 24
Service King Acquires Four Autobody USA Locations in So. California
Chevrolet Touts Ease of Silverado Pickup Collision Repair
Crude Oil Prices Reach a Six-Year Low, Gas Still Above Recent Lows
LORD Fusor Joins National Auto Body Council as Diamond Member

Mar 23
BMW Settles FTC Charges MINI Tied Warranty to OEM Parts and Service
ASA Continues Opposition to New Jersey Right to Repair Legislation
Refinish Distributors Alliance Adds New Member
Canada - AIA Seeks New President & CEO

Mar 20
AASP/NJ NORTHEAST Trade Show Opens Today
American Honda Launches ProFirst Certified Program
Registration Deadline Next Week for ASA Annual Meeting and Lobby Day
Argentina - Axalta and APTA Open Training Center

Mar 19
NABC Members Donate Nearly $3 Million of Recycled Rides
April 2 CREW Examines the Quest for Qualified Employees
North Carolina Bills Would Eliminate Auto Safety Inspections
UK - Competition Authority Publishes Final Motor Insurance Order

Mar 18
Effect of Estate Tax on Family Business Subject of U.S. House Hearing
WIN Conference Registration Opens
ADESA Acquires Vehicle Auction near Pittsburgh
PartsTrader Announces New Strategic Account Managers
Canada - Fix Auto Expands in Quebec

Mar 17
CAA Comments on Continuing Coverage of CNN Story
Chief University Introduces Updated Design Based Repair Course
Bill Introduced in U.S. House to Improve Vehicle Safety
Holden Selects OEConnection
Pat Mormile Joins Industrial Finishes & Systems

Mar 16
First Coast-to-Coast Automated Drive Across the U.S. Planned
ABRA Acquires Glass Operations in North Carolina
AASP/NJ Projects Record-Breaking NORTHEAST Show this Weekend
Ed Foundation Seeks Sponsors for School Instructors to Attend NACE
Tom McGee Joins Spanesi Americas

Mar 13
Michigan Legislation Would Update Penalties for Licensing Violations
VeriFacts Automotive Grows in 10 States, Seeks New Verification Experts
CCC Celebrates 5000 Shop Milestone for Workflow Solution
Canada - Fix Auto Announces New Location in New Brunswick

Mar 12
Small Business Optimism Rises Despite Falling Sales Trends
USAA and State Farm Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings
Car Doctor Radio Show to Broadcast Live from NORTHEAST Trade Show
SCA Appraisal Expands Vehicle Owner Communication Capabilities
Collision Works Promotes Hadlock to Executive Vice President
Canada - CSN Adds 5 Locations in Alberta

Mar 11
Axalta Releases Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Global NCAP Calls for Minimum Vehicle Safety Standards Worldwide
Early Bird Registration for Ed Foundation Golf Event Ends March 31
Spanesi Completes Building Expansion Project
Canada - Assured Automotive Acquires 8th Location in Ottawa Market

Mar 10
Berkshire Hathaway Completes Van Tuyl Acquisition
Recyclers Association Warns of Growing Danger of Counterfeit Parts
Mitchell Launches RepairCenter Hub
Transportation Groups Aims for Zero Deaths on U.S. Roads
WIN Thanks 2015 Corporate Sponsors

Mar 09
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Fell in February
Nissan Expands 2013-15 Altima Hood Latch Recall
GEICO Donates $100,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
Online Registration and Agenda Available for PBES May Conference
SCRS Announces April Meeting Schedule
CEI Names Michael Kotula Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Mar 06
Google Launches Auto Insurance Comparison Site
March 19 GCIA Meeting Features Collision Repair Education Foundation
Collision Industry Conference Committee Asks Industry for Input
ASA Announces National Oil Purchasing, Rebate Program

Mar 05
Industry Provides Record $13 Million to Support Collision Repair Schools
California Autobody Association Swears In 2015 Board
Toyota Predictive Modeling Featured on March 12 Guild 21 Con Call
PPG Refinish Products Receive Good Housekeeping Seal
Canada - CARSTAR adds Location in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Mar 04
PartsTrader Raises $30 Million to Fund U.S. Growth
Service King Acquires Loro Auto Works in Oak Park, Ill.
NORTHEAST Trade Show Features Expanded Demo Area
Canada - Fix Auto Names Lavoie Mgr Strategic and Insurer Relations

Mar 03
Service King Acquires Six Central Collision Centers Locations in Chicago
U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Speed Auto Recall Repairs
Liberty Mutual Insurance Reports Auto Insurance Policy Growth in 2014
Women's Industry Network Announces 2015 Most Influential Women
Education Foundation Details Regional Golf Fundraisers Needing Support

Mar 02
Consumer Sentiment Declines Slightly in February
ABRA Acquires Illinois Collision Repair Center
1Collision Network adds Indiana Location
Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Deadline March 31
GEICO Seeks Entry-Level Adjusters and Mgmt Trainees in New York City

Feb 27
State Farm Auto Insurance Premiums Grew 5.6% in 2014
MAPFRE Insurance Expands in New England, Enters Maine and Vermont
Insurance Associations Support Legislation Limiting OEM Parts Patents
CEI Names Sean O’Malley Midwest Sales Manager
UK - Repair Associations Announce Cooperation

Feb 26
LKQ Announces Earnings, Acquisitions, Management Changes
H&V Collision Center Acquires Two Locations in Upstate New York
CARSTAR Announces Annual Conference, Network Addition
Coalition Applauds Re-introduction of the PARTS Act in U.S. Congress
R-M Receives Porsche Global Technical Approval

Feb 25
Esurance Expands Into Canada
Copart Reports Lower Revenue, Higher Net in Fiscal Q2
AASP-PA Announces Training Weekend May 1-3
Mike Anderson to Keynote May Women’s Industry Network Conference

Feb 24
Auto Recyclers Assoc. Seeks to Set Record Straight on Recycled Parts
Team PRP Auto Recyclers Group Comments on CNN Report
Hotel Reservations Open for NACE|CARS in Detroit
Wedge Clamp Opens U.S. Office
AAA Reports Gas Prices Up for 28 Days in a Row

Feb 23
ABRA Acquires North Carolina Collision Repair Center
New-Vehicle Retail Sales in February Expected to Cross the Million Mark
Minn. Enters Consent Agreement with Auto Club Group over Glass Claims
Expanded NORTHEAST Trade Show Almost Sold Out
SEM Hosts Refinish Distributors Alliance Board Meeting

Feb 20
FinishMaster Acquires Florida Distributor
Volvo Presents Solution for Integrating Self-Driving Cars into Real Traffic
Lawsuit Claims Flat Rate System Violates Calif. Minimum Wage/OT Laws
PPG Releases Distributor Training Schedule

Feb 19
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in January
MSO Symposium Announced for July 23
Carbon Fiber Predicted to Go Mainstream in Vehicles by 2025
AASP/NJ Sponsors VRS Real-Time Labor Rate Survey
Car Care Guides Available for April’s National Car Care Month

Feb 18
KAR Auction Services Reports 12% Increase in Fourth Quarter Revenue
NORTHEAST Trade Show Includes Steering Panel Discussion
Martin Senour Announces Second Quarter Training Schedule
Canada - AIA President & CEO Brazeau to Leave Association May 1

Feb 17
Dale Delmege Passes Away
Midwest Auto Body Trade Show this Thursday
Validation of Collision Repair Workmanship Featured at NASTF Meeting
Sherwin-Williams Announces Annual Vendor Awards
Fix Auto USA Names Charlie Rich VP Business Development

Feb 13
ASE Introduces New EPA-Approved MVAC Training and Certification
CIF Raises $34,000 at Annual Gala Fundraiser
Chevrolet Commits to Bolt Electric Vehicle Production
Sherwin-Williams Announces Second Quarter Training Schedule

Feb 12
New Glass Replacement Standard Approved by ANSI
CCC Adds Procedure Data for 2015 Ford F-150
I-CAR Recognized Kemper for Gold Class Achievement

Feb 11
PCI Study Shows Satisfaction with Auto Claims, Acceptance of Referrals
Recyclers Association Files Lawsuit against Takata Over Used Airbags
ASA Announces New Affiliate Association in Connecticut
Education Foundation Recognizes AudaExplore and Quest Automotive

Feb 10
Uni-Select to Sell US Automotive Parts Distribution Business for $340M
New Honda Training Courses Available Online Through I-CAR
ASA Calls for Presentations for NACE|CARS
FCA Mexico Opens New Mopar Parts Distribution Center
Missouri Insurance Director Elected NAIC President-Elect

Feb 09
ABRA Acquires Seven Collision Repair Centers in Washington State
Chicago Area Collision School Program Moves into Renovated Building
ASA Hosts Roundtable Automotive Telematics Impact to Repair Industry
Estimating Training Featured at NORTHEAST Trade Show

Feb 06
Keenan Auto Body to Open 12th Location in Aston, Pa.
Uber and Carnegie Mellon University Partner on Autonomous Vehicles
Allstate Reports Auto Premium Growth in 2014
Solera Reports Increased Revenue in Fiscal Second Quarter

Feb 05
CARSTAR Reports $712 Million Revenue in 2014
Today's CREW Welcomes State Farm Claims Director, Russ Hoffbauer
Team PRP Adds AAA Auto Salvage to Network
ASA’s Annual Business Meeting April 20-22 in Washington, D.C.
Governor Helps Open Fayetteville, N.C. Collision Repair School Program
Automotive Recyclers Association Expands Member Insurance Program

Feb 04
Mitchell Industry Trends Report Examines Collision Repair Parts Pricing
Service King Acquires Seattle Collision Repair Center
New-Car Transaction Prices Up More Than 5 Percent in January
Guild 21 February 12 Conference Call Features Dave Logan
PartsTrader Recognizes Top Collision Repairers and Parts Suppliers
Women’s Industry Network Sees 37% Membership Growth

Feb 03
Progressive Insurance Highlights 2014 Accident Trends
Aftermarket Associations Announce Grassroots Advocacy Network
Technical Education Associations Pleased with FY16 Budget Request
ASE Certification Testing Now Available All Year
EstimateScrubber 2.0 Beta Released
UK - Verex Chooses Allianz to Support OEM Insurance Programs

Feb 02
NHTSA Orders Recall of 2.2M Vehicles for Inadvertent Airbag Deployment
Global Light Vehicle Sales Forecast at 88.6 Million in 2015
NORTHEAST Show Features Custom Painting/Vehicle Wrapping Demos
AASP-MN Offers Student Scholarships
Steven Birdsall Named COO of MOTOR Information Systems
UK - Average Motor Insurance Premium Down 4% in 2014

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