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Fri, 12 Feb 2016
Our Top Story

Due to the President's Day Holiday in the U.S., daily news coverage will resume Tuesday, February 16.

Michigan House Passes Bill Amending Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act
Legislation updates 1974 law. Includes amendment to proposed requirement for certified non-OEM parts.

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Collision Repair Industry Production in November Surpasses Pre-Recession Peak
Production employees and hours worked both increase as industry surpasses the prior high recorded in March 2008. Read

Traffic Volume Up 4.3% in November Compared to 2014
With the continued decline in gas prices, record levels of driving continue across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Michigan Bill Provision Requiring Non-OEM Parts Certification Supported by Repair Industry, Opposed by Supplier Association
Bill that seeks to update 1974 Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act includes provision requiring third-party certification that parts meet OEM standards. Read

PA Senate Hears Testimony on Bill Allowing Use of Photos During Auto Appraisal Process
Insurers support use of photos as modest and logical amendment to 1972 Appraiser Act. Repair facility operators raise safety concerns. Read

Industry Donations Improve Pre-Employment Collision Repair Education
Industry support for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s school grant program has made a difference for hundreds collision repair schools and more than 20,000 students studying collision repair since 2009. Read

U.S. Length of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Fourth Quarter
According to the latest research from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the U.S. average length of rental continued to increase across all regions during Q4 2015. Read

Oklahoma Bill Seeks to Mandate Annual Labor Rate Surveys
Auto insurance companies would be required to conduct annual market surveys to determine rates paid to collision repair and glass repairers. Read

Auto Physical Damage Insurance Underwriting Profit Declining Over Past Decade
Latest statistics from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners indicates that the percentage of premiums going to pay losses increasing. Read


Collision Repair Industry Production Declines in September

Both production employees and hours worked declined compared to August. However, production remained above 2014 levels. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2015
Shops reporting higher sales compared to previous year decreased during the third quarter. Repair facilities reporting higher earnings also down. Read

Traffic Volume Continues to Increase in October
With gas prices declining, record levels of driving and growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Insurance Information Institute Research Shows 79% of Customers Want Insurer to Make a Shop Recommendation
Research by the insurance industry consumer education organization analyzes customer demand for both insurance company collision repair facility referrals and generic crash parts. Read

State Farm’s Market Realignment Impact on Collision Repair Labor Rates
When State Farm announced earlier this year it would realign the local markets it uses to establish labor rates it said the effort might impact prevailing competitive prices paid to collision repair centers. We surveyed repairers to gauge the impact on labor rates and allowances. Read

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Approves Photo-Video Appraisal, Counterfeit Airbag Bills
Proposals to amend the Commonwealth’s 1972 Appraisers Act that requires physical inspections of collision damaged vehicles and make the sale an installation of non-functioning airbags illegal approved. Read

Hearing Held for Michigan Bill to Ban Insurer-Mandated Procurement Processes
Proponents and opponents of pending legislation that would restrict an insurer’s ability to mandate specific collision repair procurement processes had a chance to outline their positions before the Michigan Senate Committee on Insurance. Read

Cadillac to Launch Aluminum Collision Repair Network
Program open to both dealer an independent repair facilities. Includes specific facility, training and equipment requirements to repair the Cadillac CT6 along with annual on-site audits. Read

Bill to Abolish Massachusetts Appraiser Licensing Board Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow
Proposed legislation would eliminate the independent body charged with regulation of appraisers. Non-OEM parts and repair facility choice disclosure bill also to be heard. Read

Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Grow During 1st Half of 2015
Major auto physical damage indicators continue to see increases this year after strong performance in 2014. Losses on collision claims up 8.4 percent during the first half versus a year ago. Read

Traffic Volume Up 2.3% in August
With gas prices declining, record levels of driving were reported and growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

NACE | CARS and Automechanika Chicago Scheduled for Same Week in Summer 2017
Chicago and Orlando trade shows scheduled for July 2017 will overlap. Read


Collision Repair Industry Production Up in August

Gains in both production employees and hours worked drive significant improvement compared to July and August 2014. Production employment at record levels. Read

Final Rule on Automotive Software Copyright Protection Exemption Excludes Repair Industry
Final rule by the Library of Congress gives consumers the ability to circumvent copyright protection on vehicle software, but excludes third-parties. Repair industry groups concerned it could impact independent repair facilities. Read

Telephone Interview: David Byers, CEO, CARSTAR Collision Repair Experts
In our telephone interview, Byers discusses the sale of the collision repair facility network to Driven Brands announced yesterday. Read

U.S. Length of Rental Continues Climb in Q3 2015
Latest results from Enterprise Rent-A-Car show seven of nine regions with an increase during the quarter. Read

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

Massachusetts ADALB Overturns Ruling on Use of Video to Appraise Damage; Addresses Used Part Specification
Safety concerns led to repeal of last year’s advisory ruling by the appraiser licensing board on the use of photos and video. Issues new ruling cautioning appraisers on specification of used parts, such as suspension, that could impact safety. Read

NHTSA Reports Increase in Drivers Text-Messaging in 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saw an increase of nearly 30 percent in drivers that were observed text messaging or visibly manipulating a handheld device in 2014 versus the previous year. 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 industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers. Read

Judge Dismisses Florida Antitrust Suit against Auto Insurers
Judge orders dismissal of remaining claims in the lead case, one of more than twenty antitrust suits brought by collision repair facilities against auto insurers. Does not allow plaintiffs to amend the complaint a third time. Read

Rhode Island Releases 2015 Labor Rate Survey Reports
Latest survey results show very few rate changes across the top insurers in the state over the past two years. Read


Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q2 2015

Shops reporting higher sales compared to previous year increased during the second quarter. Repair facilities reporting higher earnings flat. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Up in May
Compared to 2014

May was flat compared to April but remains above 2014. Read

Traffic Volume Up 3.9% in June
Driving continues to achieve new record levels. Growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Judge Orders Dismissal of Complaints in 14 Anti-Trust Lawsuits Against Insurance Companies
U.S. District Judge confirms the June recommendation by a Magistrate Judge to dismiss complaints in 14 pending antitrust cases brought by collision repairers against insurance companies. Would allow plaintiffs to amend complaints to address problems cited. Read

U.S. Registered Vehicles, Licensed Drivers and Population 1994-2013
While the economic downturn had an impact on driving habits in the U.S., the long term trends in registered vehicles, drivers and population are up. The declines during the recession have reversed. Read

Traffic Volume Hits Record in May
Driving was up 2.7 percent in May versus 2014. Growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

IIHS Releases Results of 2015 Ford F-150 Crash Tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found higher collision repair costs for aluminum-bodied truck versus 2014 steel bodied predecessor. Differences in 2015 crew cab safety versus extended cab. Read

U.S. Length of Rental Increases in Second Quarter
The latest statistics from Enterprise Rent-A-Car show that average length of rental returns to an increase in the most recent quarter. Seven of nine regions see increases. 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


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


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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Feb 11
Virginia Legislature Passes Photo Appraisal Bills
Uni-Select Reports Growth in Paint Sales
NACE | CARS Anaheim Exhibit Space Sales Ahead of Last Year
Honda Releases 2016 HR-V Body Repair Information
Education Foundation Reports Over $100,000 Raised for Hire Our Heroes

Feb 10
Property/Casualty Insurers More Profitable in First Nine-Months of 2015
Service King Acquires Two-Location Collision Repair Business in Virginia
Fix Auto USA Hits 100th Franchise Location
Axalta Releases Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results
Automotive Retailers Association of B.C. Selects eMarketing Sherpas

Feb 09
Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in District of Columbia
1Collision Network Expands Into the South
Mitchell Publishes First Quarter 2016 Industry Trends Report
NASTF Spring Meeting to Feature Technician Development

Feb 08
NORTHEAST 2016 Educational Program Registration Now Open
CARSTAR Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Montana
3M Announces Sales Force Realignment
Australia - BMW and I-CAR Sign Collision Repair Training Agreement

Feb 05
Insurance Auto Auctions Launches Total Loss Claim Self-Service Portal
CARSTAR Chicagoland Business Group Donates to Fisher House
Enterprise Holdings Names Christine Taylor Executive VP and COO
Canada - Impact Auto Auctions Opens New Edmonton Facility

Feb 04
Allstate Reports Growth in Auto Premiums Written in 2015
U.S. House Holds Hearing on Legislation to Limit Auto Part Design Patents
February 11 Guild 21 Conference Call Features Aluminum Repair
Industry Organizations to Gather at NACE | CARS 2016
ASA Adds eMarketing Sherpas Marketing Suite as Member Benefit

Feb 03
FEATURE: Virginia Senate Committee Approves Photo Appraisal Bill
U.S. Senators Urge Recall of All Vehicles with Faulty Airbags
National AutoBody Research Launches Labor Rate Survey in New Mexico
Mazda Canada Selects OEConnection

Feb 02
Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in Columbus, Ohio
Education Foundation Launches School Designation Program
Gas Prices More than $1 Cheaper than 2015 High
Membership Drive Expands WIN Membership to 478

Feb 01
Consumer Confidence Declines Slightly in January
CAPA Announces Technical Committee Election Results
Mike Anderson Returns to the NORTHEAST Trade Show
Nagy's Collision Centers Hosts Leadership Symposium
Consortium to Trial Driverless Cars on UK Roads

Jan 29
IIHS Reports Automatic Braking Reduces Rear-End Crashes 40%
Solera Reports Second Quarter Revenue Up 9%
FTC Settles with GM and Two Dealer Groups over Unrepaired Recalls
Australia - I-CAR Names New Training Program Coordinator

Jan 28
KBB Reports January New-Car Sales Down 3 Percent Year-Over-Year
Classic Collision Adds 16th Location in Georgia
PARTS Act Hearing Scheduled for February 2 in U.S. House
National AutoBody Research Launches Labor Rate Survey in Arkansas

Jan 27
Jonathan Rubinsztein appointed as CEO of Infomedia
AkzoNobel Salutes Students with Sustainability Challenge Grant
ALI Lowers Price of Online Lift Safety Course, 2016 Lifting Guide Available
Sherwin-Williams Ecolean Level 2 Workshop Scheduled in Phoenix

Jan 26
Service King Opens Second Ft. Myers Collision Repair Center
Ten OEMs Commit to NACE | CARS 2016 in California
Coalition of Automotive Service Providers Selects eMarketing Sherpas
China - Changan Ford Selects R-M as Preferred Supplier

Jan 25
Education Foundation Makeover Grant Application Available
Boyd Group Acquires Two Collision Repair Locations in British Columbia
OEM Representatives to Discuss Certification at NORTHEAST Show
Professional Parts Group’s Northup Joins CAPA Board of Directors
PPG Announces New SVP of Automotive Coatings

Jan 22
PPG Reports Higher Sales in Q4
Registration Open for Acoat selected Winter Conference
Spanesi Announces Distributor Awards and Recognition
Axalta Names Dan Key Head of Global Operations

Jan 21
Percentage of Americans Spurning Driver's Licenses Grows
Service King Hosts Tour of New Georgia Collision Repair Center
GM Launches Car-Sharing Service
ACA Warns Vehicle Cybersecurity Could Hurt Independent Repairers
Registration Opens for Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser

Jan 20
Small Business Optimism Up Slightly in December
Gas Prices Dropping at the Fastest Pace in Two Months
AASP-MN Raises Over $8000 for Education Programs
CARSTAR Adds VP of Insurance and Director of Marketing
Spanesi Recognizes Canada Distributor Jerry Snyder

Jan 19
NADA Forecasts a Record 17.7 Million New-Car Sales in 2016
Caliber Acquires 7 Maryland Collision Repair Centers
AudaExplore and CCC Donate Software to Collision Repair Schools
Three Hotels Partner with AASP/NJ for NORTHEAST 2016
CARSTAR Appoints New Midwest Area Director of Operations

Jan 15
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Down in December
Insurance Auto Auctions Expands in Maryland
U.S. DOT Proposes Nearly $4 Billion for Automated Vehicles
AMI to Collect Industry-wide Training Provider Information
CARSTAR Tim’s Collision Named Nationwide Midwest Shop of the Year

Jan 14
NHTSA Urges Auto Industry to be More Proactive on Vehicle Safety
AAPEX Partners with ASA on Regional Training Events
Women’s Industry Network Calls for Board of Directors Applicants
CIECA Announces 2016 Board Officers

Jan 13
Collision Industry Celebrates 1,000th Vehicle Donation
MOPAR Masters Guild Pledges $2.5M Parts Donation to Ed Foundation
Axalta Holds Commercial Transportation Business Council Meeting
WIN 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Annual Conference on May 2-4
CARSTAR Names Northeast Area Director of Operations

Jan 12
Service King Acquires Nine Autometric Collision Repair Centers
Ford Conducts First Snow Tests of Autonomous Vehicles
Certified Collision Group Appoints Bruce Bares President and CEO
Automotive Body Parts Association Announces 2016 Annual Meeting
Collision Repair Education Foundation Career Fair March 10 in Orlando

Jan 11
Continued Growth Projected for Global Auto Sales
Boyd Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Indiana
Certified Collision Group Announces Addition of Ariz. and Calif. MSOs
NORTHEAST Trade Show On Pace for Earliest Exhibitor Space Sellout
Renault-Nissan to Launch 10 Vehicles with Autonomous Tech

Jan 08
Carlyle Completes Innovation Group Acquisition
Over $200,000 in Scholarships Available from Education Foundation
Midwest Auto Body Trade Show February 5-6
XPEL Technologies Vows to Defend 3M Patent Infringement Suit

Jan 07
Cox Automotive Sponsors Education Foundation Career Fairs
Safelite Acquires Missouri Glass Shop
FTC Announces Agenda, Panelists for Workshop on Auto Distribution
PBES 2016 Conference May 10-12
NASTF Committee Co-Chairs Appointed

Jan 06
NY Attorney General Wins in Salvage Yard Pollution Case
ASA Issues Call for NACE | CARS Presentations
I-CAR Commends Innovation Group for Gold Class Recommendation
NASTF Board Welcomes New Member

Jan 05
I-CAR Announces New Course Launches for First Quarter
Boyd Group Acquires Charlotte Collision Repair Center
3M Kicks Off Fourth Year of Hire Our Heroes Program
U.S. Files Complaint Against Volkswagen on Clean Air Act Violations
Australia - BASF and AMA Group Announce 10 Year Supply Agreement

Jan 04
General Motors Invests $500 Million in Lyft
FinishMaster Acquires 15 ColorMaster Locations
LKQ Acquires Rhiag-Inter Auto Parts Italia S.p.A.
ABRA Adds Franchise Location in Minnesota
3M Files Lawsuit to Enforce Paint Protection Films Patent

Dec 18
December Projected as Strongest Month in a Decade for U.S. Auto Sales
New York State Recognizes NSF Non-OEM Crash Parts Certification
Martin Senour Announces First Quarter Training Schedule
Australia - MTAA and AMBRA Call For Senate Inquiry into Insurer Role

Dec 17
Service King Breaks Ground on 35th Dallas-Fort Worth Location
Uni-Select Acquires Two Distributors in Ontario and BC
California Issues Draft Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles
ABC Parts International Earns NSF Distributor Certification

Dec 16
Ford to Begin Autonomous Vehicle Testing on California Roads
National Auto Body Council Celebrates 1,000 Recycled Rides January 12
Sherwin-Williams Announces Q1 2016 Training Schedule
Australia - AMA Group Acquires Micra Accident Repair Centre

Dec 15
Number of Holiday Travelers Expected to Top 100 Million for First Time
Allstate Names Low Collision Frequency Cities Factoring in Precipitation
FTC Plans Workshop on Auto Distribution Regulation
Uni-Select Completes Refinish Solutions Acquisition
AASP/NJ Names Exclusive Auto Collision Body Shop of the Year

Dec 14
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in November versus Previous Month
New Vehicle Registrations Exceed 17 Million
Houston Digital Releases Production Scheduling Tool
Premiere Services Adds Refurbished Electronics
ASE, AYES, NATEF Announce 2016 Boards and Officers

Dec 11
ASE Honors 46 Technicians at Annual Meeting
Career Technical Associations Applaud Every Student Succeeds Act
Next CREW Webcast: Speeding Toward the One Day Repair
Canada - Fix Auto Adds Location in British Columbia
Australia - AMA Group Completes Gemini Acquisition

Dec 10
IIHS Awards 48 Vehicles with Crash Prevention as Top Safety Pick+
Kennealy Acquires Las Vegas Collision Repair Center
Small Business Optimism Collapses in November
Last Call for Most Influential Women Award Nominations
Christopher Iu Named Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

Dec 09
NHTSA Includes Crash Avoidance Rankings in 5-Star Safety Ratings
Solera Stockholders Approve Sale to Vista Equity Partners
Carlyle Group Completes Acquisition of Innovation Group
AASP-MN Announces Annual Meeting, Leadership Conference in April
Single Source Adds Chris Northup to Advisory Board

Dec 08
FinishMaster Acquires Refinish Solutions
Guild 21 Conference Call Thursday Features American Honda
TÜV Rheinland Approved by Lift Institute in North America

Dec 07
Fix Auto USA Adds 18 New Franchise Locations
Service King Acquires Charlotte, N.C. Collision Repair Center
Kirmac Opens Newest Location in Richmond, B.C.
CIF 6th Gala Fundraiser January 14 in Palm Springs

Dec 04
Nagy’s Collision Centers Acquires its 10th Location
Axalta Completes ProfitNet Interface with PartsTrader
GM Approves Spanesi Structural Repair Systems in North America
I-CAR Recognizes 25-Year Gold Class Shop, Silver and Verona Awards

Dec 03
Driven Brands Acquires CARSTAR Canada
I-CAR Honors Jeff Silver with Chairman’s Award
Sponsorships Still Available for NABC January 13 Fundraiser
Innovation Group North America Appoints New President of Auto Division
UK - Carlyle Sells Stake in RAC

Dec 02
Cherokee Collision Center Opens Canton, Ga. Location
Ford Approves Chief Fume and Dust Extractors for Aluminum F-150 Repair
ICBC Selects Mitchell as Strategic Material Damage Solution Provider
Canada - CCIF FNOL Assignment Project Reaches Milestone

Dec 01
MyPriceLink Launches Today for General Motors Collision Repair Parts
Top 100 Certified Aftermarket Parts Saved Consumers $363M in 5 Years
Tim Dawe Named Sales Director for BASF Automotive Refinish
Education Foundation Asks for Support on #GIVINGTUESDAY
Australia - Aftermarket Calls to Establish Access to Vehicle Repair Info

Nov 30
Global Auto Insurance Market Grew 5.2% Annually Since 2010
Traffic Fatalities Fall in 2014, Estimates Show 2015 Trending Higher
CARSTAR Chicago Business Group Supports Local Fisher House
NAIC Elects 2016 Officers

Nov 24
GM MyPriceLink Going Live December 1
Progressive Insurance Data Shows Spike in Thanksgiving Week Wrecks
Copart Reports Lower Sales, Earnings in Fiscal 2016 First Quarter
Axalta Becomes Mercedes-Benz Aftermarket Premium Partner in China
Chief Recognizes Leading Distributors

Nov 23
AAA Predicts an Increase in Road Trips for Thanksgiving Holiday
ABRA Expands in Missouri and Illinois
Honda Asks for Repairer’s Help to ID Vehicles with Airbag Recalls
GEICO Names Nancy Pierce Senior Vice President
CARSTAR Announces CEO Departure as Part of Reorganization

Nov 20
Wholesale Used Truck Prices Up Over 8% in October versus 2014
OEM Interior Parts Supplier Fined $2.35 Million for Price Fixing
MEMA, AASA Fight Back Against Online Counterfeit Parts
Car-Part Pro Adds Part Images
Lift Institute Certification Event Expands Inspector Ranks

Nov 19
Wisconsin Passes Collision Repair Shop Choice Law
National Auto Body Council Elects 2016 Board & Officers
PPG Sponsors Women’s Industry Network
Canada - Fix Auto Announces New Board of Directors
China - Axalta Breaks Ground on Technology Center in Shanghai

Nov 18
NADA Forecasts 17.7 Million New Vehicle Sales in 2016
Uni-Select Acquires Ontario PBE Distributor
National Auto Body Council Golf Early Bird Registration Ends Tuesday
Fenix Parts Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results
China - Thatcham Announces Partnership for Motor Insurance Ratings

Nov 17
Safelite Acquires Turner’s Custom Auto Glass in South Carolina
Mike Carr Joins Axalta as President of its North America Business
AASP/NJ’s Russ Robson Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Michael Boffo
Australia - GM Holden Joins I-CAR as Corporate Member

Nov 16
I-CAR Announces Price Increase Effective December 14
Automechanika Chicago 2017 Will Be “All-Mechanical” Show
Service King to Open 70,000 Sq. Ft. Shop in San Francisco Bay Area
Team PRP Adds Michigan Auto Recycler to Nationwide Network
URG and CCC to Address Technology Advancements, Education

Nov 13
Collision Repair Education Foundation Webinar November 17
Connecticut Seminar on Running a More Profitable Shop December 5
Ford First Automaker to Test Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity
CARSTAR Canada Loses World Series Bet to Kansas City-based CARSTAR

Nov 12
Guild 21 Conference Call Today Features Fiat Chrysler
Mitchell Industry Trends Report Examines Seasonality of Parts Use
Giant Glass and Safelite AutoGlass Announce Co-Branding Strategy
Canada - PPG Launches Shop-Line VOC-Compliant Solvent-Borne System

Nov 11
Boyd Group Reports Higher Sales in Third Quarter
New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Counterfeit Airbags
Industry Donates More than 130 Vehicles to Deserving Military
American Honda Releases Body Repair Bulletin for 2016 Civic
BASF to Open Training Center in Houston
WIN One-Day Membership Challenge Starts Today at Noon Eastern

Nov 10
Small Business Optimism Flat in October
Registration Opens for NORTHEAST Trade Show
NABR Launches Labor Rate Survey in Arizona
PPG Waterborne Refinish Products Granted Good Housekeeping Seal
Assured Performance Co-Op Announces Board of Directors

Nov 09
Service King Acquires 15 CARCARE Collision Repair Centers
Boyd Group Adds Locations in Indiana and Florida
Solera Reports First Quarter 2016 Revenue Up 11.9%
Jeanne Silver Inducted into Collision Industry Hall of Eagles
AASP/NJ Elects 2015-2017 Officers

Nov 06
Caliber Expands in North and South Carolina
Collision Repair Education Foundation Awards over $250,000 in Grants
CIECA Announces 2015 Annual Award Winners
ABRA Helps Raise $29,000 for Riley Children’s Foundation
State Farm Adding In-Office Appraisers Positions in Arizona

Nov 05
CIECA Retools Standards for Aluminum
ASA and Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Unveil Resource Center
Gas Prices Drop Below $2 per Gallon at Stations in 41 States
VeriFacts Announces Award Winners
TYG Products First Parts Manufacturer to Use NSF Sustainability Mark

Nov 04
NHTSA to Include Automatic Emergency Braking in 5-Star Ratings
Boyd Group Acquires Collision Repair Center in Washington State
WIN Opens of Most Influential Women Nominations, Scholarship Program
Chief Announces North American Distribution Agreement with Globaljig
Solera Renews Recycled Parts Agreement with eBay in North America

Nov 03
I-CAR Announces Organizational Changes
Solera Announces Integration of its Parts Procurement Solutions
Assured Performance Announces 5-Star Business Performance Program
Sherwin-Williams Vision Group Conference in Houston December 9-11
Canada - AIA Announces Project to Advance Women in the Aftermarket

Nov 02
ABRA Expands in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
MyPriceLink Drives Turnout at AASP/NJ Annual Meeting
Uni-Select Expands Acquisition Team
Allstate Names Mark Green President of Encompass

Oct 30
Boyd Group Expands in Oregon and Washington State
Axalta Opens Dual Refinish and Powder Coatings Learning Center
Certified Collision Group Adds New Location in Southern California
CESVICHINA Signs Agreement with Insurance Society of China
Australia - Aftermarket Association Calls Wheel Test Irresponsible Stunt

Oct 29
LKQ Reports Organic Parts and Service Growth of 6.8% in Q3

Uni-Select Reports Paint Segment Up 8.8% in Q3
AutoNation Acquires 12 Dealerships with Collision Repair Centers in TX
Car-O-Liner Adds New Distributor in Alaska
Auto Care Association Names Bill Hanvey New President and CEO

Oct 28
GCommerce Acquires PBEPRO Refinishing Catalog and Commerce
American Claims Management Opens New Office in Northern California
Axalta Releases Third Quarter 2015 Results
Fix Auto Canada to Support Green Standards for Customers

Oct 27
Gen Y Satisfaction with Auto Insurance Claims Still Low, but Improving
FTC Approves Final Consent Order with BMW on Warranty Charges
CESVICHINA Vehicle Research Center Officially Opens
Australia - Imitation Wheels Fail Safety Test
Canada - Leanne Jefferies Named VP of Canadian Operations for APN

Oct 26
October New-Vehicle Retail Sales Strongest in 15 years
ABRA Acquires Collision Repair Center in Colorado
Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in Southern California
Alcoa Awards $75,000 Aluminum Training Grant through Ed. Foundation
Erie Insurance President and CEO Cavanaugh to Retire at End of 2016

Oct 23
FEATURE: Repair Industry Comments on House Auto Safety Hearing
Axalta Partners with TenPoint Complete for CSI Services Using ProfitNet
Morrow Becomes Secretary of the Automotive Recyclers Association
UK - Insurers Urge Action on Unscrupulous Claims Management Firms

Oct 22
Driven Brands Acquires CARSTAR
Autonomous Vehicles Could Shrink Personal Auto Insurance By 60%
NHTSA to Require Emergency Braking Systems in Commercial Vehicles
WIN Offers Free Webinar to Collision Industry
ASA Reports Support Growing for NACE | CARS 2016 in Anaheim

Oct 21
Property/Casualty Insurers’ Profitability Grows in First-Half 2015
NY Attorney General Fines Recycler on Illegal Salvage Airbags Sales
I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference to be held March 10-12
CREW Examines Growing the Next Generation of Collision Repairers
Canada - Fix Auto Adds Two to its Collision Repair Network

Oct 20
Boyd Group Acquires Ohio Collision Repair Center
Parts Shopping Added to CCC ONE Desktop
Uni-Select Appoints Eric Bussieres Chief Financial Officer
Australia - AMA Group Finalizes Woods Acquisition

Oct 19
Study Reveals More Lightweighting Opportunities With Steel
LIABRA Meeting Tomorrow Details Ford Aluminum Repair
Sherwin-Williams Names John Morikis CEO Effective January 2016
Registration Open for January 13 National Auto Body Council Fundraiser
Valspar Supports Artists4Education and Education Foundation

Oct 16
Strong El Niño Forecast to Influence 2015-2016 Winter Weather
Ford Drops Price Average of 15% on 141 Collision Repair Parts
I-CAR Hosts Hands-On Training for Illinois First Responders
Hertz Appoints Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Oct 15
NFIB Small Business Optimism Index Increased Slightly in September
Education Foundation Releases Preliminary 2016 Job Fair Schedule
ASA Requests Ohio Shops Support Mechanical Registration
ABRA Donates Over $12,000 to Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Early Bird Discounts for RDE at SEMA End Tomorrow

Oct 14
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Relatively Flat in September
Fenix Parts Acquires Tri-City Auto Salvage
Record Attendance at Refinish Distributors Alliance Fall Member Meeting
NICB Processing Flood Damaged Vehicles from SC Floods
Canada - Fix Auto Adds Location to Network in Western Canada

Oct 13
Service King Acquires 19th Houston Location
Collision Diagnostic Services Opens New Headquarters
Solera Announces Early Termination of Hart-Scott-Rodino Waiting Period
WIN Launches 2016 Sponsorship Campaign
ATMC Honors Three Industry Firms With Excellence in Training Award

Oct 09
Boyd Acquires Two Locations in Ohio
Three More Auto Parts Executives Indicted for Bid-Rigging Conspiracy
I-CAR Welding Certification Now Available to Technical School Students
NAIC CEO To Step Down in January

Oct 08
GM Real Time Collision Repair Parts Pricing to Launch December 1
Fenix Parts Acquires Butler Auto Sales and Parts
ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program Accredited by ANSI
CARSTAR Puget Sound Group Raised $36,500 for Children’s Hospital
UK - Currie to Chair Re-Shaped Thatcham Board

Oct 07
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in GM Parts Pricing Case
Volvo CEO to Call for Federal Guidelines for Autonomous Driving
Guild 21 Concall Tomorrow On Triple Bottom Line Approach
Axalta Extends Cooperative Relationship with Penn College
Australia - Peter Harmer to Succeed Mike Wilkins as IAG CEO

Oct 06
Service King Acquires 5 Location MSO in San Diego
I-CAR Adds New Vehicle Technology Course, Updates Brazing, Measuring
U.S. House Subcommittee Reviews Insurance Regulatory Standards
Toyota Tests Automated Highway Driving Technologies in Japan
Axalta Honors Founding Commercial Business Council Members

Oct 05
ASA Members Eligible Discount on Mopar TechAuthority Subscription
AASP/NJ Members Pack Aluminum Classes
CARSTAR Cincinnati Business Group Raised $12,000 for Fisher House
WIN Kicks-off 2016 Membership Drive

Oct 02
GM Outlines Plans to Capitalize on Future of Personal Mobility
Insurance Auto Auctions Launches Total Loss Solutions Suite
Markevich Promoted to Executive Vice President at Axalta
Canada - Uni-Select Announces Acquisitions in Quebec

Oct 01
Subaru Selects OEConnection for Parts Ordering Solution
Dent Wizard Acquires KhS Global
Body Shop Express Opens Model Shop of the Future
NABR Adds Procedures Document Search Functionality

Sep 30
Certified Collision Group Expands to 26 Shops in 4 States
IHS Not Pursuing Solera Acquisition
NASTF to Support HD Vehicle Service Information Agreement
Tony Passwater Named Director of Green Service Standards Committee

Sep 29
Education Foundation Hosts Career Fair in Salt Lake City Oct. 21
NABR Launches Labor Rate Survey in Utah
UK - RCAR Conference Held at Thatcham

Sep 28
Boyd Group Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Colorado
CEI Integrates with CCC One
Canada - Fix Auto Adds Location in Rexdale, Ontario

Sep 25
Encompass Fined for Paying Unregistered Massachusetts Body Shops
Labor Day Propels New-Vehicle Retail Sales' Strongest Growth in 2015
Certified Collision Group Launches 1stCERTIFIED Brand for Independents
Refinish Distributors Alliance Adds New Member
Canada - Ron Schurink Joins Fix Auto as Sr. Business Dev. Manager

Sep 24
Copart Reports Reports Lower Revenue in Fiscal 2015
Alcoa Completes Automotive Aluminum Expansion in Tennessee
AAPEX to Host NASTF Session on Vehicle Cybersecurity

Sep 23
AASP/NJ Calls for Change in Response to Shop Owner’s Fraud Arrest
Registration Open for Inaugural NABC Northeast Regional Golf Classic
Chief Opens New Training Center in California
I-CAR Announces SEMA Training Schedule
AASP-MN and Axalta Host Estimating Best Practices Seminar Nov. 10

Sep 22
IHS Reported Exploring Counter Offer for Solera
ABRA Expands Auto Glass Operations into Chicago
Boyd Group Acquires Colorado Collision Repair Center
CARSTAR Adds Five Store Dealership Collision Repair Operation in PA
Fix Auto USA Signs National Agreement with Nationwide

Sep 21
Education Foundation Hosts Open House October 2 in Pennsylvania
CARSTAR Expands into Northern California
Service King Opens in Las Vegas
AASP-MN October 7 Body Shop Session includes GM MyPriceLink Update
WIN Surpasses 400 Members

Sep 18
FEATURE: ABAC Calls for Fair Sales Tax Treatment of Paint Materials
Nominations Deadline Today for CIECA Annual Awards
Mercedes-Benz USA Appoints Christian Treiber VP, Customer Services
Australia - NRMA Issues Quality Report, Launches Recruitment Program

Sep 17
Overall Parts Solutions Partners With Ford
National Auto Body Council Adds Community Service Award
CIF Announces Volunteer Collaboration with I-CAR
Axalta Appoints Schönberg Vice President and President for EMEA

Sep 16
State Farm Data Shows Deer Collision Probability Flat in 2015
Agreement for Heavy-Duty Vehicle Service Information Access Reached
AASP/NJ Focuses on Aluminum for September Meetings
Auto Body Association of Texas Holding Collision Industry Day Sept 25
Fix Auto USA September Conference Sold Out

Sep 15
DOT and IIHS Announce Agreement with OEMs on Automatic Braking
Boyd Acquires North Carolina Collision Repair Center
Finishmaster Acquires Locations in Wisconsin and California
Georgia Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to 23 Counts of Insurance Fraud
PMCLogic Adds KPI Reports

Sep 14
Vista Equity Buys Solera for $6.5 Billion
Daimler Renews Global Approval for Glasurit
AudaExplore Donates $40,000 to Support Recycled Rides
Australia - AMA Acquires 41 Gemini Accident Repair Centers

Sep 11
IIHS Dedicates Expanded Testing Facility Focused on Crash Avoidance
Parts Distributor Pleads Guilty to Selling Pirated Mercedes-Benz Software
AASP/NJ Annual Meeting October 28
ABRA Helps Raise More than $123,000 for Courage Kenny Rehab Institute
BMW of North America Announces New Aftersales VP

Sep 10
Solera Sale Could Be Announced as Soon as This Week
Guild 21 Concall Today Features Yelp
Axalta Announces New Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia
Mitchell Supports Veterans2Work Program
Cantor Named Director of U.S. Sales at ITW Evercoat

Sep 09
Small Business Optimism Up Slightly in August
PDA Saved $330 Million for Insurance Customers
WSJ: Increased Driving and Distraction Behind Increased Accident Rates
General Motors Joins Verisk Telematics Data Exchange
Axalta Breaks Ground on Customer Experience Center in North Carolina
CAPA Performs Its 25,000th Vehicle Test Fit

Sep 08
NABC Hosted Extrication Training at IIHS Featured Aluminum 2015 F-150
Industrial Finishes & Systems Acquires Location in Carson City, Nev.
1Collision Network Adds Location in Aurora, Ill.
Education Foundation Invites Industry to Attend School Grant Reception
Canada - AIA Releases Canadian Collision Repair Industry Yearbook

Sep 03
Moreland to Retire from AkzoNobel
Drivers to Pay Lowest Labor Day Gas Prices Since 2004
Millennials Propel Consumer Demand for Usage-Based Auto Insurance
NICB Releases List of 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in 2014

Sep 02
Carlyle Group Subsidiary Confirms Offer for The Innovation Group
PPG Completes Acquisition of IVC Industrial Coatings
Sherwin-Williams EcoLean Level 2 Workshop in Salt Lake City Oct. 6-7
Deadline for National Auto Body Council Board Nominations Friday
Progressive Launches Snapshot Mobile App

Sep 01
Kansas City, Kansas Safest Driving City
Service King Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in South Carolina
Martin Senour Announced Fourth Quarter Training Schedule
Hertz Names SVP and GM of Off-Airport Operations
Insurance Auto Auctions Names SVP of Finance

Aug 31
ABRA Acquires Lehman’s Garage in Minnesota
CARSTAR Announces Record Revenue in First Half of 2015
Pacific Elite Names Robert Benjamin Chief Operations Officer
Copart Announces Winner of Second Annual Rebuild Challenge
Vietnam - New R-M Refinish Competence Center in Ho Chi Minh City

Aug 28
August Cars Sales Projected to Decline Slightly Compared to 2014
Consumer Confidence Down Slightly in August
Rick Keister Joins the Board of CDS/Astech
NASTF Appoints Committee Co-Chairs
UK - Innovation Group Confirms Discussions with Carlyle for Possible Sale

Aug 27
Insurance Research Council Finds Auto Insurance More Affordable
Wedge Clamp Holds U.S. Grand Opening
Sherwin-Williams Announces Fourth Quarter Training Schedule
Collision Repair Schools from 8 States to Career Expo in Chicago
UK - Gemini Accident Repair Centres Acquires 8 Collision Repair Centers

Aug 26
Solera Reports 2015 Fiscal Year Results
Boyd Group Acquires Florida Collision Repair Center
Automotive Management Institute Honors Class of 2015
Sherwin-Williams Introduces New Color Retrieval System
Australia - Car Craft Group Prepares to Go National

Aug 25
ASA Announces Study on Aluminum Hail Damage Procedures
NABR to Launch Non-Included Procedure Payment Database
Chief Introduces Online Leasing Tools
Registration for RDE at SEMA is Open

Aug 24
CARSTAR Adds Location in Texas
Team PRP Recyclers Network Adds Three Members
U.S. House Committee Passes Bill Allowing Reman Parts on Federal Fleet
Canada - AutoCanada Acquires Don Folk Chevrolet

Aug 21
Solera Exploring Possible Sale
Infomedia CEO Resigns, Company Reports Fiscal 2015 Sales Up 6%
NCS to Distribute Axalta Powder Coatings in Utah
Education Foundation Seeks Back to School Support from Industry
Industrial Finishes & Systems Adds to California Sales Team

Aug 20
Judge Rules AG Lawsuit Against State Farm to be Heard in Louisiana
LKQ Completes Acquisition of Coast Distribution
PPG to Acquire Remaining Interest in Chemfil Canada Joint Venture
ASE Industry Education Alliance Recognizes Outstanding Instructors
China - Mercedes-Benz Renews Approval with Glasurit

Aug 19
Fenix Parts Acquires Ocean County Auto Wreckers
Uni-Select Acquires C.B. Hoare Auto Parts in Nova Scotia
AASP/NJ Warns Members after Vermont Inspection Mechanic Arrested
AAPEX to Host NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting
Auto Care Association Launches Online Job Service

Aug 18
Education Foundation Raised Over $100K at Fundraiser
National Auto Body Council Opens Nominations for 2016 Board
WorldSkills Medalists Announced in Brazil
Canada - Fix Auto Announces New Location in Markville, Ontario

Aug 17
Service King Acquires 8 Riverdale Body Shop Locations
Universal Technical Institute Opening Campus in Long Beach, Calif.
Little Progress since 1990s on Gas mileage of Vehicles on the Road
GEICO Promotes George Rogers to Senior Vice President

Aug 14
Boyd Group Reports Sales Up 37.4% in Q2
Insurance Auto Auctions Expands Branch in Austin, Texas
Collision Repair Education Foundation Adopts New Mission
Larry “Mick” Vinchattle Passes Away
Notte Joins I-CAR as Director, Finance and Operations

Aug 13
Education Foundation Issues Last Call for September 18 Event in Chicago
I-CAR Production Management Curriculum Now Available
Service King Hosts U.S. Representative Diane Black
Australia - Suncorp Selects Solera's Risk Management Solutions

Aug 12
Small Business Optimism Improves in July
Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Four New Trustees
Camacho Joins 3D Auto Body & Collision Centers
Australia- AMA and ANCAP Call for Autonomous Braking as Standard

Aug 11
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Declined in July
Mitchell Publishes Third Quarter Industry Trends Report
Axalta Commences Secondary Offering
Hertz Reports Lower Revenue in Second Quarter
Enterprise CarShare, Nissan Launch Partnership on College Campuses

Aug 10
Auto Lines Projected to Pressure Near-Term Underwriting Results
Enterprise Acquires Car Sharing Technology Provider
Governors Highway Safety Group Outlines Pedestrian Safety Measures
Japan - Quick Contact During Claims Process Increases Satisfaction

Aug 07
Snap-on Acquires A/C Equipment Maker Ecotechnics
AudaExplore Awards $25,000 in Tool Grants through Education Foundation
August 13 Guild 21 Concall Features GM’s MyPriceLink Initiative
Tesla Motors’ Louis Efron to Keynote AAPEX General Session

Aug 06
AAA Predicts Gas Price Decline May Accelerate in August
Axalta Releases Second Quarter 2015 Results
EstimateScrubber.com Releases Saint-Gobain/Norton Invoicing App
Gerber National Glass Services Rebrands as Claim Services
Australia - I-CAR Announces Agreement with MTA Group Training

Aug 05
NADA Projects Record New Light Vehicle Sales in 2016
Boyd Group Acquires Arizona Collision Repair Center
Body Shop Owner Concedes Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Race
U.S. Senate Committee Addresses Tax Compliance
UK - Auto Windscreens Acquires AA AutoWindshields

Aug 04
Service King Acquires Southern California Collision Repair Center
Solera Acquires Netherlands-Based Vehicle Valuation Firm Autodata B.V.
FinishMaster Acquires Two Colorado Locations
1Collision Network Adds Location in Illinois
Mike’s Auto Body Receives Farmers Insurance Regional MSO Award

Aug 03
ABRA Acquires Delaware Collision Repair Center
Tesla Selects Solera as Sole Provider for Estimating and Communication
Ford Sees Best July F-Series Sales in Nine Years
National Coatings & Supplies Raises $50,000 for Education Foundation
ACD Adds Vehicle Recalls and TSB Data

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