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Fri, 24 Apr 2015
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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.

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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

New Mexico Bans Counterfeit Airbags
New law makes it a crime to knowingly sell or install a counterfeit or non-functioning airbag in a vehicle. 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

Shop and Technician Licensing Bill Introduced in North Carolina
Senate Bill filed Wednesday seeks to protect consumers from unqualified mechanical and collision repair facilities, estimators and technicians. Would establish seven member licensing board to administer act. Read

CCC Releases 2015 Crash Course Report
The annual report does a deep dive on the economic and technology trends impacting collision repair and auto physical damage claims. CCC’s Susanna Gotsch details what the trends mean for the industry. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q4 2014
Record level of collision repair facilities report higher sales and earnings in the fourth quarter. 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

Four Bills Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow in Rhode Island
Testimony on legislation that would provide a private right of action in unfair claims settlement cases, revise collision repair licensing, establish auto glass shop licensing, along with an aftermarket parts bill, will be heard in the Rhode Island House. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Up in December
versus 2013

While production declined slightly in December versus November, overall results for the year showed improvement over 2013. Read

Traffic Volume Increased 5% in December
Continued declines in gas prices help finish 2014 with its strongest monthly growth rate. All five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in December compared to 2013. Read

Plaintiffs Plan Third Amended Complaint in Florida Antitrust Suit
At a status conference last week, collision repair shop plaintiffs in the Florida Antitrust Suit against auto insurance companies indicated they would like to file a third amended complaint. Read

Insurers Again Seek Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuits
Defendant insurance companies file motion to dismiss the second amended complaint in Florida antitrust suit. Legal battle intensifies as over 20 motions to dismiss filed in other antitrust suits against insurers. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation
Both auto insurance and auto body repair prices continue to increase faster than the rate of overall inflation through January 2015. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Up 7% in November Versus 2013
Production increases for third straight month. Increase in both hours worked and employment. Read

U.S. Senator Reiterates Call for Justice Department to Investigate Auto Insurance “Scheme”
A frequent critic of both insurance companies and vehicle manufacturers, U.S. Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut asks Attorney General to investigate possible illegal practices by auto insurers. Asks for DOJ update on 1963 Consent Decree’s applicability to today’s marketplace. Read

Traffic Volume Increased 2.5 Billion Vehicle Miles in November

Three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in November compared to 2013. Read

Collision Industry Conference Chairman, Committees Detail 2015 Priorities
Parts procurement, Class A Collision Repair Facility guidelines, steering, changing repairer-insurer relationships among topics CIC committees will address in future meetings. Read

CNN Report Highlights Poor Quality Parts and Repairs, Body Shop Lawsuits against Auto Insurers
Collision repair industry reacts to Anderson Cooper 360 segment in prime time warning of unsafe repairs due to poor quality parts and repair work. Antitrust lawsuits against insurers detailed. Read

Collision Repairers File 2nd Amended Complaint in Antitrust Suit against Auto Insurers
As expected, collision repairers have filed another amended complaint seeking to address concerns that led Judge to dismiss the case for a second time last month. Read

Judicial Panel Denies Progressive Insurance Request to Consolidate Price’s Collision Center Lawsuit
Panel denies insurer’s request to consolidate Tennessee case that was opposed by the multiple collision repair shop operator. Approves consolidation of another suit filed in Missouri. Read

Mississippi Labor Rate Cap Bill Dies in Committee
Bill would have limited the maximum labor rate a collision repair facility could charge without permission from the Insurance Commissioner. Read

Ford CEO Says Edmunds' F-150 Repairs Should Have Taken Half the Time
Addressing a financial analyst’s question about 2015 F-150 cost of ownership during the manufacturer's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, Mark Fields said body repairs should have taken less time than the dealer charged. We analyze R&R labor and part prices between the 2014 and 2015 F-150. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Improved in October
Production increases for second straight month. Increase in hours worked offsets slight decline in production employment. Read

Antitrust Suits against Auto Insurers Suffer Setback
U.S. District Judge finds problems with the complaint brought by collision repair facilities alleging antitrust violations. Allows plaintiffs until February 10 to amend complaint on six of seven counts. 1963 Consent Decree found not to apply to current case. Read

Length Of Rental Climbs in Q4
Both U.S. and Canada length of rental increased in the fourth quarter compared to 2013. Read

Bill Seeking to Prohibit Insurance Co. Parts and Materials Mandates Reintroduced in New York
Proposed legislation seeks to ban insurance company requirements for collision repair parts and materials procurement programs. Read

Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in $34 Million Labor Rate Lawsuit Appeal
On Tuesday, The Hartford Fire Insurance Company made its case before Connecticut’s highest court in its appeal of suit brought by Connecticut Auto Body Association and several of its members. Read

Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Continue Rise

Major auto physical damage indicators see dramatic increases since 2012. Read

Traffic Volume Increased 6.6 Billion Vehicle Miles in October
For the second month in a row, all five regions in the U.S. report increased driving compared to 2013. Read

NY Senate Bill Seeks To Expand Crash Parts Disclosure and Consent
Bill would amend existing regulation to clarify disclosure requirements and require consumer consent. Requires new, OEM parts for at least two years after year of manufacturer. 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

Lawsuits by Louisiana Attorney General and Crawford’s Consolidated in Florida
Despite opposition by plaintiffs in both lawsuits, the cases brought by the Attorney General of Louisiana and a Pennsylvania collision repair facility against automobile insurers should be consolidated with antitrust actions in Florida. Read

Permanent Injunction Issued against Commercial Speech Restrictions in Connecticut Glass Anti-Steering Suit
Connecticut Attorney General and Insurance Department will not enforce requirement for glass claim administrators to provide competitors names after selecting their business. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2014

Improvements in both sales and earnings slow down during the summer. Collision repair facilities reporting declining earnings and sales, however, set historic lows for the second quarter in a row. Read

Traffic Volume Increased 5.6 Billion Vehicle Miles in September
As gas prices continued to decline, all five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in September compared to 2013. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Down in August
After five straight months of growth, Industry expansion stalls in August. Decline in hours worked offsets growth in production employment. 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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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

Jan 30
UK Body Repair Market Declines by a Third from 2004-2014
CIF Donates Tools to Veteran Soldier
Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Floor Coatings in 45 Schools

Jan 29
A/C Compressor Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing
Insurance Auto Auctions Reopens Two Locations in Northeast
VeriFacts Automotive Announces Agenda for 7th Annual Symposium
AASP-MN Annual Race for Automotive Education Raises Nearly $10,000
National Auto Body Council Announces Expanded Executive Committee
UK - LKQ Coatings to Roll Out 23 Dedicated Collision Supply Centers

Jan 28
Edmunds Finds Aluminum F-150 Repair Cost Double Steel Pickup
Sherwin-Williams Announces Ecolean Training in Phoenix March 3-4
PartsTrader Launches Rewards Program
Maxwell High School to Hold Open House during April CIC Meeting
Canada - Ian Ward Joins Fix Auto as Ontario Sales Director

Jan 27
Property/Casualty Insurers Profits Decline in Third Quarter 2014
Car Insurance Rates Jumps 41 percent After One Claim
Cadillac CT6 Features Advanced Mixed-Material Manufacturing
Menefee Elected IIHS Chairman
Canada - CSN and Fix Auto Add Locations

Jan 26
NADA Says Low Gasoline Prices Cause Shift to Light Trucks Sales in 2015
NHTSA Recommends Two Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
AASP/NJ Announces NORTHEAST 2015 Educational Program
Industry Trends Seminars Scheduled for Wednesday in San Antonio
KAR Auction Services Names Jim Hallett Chairman
Miracle System/Equipment Gateway Newest SCRS Corporate Member

Jan 23
Another Auto Parts Executive Indicted for Price Fixing
Georgia Association Donates $2000 to Maxwell High School
I-CAR Adds Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search
3M Awards Tool Grants to Veterans

Jan 22
Consumer Federation Wants Florida Ins. Commissioner McCarty to Stay
Pacific Elite Acquires Two Locations in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Diamond Standard Program Addresses Structural Parts Substitution
Quality Parts Coalition Comic Strip Explains Parts Competition Benefit
Nagy's Collision Centers Hosts Leadership Symposium
February 5 CREW Welcomes State Farm Claims Director, Russ Hoffbauer

Jan 21
Tim Clark Passes Away, Services Announced
Small Business Optimism Improves in December
Car-O-Liner Appoints Kraft Equipment Distributor
AkzoNobel Joins ASA as Corporate Member
Labor Rate Survey Launched in North Carolina

Jan 20
Service King Acquires Jack’s Collision Center in Fort Myers, Florida
CARSTAR Cincinnati Ownership Group Acquires 10th Location
ASA Michigan Raises Concerns with DRP Agreements
Registration Open for Collision Repair Education Foundation Golf Outing

Jan 19
NORTHEAST Show includes National Association Meetings
Recyclers Association Pleased with Dismissal of West Virginia Lawsuit
CARSTAR Appoints Russ Nolting Area Director of Operations in St. Louis

Jan 16
Penske Opens 18th Truck Collision Repair Center
Collision Repair School Makeover Grants Available
NASTF Board Welcomes Three New Members
Women’s Industry Network Calls for Board of Directors Candidates

Jan 15
PPG Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Up 6 Percent
Uni-Select Acquires DB Rick's, Opens Canada Distribution Center
Registration Open for Southern Automotive Repair Conference
PartsCheck Live Launches Hard-To-Find Collision Repair Parts Service
CIECA Announces 2015 Board Officers

Jan 14
ASA Praises AudaExplore for Providing Breakdown of Refinish Times
CARSTAR Adds Ohio Location
Pennsylvania Governor-elect Wolf Announces Insurance Commissioner
Mitchell Enhances Production Mgmt with Simplified Vehicle Tracking
Enterprise Supports Collision Repair Students through Ed Foundation

Jan 13
NABC Celebrates 20th Anniversary This Week in Palm Springs
Education Foundation Offers Over $200,000 in Scholarships and Grants
Midwest Autobody Trade Show February 19 in Des Moines, Iowa
Fix Auto USA National Conference September 20-23
ASE Announces New Officers

Jan 12
Ryan Friedlinghaus to Headline AASP/NJ NORTHEAST Show
CARSTAR Expands in Wisconsin and Michigan
Survey Finds Drivers Would Buy Self-Driving Cars within Five Years
Group Developing Guidelines for Green Service Standard
Axalta Names Barry Snyder SVP & Chief Technology Officer

Jan 09
GM CEO Sees Room for U.S. Auto Sales to Expand in 2015
Business Groups Support Regulatory Reform Legislation in U.S. House
Axalta's ProfitNet Now Interfaces with OPSTRAX Parts Procurement
OEConnection Announces Personnel Promotions
UK - Just Car Clinics Acquire Avid Autos in Peterborough

Jan 08
Ford Discusses Autonomous Vehicle Plans, Global Mobility Experiments
SP/2 Honors GEICO with Safety and Pollution Prevention Award
Hertz Appoints Tyler Best Executive VP & Chief Information Officer
UK - Competition Authority Publishes Draft Order on Motor Insurance
Canada - Car-O-Liner Name Announces Exclusive Distributor for Ontario

Jan 07
CARCARE Collision Centers Acquires Two Illinois Repair Centers
CARSTAR Adds Location in Chicago
Guild 21 Conference Call Tomorrow Features Fiat Chrysler
NASTF Committee Co-Chairs Appointed

Jan 06
Boyd Acquires Craftmaster Auto Body in Florida, Appoints New CFO
Service King Acquires Grand Sport Auto Body in Philadelphia
Tom Glause Appointed Wyoming Insurance Commissioner
Toyota Makes Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents Royalty Free
OnStar to Offer Subscribers Driving Feedback, Partners with Progressive

Jan 05
New Jersey Collision Repair Industry Mourns Passing of Two Leaders
Chief Introduces Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Course
ABRA Adds Franchise Location in Wisconsin
Service King Acquires Four Locations in Salt Lake City
Caliber Completes Craftsman Auto Body and Pohanka Acquisitions

Dec 19
Caliber Acquires Craftsman Auto Body and Pohanka Collision Centers
Market Share Closer Among Top Vehicle Manufacturers in the U.S.
VeriFacts Celebrates 3 Million Coaching Observation Milestone
Kevin Reyer Honored as PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year
Most Influential Woman Nomination Deadline December 31

Dec 18
NACE|CARS 2015 Expecting 50% Expo Growth
NCS Donates $500,000+ in Product to Support Collision Repair Schools
Hollander Releases Expanded Interchange in 80th Year
I-CAR Launches Alternative Fuel Vehicle Course

Dec 17
AAA Projects 4% Increase in Americans Traveling this Holiday Season
Insurance Auto Auctions Expands in Tulsa And Des Moines
Allstate Announces Leadership, Organizational Structure Changes
Solera Acquires European Vehicle Valuation Data Provider
Australia Automotive Groups Announce Service Info Sharing Agreement

Dec 16
ABRA Expands in Illinois, Tennessee and Utah
Fix Auto Announces Nine New Franchises
American Family Sponsors $15,000 in Collision Repair School Grants
CCC New Yard Management Solution Endorsed by URG
Idaho Association Selects National AutoBody Research Labor Rate Survey

Dec 15
U.S. DOT Plans for the Future of Intelligent Transportation Systems
Ed Foundation Recognizes AudaExplore for $5M in Lifetime Donations
Safelite Foundation Awards $400,000 in Impact Grants to Non-Profits

Dec 12
CCC Acquires Actual Systems of America
Sponsorships Still Available for January 14 NABC Golf Fundraiser
UK - New Vehicle Damage Repair Standard Published

Dec 11
Ohio House Takes Up Mechanical Registration Bill
Axalta Opens New U.S. Product Development Center
Auto Care Association Co-Hosts Global Auto Care Summit in Shanghai
ATMC Announces 2015 Officers and Directors

Dec 10
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in November
NABC Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebrations in Palm Springs in January
National Average for Gasoline Could Test $2.50 by Christmas
Insurance Auto Auctions Raises Over $142,000 to Battle Childhood Cancer
Sherwin-Williams Announces First Quarter Training Schedule

Dec 09
AAA Assessment Shows Crash Avoidance Tech Need Kinks Worked Out
U.S. Senate Committee Examines Measures to Reduce Pollution
Martin Senour Releases Q1 2015 Training Schedule
Cristina Fronzaglia-Murray Receives SEMA Businesswomen's Award

Dec 08
Saint-Gobain Announces Plan to Acquire Controlling Interest in Sika AG
ABRA Opens Newest Franchise Location in Wisconsin
Kirmac Plans to Expand in B.C. Following Sale of U.S. Locations
November Light-Vehicle Sales Up 4.5% Versus 2013
Early Exhibitor Sign Ups Point to Record-Breaking NORTHEAST Show

Dec 05
U.S. House Subcommittee Examines Takata Air Bag Ruptures/Recalls
Green Garage Challenge Secures $30M Funding for Shops to Go Green
Guild 21 Conference Call December 10 Features Jeff Peevy
CARSTAR and CAA Host Aluminum Repair Webinar December 9
Most Influential Women Nomination Deadline December 31

Dec 04
Axalta Reports 3.2% Increase in Sales during Third Quarter
Lefler Collision & Glass Acquires B&B Collision in Kentucky
Sherwin-Williams Announces New Fleet Media Center
Master Auto Technician Takes One Millionth ASE Computer-Based Test

Dec 03
Vehicle Manufacturers Call for Independent Testing of Air Bag Inflators
Allstate Contributes $100,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
Mitchell to Acquire Cogent Works
ABPA Announces 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago
NASTF Founding Member Retires

Dec 02
Service King Acquires Kirmac Collision Services
ABRA Extends Strategic Relationship with AudaExplore
MAPFRE Expands Telematics Program to Connecticut and Washington
AkzoNobel Signs Global Supply Agreement with Daimler AG Announces New Facility
Automotive Lift Institute Elects 2015 Board

Dec 01
Senior Drivers Support Tougher Driving Laws for Themselves
Service King Acquires Mississippi Body Shop
Rust-Oleum Donation Helps Transform 5 Collision Repair Schools
AASP/NJ Awards Annual Russ Robson Scholarship
Hyundai to Launch Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles in Canada Next Year

Nov 25
Steel Assoc Shows Aluminum-Bodied Vehicles Worse for Environment
Service King Acquires Three Collision Repair Centers in Colorado
47 Technicians Honored at ASE Annual Meeting
Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser Set for July 22 in Detroit
National Auto Body Council Elects Board and Officers

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