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Fri, 22 Aug 2014
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Caliber Enters Florida Market with Acquisition of 4 Stores
MSO enters Orlando marketplace. Total number of locations across the U.S. is now 186.

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Panel Debates the Value, Accuracy and Impact of Length of Rental Formulas
Collision Industry Conference examines the impact of different formulas used by insurers and how they can impact repairers and consumers. Read

NACE Symposium Offers MSOs and Others New Ways to Look at the Collision Repair Industry
Day-long conference was opened up to more than just MSOs, bringing in single-location collision repair representatives. Offers insights on market dynamics, capacity utilization, technology and acquisitions. Read

Five Lawsuits by Collision Repairers against Auto Insurers Consolidated in Florida
The request to consolidate five separate, but related, lawsuits around the country, into one suit has been granted by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. Crawford suit to remain separate. Read

Traffic Volume Improved in May
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in May compared to 2013. Read

Judge Denies Ford’s Motion to Dismiss ABPA Lawsuit
Monday’s recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mazzant affirms the Automotive Body Parts Association’s standing to bring suit seeking to overturn Ford design patents. Read

Tampa Television Station Highlights Poor Quality Repairs, Body Shop Lawsuits Against Insurers
Report highlights repair quality issues and collision repairer lawsuits against insurers. Warns consumers their families could be “…at risk on the road.” Read

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Change
Susanna Gotsch examines how regulations are impacting materials usage in vehicle construction, how those materials are surfacing in CCC's data, and the impact they have on the cost of collision repairs and shop processes. Read

Crawford’s Auto Center Doesn’t Want RICO Suit Against Insurers Consolidated with Other Antitrust Actions
While the plaintiffs in several cases seeking to be consolidated didn’t seek to bring in Illinois RICO suit, a defendant has proposed the suit as a potential “tag-along” action. Read

Federal Reserve Reports All Districts See Economic Activity Expanding
The Fed’s Beige Book commentary on economic conditions sees moderate to modest growth across the U.S. Read

Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q2 2014
Hailstorms most prevalent weather factor in second quarter. Results above last year and average for the last five years. Read

Honda Demonstrates Non-OEM Parts Affect Airbag Deployment During Crash
Video asks: Can a vehicle body part affect safety system performance? According to an independent crash test conducted for Honda, the answer is Yes. Read

Auto Glass Steering Controversy Continues in Connecticut
Local NBC affiliate investigates allegations of steering in violation of new law. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Improves Again in April
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in April compared to 2013. Gains erase year-to-date decline compared to 2013. Read

New Jersey Latest State to Introduce Legislation to Ban Fake Airbags
State Assembly and Senate bills introduced last week seek to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or installation of counterfeit or nonoperational air bags in a motor vehicle. Read

U.S. House Hearing Examines Intelligent Transportation Systems Impact on Crash Reduction
U.S. House Committee examines research needed to develop technologies that could prevent thousands of automobile crashes annually. DOT plans additional pilot programs in 2016. Read

Florida Lawsuit Against Insurers Dismissed
Federal lawsuit, one of five nearly identical cases across the country, dismissed by judge because complaint “suffers from a host of problems.” Read

UK Competition and Markets Authority Releases Provisional Remedies in Motor Insurance Probe
Will require additional information on consumer rights following accident. Proposed repair quality monitoring process not included. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q1 2014
Given the harsh winter season, we could only expect that collision repair facilities would see increasing sales. Record numbers report higher overall sales and earnings. Read

Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Increased in 2012
Latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the decline in the collision repair facility population reversed in 2012. Is it the return to growth temporary? Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Improves in March
Two of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in March compared to 2013. Other regions see lower declines than in February. Read

NADA Estimates Dealer Body Shop Count Increased in 2013
Number of dealerships operating on-site body shops increased in 2013 after falling in 2012. Read

Massachusetts ADALB Issues Advisory Ruling on Video Use during Appraisal Process
The Commonwealth’s Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board issues advisory ruling stating that using “quality video or digital images” to prepare an appraisal satisfies regulation. Shops concerned about how ruling could impact consumers and repair facilities. Read

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against 7 Insurers Alleging Conspiracy to Control the Cost of Collision Repairs
Repair facility alleges violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Fraud and Unjust Enrichment by the largest U.S. insurers. Seeks class action status. Read

Ohio Anti-Steering Legislation Scheduled for First Hearing Before Insurance Committee
Proposed legislation seeks to prohibit insurers from requiring collision repairs be made by specific providers or providing recommendations without being asked by a consumer. Read

Louisiana Passes Bill Criminalizing Counterfeit Airbags
Bill passage May 8 makes Louisiana the sixth state to approve legislation making it a crime to use counterfeit airbags in auto repairs. Read

Association Reaction to Automechanika Chicago Announcement
Until last week’s announcement of the new event, the major national and regional trade shows in the U.S. have been organized by non-profit repairer and supplier associations. CollisionWeek asked the associations that sponsor and organize some of these shows for their reaction to the new event. Read

Florida Passes Legislation Banning Counterfeit and Non-Functioning Airbags, Changes Total Loss Thresholds
Bill raises damage threshold percentage for total loss vehicles before they are required to receive certificates of destruction. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation in Q1 2014
Both auto insurance and body repair prices increase higher than the rate of overall inflation during the Q1 2014. Read

Collision Industry Conference Looks at MFN, OSHA and Ford Network
The most recent CIC meeting in Portland, Oregon addressed issues with Most-Favored Nation Clauses, heightened OSHA inspection activity and Ford’s new collision repair network. Read

Judge Dismisses Suit Against GM’s Aftermarket Part Price Matching Program
Ruling states aftermarket parts distributor’s amended complaint against General Motors’ “Bump the Competition” price matching program was insufficient to prove antitrust, predatory pricing or conspiracy claims. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Continued Decline in February
Four of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in February compared to 2013 as Winter storms impact much of the country. Read

MSO Acquisitions Alter the Competitive Landscape
Just last week, we provided an update of acquisition and new store activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators through Q1 2014. Monday’s acquisition activity by Boyd and Service King, stunning in its scope, continues to change the competitive landscape for collision repairers. Read

Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q1 2014
Severe winter weather conditions take their toll on U.S. and Canada length of rental during the First Quarter according to Enterprise. Read

Big Four Multi-Region MSO Growth a Record in 2013
The acquisition and new collision repair facility activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators reached record levels in 2013. We compare 2013 with prior years and examine growth in Q1 2014. Read

Largest Auto Insurers Add Market Share in 2013
The largest private passenger auto insurers gained market share in 2013, though the decline in 2012 has not be recouped. A change in ranking among the top five auto insurers. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Declined in January
Three of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in January compared to 2013. Effects of winter storms may have impacted Northern U.S. Read

Dan Risley, Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association, Provides an Update on NACE 2014
With the NACE Trade Show and Industry Week just over five months away, Risley details planning for the July events in Detroit. Read

A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our four-part 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. This year's report expands to include Canada. 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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Aug 21
NHTSA Proposes Rulemaking for V2V Communications Technology
ASA Thanks Farmers for Dropping MFN Clause in New DRP Agreements
Sherwin-Williams Announces Q4 Training Schedule
Automatic Parking Assist Standard on Chevrolet SS
North Carolina High School Instructor Wins Trip to SEMA

Aug 20
Louisiana Attorney General Files Suit Against State Farm
ABRA Adds Franchise Location in Washington State
Energy Dept Grants $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicle Technology
O’Reilly Automotive Joins the CCC Parts Network
UK - Just Car Clinics Consolidates Supply Arrangement with LKQ Coatings

Aug 19
Next Sherwin-Williams Ecolean Workshop Set for Phoenix Sept 16-17
ARA 71st Annual Convention and Exposition October 22-25
Garmat USA Announces Sharp Shooter Contest
CARSTAR Adds New Area Director of Operations

Aug 18
ABRA Acquires Tennessee Collision Repair Center
Caliber Collision Opens New Collision Repair Center in Tomball, Texas
Axalta Invests $10.5 Million to Expand Coatings Plant in Mexico
Record $85,000 Raised During Education Foundation Golf Outing
PCI Hosts Policy Briefing with on Innovation and Auto Safety

Aug 15
NABC Members Collaborate at Education Foundation Event in Dallas
Registration Open for PPG MVP Fall Conference Sept 21-23 in Nashville
Green Garage Challenge Announces Free Webinar
Automotive Management Institute Honors Class of 2014
Anest Iwata Names Rick Bennett Eastern Regional Sales Manager

Aug 14
Boyd Group Reports Same Store Sales Up 7.3 percent in Q2
Carlyle Reported Preparing for Axalta IPO
Two Regional Insurers and USAA get Top Grades from Oregon Shops
Survey: Digitally-Empowered Customers Transforming Collision Repair
ASA Honors Member Achievements at 2014 Celebration of Excellence

Aug 13
Small Business Optimism Ticks Up Slightly in July
Nationwide’s 2014 First Half Operating Revenue Grows Six Percent
Education Foundation Dallas Awareness Event this Saturday
PartsTrader Hits 1,000,00th Milestone
Axalta Presents Research on Improving Automotive Coatings

Aug 12
Allstate Wins $1.6 Million Auto Glass Fraud Lawsuit
CEI Named Fleet Accident Manager for Bellevue, Washington
Alcoa Foundation Awards Lightweighting Research Grant
EU - Blackstone Acquires Alliance Automotive Group

Aug 11
ABRA Acquires Missouri and North Carolina Collision Repair Centers
Auto Safety Bill Targets Recalls, Increases NHTSA Funding, Rental Cars
AASP/NJ Labor Pool Offers Shops Help

Aug 8
Auto Parts Executive Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Price Fixing
California Shop Owner Sentenced for Insurance Fraud
Collision King Honored by Farmers Insurance
ACD Joins ARA as Associate Member
UK - Euro Car Parts Acquires 27 Unipart Sites from Administrator

Aug 7
MAACO Opens On-Site Shop for Hertz
Guild 21 Conference Call Features American Honda on August 13
OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Announced for SEMA
Education Foundation Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

Aug 6
KAR Auction Services Acquires 50 Percent Stake in TradeRev
NACE|CARS Technology Expo Gives Shops First Look at Future Auto Tech
Mitchell Partners With EvoNexus to Drive Technology Innovation
MAACO Joins National Auto Body Council

Aug 5
ABRA Acquired by Hellman & Friedman and Senior Management Team
Mitchell Examines Mid-Size Sedans Sales Impact on Alternative Parts
Survey Shows Concerns Still Exist with Self-Driving Vehicles
ACD Joins National Auto Body Council as Gold Member

Aug 4
AudaExplore and Performance Gateway Announce Partnership
CAPA Experiences Record New Part Approvals
CCC Releases Updated KPI Management Tool
ALLDATA Collision Launches Mobile Access
Uni-Select Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Aug 1
CRES, Telematics Forum Highlight Today’s Industry Week Schedule
Hertz Opens 17 New Local Edition Locations
LORD Corp and Dow Automotive Announce Distribution Agreement Launches Next Generation eCommerce Tool
I-CAR Launches Technical Support Portal

July 31
LKQ Announces Results for Second Quarter, Acquisitions
Today’s NACE and CARS Schedule
Uni-Select Improved Q2 2014 Financial Results
Former Sterling Autobody President Notte Joins PDR Business
Solera Completes Acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Insurance Services Div.

July 30
Training Focus of Today’s Events at Industry Week in Detroit
AudaExplore Study Finds Gap in Trust, Satisfaction in Repair Experience
Greco Publishing Names Figurelli Director of Sales
Polke Elected to ASE Board of Governors
I-CAR Adds Kia Information to OEM Technical Information Matrix

July 29
CIC Examines Driverless Cars, Preparing Students for Workforce
NCOIL Affirms Commitment to State Regulation of Insurance
GAAS Board Votes to Defer Educational Event for 2015
Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Names Exec. Director
Canada - Axalta Coating Systems Hosts School Instructor Workshop

July 28
Industry Week Descends on Detroit
ABRA Acquires 3 Stores in Missouri and 1 in Washington
Diamond Standard Seeks CAPA Certification for Bumper Reinforcements
Audi to Demonstrate Piloted Driving in Florida
China - BASF Opens Automotive Coatings Plant in Shanghai

July 25
Enterprise Sees Lower Length of Rental for ARMS Users
J.D. Power Reports Summer Is Heating Up New-Vehicle Sales
OEConnection Launches Next Generation CollisionLink
AkzoNobel and Green Garage Announce July 29 Webinar

July 24
Lightweight Metals Institute to be Headquartered in Detroit
Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
UTI and mikeroweWORKS Foundation Award Scholarships
Microsoft Tech Evangelist to Speak at CIECA Symposium

July 23
Carlyle Sells Majority Stake in Service King
CAPA to Provide Parts Certification Program to Korea
SUVs and Crossovers Overtake Sedans as Most Popular Body Style in U.S.
Industry Trends Seminars Scheduled in Texas August 5
NASTF to Hold Fall 2014 General Meeting at AAPEX

July 22
Caliber Opens Third Greenfield Facility in North Texas
CCC and WHI Solutions to Provide eCommerce Suite for Parts Suppliers
Central Paint Joins Refinish Distributors Alliance
AkzoNobel Names Sustainability Challenge Grant Outstanding Students
National Autobody Parts Warehouse Completes ISO Certification Review

July 21
NABC Recycled Rides Vehicle Donations and Extrication Training at NACE
LKQ Donates $114,000 in Parts Through Education Foundation
AccuracyDriven4 Launches Auditing Services Venture
Remanufactured Audio Systems Available Through Four Search Services
July 24 CREW: Thriving as a Repairer in Today’s Marketplace

July 18
ABRA Adds Franchise in Minnesota
CARSTAR Expands in Tacoma
CAPA Not Surprised by Results of Honda Bumper Test
Hyundai Launches Collision Parts Conquest Program

July 17
Service King Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Texas
NACE Releases Schedule for Innovation, Technology & Telematics Forum
AMI Announces Scholarship Recipients
ASE Education Alliance Announces Instructor Recognition Program
Bodyshop Revolution Launches in the United States

July 16
Obama Rides in Crash Avoidance Simulator
Mitchell Announces RepairCenter and WorkCenter Enhancements
AkzoNobel Commends Maryland High School Collision Repair Program
Solera Completes Acquisition of UK-based Sherwood Group

July 15
ARA Applauds West Virginia Supreme Court Ruling
Memorial Service Planned for Owner of DJS Fabrications
VeriFacts Recognizes Marco’s Collision Centers for Quality Achievement
CCC to Integrate with Pinnacle Recycling Software
Solera Announces Agreement with Suncorp in Australia and New Zealand

July 14
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Declined in June
Last Call to Register for Education Foundation Golf Outing
NABC Campaign Nets Over 1000 Pledges Not to Text and Drive
Solera Completes Acquisition of sachcontrol AG
Canada - Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Increases Significantly

July 11
LKQ Will Add Recycled Parts to CCC Parts Network
Boettcher Joins Summit Consulting
U.S. Senate Commerce Chair Proposes Auto Safety Bill
Equipment and Tool Institute Looking for Executive Manager

July 10
Pacific Collision Centers and Elite Group Merge
GCIA Meeting To Detail Labor Rate Survey Results July 24
CCIF Special Event at NACE Examines North American Trends
Collision Industry Foundation 5th Gala Fundraiser January 15

July 9
Small Business Optimism Falls in June
Riverdale Body Shop Opens 10th Chicago-area Location
Caliber Collision Associates Collect Over One Million Meals in Food Drive
Troy Holm Memorial Fund Created to Benefit Collision Repair Students
ARA Announces Keynote Speakers for 71st Annual Convention and Expo

July 8
P/C Insurers’ Profits and Profitability Slipped in the First-Quarter 2014
Service King Joins National Auto Body Council
Diamond Standard Expands Aluminum Replacement Hood Production
DeVilbiss SprayMaster Curriculum Accredited by I-CAR
CARSTAR Adds Training Specialist

July 7
NSW Select Committee Recommends Overhaul of Repair Industry
Caliber Collision Opens Greenfield Facility in West Frisco, Texas
Gerber Acquires Illinois Collision Repair Center
Chuck Schweiger, Owner of DHI Equipment, Passes Away
Guild 21 Wednesday Conference Call Features Tesla’s McDonald
EU - Axalta Approvals Renewed by Mazda Europe

July 2
AAA Projects 34.8 Million Americans to Travel by Automobile for July 4
Twelfth Insurer Recognizes VeriFacts Quality Program
U.S. House Transportation Committee Hosts Driverless Car
I-CAR Marks 35th Anniversary
CCC Adds Carwise Review Plugins Help Repairers Promote Their Shops

July 1
LKQ Corporation and Chrysler Sign License Agreement, End Lawsuit

Caliber Acquires South El Monte, California Collision Repair Center
Industry Turns Out for AASP/NJ Aluminum Training
Skurka Retires from BASF

June 30
ABRA Acquires 12 True Quality Collision Centers
Repairers File Amended Complaint in Florida Suit Against Insurers
SkillsUSA Refinish and Collision Repair Medalists Announced
Deadline Today for ASA Member Savings on Mopar TechAuthority
Church Brothers Car Show Raises $11k for Wounded Warrior Project

June 27
New-Vehicle Sales in June Projected to Continue Year-over-Year Growth
NACE Announces Nine Organized Tours in Detroit
Honda Develops Technology to Advance Crash Test Simulations
AutocheX Recognizes CARSTAR Stores at Annual Conference
UK - Three Arrested by London Police for Selling Counterfeit 3M Products

June 26
AkzoNobel Refinish Headquarters Moving to Troy, Michigan
Kadel’s Golf Classic Raises $28,000 for Children’s Cancer Association
David Gold Nominated as Secretary of the ARA
Canada - BASF appoints Campbell as Technical Sales Representative

June 25
ABRA Investor to Sell Stake
Hertz Adds Two CARSTAR Locations
I-CAR Announces NACE Training Line-Up
Art Ewing Joins Pro Spot as Canadian Sales & Marketing Director

June 24
Air Bag Inflator Flaw Affects Seven Vehicle Manufacturers
H&V Collision Center Announces Fifth Location in Ulster, New York
AAPEX to Feature New General Session, Steve Forbes to Keynote
BASF Recognizes Eight CARSTAR Owners on 25th Anniversary
Australia - IAG Receives Final Approvals for Wesfarmers' Acquisition

June 23
ASA Takes Most Favored Nation Clause Message to Capitol Hill
Auto Insurance Satisfaction Reaches All-Time High
AAA Encourages GM to Work with Independent Repair Shops on Recalls
CARSTAR Names Award Winners at Annual Conference
AudaExplore and Mercury Insurance Support Crittenton Services

June 20
Car West Auto Body Hosted Dublin, Calif. Grand Opening
AAA Endorses Plan to Increase Fuel Taxes
AASP-Missouri Releases Excel Trade Show Training Schedule
Next Generation of Leadership Joins Rome Technologies

June 19
Vehicle Manufacturer Classes at NACE Detailed
Colors on Parade Opens 13 New Franchises in 10 States
Mitchell Charitable Efforts Support Education and Health Awareness
Education Foundation to Present at School Counselor Assoc Meeting

June 18
Automotive Management Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Insurance Auto Auctions Expands In Denver
USAA Breaks Ground on New Facility in Tampa
ARA Reiterates Call for General Motors to Provide Parts Data

June 17
Caliber Collision Acquires Sunnyvale, Calif. Collision Center
CCC TRUE Parts Network Adds Parts Suppliers
Axalta Appoints Luke Lu President, China
Doerr to Retire after 30 years with General Motors

June 16
Wholesale Vehicle Prices Softened in May
NICB Names 10 Most-Stolen SUVs/CUVs
Refinish Distributors Alliance Adds Member
GCIA Conducting Labor Rate Survey
Keenan Auto Body Golf Outing Raises $38,000 for Charity

June 13
Small Business Sentiment Improves
Exhibitors Commit in Record Numbers to Detroit NACE Expo
Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium Scholarships Total 256
I-CAR Launches Documentation and Digital Photo Course July 7
Canada - Infomedia Announces Agreement with Hyundai for Parts System
Canada - Mitchell Launches Reputation Manager

June 12
CARSTAR Marks 25th Anniversary with Record Sales in 2013
Deadline for AMI Scholarship Applications June 20
H&V Collision Center Plans Fifth Location This Summer
Bosin Named OEM Director for I-CAR

June 11
Hyundai Delivers First Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle in California
Continental Auto Parts Achieves NSF Distributor Certification
Education Foundation Announces First Round of Grant Winners
NATEF Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients

June 10
75 Percent of New Pickup Truck Body Parts Will Be Aluminum by 2025
Fix Auto Expands into Alaska
Safelite Partners with SkillsUSA, Launches Recruitment Program
Auto Body Association of Texas Inaugural Meeting June 18
Axalta Names Rajeev Rao VP, Strategy and Business Development
Nexsyis Launches Mgmt Platform for Smaller Collision Repair Facilities

June 9
Another Automotive Parts Executive Indicted in Price Fixing Conspiracy
U.S. Vehicles in Operation at Record Levels, Average Age Steady
Nationwide Returns to N.J. Auto Insurance Market After 33 Years
AudaExplore Pledges $75,000 in Tool Grants to Students
AASP/NJ Hosts Aluminum Training Courses June 24, 26
New Zealand- Reserve Bank Approves IAG Acquisition of Lumley

June 6
Boyd Group Acquires Collex Collision’s 16 locations for $46M
Oregon Collision Specialists Host Mike Anderson June 14
AudaExplore and TOA Technologies Renew Partnership
NSF International’s Bob Frayer Earns ASQ Quality Leader Award

June 5
Private Sector Employment Increased by 179,000 Jobs in May
Ford and AAA 65th Annual Student Auto Skills Competition Next Week
GEICO Hosts Long Island Open House for Auto Damage Leadership June 7
SCRS Open Board Meeting July 28th in Detroit
Trevor Henderson Named COO for ADESA Canada

June 4
Service King Finalizes Sterling Acquisition
PartsTrader Adds Hollander Interchange Codes
Ford Unveils Lightweight Concept Car Using Advanced Materials
NACE Provides Further Details on July Show Agenda
Oregon Collision Repair Shop Wins Mitchell Campaign

June 3
Caliber Acquires MSOs in Los Angeles and North Carolina
Summer Gas Prices Expected to Remain at $3.55-$3.70 per Gallon
Registration Open for I-CAR Conference
Axalta Appoints Nardinelli President in Brazil
Mopar TechAuthority Subscription Offer for ASA Members Extended

June 2
Boyd Group Acquires Netcost Claims Services for $3 Million
LKQ Corporation Completes Acquisition of Netherlands-Based Distributors
Caspersen and Weniger Receive WIN Cornerstone Awards
Car West Auto Body Hosting Charity Golf Tournament June 6
UK - Draft Repair Standard Available for Public Comment

May 30
NHTSA Study Shows Vehicle Crashes Have $871 Billion Impact in U.S.
IIHS Sees Improvements in Auto Brake Capabilities
I-CAR Gold Class and ASE-Certified Shops Receive Discounts for NACE
Hearing on U.S. House Bill to Add Small Biz Advisory Board to CFPB
Nagy’s Collision Specialists Receives Akron, Ohio Business Award

May 29
Philly Shop Owner Alleged Center of Multi-Million Insurance Fraud Ring
Copart Reports 11.6% Revenue Increase in Fiscal Q3
Parts Coalition Touts $80 Million Savings from Top 20 Parts Since 2009
ABRA-Coon Rapids Recognized with Farmers Insurance COD Award
Canada - Glasurit Supports 2014 Skills Canada National Competition

May 28
Google to Build its Own Self-Driving Cars
New York Encourages Telematics-Driven Usage Based Insurance
Solera Launches $100.0 Million Senior Note Private Offering
Nissan Selects Assured Performance to Administer Certification Program
AASP/NJ’s Holds 10th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing
Daimler AG approves Axalta Refinish Brands in Five European Countries

May 27
Plaintiffs Seek to Consolidate Federal Suits against Insurers
Solera Acquires German Property Claims Business
U.S. House Committee Holds Insurance Data Hearing
GEICO’s Pierce Elected Chair of NICB Board of Governors
WIN Elects 2014-2015 Board
I-CAR Commends MetLife for Encouraging Gold Class for DRP Shops

May 23
May New-Vehicle Retail Sales Continue Growth Trend
Women’s Industry Network Celebrates Most Influential Women
3M and NAPA Thank Military Spouses with Car Clean-Up Event
2014 CIECA Symposium September 8-10 in Denver
CAPA’s Gillis Comments on Auto Recalls

May 22
EU and U.S. Auto Industry Call for Vehicle Safety Reg Equivalence
ABRA Awarded Farmers Insurance Large MSO of the Year
NABC Offers Membership Discount for I-CAR Gold Class Businesses
MERA Hosts Remanufacturing Tech Expo During NACE and CARS
WMABA Golf Outing June 26

May 21
NACE Releases Agenda for August 1 CRES/MSO Symposium
California DMV Adopts Autonomous Vehicle Testing Rules
Refinish Distributors Alliance Holds May Membership Meeting
Saleen Automotive Signs Exclusive Agreement with BASF
EU - Automechanika Frankfurt Adds Free Collision Repair Workshops

May 20
Caliber Collision Acquires Collision Center in Encinitas, California
Kadel’s Acquires Three Alpine Auto Body Locations
I-CAR to Launch Steering and Suspension Damage Analysis Course
ETI to Hold Board Meeting During NACE
EU - Axalta Coating Systems Opens New Offices in Spain

May 19
More Americans to Start Summer Travel Season on Memorial Day
AMI to Honor 20th Class of Graduates During Industry Week
Valspar Joins National Auto Body Council
KAPE Enterprises BASF ColorSource Premier Distributor of the Year
H&V Collision Center Recognized Contributions to Veterans

May 16
US Chamber Study Details Business Regulatory Climate in 10 Cities
Motorists Insurance Group Acquires Consumers Insurance USA
NACE Details 2014 Education Program
June 9-15 is Automotive Service Professionals Week
Canada - Queensway Auto Body Joins CSN Collision Centres

May 15
Small Business Optimism Improves in April
Insurance Auto Auctions Opens New Branch in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sherwin-Williams Announces 2014 Q3 Training Schedule
Auto Data Labels Adds Android App
Canada - Craftsman Collision to Open New Store in Vernon, BC

May 14
Boyd Group Fund Reports Same Store Sales Up 7.6% in First Quarter
Team PRP Network Adds Grassy Auto Parts
ASA Urges Support for Ohio Mechanical Repair Shop Registration Bill
SEMA Show Registration Opens

May 13
Solera Acquires Insurance Services Div of Pittsburgh Glass for $280M
Martin Senour Announces Q3 Refinish Training Schedule
Applebaum Joins StoneRidge Advisors
Zelesnak Joins Optima Automotive

May 12
NADA Reports Used Vehicle Price Index Remains at All-Time High
PBES Offers Aluminum Collision Repair Webinar May 21
2,400 Companies Participate in AAPEX Space Draw
Cars and Coffee New Jersey Kicks Off Spring Season

May 9
Older Drivers Keeping Licenses Longer, Driving More
Fiat Chrysler CEO Marchionne Has Doubts on Aluminum Pickups
Mikrut Joins CARCARE Collision Centers
Assured Performance Chooses Auto Damage Experts for Inspections
GEICO Seeking Auto Damage Adjusters in Seattle

May 8
Solera Reports Fiscal Q3 Revenue Up 22.3%
Fix Auto USA Annual Conference September 21-24
Education Foundation Invites Industry to August Career Event in Texas
Gerke Elected Chair of ATMC Board
AMI Accepting Applications for Five Scholarships

May 7
Allstate Reports Increased Number of Auto Policies in Force in Q1
Online Attendee Registration Opens for NACE and CARS
BASF Honors Performance Group Shops of the Year
SAFECars Educational Symposium May 30-31 in Illinois
Central Paint Wins NORTHEAST Exhibitor Code Contest
New Zealand - NZCC Clears IAG Acquisition of Lumley

May 6
Mitchell Examines Winter Storm Impact on Claims
Gerber Acquires Collision Repair Center in Illinois
Service King Acquires Two Locations in Little Rock
KAR Auction Services Reports First Quarter 2014 Results
Sherwin-Williams Ecolean Workshops at Gibbs and Waltrip Racing
Doug Craig Joins LORD Corporation

May 5
Caliber Opens Two New Collision Repair Centers In California
SCRS Believes Insurers Place Unrealistic Limits on Rental Days
AudaExplore Launches Cloud-Based Body Shop Management System
NSF Certifies 500 Sheet Metal Parts Made by Gordon

May 2
Massachusetts Fines GEICO $275K for Inconsistent Accident Reporting
Toyota Helping Finance Hydrogen Refueling Network in California
CAA Members Participate in Legislative Day
National Oak Hosts Jobber Trade Show Today 4-9 PM in Grapevine, Texas

May 1
Private Sector Employment Increased by 220,000 Jobs in April
Uni-Select Reports Improved Q1 Earnings
AAPEX Debuts New Service Professionals Program at 2014 Event
Kett Takes Over as CEO and President of IAA
Google Self-Driving Car Mastering City Street Driving

Apr 30
Automechanika Chicago Trade Show Announced for April 2015
Collision Sys. and 1Collision Announce Illinois and Indiana Workshops
I-CAR to Present at Great Designs in Steel Conference
SCRS Presents Industry Achievement Awards
New Zealand - NZCC Extends Deadline for IAG/Lumley Decision

Apr 29
Caliber Opens Two New Collision Repair Centers in Texas and California
LKQ Corporation Announces Results for First Quarter 2014
AASP-MN Awards $15,000 in Scholarships
Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Board of Trustees

Apr 28
ABRA Acquires 24 Collision Centers of America Locations
Another Parts Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing
Majority of Motorists Admit To Distracted Driving Behavior On Daily Basis
Diamond Standard Addresses Aluminum Alloy Usage
AASP/NJ’s 10th Annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing May 19

Apr 25
Light Vehicle Retail Sales in April Projected Highest Since 2005
Tampa Collision Repairers Can Learn About Industry Trends May 6
AAIA Now the Auto Care Association
Nissan Tests Nano-Paint Technology that Repels Dirt

Apr 24
SCRS Sees Improved Ability for Repairers to Control Data Access
J.D. Power Reports Customers Switch Insurers Because of Poor Service
Mitchell Industry Trends Live Webinar May 7

Apr 23
PartsTrader Now Available to All Repairers Across Continental U.S.
Ford Explorer and Expedition May Go Aluminum
National Auto Body Council Appoints Dan Young to Board of Directors
GAAS 2014 Hotel Registration Deadline Extended to April 25
Safelite Promotes Three in Supply Chain Team

Apr 22
Property/Casualty Insurers’ Net Income Grew Nearly 82% in 2013
Mazda Selects OEConnection
ASA, Identifix Renew Member Benefit Program
Matrix and Pro-Spray Training Approved for I-CAR Credit
AASP-MN Announces 20th Annual Golf Outing

Apr 21
More Auto Parts Execs Charged in Justice Dept. Price Fixing Probe
Collex Expands Into Waterford, Michigan with 16th Location
CCC Adds Suppliers to Parts Network, Centralized Contact Management
Mitchell Announces Closed File Review
SCRS Elects Board of Directors

Apr 17
Federal Insurance Office to Monitor Auto Insurance Affordability
CAPA Vehicle Test Fit Program Celebrates Milestone
Chief Opens New Training, Specification Center in Malaysia
LaMettry’s Appoints Amberson President of Operations
Car West Auto Body Reaches Out to Future Workforce

Apr 16
Minnesota Anti-Mandate Bill Fails to Advance in 2014 Session
CARSTAR Expands Network in St. Louis
LKQ to Acquire Five Netherlands-Based Distributors
Canada - Ontario Legislation Would Regulate the Towing and Storage

Apr 15
Service King Acquires Sterling , Boyd Acquires Collision Revision
Collision Works Acquires 4th Location in Oklahoma
Ford Reduces Prices by 11% on 38 New Parts in Truckload Program
NESSARA Joins ASA as Supporting Association
Mitchell's Annual P&C Event Outlined Market Trends and Technologies

Apr 14
Consumers Believe Connected Vehicles Will Be Safer
Wholesale Vehicle Prices Strengthened in March
Marshall Auto Body Wins Sustainable Process Award
Women’s Industry Network Welcomes Five to Board of Directors
GEICO Hosts Job Fairs for Adjusters in Maryland, Massachusetts this Week

Apr 11
MSO Symposium at NACE to Change Name, Expand Audience
Alabama Rep and NCOIL President Wren Pleads Guilty to Corruption
Thousands Attend Record-Breaking NORTHEAST 2014
Service King Raises $35,000 to Support Heroes for Children in Houston

Apr 10
ASE and VeriFacts Announce Cooperation to Advance Collision Repair
CAWA Takes Neutral Position on California Telematics Legislation
National Auto Body Council Goal to Donate 300 Recycled Rides in 2014
GCIA Raising Funds to Send Student to SkillsUSA Conference
Australia - NSF Launching Aftermarket Parts Certification Program

Apr 09
Small-Business Owner Optimism Roller Coaster Continues
CCC Crash Course Report Available, Webinars Start Next Week
Copart Launches First Ever Auto Rebuild Challenge
South Dakota Enacts Ban on Texting While Driving
UK - NAB Independent Body Proposal Backed by VBRA

Apr 08
Craftsman Auto Body Opens its 11th Location
MAACO Selects AudaExplore Driver Experience and Repair Platforms
National Oak Distributors Hosts Open House in New Jersey Saturday
I-CAR Updates Steering and Suspension Course
UK - RAC and Quindell Create Telematics Joint Venture

Apr 07
ABRA Expands into Knoxville, Tennessee with Acquisition
Solera Purchases 100% of AutoPoint from Joint Venture
Honda Releases Bulletins on 2015 Fit, Updated Welding and Sectioning
I-CAR Donates $170,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
UK - NAB Concerned over Courtesy Car Liability Shift to Body Shops

Apr 04
Indiana Association and 14 Repairers File Suit against 12 Insurers
Gerber Opens New Facility in North Carolina
TRW Introduces Roof Mounted Airbags to Save Dash Space
Texas Gov. Perry Helps Open GEICO Claims Operation
Early Bird Pricing Ends Saturday for WIN Conference

Apr 03
Axalta Launches Low-VOC Solvent Basecoat in North America
GAAS to Examine China Aftermarket Growth
Montana Collision Repair Specialists Elects New Officers
Australia - Groups Working on Code of Practice for Repair Info Access

Apr 02
Used Vehicle Prices Will Remain at a High Level in 2014
Early Bird Pricing for Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser Ends Friday
Consumer Groups Call to Ban Insurance Rates Based on Shopping Habits
ASA Members Offered Special Pricing for Mopar Subscription
WIN Announces 2014 Corporate Sponsors

Apr 01
Caliber Collision Opens New Location in California
Boyd Group Finalizes Supply Agreement with PPG
Hotel Reservations Open for NACE July Event in Detroit
NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Vehicle Back Up Cameras
Kadel’s Receives Community Award from Celebrate North Portland

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