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State Farm Auto Insurance Premiums Grew 5.6% in 2014
The largest auto insurer in the U.S. reported earned premium growth in 2014 for its auto insurance business, $3.4 billion underwriting loss.

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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

The Collision Repair Industry: A Private Equity Perspective
Maggie Todd, senior associate with TZP Group, details collision repair industry fundamentals driving interest by private equity firms, how repair business operators can benefit from investment and key considerations when considering private equity. Read

Automakers Announce Privacy Principles to Protect Vehicle Personal Data
Consumer advocates and the automotive aftermarket are cautioning that the newly announced principles don’t go far enough to protect consumer privacy and competition for repair services. Read

Incoming CIC Chairman Lays Out His Philosophies, Goals for the Conference
Randy Stabler, co-founder and president of Pride Collision Centers, will take the helm of the Collision Industry Conference in January. Read

Additional Antitrust Suits Filed Against Auto Insurance Companies
Ten additional suits have been filed by collision repairers and associations alleging antitrust violations by auto insurers. Read

Interview: Collision Industry Conference Chair George Avery
Avery details topics on the agenda at this week’s meeting in Las Vegas and reflects upon his two-year term as Chair of the conference. Read

New Antitrust Suits Filed Against Insurers in Michigan and Arizona; Price’s Collision Centers Opposes Consolidation with Antitrust Actions in Florida
Seven-location MSO’s suit against Progressive had been nominated as a potential tag-along to the collision repair facility antitrust suits already consolidated in Federal Court in Florida. Crawford and Louisiana opposition scheduled to be heard in December. Read

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Who Helped Overturn Aftermarket Parts Verdict against State Farm at Center of Election Controversy Again
Effort to get Justice Lloyd Karmeier voted off the court gains the financial support of Plaintiff Attorneys who could gain from reinstatement of judgments in class-action lawsuits. Read

Traffic Volume Improved Slightly in August
Three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in August compared to 2013. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Up Through July
Industry expansion continues beyond winter months. Both production staff and average weekly hours worked have increased through the first seven months of 2014. Read

Length of Rental Climbs Modestly in Q3 2014
U.S. results above last year and average for the last five years. Canada continues stable trend. Read

Collision Claim Severity Up 6.6% in 2013
Data published by the Insurance Information Institute shows third consecutive year of rising collision severity. However, though increasing, severity remains below 2006 peak. 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

Traffic Volume Up 1.5% in July
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in July compared to 2013. Read

UK Competition and Markets Authority Releases Final Report in Motor Insurance Probe
Report recommends ban of Most Favored Nation clauses by price comparison websites that prevent auto insurers from offering lower prices. Will not regulate insurance replacement car pricing. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation through August
Both auto insurance and body repair prices continue to increase faster than the rate of overall inflation through August 2014. Read

Appeals Court Grants Preliminary Injunction against Connecticut Glass Steering Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District has overturned a lower court decision and has granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of Connecticut’s auto glass anti-steering law. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q2 2014
Improvements in both sales and earnings continue. Collision repair facilities reporting lower earnings and sales hit historic lows.Read

Interview: Dan Risley, President and Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association
One year after announcing that the NACE | CARS Expo was moving from its traditional fall timeframe, the Automotive Service Association launched a revitalized Industry Week in Detroit. In our exclusive video interview, Risley discusses this year’s event and plans for next year. 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

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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Recent News

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

Nov 24
ABRA Acquires Ohio Collision Repair Center
U.S. House Subcommittee Explores International Insurance Regulation
Ricca Auto Body Named Stan Wilson New Jersey Shop of the Year
Ford F-150 Collision Repair Instructions Available on I-CAR Website
3M Hire Our Heroes Program Celebrates 3rd Year

Nov 21
AAA Predicts 4.3% Increase in Road Trips for Thanksgiving Holiday
Classic Collision Acquires Three Locations in North Georgia
Price’s Collision Centers Opens 8th Location
Axalta Breaks Ground on Dual Refinish/Powder Training Center in Texas
Hertz Appoints Tague New President and CEO

Nov 20
Solera Acquires UK-based CAP Automotive
NABC Awards Recognize Professionalism and Integrity
ATMC Recognizes Raytheon and General Motors with Training Award
ASA Promotes Two Employees

Nov 19
NHTSA Calls for National Recall of Defective Takata Driver Side Air Bags
CCAR Addresses Theft by Former Staff Member
State Farm Distracted Driving Survey Explores Cell Phone Habits
SoCal Penske Dealer Group Acquires Drew Ford and Hyundai
Refinish Distributors Alliance Seminar Gets Record Attendance
ABRA Donates $20,000 to Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation

Nov 18
Caliber Collision Exceeds 200 Locations with FCC Collision Acquisition
Honda Cautions that New Driver Assist/Safety Systems Require OE Parts
Tom Coleman, Co-Founder of LC Automotive Group, Passes Away
Service King Finalizes Car West Collision Acquisition
Early Bird Registration Ends Today for NABC Golf Outing

Nov 17
ABRA Adds Franchise in Idaho; Acquires Three Locations in Illinois
Kadel’s Auto Body Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Idaho
Mitchell Hosts Auto Body Shop Boot Camp Tomorrow in Chicago
NORTHEAST 2015 Trade Show Registration Opens

Nov 14
Boyd Acquires Collision Repair Center in Washington State
Ed Foundation Received $25K from LKQ; Announces New Trustee
Las Vegas Families Leave SEMA with Gifts of Transportation
Ferrell Joins Quest Automotive Products as Dir. of Product & Color Mgmt
Australia - Opposition Calls on NSW to Reform Repair Industry

Nov 13
CARSTAR Reports Record Growth, Sales in Third Quarter
CCC Hits $500M in Repair Estimates Milestone with Mobile Estimating App
Over 2700 State Farm Employees Train for 2015 Ford F-150
ABRA Employee Sings National Anthem during Sunday Night Football
Next CREW Examines International Collision Repair Models
Australia - Capital S.M.A.R.T Acquires QPlus Production

Nov 12
Boyd Group Reports Same Store Sales Up 7.6% in Third Quarter
Axalta Shares Begin Trading on NYSE
Guild 21 Conference Call Today Features Brady Wilson of Juice, Inc.
Industry Awards Announced Prior to CIC Meeting
Joe Amato Inducted into AASP/NJ Hall of Fame

Nov 11
GM Delays Implementing List Price Initiative until Early 2015
Ford Begins Building All-New F-150 Today
Nissan Introduces Collision Repair Consumer Referral Program
ASA and AASA to Host Vehicle Safety Inspection Forum Friday

Nov 10
Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Consumers against Steering
I-CAR Raising Prices for Training by $2 per Credit Hour
Solera Reports Fiscal Q1 2015 Earnings
Pro Spot Receives Supplier Award from Ford

Nov 07
Mitchell Industry Trends Report Released, Webinar November 12
Web-Est and Crash-WriteR Close Acquisition
Hertz Introduces Portal for Collision Repair Shops
3/4 of Vehicles Sold in 2035 Expected to Have Autonomous Capability
BASF hosts fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project during SEMA

Nov 06
New GM Collision Repair Parts List Price Process Takes Effect Dec 1st
Gerber Acquires First Collision Repair Location in Idaho
Safelite Acquires Auto Glass Division of Sante Fe Glass
Equipment and Tool Institute Names Potter New Executive Manager
Howard Joins Automotive Recyclers Association

Nov 05
GM Launches Real-Time Collision Repair Parts Pricing
NABC and Progressive to Donate 117 Vehicles on Veterans Day
Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Grant Winners
PartsTrader Records $100 Million Order Volume in October
Independent Glass Association Joins SCRS

Nov 04
Ford Service Engineering Team Details F-150 Repairs at SEMA
Service King Raises $112,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation
WIN Seeks Leaders to Speak at 2015 Educational Conference
Auto Body Assoc of Texas Meeting November 11

Nov 03
Self-Driving Vehicles Generate Enthusiasm, Concerns Worldwide
Enterprise Reports 4% Growth in Insurance Replacement Business
CCC Introduces Parts Shopping through CCC ONE Touch
Litigation Update and Awards Highlight 2014 AASP/NJ Annual Meeting
Matrix Hosts Second Annual Artists 4 Education Auction

Oct 31
Alcoa Awards $45,000 Aluminum Welding Certification Grant
PCI Elects New Officers to the Board of Governors at Annual Meeting
AkzoNobel Announces 2014 FIT Sustainability Award Winners

Oct 30
Axalta Launches Initial Public Offering
Insurance Auto Auctions Acquires Two Texas Facilities
Reservations Deadline for NABC Recycled Rides Luncheon Tomorrow
Allstate Reports Growth in Q3
LKQ Corporation Reports Q3 Earnings

Oct 29
Leading Edge Auto Refinishes Merges with WESCO Group
Toyota Demos Repair Procedures Estimating Solution at SEMA
Sherwin-Williams Vision Group Conference Dec. 10-12 in Naples, Florida
CARSTAR Webinar Tomorrow Focuses on Aluminum Repair
NATEF Updates Integrated Academics Guide

Oct 28
New-Vehicle Retail Sales in October on Pace for 1.1 Million Units
CARSTAR Expands in Seattle
Service King Acquires Columbus, Ohio Collision Repair Center
Senator Urges FTC to Take Action Against Warranty Tactics by OEMs
VeriFacts Announces Award Finalists

Oct 27
Amica Mutual Ranks Highest in J.D Power Auto Claims Satisfaction Study
I-CAR New Technology Course to Premiere at SEMA
Industry Recruitment Website Launched
Amran Joins SCA Appraisal Company as Director of Internal Operations
Asia - AkzoNobel Opens New Refinish Plant in China

Oct 24
Auto Care Association Says Collision Industry Down 0.2% in 2013
Safelite Contributes $10,000 to Education Foundation
Medved Joins S/P2
ABRA Raises $23,000 for Riley Children’s Foundation

Oct 23
Service King Adds Orlando Collision Repair Center
PartsTrader Announces Partnership with Hotlines Recycled Parts Network
VeriFacts Automotive 7th Annual Symposium February 23-24
Team PRP Appoints Gamble New Executive Director

Oct 22
Boyd Group Acquires Georgia Collision Repair Center
3M Launches New Aluminum Repair SOP Series
Most Influential Women Nominations Open
Copart Donates $15,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
PPG Held Commercial Truck Shop Conference in September

Oct 21
Carousel Capital Invests in Joe Hudson’s Collision Center
NHTSA Issues Consumer Advisory on Airbag Recall
Price Of Gasoline Reaches New 44-Month Low
OEConnection Establishes Technology Partnership with University
Eric Brandt Joins Esurance as Chief Claims Officer

Oct 20
Erie Insurance Expands into Kentucky
AkzoNobel Honors Women’s Industry Network
Sill Named Chief Information Officer at CARSTAR
Mitchell 1 Newest ASA Corporate Member
Valspar Joins SCRS

Oct 17
Warm Winter Likely for Western U.S., South may see Colder Weather
Early Bird Pricing for SEMA Show Ends Today
Auto Parts Manufacturer Indicted for Price Fixing
Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Joins the CCC Parts Network
WIN Announces 2015 Conference in Baltimore May 4-6
Australia - NRMA Launches Auto Body Employment Plan, Quality Report

Oct 16
PPG Reports Record Third Quarter Sales and Earnings
ARA Mourns the Passing of Mark Buessing
AkzoNobel Announces Awards at Distributor Conference
Erie Insurance Selects Guidewire for Claims Management

Oct 15
CCC Donates $30,000 to Support School Grants
Ford Reduces Prices by 15% on 97 Parts Added to Truckload Program
BASF names Toomey Senior Vice President of North American Coatings
ASA Moves to New Headquarters
WIN One Day Membership Challenge Starts at Noon Today

Oct 14
Small Business Optimism Index Declined in September
ABRA Expands in Iowa and Illinois
New Jersey Extends Auto Body License Renewal Deadline
ASA Announces New Dental, Vision Insurance Benefit Providers
Metropolitan Car-O-Liner Relocates and Expands Facility

Oct 10
Graco Sells Liquid Finishing Business to Satisfy FTC Consent Order
Joseph Dindorf, Former Hein-Werner CEO Passes Away
Riverdale Body Shop Expands Tinley Park, Ill. Location
Manufacturers Improved Fuel Economy Without Weight Reduction in 2013
Webinar offers View Inside CIECA's Committees

Oct 09
CARSTAR Adds Location in Kentucky
More Details on SEMA Collision Repair Education Released
Kelly Cooper Joins TenPoint Complete
Mike Miller Joins Assured Performance
ASA Recognizes Identifix Founder Bill Sauer

Oct 08
Boyd Opens New Collision Repair Center in Michigan Dealership
ACD Partners with eDirectGlass
Intellectual Property Rights Center Warns of Counterfeit Auto Parts
AkzoNobel Announces Awards at North American Summer Summit

Oct 07
P/C Insurers Saw Net Income Rise through First-Half 2014
Report Sees Short Term Gain for Aluminum, Long Term Gains for AHSS
Guild 21 Conference Call Tomorrow Features Toyota Collision Repair
Sherwin-Williams Donates $170,000 in Product to Collision Schools
ATMC Announces of 2014 Training Award Winners

Oct 06
ABRA Acquires Chicago-area Collision Repair Center
Axalta’s ProfitNet Interfaces with Dealertrack Technologies
Allianz and BMW Extend Global Agreement on Auto Insurance
Surge in Light Truck Sales in September Causes Drop in Fuel Economy
Canada - Craftsman Collision Fills Courtesy Cars with Food Donations

Oct 03
WESCO Acquires Two Jobber Locations in Western Washington
Air Bag Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing
Panel Examines Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology and Highway Safety
Trends Seminars Scheduled for Los Angeles October 7-8

Oct 02
Berkshire Hathaway Acquires Van Tuyl Group
ASA Contacts Top 10 Insurers on Blend within Panel
Man Sentenced for Trafficking in Counterfeit Airbags
I-CAR Recognizes SCA Appraisal for Training Commitment

Oct 01
AudaExplore Introduces Predictive Analytics Solution
PPG Waterborne Shop Conversions Exceed 10,000
WIN Kicks-off 2015 Membership Drive
Service King Partners with National Breast Cancer Foundation

Sep 30
Ford Super Duty Pickups Will Use Aluminum
Boyd Group Completes $100+ Million Financing
Consumer Federation Concerned with High Price of Auto Insurance
EU - MAPFRE Acquires Direct Line’s Auto Insurance in Italy and Germany

Sep 29
Craftsman Collision Acquires Wedge Clamp Repair Systems
Utah Auto Body Association Expo October 4
Erica Eversman to Speak at AASP/NJ Annual Meeting October 30
Early Bird Pricing for SEMA Show Ends October 17

Sep 26
September New Light-Vehicle Sales Projected Up 5%
Aleris Invests $350 Million to Expand Aluminum Sheet Production
OSHA Expands Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries
Legislation Introduced to Modernize the Small Business Administration
Quest Donates $280,000 in Paint and Abrasives To School Programs

Sep 25
Service King Acquires Car West Auto Body
Innovation Group Acquires Driven Solutions
Clear Coat Blending Still Not Eligible for Paint Manufacturer Warranties
Next Sherwin-Williams EcoLean Level 2 Workshop at Daytona Speedway
ABRA Helps Raise over $100,000 for People with Disabilities

Sep 24
Copart Reports Revenue Up 11% for its Fiscal Year
Congressional Hearing Examines Small Business Health Options Program
Lift Institute Partners with Toronto Worker Safety Group
Auto Body Association of Texas Affiliates with SCRS

Sep 23
Service King Acquires Marco's Collision Centers Integrates VeriFacts Certification Status
Steve Forbes to Keynote AAPEX General Session
Hertz Contributes $30,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation
I-CAR Launches Two Refinish Courses

Sep 22
New Law to Reduce Uninsured Drivers in California
Caliber Acquires Six AutoPride Collision Repair Centers in Florida
ABRA Acquires Consolidated Auto Service Center in Illinois
National Auto Body Council Issues Final Call for 2014 Award Nominations
RDA Names 2014 IMPACT Elite Member of the Year

Sep 19
Seven Auto Parts Executives Indicted for Role in Conspiracy to Fix Prices
Over $300,000 Raised at Dallas Education Foundation Fundraiser
VeriFacts recognizes Fix Auto USA Network for Quality Measurement
Long Island Veterans to Receive 10 Vehicles Saturday
NABC Urges Support for Anti-Texting and Driving Campaign

Sep 18
Allianz Integrates Fireman’s Fund Commercial Insurance Lines
New Jersey Bill Would Limit Access to Black Box Data
Manufacturers Now Need Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicles in Calif.
Denver Police Work with Collision Repair Shops to Solve Hit and Runs

Sep 17
Small Business Optimism Increased in August
Team PRP Recyclers Will Not Endorse PartsTrader
Next GCIA Meeting September 25
Cheaper Crude and Winter-Blends Mean Less Expensive Gasoline
ArcelorMittal Touts 23% Weight Savings for Pickup Trucks with Steels

Sep 16
State Farm Projects Deer Collisions Up 3 Percent
Walmart Expanding Auto Insurance Shopping Site to 11 New States
WIN Kicks Off 2015 Sponsorship Campaign
U.S. House Committee Discusses Future of SBA
I-CAR Announces SEMA Training Schedule

Sep 15
Boyd Group Acquires Champ’s Collision Centers in Louisiana
Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments to Reach 42 Million by 2035
AASP-MN Offers Seminar on Preparing for Aluminum Repair
Auto Body Association of Texas Holds Third Meeting
MoKan CARSTAR Business Group Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

Sep 12
Mike’s Auto Body Acquires 13th Location in Fremont, California
CARSTAR Announces 12.5 Percent Increase in Q2 Same-Store Sales
AHSS Repairability Project on Agenda at SEMA
ASE Industry Education Alliance Recognizes Instructors
Next CREW Examines the Role of Private Equity and Investment Banks

Sep 11
Cook’s Collision Acquires Holmes Body Shop in Pasadena
Boyd Group Income Fund Announces CA$100 Million Financing Deal
ARA Responds to Louisiana AG’s Comments on Junkyard Parts
Texas Leads Nation in Pickup Truck Thefts
Assured Performance Appoints Three Regional Directors

Sep 10
Boyd Acquires Collision Repair Centers in Georgia and Florida
ABRA Helps Raise $40,000 for Helping Paws
Axalta Breaks Ground on Waterborne Facility in Germany
Fix Auto USA Conference Sold Out

Sep 09
Caliber Acquires Three Locations in Colorado Springs
NACE Will Return to Detroit in 2015
Professional Parts Group Opens Tampa Warehouse
Hertz Announces CEO Steps Down
CARSTAR Cincinnati Business Group Raises $14,000 for Fisher House

Sep 08
ABRA Acquires USA Collision Centers
GM to Introduce Automated Driving Technologies in 2017 Cadillacs
Cooks Collision Expands Dublin, Calif. Location
Guild 21 Conference Call Wednesday Tackles Employee Engagement
Pennsylvania Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Insurance Lawsuits
Niclas Ytterdahl Named President of Vehicle Service Group

Sep 05
LIABRA Meeting Features Toyota Estimating Presentation on Sept. 16
Fuel Economy of New Vehicles Sold at Record High in August
MEMA's Handschuh to Speak to CAWA
WIN Awards Five Student Memberships during CREF Event in Texas

Sep 04
Boyd Opens New Collision Repair Center in Michigan
State Farm App Makes Finding a Select Service Facility Easier
National Respirator Awareness Day Tomorrow
Five Parts Suppliers Joins the CCC Parts Network

Sep 03
Caliber Adds New Location in Houston, Texas Market
Akzo Nobel Reported to be Suitor for Axalta Coatings
Nationwide Insurance Moves to One Brand
ASA Announces Plans to Relocate Headquarters
NABC Board of Director Nomination Deadline Friday
UK - Selsia Signs Exclusive Supply Agreement with LKQ Coatings

Sep 02
ABRA Acquisition Closes
Education Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Student Safety Kits
NABC Sets Date for 20th Annual Golf Fundraiser
OEM Education Resources Panel Featured at Nov 5 NASTF Meeting
Trends Seminar Slated for St. Louis Sept 10

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