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Automotive Service Association Joins Group Pushing for Enhanced Roadway Safety

Industry News - 10 hours 16 min ago
Coalition for Future Mobility urges Federal leadership on automated vehicle innovation

Just a month after its founding, the Coalition for Future Mobility has announced the addition of new members – the American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

The Coalition is now a twelve-stakeholder group calling for greater road safety, cleaner air, and enhanced independence and self-sufficiency through the development and deployment of Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) technologies.  Established in July, the group pushes for the advancement of legislation critical to the United States continuing to be a

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VeriFacts Celebrates 15 Years, 5 Million Collision Repair Observations

Industry News - 10 hours 25 min ago

VeriFacts Automotive is celebrating a 15 Year milestone serving the collision repair industry in 2017. Much has changed since VeriFacts was established in the fall of 2002, from advanced technology on the vehicles to a renewed focus on quality by industry stakeholders.

When VeriFacts began over a decade ago, its coaches were using pen and paper to record their observations. Today, with patented cloud-based mobile SAAS technology, VeriFacts coaches have surpassed 5 million quality observations, averaging over 30 observations per vehicle, and have coached over 20,000 repair technicians during unannounced visits.

The VeriFacts family is appreciative of all those in

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CARSTAR North America Consolidates R&D Centers in Ontario

Industry News - 10 hours 29 min ago

CARSTAR North America announced has consolidated the U.S. and Canadian R&D centers into one North American R&D Center to pilot programs, repair processes and service offerings for its more than 500 locations across the continent.

The CARSTAR North America facility, located in Kanata, Ontario near Ottawa, offers state-of-the-art equipment for advanced vehicle repairs.  It serves to test prototype equipment and repair processes, often in conjunction with equipment and product manufacturers.  The R&D team also pilots CARSTAR standard operating procedures at the facility to ensure consistent, high-quality repair standards throughout the network.  In addition, the CARSTAR R&D Center serves as a

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Car Guys Collision Repair Acquires Gunder’s Auto Center

Industry News - 10 hours 32 min ago
Facility is Car Guys Collision Repair’s 13th location in Florida.

Car Guys Collision Repair, the Florida-based multiple collision repair shop operator, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Gunder’s Auto Center. The Gunder family has been in the automotive and collision repair business in Lakeland since 1969. The business was marketed as Pro-Consumer.

Ray Gunder was known for going toe to toe with any insurance company he felt was not paying to repair his customers’ vehicles properly. Despite not being “insurance friendly” his quality of work and excellent customer service kept the customers pouring in.

DJ Mitchell, Director

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CARSTAR Puget Sound Business Group Raises Funds for Children’s Hospital

Industry News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:20am

The CARSTAR Puget Sound Business Group hosted another successful charity event, upping its total raised to more than $77,000 for the Seattle Children’s Hospital over the past two years, including $37,000 during its recent 12th Annual CARSTAR Charity Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wash.

On hand at the event was a very special family, Lee’or and Wendy Rutenberg, parents of young Sadie Rutenberg, who underwent life-saving surgery for a congenital heart defect discovered before she was even born.  Sadie was the first child in the United States to receive a pediatric heart valve as part

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NABC Issues Last Call for Industry Recognition Awards Nominations

Industry News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:15am

The National Auto Body Council is encouraging industry professionals to nominate for its annual awards program individuals or groups whose exemplary efforts have helped improve the lives of others in local communities throughout the United States.

Deadline for online nominations is September 15. More information and nomination forms are available online.

Winners of the NABC Awards will be announced at the Collision Industry Red Carpet Awards Breakfast at the SEMA show on Wednesday, November 1st from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. 

The awards include:

  • Award of Distinction – The Award of Distinction celebrates extraordinary efforts by individuals or groups from the
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Service King Apprentice Program Graduates 27 Collision Repair Technicians 

Industry News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:12am

Service King Collision Repair Centers celebrated its latest graduating class from the Apprentice Development Program.

The class featured 27 collision repair technicians who completed the immersive 52-week course at 10 different Service King locations across the U.S. Since its inception in 2015, Service King’s training curriculum has successfully graduated 43 technicians into the company’s workforce and has more than doubled in size. 

 “The entire Service King family proudly extends its congratulations to the latest Apprentice Development graduating class,” said Jeff McFadden, Service King President. “This is certainly a proud moment in each graduate’s career, and we are thrilled to welcome

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Auto Care Association Launches Emerging Technologies Committee

Industry News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:09am

The Auto Care Association announced the formation of its Emerging Technologies Committee, a new standing committee comprised of staff, member volunteers and external stakeholders who will spearhead research and development for vehicle network interfaces, vehicle connectivity and connected aftermarket devices, all on behalf of the independent auto care industry.

“Wireless technology and data collection are quickly becoming integral parts of today’s ‘connected’ vehicles. The auto care industry depends on secure and standardized access to this information, particularly when it comes to diagnostic, repair and maintenance services,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association.

The committee, with the support

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Vernon Anthony Named Product Marketing Director at Electude

Industry News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 9:05am

Electude International, the provider of automotive e-learning solutions, announced the appointment of Vernon Anthony as its new Product Marketing Director.

Anthony joins Electude from Jones & Bartlett (Ascend Learning), where he was Publisher of CDX and other skilled trades solutions.  Prior to CDX, he spent over three decades working in the automotive and the career and trades publishing sectors, including senior positions with Pearson and Cengage (Thomson Delmar Learning).  He holds a BA from Miami of Ohio.

“We are delighted that someone with Vern’s caliber and background has joined the Electude team.  The knowledge, expertise and experience that Vern brings

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U.S. Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation Through July 2017

Industry News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 8:00am
Auto body repair prices in July up less than two percent compared to year ago. Auto insurance prices were up nearly 6 percent during the same period.

The most recent government figures on inflation through July 2017 indicate the rate of growth of auto body repair prices has declined slightly bringing it closer to the rate of inflation in 2017.  Both the price of auto insurance and body repair continue to increase above the rate of overall inflation during the past twelve months, though the body repair measure’s growth is significantly less than auto insurance

The Inflation Comparison chart below

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Web-Est Launches Mobile-Friendly Collision Estimating Software

Industry News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:13am

Web-Est announced the release of Pro-Estimator, a completely mobile-friendly estimating software program, built specifically to work on any device with an internet connection.

“When we set out to build Pro-Estimator, our goal was to develop collision estimating software that can transition seamlessly between mobile, tablet and PC interfaces without the need to download or purchase additional software,” said Eric Seidel, CEO of Web-Est. “Pro-Estimator is built using a responsive design framework, meaning the software will adapt to any device you are on. It changes the way collision repair shops engage with their customers. Estimators can now check in a vehicle,

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Jason Levine Named Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety

Industry News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:07am

The Center for Auto Safety, the non-profit organization providing consumers a voice for auto safety, quality, and fuel economy, announced the appointment of Jason K. Levine as its new Executive Director. Mr. Levine succeeds the late Clarence M. Ditlow III.

Levine, a consumer protection attorney, has held leadership positions in three federal agencies, including Chief of Staff at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Director of the Office of Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Ralph Nader, who founded the Center for Auto Safety with Consumers Union in 1970, said, “Following

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Toyota Pilot Testing Car Sharing Platform in Hawaii

Industry News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:01am
New suite of software and services designed to enable dealers and distributors to launch car share programs in local markets

Toyota and Servco Pacific Inc. have partnered to test a new car-sharing technology in Honolulu, Hawaii. The suite of software and services is an important part of Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) which will offer various functions to enable a more convenient mobility experience. When the employee-only pilot testing program concludes, Servco, the distributor of Toyota vehicles in Hawaii, will use the car-sharing technology to launch a new Honolulu-based car share business by the end of 2017.

The car-sharing application

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UTI Expands Welding Technology Program to Arizona Campus

Industry News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:53am

Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) announced the expansion of its new Welding Technology program to the UTI-Avondale campus in the Phoenix area. Classes are scheduled to begin in January 2018.

“UTI-Avondale will be the second UTI campus to offer the Welding Technology program, and more will follow,” said Michael Romano, UTI-Avondale campus president. “This is an expansion strategy that supports student enrollment growth, improves the utilization of our facilities and enables us to better meet the needs of employers. Skilled welders are in demand, so UTI is proud to provide yet another avenue for students to get the skills they need

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Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in Pennsylvania

Industry News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:44am
Avondale repair facility is MSOs 17th in the Commonwealth

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced the acquisition of Abernethy’s Auto Body located at 834 Gap Newport Pike in Avondale, Pa. 40 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The facility is Service King’s 17th location in Pennsylvania.

With this latest acquisition, Service King operates 330 collision repair centers in 24 states across the U.S.

 “We are certainly proud of Service King’s continued growth across the greater Philadelphia area,” said Matt Robbins, Service King Market Vice President. “It remains our mission to provide customers a best-in-class repair experience. Partnering with premier teams like

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Fiat Chrysler Joins with BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye on Autonomous Driving Platform

Industry News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:17am
Goal is to bring highly automated and fully automated driving solutions to market by 2021.

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a an autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

“In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers,” said FCA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne. “Joining this cooperation will enable FCA to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are

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Texas Auto Body Trade Show August 25-26 in Dallas

Industry News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:03am

The Auto Body Association of Texas and the Houston Auto Body Association will hold their third Annual trade show on August 25-26 at the Hurst Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Details about the Texas Auto Body Trade Show, including a schedule of events, are available online.

 “This is what our associations are all about, sharing information and new and relevant education,” said Burl Richards, President of the Auto Body Association of Texas and owner of Burl’s Collision Center in Henderson, Texas. “With so many changes happening in our industry, we need to learn from our programs and from each other.”

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Former CARSTAR Training Center in Kansas Now Locally-Owned and Operated Collision Repair Center

Industry News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:53am

CARSTAR announced that CARSTAR Metcalf in Stillwell, Kan., its former corporate training center, is now locally-owned and operated.

“We have direct repair relationships with more than 20 insurance partners,” said Steve Hahn, CARSTAR Metcalf owner. “Now that this location is locally owned, I want to be even more involved in the community.”

Hahn said he is planning an open house in October. “Without the support of the CARSTAR corporate operations team the last four years, purchasing this shop would not have been possible,” said Hahn.

CARSTAR Metcalf was a former corporate training center for CARSTAR, is an I-CAR Gold Class

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IAA Expands Facilities in Six States Across U.S.

Industry News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:38am

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE:KAR), announced the expansion of facilities in six states across the U.S. The more than 50 acres of additional land are located in strategic markets where customer demand is rapidly increasing and projected to continue.

“We partner very closely with our customers, and our proactive expansion strategy ensures we are continuously anticipating and addressing their inventory needs,” said John Kett, CEO and president of IAA. “The combination of our broad physical presence and integrated technology solutions also helps us serve and expand our buyer-base and provide them

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Service King Adds Collision Repair Center in California

Industry News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:29am

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced it acquired Valley Motor Center Auto Body located at 14954 Oxnard St. in Van Nuys, Calif. The facility is Service King’s 30th in the region and 42nd in California.

“Valley Motor Center has a long, rich history of providing premier collision repair service to San Fernando Valley motorists,” said Tim Cusic, Service King Market Vice President for Southern California. “We are thrilled to continue growing the Service King family across the Southern California community with best-in-class repair services all backed by the core Service King

Valley Motor Center has over 22,000 square feet

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