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Auto Care Association Elects Executive Committee

Industry News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:43am

The Auto Care Association elected its new Executive Committee members for 2017-2018. Executive Committee members serve a one-year term and are elected annually. This Executive Committee was effective as of July 1, 2017.

The Auto Care Association’s elected officers of the Executive Committee are:

  • Chairman, Michael Klein, CEO, Las Colinas Investments, LLC
  • Vice Chairman, Mark Finestone, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, AutoZone, Inc.
  • Treasurer, Todd Hack, Vice President, Automotive Aftermarket, The Gates Corp.
  • Secretary, Brad Kraft, President and CEO, Hopkins Manufacturing Company
  • Vice President, Jim Dykstra, President, Dytech Auto Group
  • Vice President, Roger McCollum, President and CEO, N.A. Williams
  • Vice President,
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OEConnection Completes Clifford Thames Group Acquisition

Industry News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:38am

OEConnection LLC (OEC) announced that it completed the previously announced purchase of Clifford Thames Group (CT) on June 30.

“The combination of CT and OEC means great opportunity for the industry,” remarked Chuck Rotuno, Chairman & CEO of OEC.  “The new OEC is the only global one-stop shop that provides the means for automakers and dealerships around the world to deliver parts and service information quickly and accurately into the hands of repairers in collision, fleet, mechanical and retail segments, as well as their own service lanes, through a suite of parts cataloging, supply chain, pricing, ecommerce, service and business

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NADA’s New-Vehicle Sales Forecast Remains Unchanged at 17.1 Million for 2017

Industry News - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:08am
Sales of new light-vehicles down 2.2 percent in first six months of this year.

With six months of U.S. new-vehicle sales in the books, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is holding steady at its original sales forecast of 17.1 million new cars and light trucks for 2017.

Through the first six months of the year, 8,401,715 new light-vehicles were sold, down 2.2 percent, compared to last year. The 17.1 million 2017 projection would represent a decline of 300,000 vehicles, or 1.7 percent, from the 17.4 million sold in 2016.

 “Overall consumer demand for new vehicles is still very healthy,” said

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Toyota Opens North American Headquarters in Texas

Industry News - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:59am
New headquarters is part of the company’s $10 Billion U.S. Investment over the next five years. Will add up to 4,000 jobs to North Texas by the end of 2017

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. celebrated the official opening of its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas with a gala event last week.

“The opening of our new headquarters in Plano is an extraordinary next step in Toyota’s 60-year journey in the United States,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota in North America. “With team members from four different companies together in one campus location, we believe this will

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Fenix Parts Stock Delisted from NASDAQ

Industry News - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:52am

Fenix Parts, Inc. announced that the company’s common shares commenced trading on the OTC Pink Sheets market operated by the OTC Markets Group Inc.,  under the symbol “FENX.”

The company recently received a letter from the Nasdaq Hearings Department notifying the company that trading in its shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market would be suspended at the opening of business on June 29, 2017 and the shares will be delisted after applicable appeal periods have lapsed due to the Company’s non-compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) requiring the timely filing of financial results.

In April, Fenix announced it’s third quarter

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Repairify Acquires One Stop Mobile Solutions

Industry News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:39pm

Repairify, Inc. announced its acquisition of One Stop Mobile Solutions, Inc.  One Stop provides mobile electrical automotive diagnostic services in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex, and will operate under the asTech brand. The addition of One Stop will complement the company’s current staff of field technicians already operating in other parts of Texas, as well as in Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Ohio.

“The decision to join asTech made sense given the investment needed to repair today’s vehicle electronic systems,” said Charlie Copeland, owner of One Stop. “Vehicles are becoming so complex, smaller companies

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Collision Repair Industry Market Profile by State

Industry News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:38am
Key statistics on the collision repair industry including the number of independent and dealer facilities, non-employer receipts and estimated market size by U.S. state.

With the latest statistics available from U.S. Government sources, combined with data from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), and CollisionWeek original research we can now provide a detailed analysis of the U.S. collision repair market by state covering 2015. As part of our analysis, we combined data from several sources to provide an overview of overall employment by state, the relative size of employer firms, the number of independent and dealer collision repair centers as

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Service King Achieves Honda ProFirst Certification at 70 Locations

Industry News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 8:07am

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced 70 of its locations have officially received ProFirst Certification from Honda.

“We continue to tailor our service to provide customers a best-in-class repair experience,” said Jeff McFadden, Service King President. “A core component of that is aligning our repair centers with manufacturers and their certification programs. Bolstering our lineup of Honda ProFirst repair centers continues to be a priority, and we’re proud to grow that footprint across the U.S.”

To certify as a ProFirst repair center, locations must meet specific knowledge and skill requirements while also holding I-CAR Gold Class status, Verifacts VQ, or

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Fix Auto Canada Announces New Expanded Collision Repair Facility in Oakville, Ontario

Industry News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 6:38am

Fix Auto Canada announced the opening of the newly relocated and expanded Fix Auto Oakville Central to its new home, located next to Kennedy Ford Sales Limited.

Kennedy Ford Sales has been a fixture in the Oakville area for more than 50. Eight years ago, brothers and owner/operators Scott and David Nourse made the strategic decision to become part of the Fix Auto family when they determined that expanding their collision repair department along with their existing suite of services would further enhance their customer experience. 

David Nourse said, “We have enjoyed great success with our Fix Auto operations, due

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Volvo Adds I-CAR Gold Class Requirement to Collision Repair Certification Program

Industry News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 6:27am

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) announced that its Gold Class designation been selected as a requirement for collision repair shops to participate in the Volvo Certified Collision Facility (VCCF) Program.

“I-CAR commends Volvo and its commitment to requiring the Gold Class designation for its network repairers,” said John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO and President. “Our partnership with Volvo is yet another example of the value that OEMs are increasingly placing on comprehensive collision repair technical education and training. Volvo’s commitment to training will help ensure that technicians within its network have the knowledge and skills that contribute

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Sherwin-Williams EcoLean Level 2 Workshop Scheduled for August 29-30 in Chicago

Industry News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 6:22am

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes announced it will hold its next 2017 EcoLean Level 2 workshop for collision repair facility operators on August 29-30 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center. While there, the group will have the privilege of touring CARSTAR All Line Auto Body, one of the leading CARSTAR franchises in North America. This collision facility has completely implemented lean production principles and subsequently seen its production and profitability levels dramatically increase.

More information and registration is available online.

The EcoLean Level 2 workshop is a two-day course that educates collision repair shop owners on the connection between environmentally sound business decisions and the reduction of process and environmental waste. It is exclusively designed to educate attendees about maximizing profitability by improving productivity throughout their facilities.

“The best way to start to move the numbers is by scheduling efficiently, implementing damage analysis, blueprinting, and a predictable parts process. This is all discussed in our EcoLean Level 2 workshop that provides collision shop owners and managers with the tools to immediately help align their Purpose, their People, and their Process on the production floor,” says Lee V. Rush, Sherwin-Williams Manager of Business Consulting Services.

The EcoLean Level 2 workshop curriculum includes:

  • Repair Planning for Rapid Throughput
  • Damage Analysis/Blueprinting
  • Parts Correctness

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Boyd Group Acquires Collision Repair Center in Washington State

Industry News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 6:07am

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the June 27, opening of a Gerber-branded collision repair center in Spokane, Washington, the center previously operated as City South Auto Body of Spokane.

“With this location, we now have a repair center on the south side of the city, complementing our other four centers,” said Tim O’Day, President and COO of the Boyd Group. “We are proud to have built a strong presence in the region and look forward to serving new customers and our insurance partners with the same professional and friendly service that is the signature of all Gerber locations.”

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Group 1 Automotive Acquires Beadles Group in UK

Industry News - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:33am
Acquisition expands dealer group’s collision repair operations in the UK.

Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI) announced the acquisition of Beadles Group Ltd, a large UK-based automotive retailer, which consists of seven brands across 12 dealerships in the southeastern portion of the greater London metropolitan market. The seven brands include Jaguar, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Skoda, Toyota, Vauxhall, and Kia, with locations in the towns of Bromley, Coulsdon, Dartford, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Sidcup, and Southend.

With the acquisition, Group 1 operates 47 collision repair centers combined in the U.S., U.K. and Brazil.

The dealerships, which will continue to operate under the Beadles

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CARSTAR Canada Announces Expanded Express Ancaster Location

Industry News - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:22am

CARSTAR Canada announced the grand re-opening of CARSTAR Express Ancaster, located in Ancaster, Ontario. The collision repair facility is owned and operated by Sam and Rosa Saputo along with their sons, Joe and Paul Saputo.

CARSTAR Ancaster Express has been expanded to a 5,000 square foot collision repair facility.

 “We’ve put a lot of work into expanding the offering at CARSTAR Express Ancaster,” says Paul Saputo.

“Sam and Rosa joined CARSTAR in the early 1990’s, and with the support of Joe and Paul, have been able to grow this family business into a trusted collision repair provider,” says Marc Julien,

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Fix Auto Australia Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Burnbury

Industry News - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:09am

Fix Auto Australia announced the addition of Fix Auto Bunbury, owned and operated by Ryan Youngman, to the Fix Auto network, effective today.

Shop owner Ryan Youngman got his start in the collision repair industry in 2008, by servicing paint shops that did not have their own paint department. In 2012, he purchased one of these shops and re-branded it Bunbury City Smash Repairs, before moving to its current location.

According to Youngman, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the years. From starting our business in the middle of a financial crisis, we have continued to

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FTC and NHTSA Joint Workshop on Connected Cars Focuses on Privacy and Security Issues

Industry News - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:04am

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) co-hosted a workshop yesterday on connected and automated vehicles. The program included panel discussions on connected vehicles, cybersecurity and individual privacy, which consisted of various stakeholder experts including the FTC, NHTSA, General Motors, the Consumer Technology Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Global Automakers and many others.

During the discussions, the panelists weighed the benefits of self-driving technologies against the potential risks. Many pointed out that the increased connectivity could erode individual privacy as the vehicles generate more and more

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Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in Colorado 

Industry News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:44pm

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced it added its seventh Colorado location with the acquisition of Five Star Collision Center, Inc., a 22,000 square foot repair center located in Thornton, Colo. Five Star Collision Center will begin operating as Service King, effective immediately.

“This is another proud step in Service King’s recent growth across Colorado,” said Clayton Geisendorff, Service King Market Director. “We continue to partner with the industry’s top repair centers in an effort to deliver upon Service King’s promise of superior collision repair service backed by a lifetime guarantee. Five Star Collision Center and its team certainly succeed

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AASP-MN to Host Night Out with St. Paul Saints

Industry News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:52am

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers – Minnesota (AASP-MN) announced it will host A Night Out with the Saints again this year. Deadline for registration is July 14.

A downloadable flyer with more details about the event and registration is available online.

“The last couple of years have been so well attended and so much fun, we had to do it again!” said AASP-MN Executive Director Judell Anderson. 

The game is at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, August 23, at CHS Field and will feature the St. Paul Saints vs. the Wichita Wingnuts.  Prior to the game, AASP-MN member, Carl Thomas, of

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Yves Roy Appointed General Manager for Fix Automotive Network’s Quebec Region

Industry News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:48am

Jean Charles Dupuis, Chief Operating Officer of the Fix Automotive Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Yves Roy to the position of General Manager of Fix Automotive Network in the Québec region.

Yves Roy has been appointed General Manager of the Fix Automotive Network in the Québec region.

Roy brings almost 30 years automotive industry experience in after-sales service having held positions with Mirka, 3M and Sherwin-Williams.

“Yves’ knowledge will enable Fix Auto to maintain its strong position with our franchise strategic partners and bring value to them through innovative services that make Fix Auto the first choice

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Auto Glass Safety Council Amends Standards to Include ADAS Language

Industry News - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:39am

The Auto Glass Safety Council’s (AGSC) AGRSS Standards Committee voted at its recent spring meeting to amend the AGRSS Standard with language related to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that places the responsibility for recalibration on the glass installer to have the proper equipment and training or requires notification to the vehicle owner that calibrations may be required if the installer does not provide recalibration service. The committee met on May 31 in Irvine, Calif.

The committee voted unanimously to add the following section to its Standard:

8.9 If the vehicle has an ADAS system or related device, it may

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