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Estify Adds Toan Nguyen to Executive Team

Industry News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:20am

Estify announced it has hired Toan Nguyen to lead its technology team. As CIO/CTO/CSO, Nguyen will oversee the continued development of the company’s core products, Estify Transfer and Estify Pro, which simplify the rekeying process and generate repair plans that align with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) documentation, respectively. He will be responsible for spearheading projects and cultivating strategies that cement Estify’s position as a forward-thinking industry leader.

 “Core to Estify’s success is our laser-focus on ensuring we have a world-class technology team that can very quickly understand the unique challenges of our partners and create technology to anticipate the needs

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Domino’s and Ford to Test Pizza Delivery Using Self-Driving Vehicles

Industry News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:16am
First phase focused on customer interaction with new delivery technology

Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) and Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) are launching a collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery.

Over the next several weeks, randomly-selected Domino’s customers in Ann Arbor, Michigan will have the opportunity to receive their delivery order from a Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicle, which will be manually-driven by a Ford safety engineer and staffed with researchers.

As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting with a self-driving vehicle as a part of their

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Society of Collision Repair Specialists Announce Details on OEM Summit Sessions

Industry News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:11am

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced session details outlining the content of the upcoming OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit at the 2017 SEMA Show.

The Summit will be held on Thursday, November 2nd.

This year’s three sessions will address the impact that automotive research has on vehicle construction and functionality, the impact that construction and functionality has on performing once-commonplace repair procedures, and the impact that those OEM procedures – or failure to implement them – have on liability and safety.

The sessions will include:

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

How Automotive Research is Driving Change

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UK National Body Repair Association Partners with CAPS for Secure Data Exchange

Industry News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:06am

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) announced a new partnership agreement with CAPS that will support members in the highly complex area of exchanging collision repair data.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the NBRA as its preferred choice for data exchange services. CAPS has recently moved onto Microsoft Azure, which is widely regarded as the industry’s most secure platform. As well as the increased functionality, the upgrade brings reassurance that data exchanged through CAPS is not only encrypted but is now more secure via the Microsoft-managed process,” said Kevern Thompson, CAPS, Commercial Manager. “Additional benefits to the partnership

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CARSTAR Announces Top Collision Repair Shop Awards at Conference

Industry News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:02am
CARSTAR franchises In United States and Canada recognized for excellence.

For the first time at its annual conference, CARSTAR North America recognized both United States and Canadian CARSTAR owners and business groups throughout its network for their leadership and performance.

In the categories for top system award winners, Michael Macaluso, President, CARSTAR North America, and Dean Fisher, Chief Operations Officer, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, presented three awards to CARSTAR stores for their achievements. The winners included:

Franchisee of the Year

Jeff Labanovich, owner of CARSTAR Oshawa Drake Street is the 2017 CARSTAR Franchisee of the Year for Canada.

Franchisee

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Costa Steps Down as President of Driven Brands Paint & Collision Division

Industry News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:05am

Jose Costa has stepped down as group president for the Driven Brands Paint & Collision division that includes Maaco, CARSTAR and Drive N Style. Collectively, the Paint & Collision division brands brands operate more than 1,000 locations across North America and generate more than $1.2 billion in annual system sales.

Jose R. Costa, has stepped down from his position as Paint & Collision Group President for Charlotte-based Driven Brands. Costa led the MAACO, CARSTAR and Drive N Style franchise groups.

Before assuming this role in October 2015 following Driven Brands’ acquisition of CARSTAR’s U.S. operations, Costa was President of Maaco.

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Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Down in July Compared to June

Industry News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:49am
According to ADESA report July prices were down versus the previous month, but up over the previous year.

According to the ADESA Analytical Services’ monthly analysis of Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices, average wholesale prices in July were down month-over-month and only up on a year-over-year basis largely on the strength of pickup truck prices.

Drilling down into the data once again clearly reveals price softening on a year-over-year basis when accounting for sale type, vehicle age, model class and mileage.  Retail sales have softened this summer and have not been providing the demand-side support for wholesale values they once were.

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CARSTAR Adds Collision Repair Center to Network on Long Island

Industry News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:34am

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced the opening of its first two locations to serve New York metropolitan area drivers.

On Long Island, CARSTAR Celebrity Chase is located at 191 Earle Ave., Lynbrook, N.Y.  The owner is Mike Manning and his son, Mike Manning, Jr.  Manning is also opening a satellite location at 476 Merrick Road, Oceanside, for estimates and drop-offs.

 “After being in business for some 30 years on my own, it’s great to now be part of a team of like-minded owners across the country who are all looking at the same opportunities and addressing the same challenges,”

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Capital S.M.A.R.T Acquires Honda New Zealand Collision Repair Center

Industry News - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:31am

Capital S.M.A.R.T announced that it has acquired the East Auckland Body and Paint facility from Honda New Zealand. Capital S.M.A.R.T Founder and Group Operations Director Jim Vais said it was a significant opportunity for the company as it marked the beginning of a new customer stream, working with car manufacturers.

“This is another major milestone for our business as it is the first ever S.M.A.R.T Body and Paint Shop to work alongside a major manufacturer. It means that there is international recognition for the best customer service, quality of repair work and the innovation within our operation,” Vais said.

General

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Five People Sentenced in UK for Leaking Auto Insurance Customer Data

Industry News - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:31am

Five people who made £7,000 ($9017) from leaking more than 700 pieces of confidential data have been sentenced for bribery offences. An investigation by detectives from the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) found that three Allianz Insurance employees had been individually approached and told they could be paid to leak confidential customer information.

Once passed to claims management companies the customers were cold called and persuaded to commence a personal injury claim.

The issue of stolen or leaked claims data has been growing in the UK. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office is actively investigating data thefts

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Audi Announces Partnership to Develop Solar Vehicle Roof

Industry News - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:15am
Car manufacturer cooperates with Hanergy. Prototype planned by end of this year.

Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of the Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, are working together to development a solar vehicle roof using thin-film solar cells. The aim of the partnership is to generate solar energy to increase the range of electric vehicles. The first prototype is to be built by the end of 2017.

Audi has announced a partnership with Alta Devices to incorporate thin-film solar cells, like the one show above, into a vehicle roof assembly. The goal is to extend the range of electric vehicles by

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Australia’s Capital S.M.A.R.T Launces Collision Repair Apprentice Program

Industry News - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:54am

Capital S.M.A.R.T, the Australia-based multiple collision repair facility operator with more than 40 locations in Australia and New Zealand, announced it launched its first dedicated apprentice training site. S.M.A.R.T has created an accelerated program in partnership with PPG and Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence which will enable its apprentices to develop their skills quickly by supporting theory with constant supervised practice.

Capital S.M.A.R.T has launched a dedicated apprentice program in in partnership with PPG and Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence.

 “Gone are the days where apprentices spend a lot of their day sweeping up and washing cars. This program is

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Assured Performance Announces Agreement with VECO Experts

Industry News - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:12am

The Assured Performance Network announced that they have entered into a new business services agreement with Vehicle Collision Experts, LLC (VECO Experts) that designates the firm as a preferred provider of optional in-shop repair quality support services. VECO Experts provides services such as technical training lessons for shop personnel, distribution of monthly quality and equipment reports, and regular technical support. VECO Experts currently provides third-party certification compliance inspections for Assured Performance in select markets across the country. These additional services are optional for Certified Repair Providers.

“It’s a perfect fit” said Mark Olson, CEO of VECO Experts. “VECO is in

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Vantage Point – The Digital Intersection: Driving Collision Repair Into the 21st Century

Industry News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:35pm

by Sib Bahjat, COO, Overall Parts Solutions

As large and small businesses race to embrace cloud computing, big data and digital platforms, the collision repair industry sits at a crossroads. Approximately half of the sector’s repair shops and parts suppliers use digital systems to speed up delivery, coordinate repairs, manage the flow of data and communicate with stakeholders. However, the other half, mostly independent repair shops, haven’t crossed the digital divide.

As new technology and consumer expectations drive opportunity to change, companies that don’t navigate into the digital revolution may be left in the dust.

Healthcare and Body Shops

Sib

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August New Vehicle Retail Sales Pace Dips to Lowest Level So Far in 2017

Industry News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:35am
J.D. Power and LMC Automotive forecast retail sales pace to fall by nearly 350,000 units, despite elevated incentive levels.

The new vehicle retail sales pace in August is expected to decline for the fifth time this year, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for retail sales is expected to be 13.0 million units, a decrease of 341,000 units from a year ago and the lowest level of the year. Retail sales in August are anticipated to reach 1,284,411 units, a 1.9 percent decrease (selling day adjusted) compared with

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Asbury Automotive Group Announces CEO Succession Plan

Industry News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:30am

The Board of Directors of Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG) announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David W. Hult will succeed Craig T. Monaghan as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2018.

Asbury currently operates 80 dealerships, consisting of 96 franchises, representing 29 domestic and foreign brands of vehicles. Asbury also operates 24 collision repair centers.

Hult, who has served as Asbury’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since November 2014, will also join the Company’s Board of Directors. Hult has over 30 years of extensive automotive retail experience and has held

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Fix Auto UK Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Newbury

Industry News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:22am

Headley Bodyshop Ltd. has joined the Fix Auto UK network and will now operate as Fix Auto Newbury.

The 26,000 sq. ft. bodyshop is owned and managed by Frazer Phipps and Ivan Simonowski. The site was originally built as the main Gowrings Ford dealership repair site during the 1980’s, however the center had stood empty before the duo bought it nine years ago.

Today, the business holds vehicle manufacturer approvals for Nissan, Honda, Renault and Mazda and completes more than 120 repairs a month.

Speaking about joining the network, Frazer said, “These are fast changing times for our industry and

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Cambridge Automotive Group Acquires Two Maaco Locations in Houston

Industry News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:18am

Cambridge Automotive Group (CAG) announced it has acquired two existing Maaco locations, Maaco League City and Maaco Katy, in the Houston, Texas market. Following these resales, CAG now owns close to 40 Maaco shops across the country and is Maaco’s largest multiple center owner.

Maaco League City is located at 1109 Gulf Freeway, League City. Maaco Katy is located at 510 South Mason Road, Katy.

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NABC Northeast Golf Fundraiser September 26 in New Jersey

Industry News - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:10am

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) and presenting sponsors Enterprise Rent–a-Car and ABRA Auto Body & Glass invite industry professionals to sign up for the Northeast Regional Golf Fundraiser Tuesday, September 26 in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

More information and registration is available online.

Additional sponsors who have already signed on to support NABC ‘s community service programs include Colours, Inc., Don Houck Auto Parts, PPG Industries, 3D Collision Centers, Service King Collision Centers, Insurance Auto Auctions and Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes

Several additional sponsor opportunities ranging from $400 – $2500 are still available, according to Keith Egan, Chair of the

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ACD Adds Video Solution to Reduce Supplement Cycle Times

Industry News - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:44am

ACD is making the supplement process even easier for auto insurers who utilize ACD’s AutoLink virtual claims workflow platform. With ACD’s MobileSup technology, repairers can now document supplemental damage with video and alert the original appraiser in real-time to eliminate the need for a reinspection. In many cases what previously could take days can now be resolved in hours.

“The biggest way to increase customer satisfaction and expedite claims processing is to condense cycle times,” states Ernie Bray, CEO of ACD. “We are passionate about process improvement and are continuously looking to remove needless touch-points. Not every file requires a

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