Houston City Council Delays Auto Repair Shop Licensing Ordinance; ASA Has Concerns with Collision Repair-Related Items
ASA has proposed changes to the oridinance that will benefit consumers and the automotive service industry, the association says.
New Technology Could Prevent Drivers from Texting
According to a report from a CNET auto tech blog, new technology has emerged that could prevent drivers from using a smartphone while behind the wheel. Apparently, this new technology uses a vehicle’s exisiting Bluetooth and audio technology to measure acoustically whether a phone is being used by someone behind the wheel or a passenger.
Northern California Body Shops Refurbish Iraq Vet’s Vehicle
FCC Collision Centers in Mountain View, Calif., and Anderson Behel Body Shop in Santa Clara recently honored a 26-year-old Iraq veteran by completely refurbishing his beat-up 1996 Volkswagen Golf and presenting it to him when he came home. The veteran, Anthony Gadd, bought the clunker off Craigslist while he was in Iraq, knowing that he
Florida Body Shop Owner Takes GEICO to Task for Deducting 10 Percent Off Domestic OE Parts Cost on Estimates
Eddie Quintela, owner of Collision Concepts Inc. in Delray Beach, Fla., has written a letter to GEICO to voice his objection over the insurer deducting 10 percent of the cost of domestic OE parts written on estimates, thereby leaving the insured with the cost which Quintela says can be as high as $300 to
Check Out Chip Foose’ Illustration of Automotive History
Do you love the automotive stylings of legendary car designer Chip Foose? Check out a preview of his illustration of the history of the auto industry on YouTube courtesy of 3M. 3M says the full-length version is coming soon to the 3M Collision Facebook page.
ChemSpec Draws a Crowd with Custom Cars at SEMA
With record-breaking crowds at SEMA, ChemSpec says it enjoyed quite a bit of traffic with two featured vehicles sporting ChemSpec finishes.
NACE, CARS 2012 Event Chairmen Announced
Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) announced Bill Moss, AAM, owner of Ferris EuroService Automotive, will serve as the next event chairman for the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS); Ron Nagy, AAM, president and owner of Nagy’s Collision Center, will return for a second term as the event chairman for the International Autobody
Assured Performance Network Names Elizabeth “Liz” Stein Network Executive Director
Assured Performance Co-Op Network, the largest network of independently owned collision repair businesses in North America with nearly 3,500 qualified/certified collision repair business members throughout the U.S., has appointed Liz Stein as its new Network Executive Director. Stein has worked in the collision repair industry for more than 8 years. An active participant in the
Valley Motor Center in Van Nuys, Calif., Holds Successful Recycled Rides Event
Valley Motor Center of Van Nuys, Calif., says it has held another successful Recycled Rides event. Valley Motor Center completely refurbished a 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan, and on Nov. 21 donated it to New Horizons, a local organization dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities reach their potential and fulfill their dreams. Attending this year’s
BodyShopBids Hires Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Vice President of Sales
BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that enables consumers to solicit custom car repair estimates by uploading a photo, announced that Kevin Leland and Joseph M. Cosgrove have joined the company. Pawngo co-founder Kevin Leland will serve as CMO. Leland previously served as Pawngo’s vice president of marketing, where he oversaw sales, marketing and technology
BASF Automotive Refinish Announces New Portable Color Matching Tool
BASF Automotive Refinish announced its COLOR-MAXmobile2 solid color tool. COLOR-MAXmobile2 is compact and portable and provides 531 color chips that can be easily compared to the vehicle with up to five colors on a single swatch, the company says. BASF says its family of COLOR-MAX tools is the most advanced color matching system in the
Car Artist Darrell Mayabb Teams Up Again with PPG for 2012 Calendar
Darrell Mayabb, one of America’s most talented and respected automotive artists, has teamed up with PPG to create one-of-a-kind pieces for PPG Automotive Refinish. Mayabb has been designing and illustrating PPG car posters for years. Since 2007, he has also been creating the annual PPG calendars. The 2012 items will be available for purchase at