Advance Auto Parts cut nearly 500 jobs as it seeks a turnaround predicated on store upgrades after two consecutive years of sales decline.

Collision repair shops and associations often express frustration when trying to work with their state insurance regulators on issues related to steering, use of non-OEM parts or other insurance claims practices they consider unfair or illegal. But presentations and discussions at a recent Collision Industry Conference (CIC) on state or federal regulation of the insurance industry may offer an example of how to approach encouraging regulators to act.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 21:14

Respiratory Protection: Assessing Your Shop’s Needs

Written by Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP, Construction Industrial Hygienist, 3M Personal Safety Division

Auto body shop workers risk potential exposure to a wide variety of respiratory hazards. These include paints, fillers and solvents, dusts from sanding, metal fumes from welding and cutting, isocyanates, etc. It is a lot to safeguard against to ensure a shop is productive and safe.

The Women’s Industry Network will host a 30-minute educational webinar titled “Be Deliberate” on Wednesday, August 2nd at 2 p.m. EST. Mike Jones, President of Discover Leadership,
will continue the powerful message that he delivered at the WIN Annual Educational Conference held in Denver, Colorado in May 2017.

The Auto Care Association expressed its disappointment mid-June that U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, proposed a five-year transition plan for the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) that is intended to subdue the BAT critics. The proposed tax on imports would significantly increase auto repair and maintenance costs for the average car owner in the United States.

BASF’s VisionPLUS® Performance Group program is now I-CAR–approved. In 2017, each Performance Group member will receive seven I-CAR Platinum points for meetings they attend, helping them maintain I-CAR Platinum status each year.

In a dramatic expansion of what is already the largest automotive recall in history, Takata Corp.—which recently filed for bankruptcy protection—has just added 2.7 million vehicles to the total.

More than 20 years ago, auto body shops routinely ordered individual paint colors from a paint distributor to repair vehicles.

Choose the right basecoat for the job! Matrix Automotive Finishes offers three performance based solutions: good, better and best.

Autonomous Vehicle Technology Could Shrink Auto Insurance Sector by 71 Percent by 2050 and Radically Change the Type and Amount of Insurance Sold: KPMG Report

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