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Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:52

Miami Auto Body Shop Catches Fire

Written by Paul Scicchitano, Miami Patch

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Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

An auto body shop and warehouse in Miami with several vehicles inside caught fire on the morning of March 22.

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Nine soldiers at Ft. Bragg will be completing their military service and returning to civilian life fully armed with a $2,500 toolbox, employment offer and a new career in the fast-growing collision industry.

Friday, 17 March 2017 16:46

4 Reasons NC Car Insurance Rates Will Very Likely Rise This Year

Written by Celeste Smith, The Charlotte Observer

4 Reasons NC Car Insurance
Smartphone-addicted drivers are facing more scrutiny from North Carolina insurers who say distracted driving is causing more wrecks. More than one in three text while driving, and 29 percent access the internet while driving, according to a survey by State Farm Insurance. Rich Pedroncelli-AP


North Carolina auto owners haven’t seen an insurance rate increase since 2009. That soon could change.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:45

'Friend' Convicted In Atlanta Body Shop Slaying

Written by Craig Johnson, Atlanta Patch

A Fulton County, GA jury convicted a man of felony murder for gunning down his longtime friend after an argument, District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. announced Tuesday, March 14.

West Virginia Senate Bill (SB) 544, introduced by state Sen. Mark Maynard, R-6, would eliminate the requirement for consumer written consent when using aftermarket parts in a vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Casey Skelton Athens Collision Student

Casey Skelton enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair Program at Athens Technical College in January 2017.

Hitting a deer with only liability coverage would be a disaster for most people, but Casey Skelton was able to find a silver lining. 

Polyvance Announces I CAR Industry Training


Plastic repair is gaining in importance as more body shops are realizing its impact on gross profit margin and cycle time.

The collision repair industry is known for being male-dominated, and with the increasing need for young professionals to enter the industry, it’s refreshing to meet Katie Inge, a 23-year-old shop owner in Chesapeake, VA.

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Industry stakeholders met with Commissioner Adam Putnam in January to discuss concerns about the collision repair industry


A group of industry stakeholders in Florida recently sat down and met with Commissioner Adam Putnam of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Billy Walkowiak

Billy Walkowiak, founder of Collision Safety Consultants


Since Billy Walkowiak founded Collision Safety Consultants seven years ago, he has helped consumers, body shops, dealerships and even insurance companies with diminished value claims as well as inspecting post-repair vehicles to determine whether they were fixed properly.

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