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The Arkansas House Insurance and Commerce Committee voted down Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291, introduced by state Sen. Greg Standridge, R-16, by a voice vote.

Arkansas Senate Bill (SB) 291, introduced by State Sen. Greg Standridge, R-16, would repeal the requirement for the use of aftermarket crash parts in repair of a vehicle that is still under the manufacturer’s warranty without the vehicle owner’s written consent.

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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) kicked off a series of yearlong commemorative events at its annual convention and expo in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 26 to 29.

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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.

After meeting all of American Honda’s stringent requirements, Ellis County Auto Repair of Waxahachie, Texas has been certified and approved to be the 955th ProFirst Certified Shop in the nation.

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Chief has appointed two new distributors to represent its full line of collision repair equipment in Texas.

Wreck Check Car Scan Centers recently announced that they have added Harold and Janet Heisey as their 30th licensee.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 17:32

Griffith Auto Body in CO: Traditional Values As Driving Force

Written by Jon A. Yamamoto, Fort Morgan Times

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Griffith Auto Body now is housed at 301 W. Platte Ave. in Fort Morgan. The shop moved to the new location at the beginning of the year. (Photo credit: Jon A. Yamamoto / Fort Morgan Times)

Driving west on Platte Avenue in Fort Morgan can take one on a ride down memory lane, as old American-made cars from the '50s through the '70s can often be seen in front of Griffith Auto Body, located in the 300 block on the north side of the street.

Last November, a 2011 Toyota Camry was brought into Coach Works Auto Body for a post-repair inspection.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:43

Oklahoma's CareerTech Trains Both Current, Future Workers

Written by Kathryn McNutt, The Oklahoman

Marcie Mack director Oklahoma CareerTech

Marcie Mack is director of Oklahoma CareerTech.


Producing enough workers who can do the job--today and tomorrow--is a challenge that keeps Oklahoma's CareerTech system buzzing.

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