Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana
Arkansas has a new "Lemon Law," passed by the General Assembly in the 2009 session, which went into effect July 31. In Arkansas, if a consumer purchases a vehicle that has repeated, substantial problems that impair its use and cannot be fixed, that vehicle is considered a "lemon," and the consumer could be entitled to a replacement or refund, The law was amended this year to cover more vehicles.
TEXAS AUTOMOTIVE SUMMIT 2010:
The Texas Automotive Summit is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at the San Marcos Convention Center. It's a great event for Automotive seminars, networking and vendor interaction. More information will be forthcoming about the event, hotel accomodations and registration for TIAA & ASA members, non members, and vendors. Be sure to set aside this date and plan to attend.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Braving several whitewater chutes and Comal River currents, members of the Texas Independent Automotive Association and their families floated together here today during the first annual Tubing in Texas trip.
Service King Collision Repair Centers, a Richardson, Texas-based operator of collision repair facilities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and Houston markets, has acquired D&D Collision and Callaway’s Collision Specialists, the leading collision repair service provider in Houston, Texas, with three large scale, high volume locations.
Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. is suspending production at its Sayreville, NJ steel mill and closing its rolling mill in Perth Amboy, NJ, due to lower demand for its products resulting from the downturn in the economy. The company said these actions are expected to occur gradually over the next several months. The company indicated that it would restart operations at the Sayreville facility when business conditions warrant.
On June 17, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret joined executives from V-Vehicle Company, or VVC, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, or KPCB, partners, local businessmen and local officials to publicly announce that VVC, a new American car company headquartered in San Diego, will begin assembling cars in Monroe, La. The project will create over 1,400 direct jobs at an average annual salary of nearly $40,000, plus benefits, as well as a capital investment of at least $248 million.
Cheery "Gettin' Outta Dodge" banners mostly mask the sense of betrayal at Frank Kent Dodge in Fort Worth, TX. The store, part of the Frank Kent Auto Group, is one of eight in the area that bankrupt Chrysler LLC is closing as it seeks to eliminate about a fourth of its dealers nationwide. The 789 dealerships being cut are supposed to cease operations June 9. click for Dallas Morning News Story
Cheery "Gettin' Outta Dodge" banners mostly mask the sense of betrayal at Frank Kent Dodge in Fort Worth, TX.
The store, part of the Frank Kent Auto Group, is one of eight in the area that bankrupt Chrysler LLC is closing as it seeks to eliminate about a fourth of its dealers nationwide. The 789 dealerships being cut are supposed to cease operations June 9.
click for Dallas Morning News Story
On May 29, Texas enacted legislation strengthening the state's current child restraint law that requires children 4 and younger to be in a child safety seat. When the law goes into effect on Sept. 1, 2009, Texas will join 23 other states requiring children at least 7 and younger to be in a child passenger restraint system.
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Automotive and collision repair shop owners and service managers were recharged on shop management and communication skills May 2, 2009 when the Texas Independent Automotive Association sponsored the first-ever Texas Automotive Summit at the San Marcos Convention Center.
A special recognition dinner event was held last month at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, TX, to celebrate Westside Lexus as the recipient of the 2008 Toyota/ Lexus Certified Collision Center of the Year.
The chairman of the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud says telemarketers continue to harass the victims of auto accidents whether they have been injured or not. The group is endorsing a bill being introduced in the Texas House of Representatives that restricts telemarketers from purchasing crash reports from police departments for the first 30 days after the accident.
Labor rates have long been a contentious issue in Louisiana and now shop owners throughout the state are speaking out. Autobody News talked to several shops recently that feel the ‘reasonable’ $45 per hour labor rate currently imposed upon them by insurance companies is unfair and unrealistic in today’s market.