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BASF Supports Refinish Training Program at Guilford College in North Carolina

July 19th, 2019 by

BASF announced its support for the automotive refinish training facility at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Greensboro, N.C. BASF supported the efforts to open the 29,000-square-foot training center on Guilford’s campus that continues to host classes each quarter, including R-M and Glasurit certification, buffing, and color matching. With three downdraft prep booths set up

DEG Estimating Tips

July 19th, 2019 by

Audatex: Understanding Overlap – Page 38 of Audatex DBRM explains how overlap is applied. “There are two methods of overlap deduction. They are: Guide Number Order: This method will include an operation on the lowest guide number first and then not count it on any higher guide number. Internal Labor Coding: In this method, labor operations

TechForce Foundation to Benefit from Las Vegas Concours

July 19th, 2019 by

The Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance has named TechForce Foundation as the charity beneficiary of its Opening Night Gala on Friday, October 25, at the Keep Memories Alive event venue in downtown Las Vegas. This extravaganza will welcome hundreds of car enthusiasts and those who value and support technical education. The Gala will be part of

IGONC Sponsors North Carolina Automotive Apprentice Program

July 19th, 2019 by

Written by Chasidy Rae Sisk for Autobody News In an effort to reduce the tech shortage problem, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) is sponsoring the North Carolina Automotive Apprenticeship Program. Employers can participate at no cost and students can obtain a free education while earning wages at a part-time job. “The North

Ford, VW Expand Global Collaboration

July 18th, 2019 by

Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG announced they are expanding their global alliance to include electric vehicles—and will collaborate with Argo AI to introduce autonomous vehicle technology in the U.S. and Europe.

Hyundai Files Trademark Violation Complaint Against AutoParts Companies

July 18th, 2019 by

Hyundai Files Trademark Violation Complaint Against AutoParts Companies Earlier this month, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) instituted an investigation following a complaint filed by Hyundai Motor Company. The complaint alleges U.S. trademark infringement of certain auto service and collision parts and components. The complaint requests that USITC issue a cease and desist order.

Senator Jeff Merkley Launches Vehicle Data Inquiry

July 18th, 2019 by

  Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., has expressed his concerns over the collection, ownership and use of vehicle data. Citing Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey’s recent New York Times op-ed, Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight , Merkley remarked, “Given that a modern car is reportedly capable of collecting this consumer data at a rate of

The Triangle IGONC Hosts Ballgame

July 18th, 2019 by

On July 12th the IGONC Triangle Chapter hosted a ballgame at the Durham Bulls stadium. Paul Morro coordinated the very successful event. Factory Motor Parts, Advance/CARQUEST and Jasper Engines & Transmissions all co-sponsored the event that drew 111 attendees. Durham Bulls mascot Wooly Bully stopped by the IGO party area for pictures and fist bumps.

August Chapter Meetings

July 16th, 2019 by

Four exciting meetings are scheduled in August for members & non-members. On August 6th Gear Wrench will host an event at Triangle Car Care in Raleigh to showcase all of their new tools. On August 1st Tricia Sauls with IGONC will be the guest speaker at the Jacksonville Chapter meeting. Tricia will discuss how to

August Regional Meetings

July 16th, 2019 by

IGO is once again doing a series of regional meetings in August. Rick White of 180 BIZ & Jimmy Lea of Kukui will be the speakers.  Rick White will have two topics that will be alternated in the various cities, “Filling the Service Bays” & the “Top Ten Sales Mistakes and How to Avoid Them”.