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Uncle Frank

February 20th, 2020 by

You Must Not Forget … What motivates the teenager to pursue a career in automotive service? Most all of us dreamed of working on performance cars and being really creative as we were coming along. I remember when my uncle, who owned numerous auto parts stores in Eastern North Carolina, was trying to help me […]

NHTSA Grants Low-Speed Driverless Delivery Vehicle Safety Exemption to Test Up to 5000 Vehicles on Public Roads

February 18th, 2020 by

Nuro plans to begin public testing in Houston, Texas within weeks. NHTSA announced February 6 that it granted Nuro’s request for a temporary exemption from some low-speed vehicle standard requirements. The exemption will allow the company to deploy up to 5,000 of its 2nd generation low-speed, occupantless electric delivery vehicle, the “R2.” Unlike a conventional […]

February DEG Estimating Tips

February 18th, 2020 by

Estimating Tips All Three Systems: Safety Inspections – Required inspections after a collision are manufacturer and vehicle specific down to the type of impact the vehicle has sustained. Information on what components need to be inspected and/or replaced after a collision can be found in all the OEM technical websites or using a 3rd party […]

Watch Out for Storm Repair Scams

February 17th, 2020 by

Watch Out for Storm Repair Scams If last week’s storms damaged your home or property, don’t let scammers take advantage of you as you try to repair the damage. After most storms, our office hears from North Carolinians who have been victims of tree removal and disaster cleanup scams. Sadly, when North Carolinians are trying […]

House Passes Portable Fuel Container Safety Act

February 17th, 2020 by

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019 (H.R. 806). This bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif. and Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue a rule or standard requiring portable fuel containers with a capacity of fewer than five gallons be […]

ASTE 2020 Update

February 17th, 2020 by

ASTE will be held September 24-26, 2020 at the recently renovated Embassy Suites Convention Center in Cary, NC. This is the largest show of its kind on the east coast with nationally known speakers. We have added all day seminars on Thursday with a total seminar selection of nearly 50 technical and management choices. Speaker […]

DEG Update

January 30th, 2020 by

CCC: Included/Not Included Headliner Update – In November, CCC/MOTORS updated the “HEADLINER” section of the Guide to Estimating p pages specifically calling out “Interior lower moldings/trim” and “weatherstrip r/i” being NOT INCLUDED. Scenarios where this would apply are when the lower trims overlap the upper trims touching the headliner. Additionally, some surround weather strips around […]

Va. Governor Aims to Eliminate Vehicle Safety Inspections

January 30th, 2020 by

In his budget briefing, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled plans to eliminate the state’s motor vehicle safety inspection program. The ASA opposes the elimination of state vehicle safety inspections. Northam, however, would like to eliminate the vehicle safety inspection program and reduce vehicle registration fees by half. According to Northam, “data shows that there is […]

OEConnection Announces Agreements with Lexus North America and Gulf States Toyota

January 30th, 2020 by

Parts suppliers will use CollisionLink for collision repair parts marketing. OEConnection (OEC) today announced agreements with two collision repair parts suppliers to use the company’s marketing solutions. OEConnection logoOEC will provide Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., (Lexus) with CollisionLink, the Lexus Collision Parts Marketing Program. CollisionLink enables the dealer network to […]

IGO Triangle Meeting Highlights (January)

January 26th, 2020 by

At the recent Triangle IGONC Chapter meeting Cindy Sisson of the Tech Force Foundation put on a presentation on how Tech Force is creating scholarships for those wishing to enter the automotive industry. Cindy is based out of Charlotte and looks to develop a program in North Carolina which can be used in the rest […]