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ASTE Online Registration Now Open!

More speakers have been added to ASTE 2018 lineup; Jill Trotta of Repair Pal, Danny Seyfer of NASTF, Mandee Bradshaw of Management Success, Jimmy Lea of Kukui, Uwe Kleinschmidt of Auto Vitals, Jeff Bly of NAPA, Peter Orlando of CARQUEST, David Patrick of CARQUEST, Chris Peace of AC Delco, Kyle Holt of SP2, Aaron Stokes […]

ASTE

Raleigh, NC—The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina are once again hosting ASTE (Automotive Service & Technology Expo) September 28-29, 2018 in Cary, NC at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center. Repair shop owners, service advisors & auto technicians will be able to take part in the largest automotive aftermarket event held in the Carolinas. […]

US Auto Parts Files Lawsuit Alleging U.S. Agency Illegally Seizing Aftermarket Automotive Grilles

The U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., the online providers of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, announced it has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Court of International Trade that asserts that the United States Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, has […]

Hyundai Joins List of Manufacturers Recommending Diagnostic Scans Before and After Collision Repair

Hyundai Motor America recently released a position statement recommending that collision repair facilities perform diagnostic scans on vehicles both before and after the collision repair process. According to the statement: Hyundai vehicles are equipped with multiple electronic components and systems within each vehicle. Therefore, it is important that vehicles involved in a collision have a […]

While the percentage of dealers operating facilities is up, dealership collision repair shop sales decreased last year versus 2016

According to the latest research from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the percentage of dealership operating on-site body shops was up in 2017 versus the previous year. NADA’s research pegs the percentage of dealers operating on-site body shops at 39 percent, up from 37 percent of dealerships that featured on-site body shops in 2016. […]

Estimating Tips

Audatex: Non-included operations in door shell labor times – Recent DEG Inquiry 11797 addresses not-included considerations in door shell replacement.   Door shell transferral of small grommets, clips or fasteners is not included in the Audatex provided labor values. This would require an on-the-spot evaluation of additional labor time if required when replacing door shells in […]

Trump Administration to Make Decision on Scaling Back Obama-Era Fuel Economy Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reportedly considering lowering the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for automakers, which currently mandate a doubling of their average fleet fuel efficiency to 50 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. Meanwhile, numerous states like California have passed their own greenhouse gas emissions standards that meet or exceed […]

Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Stalled by Senate Democrats

Last week, the Auto Care Association filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office responding to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ position regarding embedded software circumvention for the purpose of vehicle repair. Auto Care and the Consumer Technology Association previously requested that certain activities necessary for auto repair be exempted from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s […]

Auto Care Responds to Automakers on DMCA Repair Exemption

Last week, the Auto Care Association filed comments with the U.S. Copyright Office responding to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ position regarding embedded software circumvention for the purpose of vehicle repair. Auto Care and the Consumer Technology Association previously requested that certain activities necessary for auto repair be exempted from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s […]

State Legislative Overview

New State Laws Hawaii Senate Bill 2243 (Motor Vehicle Insurance) would prohibit insurers from charging additional fees for repairs made with original equipment (OE) manufacturer parts if the vehicle manufacturer recommends OE parts. This bill was heard before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, and amended to include several problematic restrictions including: […]