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For the First Time, Automakers Fail to Meet U.S. Emissions Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report, which found that, despite a slight uptick in efficiency from 2015, the average emissions for model year 2016 cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. exceeded the annual regulatory standard for the first time since the rules became effective in 2012. EPA found that model year […]

Supreme Court Set to Revisit Online Sales Tax Question

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by the state of South Dakota that calls into question the 1992 Quill v. North Dakota decision, which ruled that online retailers that do not have a physical presence in a state do not have to collect sales tax on purchases made […]

Federal Court Refuses to Hear Appeal of Decision Overturning R-134a Rule

  On Jan. 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected an appeal that sought to dispute a previous decision regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ban of certain refrigerants, namely R-134a. The appeal was filed by competing refrigerant manufacturers Honeywell and Chemours, as well as the Natural Resource Defense […]

Estimating Tip tips from the DEG

CCC One  – Verifying Correct Database Version  Sometime users may experience incomplete or outdated information in the CCC database, as a result of using an incorrect version. Users can confirm which version they are using by going to ESTIMATE PROPERITIES in the Estimate Tab to confirm the database version date. If necessary, you can contact […]

Progressive Service Centers Will No Longer Serve as Customer Drop Off Points

Progressive announced that in the coming months, it will change the way it uses its Service Center facilities to service the collision repair needs of its customers. The company’s 68 Service Centers will stop being a drop-off/pick-up point for customer vehicles. All Service Center employees will be offered claims jobs, and most Service Centers will […]

Mitchell Announces Blockchain Solution for Collision Repair Industry Data Sharing

Solution would link insurers, vehicle manufacturers, repairers, suppliers, and other industry participants. Mitchell International, Inc. announced it will soon release a secure solution for sharing data among users within the collision repair and insurance claims industry that uses blockchain technology to provide a highly secure, distributed and advanced encrypted-data exchange between stakeholders. Blockchain, popularized by […]

Town Hall Academy to Attend ASTE 2018

The popular aftermarket town hall & podcast forum hosted by Carm Capriotto will be part of ASTE 2018. Capriotto conducts town hall style meetings and podcasts that are aired.

Connected Car Company to Push Vehicles to Openbay Shops

Japanese air bag maker Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, USA today reports. The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land […]

Takata Air Bag Recall Expands by 3.3M Vehicles

Japanese air bag maker Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, USA today reports. The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land […]

Largest Single Midas Acquisition By A Midas Franchisee Is In The Works

Leeds West Groups (Greenwood Village, CO) — a platform capitalized by private equity funds that acquires, owns and manages automotive repair franchise brands — has entered into an agreement to acquire Auto Systems Experts, an employee-owned company based out of Davenport, IA that operates 42 Midas locations across six Midwestern states. The deal includes all of […]