Center for Auto Safety Opposes DOT Review on Auto Safety Standards

Believes effort will weaken vehicle safety rules The Center for Auto Safety submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on its notice of regulatory review of several motor vehicle safety standards. The Center urged the DOT not to weaken or repeal regulations that protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, and create more benefits than […]

California Collision Repair Shop Owner Among 22 Charged with Auto Insurance Fraud

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office announced that 19 Santa Clara County, Calif. residents have been charged with operating a fraud ring which faked numerous car accidents. Three additional suspects from Butte and San Benito Counties have also been charged. The fictional accidents – which were often reported as caused by a distracted driver […]

DEG Estimating Tip

Mitchell: Windshield-mounted ADAS (Advance Drivers Assist Systems) – When R/I or R/R of windshield is selected, ADAS Systems (i.e., cameras and sensors mounted to the glass) are not included in glass labor time unless otherwise noted in the Procedure Explanation section. Cameras and Sensor option may be added using the “Add to” section in the parts […]

CCC Launches Connected Data Exchange

CCC Launches Connected Data Exchange Announces 14 new companies are lined up to join its network to share connected vehicle and telematics data. CCC Information Services Inc. announced today the availability of CCC X, a data exchange that helps convert connected data into actionable insights and makes it available for use across the CCC network. […]

DEG Estimating Tip

CCC: Reported Labor Times – From CCC/MOTOR GTE GUIDE: “Times do not apply to vehicles with equipment other than that supplied by the vehicle manufacturer as standard or regular production options. If other equipment is used, the time may be adjusted to compensate for the variables. Removal and replacement of exchanged or used parts is not […]

Oregon Collision Repair Shop Sues GEICO Alleging Antitrust

Lawsuit by Leif’s Auto Collision alleges GEICO and ARX shops engaged in conspiracy to suppress repair costs, refuse to reimburse for diagnostic scans. GEICO had sued collision repair facility in January alleging abusive and intimidating conduct against its adjusters.   Portland, Oregon-based Leif’s Auto Collision, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in […]

Mobile Air Conditioning Society Reminds Industry on January 1 Refrigerant Sales Restriction Deadline

Distributors of refrigerants will be limited to certified technicians and businesses who employ them starting in 2018 The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) is reminding automotive technicians who service mobile A/C systems and distributors who sell refrigerant of the need to be aware of new regulations effective on January 1, 2018 concerning the requirement of […]

The Auto Repair Shop’s Role in Connected Car Cybersecurity

Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz isn’t inflating or exaggerating when he throws out this seemingly absurd statistic: “We collect 100 million miles of road per year,” says the co-founder and CTO of Nexar. “We can end up indexing the real world, structuring the real world the same way Google structures the web.” Nexar will continue to build vehicle-to-vehicle […]

Volkswagen agreed to pay $69 million to settle New Jersey state diesel emissions claims

New Jersey’s attorney general and the automaker confirmed the cases had been settled in a court filing on Nov. 14. New Jersey had previously said that VW could have faced maximum penalties of more than $1.2 billion in the state. Back in March, VW agreed to pay $157 million to settle environmental claims from 10 other states. This settlement […]

New Alldata Offering Essentially Turns Tablets Into Scan Tools

At the SEMA Show last week, Alldata launched Alldata Diagnostics, a new offering that essentially turns an Android, Windows 10 or iOS tablet into a scan tool — a scan tool with Alldata Repair and Alldata Collision built in, which means that codes can link directly to relevant articles, as well as the company’s new interactive […]