Mitchell 1 Adds LocalSearch Feature To Social CRM

Mitchell 1 has added a new feature to its SocialCRM auto repair marketing service to help make auto repair businesses more visible online to customers searching for auto repair. LocalSearch is an optional add-on service designed to complement SocialCRM. LocalSearch expands on the standard SocialCRM services with features designed to help shops build an effective […]

U.S. Copyright Office Agrees to Extending DMCA Vehicle Repair Exemption

On Oct. 26, the U.S. Copyright Office announced a proposal to renew an exemption for vehicle owners to perform maintenance and repairs without having to abide by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. The proposal was in response to a petition filed by […]

MACS reminds the aftermarket to be aware of changes to Section 609 requirements in 2018

Technicians who service mobile A/C systems and distributors who sell refrigerant need to be aware of new regulations effective on January 1, 2018 concerning the requirement of technicians to be Section 609 certified. The final rule published November 2016 extends Section 608 requirements to HFCs. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, sale of most refrigerants of two pounds […]

DEG Estimating Tip: AUDATEX- Updates to Database Repair Manual (DBRM)

Audatex has updated recently updated their Database Repair Manual (DBRM) with new updates. Click Here for the online version. Click Here to download the complete DBRM Guide PDF. All updated folders and topics in the Table of Contents display an asterisk and all updates in a topic are marked in bold and italicized lettering. Some […]

State Farm Reports Deer Hit Damage Costs Up

  Animal hit claim cost up 4.6 percent State Farm released the results of its 15th annual deer claim study that helps define that danger for drivers. It ranks states by the potential likelihood a driver has of hitting a large animal, like deer, elk, moose or caribou. This year’s study has some good news […]

Fatal Crashes in the U.S. Up 5.6% in 2016

Fatality rate at highest level since 2008. Distracted driving down, speeding and drunk driving increase. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released fatal traffic crash data for calendar year 2016. According to NHTSA data, which was collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on […]

California Man Sentenced To Prison For Selling Counterfeit Airbags

Vitaliy Fedorchuk, 28, of Antelope, Calif., was sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to one year and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine for an international scheme to sell counterfeit airbags via eBay and other internet sales sites, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. According to court documents, between […]

Mitchell Releases Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Claim Review Solution

Integrated workflow solution analyzes and learns from photos to help identify correct replace and repair decisions.  Mitchell announced it has launched its WorkCenter Assisted Review, the first integrated workflow solution to leverage artificial intelligence for the estimate review process.  By using visual computing to analyze photos, the solution uses machine-learning technology to help identify incorrect […]

How to Identify a Flood Damaged Vehicle

  Following one of the worst hurricane seasons in years and record-setting rainfall in many areas of the country, flooding has taken its toll on vehicles. It is important for those considering the purchase of a used vehicle to be car care aware and check for signs of water intrusion or contamination, says the non-profit […]

Kayo Jenkins of Kayo’s Automotive Service Named IGONC Member of the Year 2017

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina held it’s annual awards banquet on September 30th, to close out the 2017 ASTE. This year’s Member of the Year winner was Kayo Jenkins of Kayo’s Automotive Service in Hubert, NC. Kayo has been a regular contributor to the association over the years, serving on the board, as […]