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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 […]

Mercedes-Benz to Offer Electric Option for Every Car by 2022

Daimler’s chief executive Dieter Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz will offer electric versions of all its models by 2022, converting its Smart city car brand to become fully electric, according to Reuters. Speaking at the company’s investor day in Sindelfingen, Germany, Daimler said it will offer at least 50 electrified versions of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in hybrid and […]

Auto Value, Bumper To Bumper Launch New ‘Technician Of The Year’ Program

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper have launched a new “Technician of the Year” program exclusively for Certified Service Center techs. Those who qualify will be sent to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix for two days of driving and live training. Onsite, technician finalists will be tested to determine the 2018 […]

Bolt On Technology Adds Review Manager

Bolt On Technology has launched Review Manager, a new feature that allows shop owners to get instant reviews from their customers. Shop owners choose customers to text links to, customers review their most recent experiences at the shop, and reviews are posted directly to Google or Facebook. Review Manager is available to Pro Pack users […]