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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 […]

Average 2017-Model-Year Vehicle Costs Nearly $8,500 Annually To Own, Operate

Owning and operating a new vehicle in 2017 will cost a driver an average of $8,469 annually, or $706 each month, according to a new study from AAA. Its annual evaluation of driving costs reveals that small sedans are the least expensive vehicles to drive at $6,354 annually; however, small SUVs ($7,606), hybrids ($7,687) and electric […]

IGONC’s Revived ASTE Yields Great Responses by Chasidy Rae Sisk of Autobody News

Friday, 13 October 2017 17:00 IGONC’s Revived ASTE Yields Great Responses Written by Chasidy Rae Sisk Hiester Automotive was voted “Most Outstanding Booth” by attendees. (Pictured: Gary Summerfield of IGONC, Wanda Hinnant & Steve Jones of Heister Automotive). The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina(IGONC) hosted its 2017 Automotive Service and Technology Expo (ASTE) on Sept. 29–30 […]

DEG ESTIMATING TIPS

Mitchell – Pre Scan and Post Repair Scan  Mitchell has now included Pre and Post Repair Scan to its estimating system software. These lines can be access thru the “Ref Sheet >>> Additional Operations >>> Diagnostics” or Quick Code #’s 931127 for Pre Repair Scan and or 931128 for Post Repair Scan. It’s still up […]