Urgently: Traffic could reach 130% normal levels by July

This week saw some positive news for auto body shops trying to recover from a volume decline during COVID-19 coronavirus-related shutdowns and precautions. Roadside assistance platform Urgently on Wednesday said its modeling predicts traffic would [...]

2020-06-25T07:09:07-04:00June 25th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

N.H. scanning, calibration OEM procedures bill among those tabled after COVID-19 pause

A bill holding insurers to a rebuttable presumption that automaker scanning and calibration procedures are necessary for safety and pre-loss condition has effectively died in the New Hampshire Legislature this year. House Bill 1455 passed [...]

2020-06-24T18:23:35-04:00June 24th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Longtime jobber: Cash advances, higher discounts led to reduction in support

Upset at the lack of training or support from your auto body shop’s distributor? Blame the discount or advance you’re getting, according to a veteran jobber. Auto Care Association PBE segment committee Chairman Joe Mattos, [...]

2020-06-24T14:23:55-04:00June 24th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

AISI: New fracture research could mean thinner automotive steels

Further research into metal failure has found current automotive steel material cards predict fractures earlier than what occurs in the real world, American Iron and Steel Institute automotive Vice President John Catterall said earlier this [...]

2020-06-24T07:11:11-04:00June 24th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

A look at due diligence, paint advances following FinishMaster, FBI allegations against Calif. shop

FinishMaster late last year sued California collision MSO GMP Cars, alleging it and two individual locations combined failed to make good on 2018 promises to buy more than $5 million in in paint and materials [...]

2020-06-24T07:10:40-04:00June 24th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

FBI: Calif. body shop owner misled lenders for $6.7M, including on PPP loan

The Northern District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a collision repairer with two counts of wire fraud and and one count of making a false statement in a loan application, alleging June 5 [...]

2020-06-24T07:10:09-04:00June 24th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

COVID-19 aid: CIF fund closes after 600+ applications; senators urged to preserve NOL help

The Collision Industry Foundation on Monday announced its COVID-19 fund had officially closed, with more than $250,000 dispersed to those in the auto body ecosystem financially impacted by the pandemic. The organization said it received [...]

2020-06-23T07:08:40-04:00June 23rd, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Ford to launch hands-free, eyes-on driving on 2021 models, including Mustang Mach-E

Ford on Thursday announced an optional Active Drive Assist system which would permit “hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in all 50 states and Canada.” Customers can purchase the system as [...]

2020-06-22T11:23:28-04:00June 22nd, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Still need a PPP loan? Try SBA’s ‘Lender Match’ tool

The Small Business Administration on Friday announced an online resource body shops and other small businesses can use to get quickly paired with Community Development Financial Institutions and smaller lenders for Paycheck Protection Program loans. [...]

2020-06-19T17:23:27-04:00June 19th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Enterprise: Length of rental down in May after big April jump; other stats much like 2019

Enterprise Rent-A-Car data released Wednesday indicated the COVID-19 coronavirus had little effect on some key collision repair statistics. The only significant change occurred in length of rental, which fell on average half a day nationwide [...]

2020-06-19T15:23:42-04:00June 19th, 2020|RDN News Feed|