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Washington, D.C. – Automotive Manufacturer Equipment Compliance Agency, Inc. (AMECA) is offering an Apple iPad to one lucky qualified person who completes the ADAS Training Survey. Note: The survey ends May 15, 2020. Hansen VTF will be offering week long ADAS training. As part of the program development, AMECA is conducting a survey of automotive service professionals. Read more…


Source: Nick Carey and Ben Klayman, Reuters DETROIT – Auto parts maker Kevin Clay landed a series of new contracts from customers early this year, and was bullish on 2020 after two challenging years. “I had the audacity or stupidity to say in January ‘I can’t imagine what could happen this year that could slow us down,’” Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek GEICO will provide $2.5 billion in credits to customers. Liberty Mutual refunding $250 million to Liberty and Safeco insureds. GEICO and Liberty Mutual separately announced that they would be providing relief to their auto insurance policyholders, joining Allstate and American Family that announced similar programs earlier this week. GEICO GEICO, the second largest private passenger Read more…


Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Washington – A group of Senate Finance Committee Republicans, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), are urging the Trump administration to consider utilizing trade policy measures to reduce the economic strain imposed on Americans by the COVID-19 public health crisis. “We believe you should continue to focus on creating new market Read more…


During this unique time in our country’s history, many ABPA members are questioning their ability to remain open and if they meet the guidelines for being an “essential” business. The short answer is, “yes”, your business as a parts distributor in both the US and Canada are considered essential in the words of both respective governments. Essential Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek The overall market share of 10 largest private passenger auto insurers in the U.S. increased compared to 2018. The 10 largest private passenger automobile insurers saw their market share increase in 2019, after a slight decline in 2018 compared to the previous year. The top 10 insurers accounted for almost three out of every four Read more…


Sanford, NC — CIECA announced that it will be holding a special CIECAst webinar on Monday, April 6 at 11 am CST: “How Our Industry is Addressing Challenges Created by the Coronavirus.” The webinar will feature business leaders from all segments of the collision repair industry and highlight innovative ways companies can continue to provide high-quality service Read more…


Source: AIA Canada On Monday, March 23, the Government of Ontario announced that there would be a full shutdown of non-essential businesses starting midnight Tuesday, March 24 in response to COVID-19. The shutdown will be in effect for fourteen days, with the possibility of extension. Businesses throughout the aftermarket supply chain have been designated by the Government Read more…


In a letter to SEMA members on 3/20/20, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting provides updates on which businesses in the automotive sector are deemed essential. The letter is reprinted below: — Dear SEMA Members, In these uncertain and fluid times, SEMA continues to take a proactive approach to ensure lawmakers are properly educated on the importance Read more…


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a Department of Homeland Security branch, released a memorandum on 3/19 entitled “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response” that includes a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” “to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions Read more…

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