Shop Strategies: NJ Body Shop Stands up to Insurance Companies

Prior to opening Exclusive Auto Collision in 2003 in Ramsey, NJ, Tony Lake was an auto damage appraiser for 20 years.

 

“I saw that high-end vehicles were not getting repaired the way that I thought they could be repaired back to OEM manufacturers’ standards,” said Lake. “There was a big gap between a quality repair and a non-quality repair going on in the industry.”

 

A body shop was for sale in an exclusive area of New Jersey, so Lake decided to purchase it and build a specialty business. He now repairs high-end vehicles such as Audi, Mercedes and Porsche.

 

Autobody News talked to Lake about the importance of OEM certifications and the steps he is taking to stand up to insurance companies to ensure vehicles are repaired back to pre-accident condition. 

 

Q: Why do you recommend body shops invest in OEM certifications?

 

A: Hands down, the OEM training you get for your employees is the

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State inspection stickers set to slide over

RICHMOND – State inspection stickers will no longer be placed in the bottom center of vehicle windows because of technological advances, state police announced Wednesday.

Beginning on New Year’s Day, state inspection stickers will be placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield on the driver’s side.

The change in location will also apply to the placement of any other authorized stickers, Virginia State Police said. No changes were made to the size or appearance of the existing vehicle inspection sticker.

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State police said the relocation was needed because automobile manufacturers now offer crash avoidance technology in many of their vehicles, and the new technology utilizes the center

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GM’s Mary Barra: Driver-Owned Vehicles Not Going Away


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General Motors CEO and chairwoman Mary Barra believes that even with the move to ride-sharing and mobility services, there’s still a future for driver-owned vehicles. Speaking at an Automotive Press Association event in Detroit, Barra said that there isn’t an industry that technology isn’t disrupting and that dealers need to adapt to changes happening in the automotive sector. However, driver-owned models will be still be the core part of GM’s business in the near future despite the growth of ride-sharing.

“The transformative technologies–electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles–provide an opportunity to grow, again, where it makes good business sense. If you look at where ride-sharing is the most popular, it’s in dense, urban environments where we have low market share, so that’s where we see it as additive,” Barra told Automotive News. “I do think that we’re going to be

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OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust for Inflation

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GM’s Mary Barra: Driver-Owned Vehicles Not Going Away – Motor …


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General Motors CEO and chairwoman Mary Barra believes that even with the move to ride-sharing and mobility services, there’s still a future for driver-owned vehicles. Speaking at an Automotive Press Association event in Detroit, Barra said that there isn’t an industry that technology isn’t disrupting and that dealers need to adapt to changes happening in the automotive sector. However, driver-owned models will be still be the core part of GM’s business in the near future despite the growth of ride-sharing.

“The transformative technologies–electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles–provide an opportunity to grow, again, where it makes good business sense. If you look at where ride-sharing is the most popular, it’s in dense, urban environments where we have low market share, so that’s where we see it as additive,” Barra told Automotive News. “I do think that we’re going to be

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New bill would lower Detroit auto insurance, but could raise it in rest of state

LANSING, MI — A Detroit senator has introduced a bill to limit the factors insurance companies can use to set their rates, something he sees as fair but an insurance industry group says would raise costs for people living in rural Michigan.

Senate Bill 312 would limit the criteria auto insurers could use in setting their rates to three factors: anticipated repair costs, civil infraction history and insurance claims history. Currently insurers use a lot more than that, including how many years somebody has been driving, where you live, insurance-based credit scoring and miles driven.

But Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, said his bill gets at an issue of fairness.

“What we’re looking at is just making insurance rates fair to everyone,” said Hood.

He said he’s seen cases where somebody who has a clean driving record and lives in Detroit is paying more than somebody with driving infractions and claims living in

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Driver says her F-150 window spontaneously shattered – KTRK

Patricia Jones loves her truck.

“That’s my favorite car of all of the cars I’ve had,” she said of the bright red Ford F-150 parked in her driveway.

It’s a 2016 with low mileage. She’s always wanted one. It’s a truck with a five star safety rating. Which is why what she says happened on the way to school a week ago was so shocking,

“All of a sudden we heard a big bang and the glass shattered and we stopped,” Jones explained. “(I) got out to look to see if anything had hit us and nothing. There (are) no marks, no anything, just shattered glass.”

Jones said there was the smell of burning electronics, so she took it to a local dealer.

Both the dealer and Ford say there was actually evidence of an impact. The dealer told Eyewitness News he believed the window did not spontaneously shatter.

There are,

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Portland auto repair shop warns of car break-ins during holiday season

The University of Maryland Medical Center is investigating how a woman was discharged, wearing only a gown and hospital socks, at a bus stop at night. 

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Smart Everything at Computer Electronics Show

The new smart electronic gadgets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may help drive you into an increasingly connected future.

In the case of Byton, a futuristic smart car that is one of the hits of the CES – a driver steps into a high-tech sensory experience.

From a tablet embedded in the steering wheel and five hand gestures, the motorist controls the vehicle.

Sensors monitor the driver’s heart rate, blood pressure and other vital statistics.

Other features include tiny cameras instead of side view mirrors, and seats that swivel to give the car a lounge-like feeling.

Aiming for the Tesla market, the first Byton electric SUV is expected to go on sale first in China in 2019, selling for $45,000, before becoming available in the United States and Europe in 2020.

US market for smart devices

For the 170,000 attendees at CES – one-third of

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