Florida shops launch antitrust suit against State Farm, other insurers

Tallahassee, Florida — March 10, 2014 — A group of collision repair facilities in Florida have filed an antitrust action against a group comprised of over forty insurers. Among other items, plaintiffs allege that State Farm’s vendor agreement requires shops participating in hits preferred provider program to accept market rate, and that State Farm calculates […]

Tony Macri still finds passion in custom work after 50 years

By: Andrew Ardizzi   Tony Macri has been a staple in Toronto’s custom car business for 50 years.    Toronto, Ontario — March 10, 2014 — After dedicating his life to ensuring his customers were treated fairly and honestly, TM Custom Auto owner Anthony “Tony” Macri is celebrating 50 years as a car customizer. “When […]

Canadian wins 2014 Ridler at Detroit Autorama

 By CRM Staff   Launier took home his first Ridler with this ’64 Buick Riviera.   Detroit, Michigan — March 10, 2014 – Canadian custom car designer JF Launier has won the “Great 8” Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama 2014.  Launier, owner of the Osoyoos, B.C.-based JF Kustoms, took home the prestigious award for his custom […]

Shurhold Auto introduces professional grade Brite Wash

      Palm City, Florida — March 10, 2014 — A clean, shiny vehicle starts with a high-quality soap. According to Shurhold, the company’s Brite Wash is scientifically formulated to clean fibreglass, clear coat, metal, rubber and painted surfaces. The company says it removes dirt, grease, salt and other impurities without dulling a vehicle’s […]

LKQ announces results for Q4 and full year of 2014

Chicago, Illinois — March 10, 2014 — LKQ Corporation has  announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. Net income for the fourth quarter was $77.9 million and diluted earnings per share was $0.26, a 23.8 percent increase over the $0.21 reported for the fourth quarter in 2012. For the […]

Mohawk College offers free update course for apprentices

Hamilton, Ontario — March 10, 2014 — There’s good news for third year autobody and collision damage repair technician apprentice in Ontario who have either yet to write their trades license exam or who have failed the text previously.  Mohawk College’s Stoney Creek campus is offering a no charge Certificate of Qualification preparatory course to […]