Articles by: Gary Thompson

A Little Truck Race History; Talladega 2006

A Little Truck Race History; Talladega 2006

on October 8, 2017, 6:02 AM / in History, NASCAR

The 2006 UAW-Ford 500 was an American stock car racing competition. Held on October 8 at Talladega Superspeedway, the 188-lap race was the 30th in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the fourth in the ten-race, season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup. Brian Vickers (pictured) of Hendrick Motorsports won the first race of his career; Kasey Kahnefinished second, and […]

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John Eagle Collision Center Must Pay $31.5 Million in Damages to Dallas Couple for Negligent Repair

John Eagle Collision Center Must Pay $31.5 Million in Damages to Dallas Couple for Negligent Repair

on October 6, 2017, 8:32 AM / in National News, State News

In 2013, Matthew Seebachan of Dallas suffered fourth-degree burns when he and his wife, Marcia, were involved in a horrific car accident. Ever since then, Matthew Seebachan has been living in so much pain that burn doctors compare it to the feeling of giving birth – every second of the day. “When you get fourth-degree burns, it totally destroys your […]

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AMAZON CAUSES ANGST IN THE AFTERMARKET PARTS INDUSTRY

AMAZON CAUSES ANGST IN THE AFTERMARKET PARTS INDUSTRY

on September 16, 2017, 7:40 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Bill Wade CNBC recently noted the 20th anniversary of Amazon going public. Had we invested $10,000 in the company’s initial public offering, we would enjoy a holding worth more than $5 million today. On this anniversary, Amazon has twice the market cap of Walmart and represents more than 1 percent of retail sales in the U.S. It is just finding […]

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN USING PHOTOS FOR PROCESSING CLAIMS

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN USING PHOTOS FOR PROCESSING CLAIMS

on September 13, 2017, 7:02 AM / in National News

After a vehicle has been involved in a collision, there may be hidden damage to the vehicle’s electronic systems. Although the vehicle is drivable and appears to be operating normally, without diagnostic testing, it is impossible to tell if everything is working properly behind the scenes. The technology controlling the safety systems on today’s vehicles is complex and sophisticated. Even […]

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

on August 13, 2017, 6:00 AM / in History

 “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gary Thompson

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Allstate: 500 Claims Adjusters Replaced by QuickFoto App

Allstate: 500 Claims Adjusters Replaced by QuickFoto App

on August 3, 2017, 4:20 PM / in National News

By Body Shop Business Staff Writers, As Allstate goes full-steam ahead with “the digitalization of the claims process,” claims adjusters are losing their jobs. During the insurer’s second-quarter conference call, CEO Tom Wilson said Allstate has downsized more than 500 claims adjusters as the company transitions to the QuickFoto Claim photo estimating system. Severance payments to the downsized claims adjusters were […]

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Bosch, Daimler Partner for Driverless Parking System

Bosch, Daimler Partner for Driverless Parking System

on July 27, 2017, 8:23 AM / in International News

Daimler and Bosch have teamed up to demonstrate driverless parking (automated valet parking) in the multi-story car park at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany. Cars now proceed without a driver to their assigned parking space in response to a command issued by smartphone, without any need for the driver to supervise the maneuver. Automated valet parking marks an important milestone on the way to autonomous […]

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Bosch, TomTom: HD Map Uses Radar Signals to Let Autonomous Vehicles Know Where They Are

Bosch, TomTom: HD Map Uses Radar Signals to Let Autonomous Vehicles Know Where They Are

on June 9, 2017, 6:42 AM / in National News

Business Shop Business TomTom and Bosch said they have created an HD map that enables autonomous vehicles “to reliably determine their location at all times.” The map’s integrated Radar Road Signature layer allows self-driving vehicles to determine their exact location on a road within a few centimeters, according to the companies. “The advantage of the Bosch Radar Road Signature map […]

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‘Out-of-the-Loop’ Drivers Slow to React When Autonomous Systems Fail, Study Says

‘Out-of-the-Loop’ Drivers Slow to React When Autonomous Systems Fail, Study Says

on May 20, 2017, 6:32 AM / in National News

By Body Shop Business Staff Mobile devices have enabled us to immerse ourselves in our favorite TV shows, movies and music just about anywhere, anytime. Autonomous technology holds the potential to take that one step further by allowing motorists to do those things while their vehicles are in self-driving mode. But what happens when automated driving systems fail, and drivers […]

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How the 2017 A/C milestones, new EPA rules will affect you

How the 2017 A/C milestones, new EPA rules will affect you

on May 3, 2017, 8:48 AM / in International News, National News

We’ve reached another milestone in the mobile A/C refrigerant timeline, and this time it’s a big one: January 1, 2017 was the drop-dead date set by the EU (European Union) for when vehicle manufacturers can no longer fill any new vehicle’s A/C system with fluorinated refrigerants (or F-Gases) that have a GWP rating of more than 150. This totally knocks […]

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Report: Driver T-Bones 468-Pound Black Bear in Mississippi Collision

Report: Driver T-Bones 468-Pound Black Bear in Mississippi Collision

on April 18, 2017, 6:00 AM / in State News

Body Shop Business Staff Writers Mississippi authorities say that a Louisiana black bear killed in a recent vehicle collision was the largest they’ve ever seen in the state. On April 5, a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban traveling on U.S. 61 near Natchez, Miss., struck a full-grown male bear weighing 468 pounds, the Natchez Democrat reported. The bear, which now is being […]

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Orrin Hatch on PARTS Act: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Pay ‘Unreasonably High Prices to Repair Their Cars’

Orrin Hatch on PARTS Act: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Pay ‘Unreasonably High Prices to Repair Their Cars’

on April 6, 2017, 7:52 AM / in National News

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch has reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would reduce the 14-year time period that OEMs can enforce design patents on crash parts such as bumpers, fenders and door panels against suppliers of aftermarket parts. Reintroduced on April 4, the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2017 would specify that it’s not an act of […]

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Ford Spending $1.2 Billion to Retool Michigan Plants, Build Data Centers

Ford Spending $1.2 Billion to Retool Michigan Plants, Build Data Centers

on April 6, 2017, 7:43 AM / in National News

Ford is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan manufacturing facilities to support the company’s shift to “an auto and mobility company,” the automaker said. Ford is investing $850 million to retool the Michigan Assembly Plant for the new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco. Employees at the plant will begin building the Ranger at the end of 2018 and the Bronco […]

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NHTSA V2V proposal suggests limits on DIY sales

NHTSA V2V proposal suggests limits on DIY sales

on March 29, 2017, 11:39 AM / in National News

By: Stephen Barlas The aftermarket will have to be an important contributor to the successful implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety messaging. But the proposed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in December both underlines that importance and at the same time raises questions about the viability of aftermarket sales. NHTSA voices some […]

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New AAA Survey Indicates Americans Feel Unsafe Sharing the Road with Fully Self-Driving Cars

New AAA Survey Indicates Americans Feel Unsafe Sharing the Road with Fully Self-Driving Cars

on March 9, 2017, 7:40 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Body Shop Business Staff Writers A new report from AAA reveals that the majority of U.S. drivers seek autonomous technologies in their next vehicle, but they continue to fear the fully self-driving car. Despite the prospect that autonomous vehicles will be safer, more efficient and more convenient than their human-driven counterparts, three-quarters of U.S. drivers report feeling afraid to […]

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Study: California and New Hampshire Worst States for Filing Auto Insurance Claims

Study: California and New Hampshire Worst States for Filing Auto Insurance Claims

on March 6, 2017, 6:06 AM / in National News

By Body Shop Business Staff Writers /  Body Shop Business Whatever you do, don’t get into a car accident in California. Filing a single auto insurance claim of $2,000 or more in California will result in an average premium increase of 63.1 percent, according to a study by insuranceQuotes and Quadrant Information Services. Based on figures from the National Association of […]

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Nissan Issues Position Statement on Blind Spot Warning Precautions

Nissan Issues Position Statement on Blind Spot Warning Precautions

on February 28, 2017, 9:27 AM / in National News

Body Shop Business Nissan has issued a position statement on blind spot warning precautions after stating that it “continues to be very concerned with the proper repair of our vehicles after a collision situation, especially as it pertains to safety related systems.” In the position statement, Nissan addresses an important component of its Safety Shield Technologies called Blind Spot Warning (BSW), and one […]

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Ford After the After Market

Ford After the After Market

on February 26, 2017, 8:34 AM / in National News

By: Brian Albright  /  searchautoparts.com Ford is making a big play for the aftermarket parts market with the launch of its new Omnicraft brand for all makes of vehicles. This is the first new brand offered by the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) in 50 years. Frederiek Toney The move will put Omnicraft in competition with GM’s ACDelco brand in addition […]

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NYU Professors Developing Artificial Intelligence that Links Driverless Cars to Cloud-Based Maps

NYU Professors Developing Artificial Intelligence that Links Driverless Cars to Cloud-Based Maps

on February 23, 2017, 7:44 AM / in International News, National News

Body Shop Business Staff Writers, The hype surrounding self-driving vehicles is reaching a fever pitch. For example, there’s IHS Markit predicting that consumers will buy 21 million autonomous vehicles per year by 2035. And you have the World Economic Forum predicting that autonomous-vehicle technology could deliver $1 trillion in savings over the next decade thanks to safer roads and lower […]

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Consumer Federation of America Study Reveals Insurers Raise Premiums After Not-At-Fault Accidents

Consumer Federation of America Study Reveals Insurers Raise Premiums After Not-At-Fault Accidents

on February 15, 2017, 8:28 AM / in National News

By Body Shop Business Staff Writers Safe drivers who are in accidents caused by others often see auto insurance rate hikes, according to recently released research by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). The research analyzed premium quotes in 10 cities from five of the nation’s largest auto insurers. Among the cities tested, drivers in New York City and Baltimore pay out […]

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