Articles by: Gary Thompson

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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64th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING  RETURNS TO CORDOVA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

64th ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING RETURNS TO CORDOVA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

on February 6, 2017, 7:50 AM / in NASCAR, Sports

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The World Series of Drag Racing is returning to Cordova International Raceway in Cordova, Ill., after a one-year stay in Memphis, Tenn., IRG Sports + Entertainment announced today.  The 2017 World Series of Drag Racing is set for Aug. 25-27, 2017; ticket information will be available in March. The World Series of Drag Racing has […]

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IHRA DRAG RACING RETURNS TO ESPN; PARTNERSHIP RESUMES WITH 2017 SEASON

IHRA DRAG RACING RETURNS TO ESPN; PARTNERSHIP RESUMES WITH 2017 SEASON

on January 31, 2017, 8:45 AM / in NASCAR

IHRA Drag Racing returns to the ESPN family of networks Feb. 4 on ESPN3 ESPN3 to show more than 200 hours of IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship ESPN Presents a nine-month schedule of live-streamed IHRA Drag Racing WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a nearly two-decade hiatus, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and ESPN have signed a multi-year agreement […]

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NHTSA, DOT Propose Rule for V2V Communications

NHTSA, DOT Propose Rule for V2V Communications

on January 18, 2017, 6:33 AM / in National News

From Tire Review The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway and Safety Administration have proposed a rule to establish a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. The standard would mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications for new light vehicles and to standardize the message and format of V2V transmissions. The rule is designed to help vehicle and device manufacturers to […]

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Ask the Expert: How and Why Do Insurers Total Vehicles?

Ask the Expert: How and Why Do Insurers Total Vehicles?

on December 17, 2016, 6:48 AM / in National News, Opinion

by Barrett Smith  /  Body Shop Business We’re finding that insurers are totaling vehicles when the damages are as low as 40 to 50 percent of the vehicle’s pre-loss value. This often places our customers in a difficult situation when they prefer to keep their vehicle and/or owe more on it than the insurer says it’s worth. How and why […]

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Cadillac Unwraps Prototype Challenger, Returns to IMSA Competition

Cadillac Unwraps Prototype Challenger, Returns to IMSA Competition

on December 2, 2016, 8:10 AM / in National News

BY BRENDAN BAKER  /  Speedville.com Cadillac has revealed some great news for sportscar fans! The company took the wraps off its all-new 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R race car and announced that it will compete in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series Prototype class after a 14-year absence from IMSA racing. The 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R will first be driven competitively at the season opener […]

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Vehicle-to-vehicle wireless standard under fire

Vehicle-to-vehicle wireless standard under fire

on October 1, 2016, 9:15 AM / in National News, Opinion

By Brian Albright / SearchAutoParts.com A group of consumer advocacy associations have issued a letter to the Federal Communications Commission voicing their concerns about the possible commercial use of the dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) spectrum band that will be used for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) connected car applications. The groups raised concerns about both driver privacy and safety if […]

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DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC. ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO SELL NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY TO PANATTONI

on August 27, 2016, 7:34 AM / in NASCAR, Sports
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Fatal crashes doubled after state legalized marijuana, AAA says

Fatal crashes doubled after state legalized marijuana, AAA says

on May 18, 2016, 7:52 AM / in National News

BY ROSALIE L. DONLON   /   PROPERTYCASUALTY360.COM Few subjects spark more heated debate than legalization of marijuana, whether for medical or recreational use. Proponents argue that it’s no more dangerous than alcohol, and the medical benefits outweigh any dangerous side effects. A related issue for drivers and law enforcement professionals is the question of at what point is someone […]

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Volvo teaching its driverless cars to avoid kangaroos for Australian market

Volvo teaching its driverless cars to avoid kangaroos for Australian market

on May 15, 2016, 6:37 AM / in International News

By Tony Moore  /  Senior Reporter, brisbanetimes.com.au Driverless cars are so close to starting in Australia, Volvo is now “teaching” its automotive cars how to react to jumping kangaroos in the outback. In five years’ time,  the term “flying kangaroo” will have a completely new meaning to the Australian car commuter. Volvo Australia’s engineering and certification manager David Pickett told Queensland’s Transport Infrastructure Conference in Brisbane the company was “teaching” its […]

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IHRA: “Big Daddy” Don Garlits to headline World Series

IHRA: “Big Daddy” Don Garlits to headline World Series

on May 5, 2016, 8:08 AM / in NASCAR

By Steven Cole Smith Don “Big Daddy” Garlits will serve as this year’s grand marshal for the 2016 World Series of Drag Racing Presented By Sunoco and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau slated for August 26 and 27 at Memphis International Raceway. Garlits, dubbed “King of the Dragsters,” is the patriarch of Top Fuel Drag Racing. His Swamp Rat series […]

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Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits, the Father of Drag Racing, to Serve as Grand Marshal for the 2016 World Series of Drag Racing Presented by Sunoco and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits, the Father of Drag Racing, to Serve as Grand Marshal for the 2016 World Series of Drag Racing Presented by Sunoco and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

on April 6, 2016, 8:42 AM / in NASCAR, State News

Just under 150 days from the biggest event to take place at the Memphis International Raceway (MIR) in nearly seven years, raceway officials today announced six premier drivers who will compete in the 2016 World Series of Drag Racing presented by Sunoco and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, slated for Aug. 26 and 27. These drivers are among the […]

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U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Facilitate Fuel Cell, Hybrid Vehicles

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Facilitate Fuel Cell, Hybrid Vehicles

on March 14, 2016, 8:41 AM / in National News

by Body Shop Business Staff Writers The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to update electrical safety requirements for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and “mild hybrid” vehicles. “A key component of the Department’s safety mission is ensuring that our regulations are up-to-date and provide the highest level of […]

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World Series of Drag Racing celebrates its 63rd year in 2016

on March 2, 2016, 8:45 AM / in NASCAR

USA’s oldest drag racing event moves to a new location with new energy and support from Sunoco and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Tickets go on sale Friday, March 4 at Ticketmaster.com or call (800)745-3000 MEMPHIS, Tennessee /NEW YORK, NY (March 1, 2016) – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a TPG portfolio company, Sunoco, and the Memphis Convention and […]

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Auto Damage Experts Warns Against Insurer Attempts to Use CARFAX to Resolve Diminished Value Claims

Auto Damage Experts Warns Against Insurer Attempts to Use CARFAX to Resolve Diminished Value Claims

on January 24, 2016, 6:56 AM / in National News

by Body Shop Business Staff Writers  /  Auto Damage Experts, Inc. (ADE) announced it has learned that a national insurer has attempted to employ and utilize erroneous information as a means of attempting undervalued settlements in claims for diminished value. According to ADE, in correspondence to a consumer/claimant, an Allstate claims person offered a diminished value claim settlement supported by information obtained from […]

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Baker says Superspeedway still has promise

Baker says Superspeedway still has promise

on January 24, 2016, 6:49 AM / in NASCAR

By Larry Woody  /  Lebanon Democrat Gary Baker, one-time operator of some of NASCAR’s most successful racetracks, says Nashville Superspeedway could be revived and turned into a successful venue – and he might be interested in doing it himself. “If someone wanted to call and discuss it, I’d listen,” Baker said last week in discussing the prospects of the Gladeville […]

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