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California Court to Judge Honda Sunroof Class Action Case

A class action lawsuit against Honda alleges a manufacturing defect in sunroofs and moonroofs of the 2015 to 2020 Honda and Acura vehicles. Mary Tappana of Webb City, Mo., Darryl Roberts of Tacoma, Wash., and Dustin Fulcomer of Riverview, Fla., … Continue reading

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Breaking Point: SF Suffers Highest Rate of Car Break-ins Compared to Atlanta, DC, Dallas, LA

In the heart of San Francisco, alongside popular tourist attractions, car break-ins have spiked nearly 200% since last year, turning visitors into victims and creating what some business owners are calling an “economic pandemic.” On average, the city suffers about … Continue reading

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San Francisco Car Burglars Target Parking Garages; Show up at Victim’s Home

Car break-in victims may feel their vehicles are generally safer parked in a garage than on San Francisco streets, but that no longer is true. Smash-and-grabs are also happening in parking garages. Click here to read more.

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Vehicle Windows Shattered on Hwy 17 in Santa Cruz County

A stretch of Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County was briefly closed Saturday after windows on two vehicles, including a California Highway Patrol cruiser, were shattered, officers said. Click here to read more.

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State Orders New Car Insurance ‘Stimulus Checks’ — Are You Due Another Refund?

While Washington stopped entertaining the idea of a fourth stimulus check, advocates and at least one state are still pushing car insurance companies to hand you some COVID-19 cash. Click here to read more.  

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The Gecko Will Pay Up: GEICO Settles in California Short Pay Case for $19.5 Million

GEICO reached a settlement deal of $19.5 million in a class-action lawsuit by California policyholders over sales tax and regulatory fees of insured vehicles and insured leased vehicles when total loss was declared. The legal battle began when Cindy Ventrice-Pearson … Continue reading

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California Orders Car Insurance Refunds for More Drivers

Millions of California drivers are due refunds on their car insurance premiums, the state’s insurance commissioner said on Wednesday. Click here to read more.

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Safelite Group Acquires Fremont’s Unique Payless Auto Glass

Safelite Group has acquired assets of Unique Payless Auto Glass of Fremont, Calif. The deal closed Friday, September 24, 2021. Unique Payless Auto has served the Bay Area since 2017 and, according to a statement from the company, “enjoys a … Continue reading

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Car Insurance Premiums: The Most Expensive Cities for Parents of Teen Drivers

Adding a novice driver to your auto insurance plan is bound to hike the price you pay – but in some U.S. cities, it can cost parents more money. Two parents who add a 16-year-old to their full-coverage auto insurance … Continue reading

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California Says Self-Driving Vehicles Must be Zero Emission

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that mandates all light-duty autonomous vehicles in the state to produce zero emissions, reports Tech Crunch. The law would take effect in 2030. Click here to read more.

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Auto Glass Techs Take on Western Heat Waves

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Thursday, addressing power grid concerns spurred by scorching temperatures that have climbed as high as 118 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. It’s the latest in the heat-wave crisis that … Continue reading

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Bad Roads Mean Higher Car Repair Costs–a Comparison by State

The state of U.S. infrastructure has been in the news lately, but just how much does that infrastructure affect the amount of car repairs (including auto glass repair and replacement)? Plenty, as it turns out. A state-by-state fact sheet produced … Continue reading

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Gerber Collision & Glass Acquires 11 Locations in California

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) announced it recently acquired 11 locations in California. The acquisitions include 10 repair centers and one intake center in the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino in southern California, east of Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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Wildfires and Their Impacts on the Industry

Wildfires have severely impacted businesses, homes and more on the West Coast, and according to news reports, California recorded its first gigafire in modern history this week. A gigafire is a term for a blaze that burns at least one … Continue reading

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Auto Insurance Fraud Halted By California Insurance Department

Three Californians have been charged with multiple felony counts of auto insurance fraud and forgery, according to the California Department of Insurance. Luis Manuel Burgos self-surrendered to the Fresno County Jail shortly after being charged for allegedly filing fraudulent auto … Continue reading

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California Clamps Down on 1099 Contractors

California often serves as a bellwether for legislation that is slowly adopted in other states throughout the country and an Assembly Bill could have serious implications for auto glass companies that subcontract work to installers as independent (1099) contractors. Assembly … Continue reading

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The Boyd Group Acquires 11 Locations

The Boyd Group Inc. (the Boyd Group) recently announced it acquired 11 locations within three different areas around the globe. According to the company, the newest locations are located in California, British Columbia and Michigan. California The Boyd Group entered … Continue reading

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Two Earthquakes Strike California Over Holiday Weekend

California experienced two earthquakes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. According to Key Media & Research, California has more auto glass shops than any other state in the U.S., as well as the largest number of registered vehicles. World … Continue reading

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Safelite to Pay $8.2 Million Settlement

Earlier this week a California Federal Court judge granted a preliminary settlement in the Yadir A. Ontiveros v. Safelite lawsuit. Safelite agreed to pay roughly $8.2 million to settle its labor violation suit, which claimed the company “shortchanged” California workers … Continue reading

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Company Inaugurates Program to Help Fire Victims

California has had massive fires in its past, but none as devastating as the state’s most recent one. It’s been nicknamed the “Camp Fire” and has destroyed 150,000 acres of land, leaving nothing but soot and ash behind in addition … Continue reading

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Apple Receives Autonomous-Car Testing Permit in California

Apple Receives Autonomous-Car Testing Permit in California

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AGRR Technicians Stay Cool in Intense Heat

As hot weather scorches parts of the country in Southern California, Arizona and Texas, AGRR technicians are scheduling more jobs in-shop and doing their best to stay cool, says Dominique Contreras, a customer service representative (CSR) with Glass Doctor in Murrieta, Calif. Continue reading

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Former Safelite AutoGlass Tech Files Class Action Over Pay-Per-Piece Compensation

Former technician Yadir Ontiveros has filed a state class action lawsuit against Safelite Fulfillment, Safelite Group and Safelite Glass Corp. in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, alleging Fair Labor Standards (FLSA) violations stemming from Safelite’s pay-per-piece program. Continue reading

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Pilkington Closing Lathrop, Calif., Plant

Pilkington North America, a subsidiary of Nippon Sheet Glass, has announced it is closing its Lathrop, Calif., plant, which currently manufactures automotive and commercial architectural glass. According to a release from the company, “This decision was made after a careful … Continue reading

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