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Merry Christmas, everybody, and good luck to all of you in shops and tow trucks as you help crashed or stranded holiday travelers over the long weekend.

If things around the family gathering, day after Christmas line, or workplace get a little slow, why not make our holiday wish list come true by clicking on some of our recent highlights?

Technology

Zuidema: Why heat, flame straightening will weaken higher-strength auto steels

Richman on auto aluminum: ‘You’ll start to see a lot more closures’

Want to fix a Cadillac CT6? Here’s what’s in it for you — including OnStar referral

Want to fix a Cadillac CT6? Here’s what you’ll need

Legal

Claiming abuse of system, QPC, PARTS Act seek to cut design patent life for auto OEM parts — but no one else’s

Aftermarket PARTS Act saves insurers money, but savings to consumers dubious

Business practices

Boyd/Gerber CEO not concerned with CARSTAR sale to Driven Brands — but perhaps he should be

Driven Brands: CARSTAR, North Florida Lubes, 1-800-RADIATOR just the start of buying spree

Insurance

After "frequent and widespread reports of misrepresentations" on the infamous CCC ONE "bumper prompt," SCRS announced Friday it released a flowchart to help answer the refinishing question correctly. (Provided by Society of Collision Repair Specialists)

SCRS flowchart helps adjustors, estimators navigate CCC ‘bumper prompt’

Lack of public hearing, effect on consumers debated as Pa. House OKs photo-only auto damage appraisals

American Family caps refinish materials at $450; supplements needed beyond that

Repair procedures

Think you don’t need to know MIG brazing? Think again, Honda says — even a cosmetic repair might demand it

I-CAR guest column: Collision repair diagnostics — the next essential collision repair process

Pa. auto body GM describes ‘very educational repair’ of shop’s first aluminum Ford F-150

International

Ontario to enact new rules for tow trucks, car storage by 2017

Driven Brands buys CARSTAR Canada’s 230 locations; ‘no changes planned for the executive team’

Associations

RAE, GFS discuss new technology for shops, OEMs in SCRS-Collision Hub SEMA video

AkzoNobel, CCC describe effects of vehicle tech changes on industry, IP product

Toyota, Ford describe experiences with shops on parts, aluminum F-150

GM, BASF talk evolution of MyPriceLink, business services offering, education in new videos

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