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Nominations Begin for Second Project CAR

How would you live from day to day without a car? How would you hold a job, feed your family, see your doctor, or go to school? For many of our neighbors in rural Southern Illinois - through no fault of their own - this is a real and daily struggle. That's why we at Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota are proud to announce Project CAR, our newest community service program through which we rehab…

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State Police Step up DUI Enforcement

From now until the early morning hours of Jan. 2, Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting increased DUI, speeding, and distracted driving patrols as a part of the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" holiday enforcement period.

Roadside safety checks and seat-belt enforcement zones will also be more frequent.

In 2017, more than 1,000 motor vehicle crash fatalities occurred in Illinois; in 2016, 1,078…

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Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota Team Up for Project CAR

Initiative will provide less fortunate individuals and families with reliable transportation.

Project CAR (Caring Auto Rehab) is now actively seeking donated vehicles that will be refurbished and repaired for southern Illinoisans in desperate need of a reliable vehicle.  Project CAR is a joint effort between Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota. 
Marion Collision Center and Marion Toyota want to utilize their team members skills for what they are best at...automobiles.  They'll donate their…
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Hurricanes Leaving Damaged Vehicles in Their Wake

Left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, is a wake of flooded and damaged cars....maybe close to a million in number.

Even the slightest bit of water damage can go a long way in causing serious damage to both the inside and outside of a vehicle.  But how can you tell if your vehicle has taken on any water damage?  Flood water can totally soak the electronics of a vehicle, the…
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Child Auto Fatalities on the Rise

New numbers released by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show an increase in fatal car accidents involving children.

The statistics are surprising, considering the availability and awareness of child safety seats.

This week marks Child Passenger Safety Week around the country, but safety experts are now disappointed by recent data. 

"Data from 2015 recently released indicated that there was a 10% increase in fatalities for children under the age of 13,” Kate Carr of…

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The First Corvette

On this day (June 30th) in 1953, the first production Corvette is built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan. Tony Kleiber, a worker on the assembly line, is given the privilege of driving the now-historic car off the line.

Harley J. Earl, the man behind the Corvette, got his start in his father’s business, Earl Automobile Works, designing custom auto bodies for Hollywood movie stars such as Fatty Arbuckle. In 1927, General…

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10 Things to Know Before Having Your Car Repaired!

Ten Things To Know Before Having Your Car Repaired

Here is a bit of info that may be good to keep in the back of your mind if you need your car repaired. This is valuable information that we freely give in order to offer the best possible service.

  1. Your car is the second largest investment you’re likely to make. Preserve its value and your safety by having it repaired professionally.
  2. Never drive a…
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Toyota Break Guinness World Record On Earth Day

A couple of weeks ago the Northern California Toyota Dealers Association celebrated the launch of its new Prius model by organizing the Largest parade of hybrid cars, consisting of 332 vehicles driven by local Prius owners.
The successful attempt took place on the grounds of a former US Naval base in Alameda, California – against a stunning backdrop of the San Francisco skyline – and was confirmed on site by Guinness World Records adjudicator Jimmy Coggins.
Largest parade of hybrid cars certificate presentation
The event featured a parade of Prius’, food trucks and music and it took place around Earth Week to help promote the environmentally friendly vehicle.
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Race Cars with No Drivers?

Last year I spoke at length with the head of digital at Deloitte’s about the issues surrounding automation, particularly when it comes to jobs.

An interesting point was made that while one machine might replace one or more people, there will still need to be those who can programme, operate or repair that machine.

The problem with that argument is one machine might replace dozens of people, but only a handful might be part…

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NHTSA Seeks Public Opinion On Guidelines For Automated Vehicles

NHTSA to Host Public Meetings on Automated Vehicles

by Body Shop Business Staff Writers - March 29, 2016
From Tire Review

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it will host public meetings about the safe operation of automated vehicles on April 8th.
As part of the meeting, NHTSA is seeking input on planned guidelines for the safe deployment and operation of automated vehicles. The intent of the operational guidance is to encourage innovative and safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies...
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