National Collision

Jake Rodenroth of asTech says technicians recruited from the mechanical industry sometimes miss collision-related nuances of mechanical work in body shops.
With vehicle scanning, electronics trouble-shooting and calibrations of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) becoming an increasing part of collision repair, shops are now facing the challenge of recruiting, training and integrating technicians with those skills into their businesses.What...
David Willett, general manager of Automotive Aftermarket for Intrepid Direct Insurance, said there are a number of insurance policy provisions shop owners and managers must be aware of to be covered in the event of a catastrophe.
Overland Park, Kan.—It’s been a busy year for natural disasters, with wildfires, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes ravaging several of the regions served by Parts & People.If your business was affected by a catastrophe, hopefully you found you had adequate insurance coverage. But if you...
(Jacksonville, FL – July 17, 2019) – AirPro Diagnostics LLC is pleased to announce that the lawsuit filed against it by Repairify, Inc / Astech challenging AirPro’s “Truth Campaign” has been dismissed by U.S District Court Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. This was Astech's second unsuccessful attempt to...
(Jacksonville, FL – July 17, 2019) – AirPro Diagnostics LLC is pleased to announce that the lawsuit filed against it by Repairify, Inc / Astech challenging AirPro’s “Truth Campaign” has been dismissed by U.S District Court Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. This was Astech's second unsuccessful attempt to...
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., July 16, 2019 – For several years, the I-CAR team has been working diligently on implementation of enhancements to its core education and recognition programming, as well as the supporting systems and technology platform. While tremendous resources have been deployed across...
EUGENE, OREGON, July 10, 2019—Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a leading distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies, is pleased to announce their agreement to be the exclusive distributor for US Autocure. US Autocure has developed the “Phoenix,” an industry-changing gas...
Technicians use an iPod Touch with an app to open the cabinet and scan the bar code of products removed.
Franklin, Tenn.—Paint and material waste and shrinking profit margins are common problems for collision shop managers. LeanTec, an inventory management system that organizes paint and materials inside secure cabinets, carts, and stockrooms, was created by a PBE distributor to reduce waste and...
A panel discussion at the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) conference focused on how recruiting more women could help the industry reduce the technician shortage.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.—Although the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) annual conference is designed to serve the needs of women in the collision industry, the content included topics of equal interest to anyone owning or working in a shop, from the challenges of the technician shortage to the need to...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—One year after the I-CAR Sustaining Partner program’s launch in early 2018, the number of partners has grown substantially to 23. With the program’s numerous benefits, I-CAR is attracting a wide range of participants from within the Inter-Industry as OEMs, insurance companies...
Donning a pair of TSARAVision Smart Glasses, technicians in service centers can now connect with engineers and other experts at BMW of North America.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J.—BMW of North America has introduced new dealership and workshop communication technologies aimed at reducing repair and maintenance times at BMW Centers and MINI Dealers, increasing workshop efficiency, and ultimately improving customer satisfaction. The all-new Technical...

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