National Collision

Delray Beach, Fla.—If a shop could deliver up to two more cars per day using its existing footprint, it might consider changing its priming processes to the latest in ultraviolet primers and curing lamps. It’s a combination that increases shop throughput and with lower energy and labor costs.
Washington D.C.—The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is prepared to challenge the agency in court if it fails to take immediate action to implement the low volume replica car law. Under the 2015 law spearheaded...
Las Vegas—At SEMA Collision, General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division announced that in just a few months, nearly 1,000 dealers and repair facilities will have begun enrollment in the GM Collision Repair Network to help with safe and proper repair of GM vehicles. “The industry response...
Orlando, Fla.—According to new research from AAA, vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and others, can cost twice as much to repair following a collision due to expensive sensors and their...
November 15, 2018 - Pasco, Washington - The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) 2019-2020 Chairman Jeff Peevy wants feedback from the industry on issues they face in today's collision repair market. The ten-question survey will contribute this information to what is commonly referred to as the "...
October 30, 2018, Laguna Hills, CA – As the next phase of their evolving OEM Certification program, Assured Performance Network, the leading industry Certification entity and OEM Certification program administrator announced their “Certified Repair Program”.  The new program will provide the...
Kyle Neely records his repairs each day for his video blog, or “vlog,” which now can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube through his tag @BlueCollarKyle.
“[Repairers] don’t need to learn a new tool to do business with us, they simply view and purchase from our live inventory,” says Keith Burtram, senior manager for Tonkin Parts Center in Portland, Ore.
Chicago—CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) has announced that FCA US LLC will promote select Mopar collision parts through the CCC Parts e-commerce solution to help increase collision parts sales for the company and its dealers. CCC Parts is powered by the CCC ONE platform, which connects OEMs,...
David Zuby of IIHS says a misaligned bracket on a non-OEM windshield impacted the performance of the vehicle’s accident avoidance system.
Atlanta—Perhaps the most notable caution about non-OEM parts and proper calibration of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) came this summer not from automakers, scanning companies or collision shops, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Speaking at the Automotive Service...
Kyle Neely uses a file belt sander to dress a weld at Schaefer Autobody in St. Louis, recording with his “Snap Spectacles” for his vlog, BlueCollarKyle.
St. Louis—Immersed in the automotive repair trade at an early age, Kyle Neely knew the potential of a blue-collar career. But with a shortage of collision repair technicians, he saw a need to inspire and motivate those who may have not considered a career in collision repair or other trades. Neely...

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