National Collision

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 17, 2016 – Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the insurance and repair industries,  announced today its launch of Mitchell Parts – a fully integrated parts procurement solution to be offered to all collision repair shops and...
Cam Scan HD computerized measuring system identifies and documents all heavy-duty collision damage      Madison, Ind.–Chief’s new Cam Scan HD (SEMA Show booth 10116; www.chiefautomotive.com) is the first computerized measuring system in North America designed to identify and document all collision...
Panelists at the recent NACE discussion included, from left, Gerry Poirier, of Farmers Insurance; Mark Allen, of Audi; Chris Tobie, of Honda; and Eric Mendoza, of Toyota.
Anaheim, Calif.—The need for collision repairers to perform pre- and post-repair scans has come to the forefront lately, as four OEMs have released position statements requiring they be done to ensure safety and a quality repair. Educating insurers, shops, and technicians and opening dialogue about...
The SCRS Career Center was created as part of a network that includes the Auto Care Association and SEMA.
Prosser, Wash.—The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced the debut of the SCRS Career Center (www.scrs.com/jobs); a new online resource designed to help recruit qualified entrants into the collision repair industry. “The shortage of emerging technical staff entering collision...
Jeff Matauch (l.) and Charley Hutton lead a PPG restoration seminar.
Strongsville, Ohio—PPG continued its commitment to custom car restorers with a two-day restoration seminar at the company’s Business Development Center in Wixom, Mich., in August. The class, intended for professional custom builders, hobbyists, OEM representatives and vocational technology students...
Collision repair shops need a frame rack, such as the Chief Goliath, to repair diamond and twist frame damage to a light-duty vehicle by first returning the center to square.
Madison, Ind.–The American love affair with trucks continues, with sales of pickups outpacing declining car sales month after month. Through August 2016, sales of light-duty trucks are up 8 percent year-over-year, versus car sales that are down 8 percent. Structural frame damage to those larger...
Consultant and strategist Brad Mewes discusses the increasing role consolidation has on the collision repair business.
Anaheim, Calif.—The collision repair market is constantly changing. If you missed NACE 2016, here are a few takeaways from its seminars.   Aging vehicles, fewer cars impact repair mix The country’s vehicle fleet is at a record average age of 11.5 years old, with owners holding onto their vehicles...
David Parzen, of NSF International, says his organization launched a collision shop certification program in August.
Anaheim, Calif.—As the array of entities offering “collision shop certification” programs continues to expand, a Collision Industry Conference (CIC) panel recently offered some perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that having so many such programs could mean for shops and the industry....
Collision shops interested in having GM training at their facility can contact their GM wholesale parts dealer.
Detroit—GM’s InShop Clinics bring training resources for the latest OEM repair steps and trends directly from the factory to the field. Until recently, GM Training Clinics were conducted exclusively at GM dealerships or in conference/training facilities. Now, shop staff can take part as GM training...
Warrensville Heights, OH – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. approved Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes paints for its warranty and goodwill repairs. Included in the approval are Sherwin-Williams AWX® Performance Plus™ waterborne system and Ultra 7000® solventborne refinish system. “Sherwin-...

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