National Collision

Doug Kelly, CEO of Collision Diagnostic Services-asTech, says proper documentation and insurer education can get more shops paid for pre- and post-repair diagnostic scans.
Plano, Texas—The collision repair industry is abuzz about the need for pre- and post-repair scans following the recent release of position statements from five OEMs, either recommending or requiring that they be done, and using only their scan tools. Their reason is simple: as vehicles include more...
Wenzhou T&E Industrial Co., Ltd. booth after seizure
At this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, U.S. Federal Marshals took action against a Chinese company and seized each and every product from their booth, in the name of German spray gun manufacturer SATA, after SATA was awarded 2 million Dollars of damages against the Chinese company for patent and...
The 3M Total Automotive Sanding System is offered in five systems (Electric Body Repair Set shown), with Festool tools and accessories and 3M consumables.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 2, 2016) – Collision repair body owners and technicians are quickly embracing the new Total Automotive Sanding System, introduced in July by 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and Festool, and finding it delivers efficiency improvements for technicians and environmental...
Chicago—CCC Information Services Inc. announced the launch of its CCC Secure Share Network (CCC Secure Share), a network using a cloud-based application program interface (API) that will allow collision repairers to control the distribution of their data and better secure the data shared with third...
Dan Foust acquired the truck when he was just 13.
Strongsville, Ohio—Dustin Foust, owner of Classic Restorations of Southern Indiana LLC in Floyds Knobs, Ind., garnered Top 25 honors with his 1955 Ford pickup at the annual Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup in Tennessee in September. Foust acquired the truck when he was just 13. He worked on it...
Testing of a Non-OEM airbag (left) versus a Hyundai Genuine airbag illustrates risks of counterfeit parts.
Fountain Valley, Calif.—Hyundai is expanding its integrated advertising and public relations campaign focusing on safety with a new YouTube video. The campaign is aimed at warning U.S. drivers of the risks involved when using counterfeit automotive parts. The new video, “Good to Know – Counterfeit...
The new tint guide posters are now available to PPG waterborne customers.
Strongsville, Ohio—Recognizing that blending is not always an option for some paint technicians, PPG has made upgrades to its traditional tint guides and created new posters that provide quick, visual “at a glance” recommendations for refinish situations when tinting may be required. The new guides...
From left, Donny Seyfer, ASA; Mahbubul Alam, Movimento Group; and Craig Smith, Theia Labs, discuss vehicle hacking and cybersecurity.
Anaheim, Calif.—The Technology & Telematics Forum (TTF), presented by ASA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (The Alliance), at the Anaheim Convention Center, Aug. 12, focused on a number of topics including cybersecurity, accident avoidance technology, and the future of vehicle...
From left: Roger Speer, UTI vice president business development; Robert Hills, UTI senior education program manager; and Elisabeth Sobczak, I-CAR performance training coordinator, outline the I-CAR PDP-EE curriculum.
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—I-CAR announced the rollout of its new ProLevel training courses for educators in October. “The new I-CAR ProLevel training program for instructors — with knowledge in a minimum of 19 areas — is an online study program designed to help educators master and refine their skills...
Gerry Poirier says Farmers Insurance is considering a change to its training requirements for the company’s direct repair shops.
Anaheim, Calif.—From scanning vehicles to OEM shop certifications, predictive estimating and direct repair programs, a panel of insurers recently discussed some of the key issues for collision repairers. The panel discussion was part of the half-day “MSO Symposium” during NACE in Anaheim, Calif....

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