National Collision

It’s always challenging for collision repairers to forecast the future for their businesses. Weather, for example, can play a key role but generally can’t be forecast accurately more than a few days in advance, making it impossible to base business decisions on. But there are some broader trends...
Carlsbad, Calif.—Inside the 56,000-square-foot headquarters it moved into a few years ago, Pro Spot International has incorporated updated machinery and processes to bring nearly all manufacturing and assembly in-house, including an on-site machine shop, research and development department, a...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Driven Brands, Inc., a portfolio company of Roark Capital and the nation's leading franchise automotive company, announced today that it has acquired Kansas-based CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.  CARSTAR is one of the largest multi-shop network of...
October 19, 2015 – RDA held their Fall Membership Meeting October 5th - 7th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville Tennessee.  They had record attendance. The three days included an impressive lineup of speakers, including Mike Anderson from CollisionAdvice, and Gene...
Atlanta—Body filler technology has come a long way since the original plastic filler, Bondo, was introduced in 1955 to replace toxic lead-based body solder. With today’s higher-quality and more flexible lightweight fillers, application processes can help a collision shop deliver a better repair...
North Richland Hill, Texas—The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced a new research project in response to recent questions raised by the National Alliance of Paintless Dent Repair Technicians (NAPDRT) regarding repair processes on aluminum body panels. The new initiative by the ASA...
Detroit—With the movement away from mild steel toward advanced materials such as Boron steel, aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber, it’s never been more important for the collision repair shop to be aware of their use, repair procedures and additional parts or materials are needed to repair them,...
Detroit—The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held this past summer in Detroit, Mich., was hardly the first time the quarterly gathering has included a discussion of “steering.” But the CIC “Governmental Committee” tried to lead the open discussion in Detroit in some new directions, including...
Detroit—Among the most popular events of NACE since it premiered in 2011, the half-day MSO Symposium is focused on the needs of multi-shop operators (MSOs), as well as those who aspire to become one. At this summer’s NACE in Detroit, the symposium offered six panel discussions, several of which...
Cleveland and Chicago—OEConnection (OEC), a technology provider for OEM distribution networks, and PartsTrader, an online parts procurement marketplace, announced an integration agreement which will enable quote requests and orders originating from the PartsTrader application to be processed in the...

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