National Collision

Ralph Meichtry of Eco Repair Systems demonstrates stress relief of a dent using the company’s steel panel repair system at its SEMA Show booth.
Las Vegas—“Repair or replace?” is the decision often made by estimators and collision technicians as they assess what is needed to restore a vehicle to its pre-loss condition. But what was commonly replaced before can now often be correctly repaired — with a savings in time and often money — with...
Oliver Woelfel says conducting weld tests prior to welding on a vehicle is an important step in the process.
Las Vegas—Speakers at a Society of Collision Repair panel discussion on automaker joining techniques, during SEMA in November, made a strong case for the importance of doing test welds prior to a technician’s welding on a vehicle. “Make 100 percent sure you’re using the right wire, the right...
Best in Show was awarded to “Paradise Pipeline” by Mike Burton, Color Splash Creations, Newark, Del. (Photo by Jordan Sicht)
Las Vegas—Six artists won Axalta’s “Paint Outside the Can” contest and won a hotel stay and entrance to the SEMA Show, along with gift cards worth $500 and more. The winning entries were chosen by fans based on the highest number of “likes” of the photos of their cans posted by Axalta on its...
Sebastian Wedeniwski says more young people would own vehicles if there was more overall cost transparency like they get from alternative forms of transportation.
San Diego—Collision repairers may hear the term “vehicle telematics” and presume it’s a topic better left for those in the automotive mechanical industry. But with automakers and insurers increasingly interested in the role “connected cars” can have in preventing accidents and diagnosing damage,...
Warrensville Heights, Ohio – NAPA/Martin Senour was a huge hit among the estimated 140-thousand attendees during the recent 2015 SEMA Show. Its booth (#1067) provided something for all attendees from collision repair to shop professionals, jobbers and automotive enthusiasts. NAPA/Martin Senour SEMA...
CLEVELAND, OH, Thursday, October 29, 2015 – The Lincoln Electric Company, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LECO), is pleased to announce it is investing approximately $30 million in a new Welding Technology Center on its Euclid, Ohio campus.  The Center will focus on the...
Amsterdam, Nederland—It’s more powerful than 180 F1 cars. It can travel a mile in 3.6 seconds. Its wheels spin 170 times a second. And its high performance coatings system - supplied by AkzoNobel - is normally used on aircraft. Unveiled recently in London, the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) has...
Cleveland—OEConnection LLC (OEC), the parts ecommerce technology leader for original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) distribution networks, announced that Subaru of America has selected CollisionLink, the industry-leading online parts ordering and fulfillment solution, to power its collision parts...
Desiccant air drying system provides top-quality paint jobs Swanton, Ohio—DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing’s (www.autorefinishdevilbiss.com) new desiccant air drying system, the CamAir DAD-PRO, provides worry-free air filtration for top-quality paint jobs. Air enters the two-stage filtration...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—I-CAR has announced its fourth quarter product launch, which includes new and updated courses designed to help technicians and repair facilities prepare for today’s rapidly evolving collision repair industry. A new version of one of I-CAR’s most popular classes takes an in-...

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