National Collision

Although still in its infancy, the U.S. aftermarket for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and connected vehicle technologies (CVT) can be expected to grow into a $1.5 billion industry within the next five years, according to SEMA research. With so much at stake in these rapidly emerging...
Glen Mills, Pa.—Axalta is the first coatings company to offer distribution partners who provide training to Axalta’s refinish customers in North America the ability to earn a Certified Field Trainer accreditation. This special certification allows distribution partners to conduct field classes for...
For the computerized measuring portion at SkillsUSA, a damaged unibody car was held on a Chief impulse-E/VHTframe rack and measured with Chief’s new Meridian Align Live Mapping system.
Madison, Ind.—With its 32nd year of sponsorship of the Collision Repair Technology (CRT) Championship at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, Chief is helping create an opportunity for future collision repair professionals to compete for a national title and sharpen their skills...
Chicago—CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced it is working with Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) to address vehicle safety, creating a new method for the automaker to identify recalled vehicles and help collision repairers notify affected vehicle owners so that necessary, safety-...
As seen in this taped-off before-and-after comparison, Turtle Wax’s Power out! upholstery cleaner removes ground-in grime. (Photo by Jay Sicht)
Power out! upholstery cleaner removes tough grime      Addison, Ill.—Turtle Wax’s Power out! Upholstery cleaner (part no. T-246R1, www.turtlewax.com) removes ground-in soil and leaves a fresh, clean scent behind, protected by a silicone shield to help keep upholstery clean.      I tried it out on a...
Jim Nelson is vice president of GFS’ new aftermarket business unit.
Osseo, Wis.—Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) has developed a new business unit that will better align departments to support the growing needs of GFS customers for aftermarket service and support of their equipment. GFS’ field services, parts and filters sales, preventative maintenance and service...
Increased vehicle complexity and OEMs’ drive to retain customers are why OEM networks are increasingly popular, says BASF’s Jeff Wildman.
Now built with lightweight, high-strength materials and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) electronics, today’s vehicles are too complex for what used to be simple repairs. That change means a need for additional training and adherence to OEM repair procedures, and it is behind the push for...
Susanna Gotsch, of CCC Information Services, says industry data shows parts are increasing as a percentage of overall collision repair costs.
Westminster, Colo.—Susanna Gotsch offers a clear explanation of why collision repair shops may be seeing their average repair order rise while still seeing their margins decline. Gotsch, director of industry analysis for CCC Information Services, said that parts as a percentage of overall repair...
OSSEO, Wisc. — Global Finishing Solutions® (GFS) has raised the positioning of its REVO Speed Accelerated Curing System from 4 to 9 inches off the ground, making it compatible with any factory lifted truck on the road. Integrated into the ceiling of a paint booth or prep environment, and designed...
Charlotte, N.C.—CARSTAR and Assured Performance have jointly announced they will provide a special OEM certification initiative and bundled services to CARSTAR locations across North America. The new initiative leverages Assured Performance tools and resources for CARSTAR store owners to help...

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