National Collision

Based on a Collision Advice/CRASH Network survey of more than 1,000 shops, independent shops make up a higher percent of the shops in State Farm’s direct repair program compared to seven other large insurers. (Graphic credits: CRASH Network)
Portland, Ore.—The bad news for independent, single-location collision repair shops: How effectively they can still compete with franchisees and multi-shop operators (MSOs) for spots on insurers’ direct repair programs may depend on which DRPs they are vying for. But the good news: A not-...
“We also take people who just have some aptitude and a good attitude,” says shop owner Ron Reichen.
Beaverton, Ore.—The need for initial and ongoing training in collision repair shops has perhaps never been greater. Collision Repair Education Foundation figures show that of the 21,500 technicians who leave the industry nationwide each year, only about 10,000 training program graduates are...
The Blackhawk Postlift can be set at multiple working heights.
Conway, Ariz.—The new Blackhawk Postlift is a multi-purpose machine that can be used by repair shops for diagnostics, light to full vehicle repair or as a lift for mechanical service on unitized body vehicles. “The new Blackhawk Postlift takes up much less space than frame racks but is just as...
Portland, Ore.—Smaller, lesser-known insurers received the highest marks from collision repairers asked to grade the auto insurers’ claims practices in the 2017 CRASH Network “Insurer Report Card.” More than 1,200 individual shops around the country each graded as many as 30 different insurance...
Southfield, Mich.—Rear-view and side-view mirrors on new vehicles will begin to see major changes over the next decade, according to new analysis from business information provider IHS Markit. Combining high-definition cameras and displays in place of – or to complement – traditional mirror designs...
Laguna Hills, Calif.—Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced it is entering into a strategic agreement with Assured Performance Network to develop, launch, and manage its Recognized Collision Repair Facility program and the Kia Recognized Wholesale Dealer program. KMA will be an integral strategic...
Prosser, Wash.—As one of the earliest supporters of the Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series and OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit during the SEMA Show, 2017 marks the seventh year that PPG has demonstrated its commitment to industry advancement as the highest-level continuing-sponsor of the...
Sherwin-Williams’ ATX HP Single Stage is the latest addition to the ATX product line.
Sherwin-Williams adds ATX HP Single Stage topcoat line      Warrensville Heights, Ohio—Sherwin-Williams (www.sherwin-automotive.com) popular ATX Refinish System has expanded with the introduction of ATX HP Single Stage.  This topcoat enhances the ATX product line, delivering a powerful solution...
Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) will present its innovative powder coating solutions during FABTECH 2017 on November 6-9 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois. The FABTECH Expo is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America. The...
Seattle—Milliman Inc., a global consulting and actuarial firm, has announced a new innovation in the InsurTech space – a driving “risk score” created with tech start-up Zendrive that is up to six times more powerful than the leading predictive models. Milliman teamed up with Zendrive, a smartphone-...

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