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Technical school collision repair programs play a larger role The Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-CAR released its “Snapshot of the Collision Repair Industry” and confirmed through survey results the industry’s perceived need for a continual supply of qualified entry-level technicians...
Sixteen million more It is a year of celebrated volume regarding cars and light trucks manufactured.  The 2014 volume, in the 16-million range, is expected to challenge 17 million in 2015.  The sales surge helps define the end of the resultant sweet spot of repair from pre-2009 and the beginning of...
A core issue Parts & People attended the recent Motor & Equipment Remanufacturing Association (MERA) conference, “Advancing Sustainability Through Remanufacturing,” in Troy, Mich., where, among several issues, it addressed challenges of core retention in relation to OE quality, high-tech...
National Car Care month approaches      As we put the winter of 2015 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to begin contemplating National Car Care Month in April.  This award-winning industry program continues to expand and improve.  And, it is not too early, at all, to begin making plans as to how...
Industry’s well-being on display Once again, trade show and convention attendees from all the various segments of the automotive parts and service industry, as well as enthusiasts of all stripes at SEMA, came to Las Vegas, won, and it didn’t have to stay in Vegas. As written last month, every year...
Looking ahead at 2014 For 30 years, Parts & People has reviewed the past year and previewed the year to come.  Throughout those years, the industry adapted and evolved in response to economic conditions, as well as vehicle, technology, regulatory, and oil price changes.  A proven and mature...
Devil in the data collection and retention details In early January, we opened our MEMA/AASA newsletter to read an article from the Detroit News regarding a report on vehicle data collection. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a report released on Jan. 6, found major automakers have...
National Car Care Month approaches As we put the winter of 2014 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to begin contemplating National Car Care Month in April.  This award-winning industry program continues to expand and improve.  And, it is not too early, at all, to begin making plans as to how your...
Right to Repair agreement News comes and goes, often more quickly than deserved.  Such, perhaps, was the news that the “Right to Repair” debate concluded with a national agreement and the promising prospect of further collaboration.  The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), the...
Auto Care Association On April 24, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) rebranded to the Auto Care Association. Changes in our industry and the society in which it works offer the opportunity to strengthen the image and better communicate our value.  When communicating outside of...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.

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