National Collision

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 10, 2018 – To ensure collision repair quality matches the fast-paced development of today’s automotive industry, in January Ford will launch its Ford Certified Collision Network. The Ford Certified Collision Network will replace the National Body Shop Network. This new network...
LEWISVILLE, TX and BROOKLYN PARK, MN, Dec. 5, 2018 – Caliber Collision (“Caliber”) and Abra Auto Body Repair of America (“Abra”) today announced a definitive merger agreement that brings together the companies’ talented teams, trusted brands and industry-leading operations to better serve their...
Kentwood, MI – The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non-profit standard setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, has approved a new standard, CAPA Standard 702, for exterior cameras. The standard, which currently applies to rear-view cameras...
Gary Boesel, owner of CARSTAR Alpine in Aurora, Colo., and CARSTAR Jordan Road in Centennial, Colo., hoists his first-place trophy after the 3M Hire our Heroes 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Boesel posted the top speed of the event, 153.87 MPH, to take the honors.
ST. PAUL, MINN., (OCTOBER 31, 2018)­ When the tire smoke cleared and the final results tallied, Gary Boesel, owner of CARSTAR Alpine and CARSTAR Jordan Road took home the top honors with a fast time of 153.87 in the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500, outpacing representatives from top collision repair...
UV-cured primer surfacer is ready to sand in a matter of seconds after using the UV Fastlane 2K.
Delray Beach, Fla.—If a shop could deliver up to two more cars per day using its existing footprint, it might consider changing its priming processes to the latest in ultraviolet primers and curing lamps. It’s a combination that increases shop throughput and with lower energy and labor costs. First...
Jake Rodenroth cited an example of an OEM repair procedure for a 2006 Toyota had been updated as recently as this year, 12 years after the vehicle was released.
Las Vegas—A Collision Industry Conference (CIC) committee in Las Vegas in late October offered clear examples of the necessity for collision repairers to always review and follow OEM repair procedures. As part of the CIC “Emerging Technologies Committee,” Jake Rodenroth, of asTech, said checking...
At the SEMA Show, Evercoat Zone Manager Mike Franqui shows how Rage Optex applies pink and will turn green when it has properly cured.  CS-Products_Evercoat_Optex.jpg Evercoat’s Rage Optex body filler (shown) and putty won Best New Collision Repair & Refinish Product at the SEMA Show. (Photo by Jay Sicht)
Evercoat Optex body filler named best at SEMA Show      Cincinnati—Evercoat launched its Rage Optex body filler with color-changing technology at the SEMA Show, where it was also named Best New Collision Repair & Refinish Product at the show. Changing colors from pink to green, it indicates to...
Delray Beach, Fla.—If a shop could deliver up to two more cars per day using its existing footprint, it might consider changing its priming processes to the latest in ultraviolet primers and curing lamps. It’s a combination that increases shop throughput and with lower energy and labor costs.
Washington D.C.—The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is prepared to challenge the agency in court if it fails to take immediate action to implement the low volume replica car law. Under the 2015 law spearheaded...

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