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Patent pending collision diagnostic system combines best-in-class aftermarket scan tool with workflow application to document pre- and post-repair scans


Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, is collaborating with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions in North America to deliver the Mitchell Diagnostics™ system, the first comprehensive diagnostic system designed specifically for the collision repair and automotive claims markets. The Mitchell Diagnostics system is expected to be available by June 30, 2017.


In today’s rapidly changing automotive industry, collision repairers must quickly and accurately assess vehicle damage, while providing accurate estimates and decreasing repair cycle time. Mitchell Diagnostics will provide an end-to-end diagnostic system that combines appraisal and repair workflow applications with Bosch’s most advanced aftermarket scan tools. This should contribute to increased productivity, a smoother repair process, and enhanced levels of customer service.


“We researched a wide variety of scan tools on the market and found that the Bosch scan tools provide best-in-class coverage and modern technology, and are backed by great service and support,” said Jack Rozint, Vice President of Sales and Service at Mitchell International. “In addition, Bosch scan tools have a combination of features that provide outstanding capabilities for collision repairers, including a tool that can do Electronic Control Unit (ECU) reprogramming, as well as optional accessories that include a target system for recalibrating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) kit. We are excited to partner with Bosch given its leadership and expertise in this market.”


The patent-pending Mitchell Diagnostics system validates that the VIN on the scan report matches the VIN on the vehicle from which data is pulled. This scan report can be used to support repair billing, and offers both carriers and repairers a record showing that the vehicle had a clean scan at the completion of the repair process.


“Mitchell’s reputation and success among information providers for being a leader in advanced repair technologies made it the ideal choice to bring diagnostic solutions to the collision repair industry,” said Stefan Schmitt, Vice President of Engineering and Product Area Diagnostics at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. “Working with Mitchell will integrate our scan tool directly into the workflow applications used by collision repairers and insurance carriers, which will assist in the diagnostic portion of collision repairs.”


The system may be used to add scan reports to any of the industry’s major estimating, repair management and claims processing systems. These scan reports can easily be saved as PDF documents and dropped into a folder used for vehicle damage images by the user of the Mitchell Diagnostics system. Customers that utilize Mitchell Estimating™ advanced estimating system and RepairCenter™ shop management software will benefit from enhanced integration capabilities.


“One of the challenges we have is documenting, confirming, and getting compensated for the scanning that we do in-house,” said Bill Lawrence of 1st Certified Collision Group, a multi-site collision repair operation in Southern California. “With the Mitchell Diagnostics system we’ll be able to demonstrate via validation documentation that the work was performed on the vehicle with the VIN matching the insurers’ claim, and we can easily attach that to our repair order and the carrier’s claim file.”


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MAACO Transformers last knight partnership


In celebration of the new movie, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” directed by Michael Bay and releasing in theaters June 21, Maaco, North America’s Bodyshop, has launched a national integrated campaign with television, print, digital and social media, bringing the action and excitement of the Transformers movies to more than 500 shops with special offers for consumers.

International media sources are reporting that Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as the week of June 18 as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc.,  people familiar with the matter told Automotive News. Michigan-based Key Safety Systems Inc. is owned by Chinese supplier Ningbo Joyson. Takata's steering committee recommended Key as the preferred bidder for the entire manufacturer.


The Nikkei, the world's largest financial newspaper, reported earlier that Takata is expected to file for bankruptcy in Japan as early as this June, with liabilities exceeding 9.02 billion U.S. The Nikkei reported that a new company created under Key will purchase Takata operations for about $1.62 billion and continue supplying air bags, seat belts and other products, leaving liabilities behind in a separate entity.


Also at stake is $850 million owed by the Japanese airbag system maker to major global automakers under a settlement agreed to earlier this year.


Takata is expected to file for bankruptcy before selling its production operations to a newly formed company to pay off its debts to creditors, according to Nikkei. Fellow Japanese companies Honda and Toyota are among some of the major entities Takata is in debt to.


Takata, one of the world's biggest automotive suppliers, has been working for months to complete a deal with Key Safety. The company faces billions in liabilities brought on by manufacturing defective airbag inflators. A person briefed on the matter told Reuters that Key was expected to acquire Takata assets as part of a restructuring in bankruptcy.


Takata agreed in February to pay $1 billion in penalties to the Justice Department and plead guilty to wire fraud. However, 10 major automakers have taken on the the majority of the costs directly associated with its recall, reportedly totaling roughly $11.66 billion.


Bloomberg reported that the timing of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing could change, according to their source, who asked not to identified.


Major global car manufacturers have expressed concern about the company filing for bankruptcy without a deal in place because of the disruption it could cause to the production of replacement airbag inflators. More than 65% of 46.2 million recalled Takata airbag inflators in the United States have not been repaired. See Autobody News related content for more on this matter.


It is not clear what impact the filing would have on the pace of repairs but it is unlikely to improve matters.

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Lobbyist Will Nordwind of the Quality Parts Coalition said his organization is pushing federal legislation to reduce automakers’ parts patents from 14 years to just 30 months.


Federal and state legislation related to non-OEM parts was a key topic at the recent Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) convention. About 150 people, primarily representing manufacturers or distributors of non-OEM parts, attended the event, held in Atlanta.

Pro SpotMay17 Demonstrating the PR 5 Rivet Gun system with special dies and extension



Pro Spot International, specializing in quality welding and repair products for the collision repair industry, proudly hosted the Craftsman Collision Management Team the week of June 5 at Pro Spot’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Carlsbad, CA.

chief impulse tilt frame rack reintroduced


Chief is bringing back the impulse Tilt frame rack in response to customer requests for a basic frame rack that’s reliable and affordable.

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Steve Schoolcraft while giving a presentation. Many remember him as an animinated presenter.


Steve Schoolcraft, often referred to as a visionary by many in the collision repair industry, died unexpectedly on May 19, peacefully in his sleep. He is survived by his wife Alexis, his two sons, Nicholas and Michael, and granddaughter Noelle.

The Supreme Court has upheld the legal precedent of patent exhaustion, which states that a company’s right to protect its patent ends when the product is sold to the end user, reports the Auto Care Association.

According to a new report from the KPMG U.S. Manufacturing Institute Automotive Center, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will see a substantial, 48%, dent in their lucrative collision parts business as a result of self-driving cars. 

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2016 Performance Group III Shop of the Year award presented to Frank’s Auto Body. (L to R) BASF Refinish Sales Director, Tim Dawe; BASF Refinish Marketing Head, Dan Bihlmeyer; Frank’s co-owner and manager, Matt Brunelle; BASF Refinish VP, Marvin Gillfillan and BASF Business Development Managers, Mark Livingston and Cameron Lavender.


At the 2017 VisionPLUS® Performance Group Business Conference held recently in Litchfield Park, AZ, BASF awarded 2016 Shop of the Year designations to seven collision repair shops.

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