John Yoswick

John Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).

He can be contacted at jyoswick@SpiritOne.com. 

Collision repair shops and associations often express frustration when trying to work with their state insurance regulators on issues related to steering, use of non-OEM parts or other insurance claims practices they consider unfair or illegal. But presentations and discussions at a recent Collision Industry Conference (CIC) on state or federal regulation of the insurance industry may offer an example of how to approach encouraging regulators to act.

20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (August 1997)

 

A ban on the use of non-OEM parts on vehicles covered under warranty, and a call for insurers to share more information about their claims handling guidelines were among the issues debated by shop owners, association leaders and other participants at the National Leadership Conference held in August.

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice said he sees several ways to measure whether his quarterly “Who Pays for What?” surveys, now in their third year, are having an impact.

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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.

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Frank Terlep.

 

CCC Information Services’ newly-launched “Secure Share” generated both questions and criticisms at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Pittsburgh, PA in late April, although the company wasn’t there to respond.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 22:31

The Pros and Cons of Getting OEM Certified

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Collision Shop OEM Rick Starbard
Rick Starbard

 

Are automaker shop certifications a potential substitute for collision repair shops seeking less dependence on insurer direct repair programs?

Who Pays Logo 2017

 

Automaker repair procedures and position statements have a clear and positive effect for repairers looking to get reimbursed for “not-included” items.

The value of pre-scanning collision-damaged vehicles was reiterated a number of times by panelists at the recent Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Palm Springs, CA.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:56

Retro News: January 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012

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In 1997, Georgia shop owner Gene Hamilton suggested that the money industry vendors were spending on large parties at the annual NACE convention could be used to address larger industry issues.

 

CIC ends parts test-fit demonstrations, feds launch new insurance oversight agency

The “OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit,” hosted in November by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists, gave representatives of the automakers an opportunity to weigh in on a variety of topics raised by collision repairers.

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