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Following October's $31.5 million verdict against John Eagle Collision Center in Dallas, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) began engaging in conversations about holding its members to a higher standard of safety, part of which includes consumer education. 

Thursday, 16 November 2017 16:20

ASA-CO Holds Productive Annual Meeting

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On Monday, Nov. 6, ASA-CO held its Annual Meeting at Kenz & Leslie BG Training Center in Wheat Ridge, CO, to discuss current association news and upcoming events in 2018. 

Monday, 13 November 2017 19:44

NABR Introduces HABA to Variable Rate System

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On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) held a meeting at Mossy Nissan in Houston, featuring a presentation on the Variable Rate System (VRS) by Sam and Richard Valenzuela of National AutoBody Research (NABR). 

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 23:50

ASA-CO Educated Members in October

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In October, ASA-CO hosted two educational seminars for industry professionals. 

On August 24--26, the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) hosted its 3rd Annual Texas Auto Body Trade Show at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, TX, with a theme of "That Ain't No Bull." 

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On August 28, ASA-CO hosted an educational seminar on “Extreme Communication” with Maylan Newton of ESI, located at Kenz & Leslie BG Training Center in Wheat Ridge, CO. 

On July 25, the Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) hosted an “Estimating Solutions for Profit” seminar at the Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel in conjunction with training provided by Sherwin-Williams, an HABA sponsor.


The full-day seminar was taught by Sherwin-Williams Training Center Manager Michael Pellett


HABA President John Kopriva stated, “Our Board has made a commitment to providing more training and assistance to our members. The days of trading insurer ‘war stories’ and being told ‘You are the only one’ are over.”


“Estimating Solutions for Profits” focused on how to develop and improve the skills necessary to become more profitable in today’s highly competitive collision market.


The seminar was designed to provide attendees with the necessary tools to write and negotiate more profitable estimates by getting paid for work performed, managing paint and materials for profit, utilizing real use of p-pages, effectively communicating with insurance appraisers, and creating a shop profit breakdown and analysis.


The educational session was limited to just 40 owners, managers and estimators to allow for more interaction.

 According to Kopriva, “The day consisted of open exchanges of real, everyday issues involving getting paid for what shop technicians are required to do to meet manufacturer-required specifications and returning the vehicle back to its pre-loss condition.”

As HABA strives to bring more value to its members and improve the collision repair industry in their state, they are working closely with the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) to support the Texas Auto Body Association Trade Show on August 25-26 at the Hurst Conference Center.

Kopriva shared, “We are trying to make a definite change in our industry, and we’ve got a really strong relationship with ABAT. We plan on making headway in Texas and have a lot of good training coming along. We want to provide education for shops and try to bring smaller shops along, so they understand exactly how important it is to repair these cars correctly and adhere to manufacturers’ recommended procedures.

“We are planning at least three more training events this year, one each month, and a planning workshop in December. We have big plans and are trying to be more active. Stay tuned because we have lots of exciting things going on in Texas!”

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ASA-AZ hosted its 2017 Automotive Training and Expo, "Don't Get Left Behind," from June 9-11 at the WeKoPa Resort and Conference Center in Scottsdale, AZ.

The Auto Care Association is partnering with Texas A&M University’s Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (PAID) to attract college-aged students to working for the auto care industry, as part of its Auto Care Careers program.


Auto Care Careers will participate in the Fall 2017 PAID Career Fair on Sept. 21 in College Station, TX. Auto Care Association member companies are invited to participate in this recruitment effort.

PAID is the largest student-run organization at Texas A&M University and has more than 1,100 members. The group is primarily made up of students from the Industrial Distribution program. However, they have members from a variety of academic units.

The Auto Care Careers program partners with universities, colleges and vocational schools to promote the thriving auto care industry as a dynamic place to work. Working directly with the educational institution or through an industry company, Auto Care Careers on Campus will provide the tools and resources necessary to conduct on-campus events, whether in the classroom or as part of a career fair.

Space is limited at the Fall 2017 PAID Career Fair, and is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Recruiter packages start at $1,200 to secure a table. Additional engagement options are available and outlined on the PAID website. If you are interested in participating, register by August 1.


Texas Senate Bill (SB) 1588, introduced by State Sen. Donald Huffines, R-16, died at the end of Texas’ legislative session. If enacted, the bill would have terminated Texas’ vehicle safety inspection program.

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