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Longtime industry consultant Sean Carey of SCG Management Consultants is the latest observer to predict a forthcoming decline in the U.S. auto body shop population.

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A panel of representatives from a number of multi-shop collision repair operations at the MSO Symposium in Las Vegas in November discussed how disruptions in the parts supply chain are impacting their business.

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Something has to change.

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In November, OEConnection (OEC) confirmed it recently acquired VeriFacts Automotive and Assured Performance Network.

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When a collision occurs, any damage to the body and frame is likely to affect the sensors, cameras and other mechanical components.

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Members of the collision repair industry gathered at the Red Carpet Awards Breakfast on Nov. 3 during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

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Collision repairers sometimes grouse about the auto body shop training programs at schools in their area. But Justin Clubb didn’t just complain. He did something about it.

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Vincent Romans of The Romans Group consulting firm has been monitoring the growth of multi-shop operations (MSO) in the collision repair industry for more than 15 years, and at the MSO Symposium held Nov. 1 in Las Vegas, he said even the pandemic didn’t halt consolidation within the industry.

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As new vehicles are manufactured with complex electronic systems that require extreme precision to function safely, Repairify’s Chief Technology Officer Maurice Tuff said the company will continue to focus on providing solutions to ensure the electronic vehicle systems are returned to OEM specifications post-collision repair.

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Collision repairers need to be aware the aluminum fenders on the 2022 Acura MDX, released this past summer, and the 2021 Acura TLX, released about a year ago, require the use of specific insulation clips.