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Monday, 31 August 2020 18:23

5 Numbers You Need to Know Every Day

Written by Dave Luehr

During a time of economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever for small business owners to understand their financial key performance indicators and use these KPI’s to make proactive adjustments to remain profitable.

“Today’s vehicles are highly engineered and not forgiving of imprecise repair processes. When it comes to crashworthiness after the repair, millimeters and milliseconds matter!” according to Scott Peirce, strategic account manager at 3M, during ASA’s Aug. 19 "Webinar Wednesday."

Author's note: Over a year ago, Jeff Smith, a collision repair instructor at the Northeast Arkansas Career and Technical Center, reached out to me about the overwhelming shortage of technicians. As a result of our conversation, I initiated a new column for Autobody News, "Solving the Tech Shortage," which has since received an award.

The collision repair industry recently had the opportunity to attend the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) open board meeting, held virtually in July.

Mitchell International is the latest company to publicly state that it doesn’t share U.S. shop estimate data with CARFAX.

Thursday, 13 August 2020 17:06

Mark Olson: Get it Right the First Time

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This year’s Collision P.R.E.P. program commenced Aug. 6 with “Documenting for Repair Process and Liability, and Building a Bulletproof File,” presented by Mark Olson of VECO Experts.

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) planned its inaugural ARA Summer Road Trip for July 23-25, with the intention of connecting up-and-coming industry leaders with experienced auto recycling veterans through tours of several ARA member facilities.

Safety inspections required by automakers as part of post-collision repairs sometimes include measurement of the steering column to ensure it was not damaged in an accident.

An industry survey this summer not surprisingly found a significant decline in shop revenues this spring, but it also found shops were not continuing to lay off employees and were actually growing less concerned about weathering the storm.

Since the pandemic began, many body shops have temporarily suspended the practice of giving refurbished vehicles to deserving families, and it makes sense.