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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:42

In Reverse: The Birth of I-CAR

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As I-CAR celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we thought it only fitting to provide some insight into the organization’s natal beginnings.

Just over a decade ago, there were approximately 1,400 high school and college collision repair programs in the United States, according to Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 20:16

Are We Going To Let Insurance Companies ‘Total’ Our Industry?

Written by Joe Henry, ACT Auto Staffing

 

Joe Henry, owner of ACT Auto Staffing and former body shop owner, sent us the below comments in response to Stacey Phillips’ “Solving the Tech Shortage” column, which invited additional input from the collision industry on the technician shortage. The column was published in the March 2019 edition of Autobody News

Today’s vehicles and those manufactured over the last two decades contain a wealth of electronic information that can help shops effectively and efficiently perform a proper repair, according to Chuck Olsen, executive director of AirPro Diagnostics.

 

I was talking to a group of body shop owners the other day at a trade association meeting, and one said, "I'm not in the repair business anymore; I'm in the computer business!

People have been repairing collision-damaged trucks since August Fruehauf stuck a trailer behind a Ford Model T in 1914 to create the first semi-trailer rig.

In the song “Takin' Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the band offers their prescribed formula for rock star success: "Get a second-hand guitar, chances are you'll go far if you get in with the right bunch of fellows."

In the 18 months since a Texas couple was awarded $42 million by a jury who found a dealership body shop had improperly repaired the vehicle in which the couple was injured in a subsequent accident, I’ve probably been asked about the case at least 20 times a week.

 

Truck Topics is a new series of articles seen periodically in Autobody News that is dedicated to the collision side of the heavy duty truck market.

 

We see them all the time---semi trucks, trailers, buses, RVs, dump trucks and other pieces of heavy equipment wrecked in what had to be a horrendous crash.

 

If the 1940s and 1950s marked the industry’s earliest “modern” beginnings and the 1960s signified the industry’s “grammar school” years, the 1970s could be seen as its teenage years.

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