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I get asked quite regularly by both shops and insurers, "What is a reasonable charge for a vehicle scan?"

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 20:25

2018 Collision Repair Industry: A Year in Review

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From President Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to the many tragic shootings and storms that have ravaged the United States in 2018, this year has been one of metamorphosis, altering reality and perception for many individuals.

 

In the U.S., there are half a million women actively looking to buy a new car at any given time.

Back in 2014, Regal Collision in Vallejo, CA, presented a completely refurbished van to the San Francisco Skate Club that is still running strong.

With the collision repair industry increasingly becoming more competitive and margins getting thinner, it’s more important than ever to negotiate better deals with industry partners, according to Eric Newell.

He's got mad skills when it comes to making furniture out of wine barrels and old wood that he finds or purchases for his creations.

“Sometimes I think pushing a repair through a collision center is like putting a bag into the security scanner at the airport,” said John Shoemaker, business development manager for BASF Automotive Refinish Coatings North America. “You put the bag on the belt and hope it comes out the other end without any complications.”

The decade of the ‘50s marked a golden era in the auto industry. American servicemen were back from the war. No longer were factories turning out bombs and bullets. It was time to build some cars that were destined to be classics---and time to introduce some new automotive technology.

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 21:54

How Safe Is a Collision-Repaired Police Vehicle?

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We’ve all seen them on television shows, movies and of course in real life---police cruisers all smashed-up, usually as a result of an accident, sometimes sustaining collateral damage when forcing a “bad-guy” off the road, sometimes damaged at the end of a high-speed chase.

One of the occasional frustrations I experience is seeing the industry fail to make use of some of the great (and free!) resources shops have at their disposal.

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