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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.

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Since ALLDATA was established in 1986, the California-based company has prided itself on making it easier for technicians to access OEM information and procedures for safe and accurate repairs.

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I know that easily one of the top challenges at many collision repair businesses around the country is finding skilled technicians, either entry-level or those with more experience.

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I love writing about technicians, painters and other collision repair professionals who invent tools or products to make their jobs and lives easier.

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When I got my first writing assignment from Autobody News in 2006, I was excited.

Monday, 25 October 2021 16:34

What to Expect at SEMA 2021

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Automotive celebrities, vehicle debuts from major OEMs and the latest developments in equipment and tooling will all be part of the SEMA Show this year in Las Vegas, NV.

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Auto body shop owners and managers across the U.S. are struggling to attract, motivate and retain skilled technicians in their facilities. Many say this has worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic.