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The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Parts and Materials Committee is continuing to push for more consistency in how parts are defined and described within the industry.

There was activity recently in three legal battles involving body shops, insurance companies, an auto recycler and consumers.

Although in-person meetings are on hiatus due to the threat of COVID-19, the Automotive Women’s Alliance Foundation (AWAF) has not allowed the chaos of 2020 to prevent them from inspiring and enlightening members.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 17:32

Are You Defending Your Good Name Online?

Your reputation online is always important, but during the pandemic it’s more vital than ever.

Friday, 04 September 2020 20:39

Is Your Shop Ready for A Riot?

We have all heard about the rioting going on across the country. For months, at least a dozen cities have experienced businesses being burned, looted and extensively damaged.

For many months prior to March, the collision repair industry had been preoccupied with ADAS systems and autonomous cars and trucks and their effect on the collision repair business.

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.