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Total collision repair industry sales grew 5.8 percent to $40.4 billion in 2006, according to the 2007 Collision Repair Trends: Industry Statistics & Analysis, recently published by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). Independent paint and body repair shops accounted for more than half of the collision repair market at $22.2 billion.

Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

CRA Celebrates Its First Anniversary

The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) celebrated its first anniversary by challenging members of the collision repair industry to take a “reality check exam.” The ten-question test is aimed at warning owners of California collision repair businesses about the bleak future that awaits them if they refuse to understand why they are losing control of their operations.

Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

Federal Judge Affirms State Emissions

A Vermont federal judge ruled against car companies in a suit versus the state of Vermont regarding state-mandated auto emissions standards. Car manufacturers filed the suit after Vermont issued regulations requiring reductions in vehicle greenhouse gas emission.

Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

Nevada Legislative Update

This has been quite the Legislative Session for the Nevada Collision Industry Association (NCIA) with both success stories and defeats. This is our second Legislative Session as an Association and we have learned that we have a lot more to learn.

California is playing by new rules. The state’s new VOC regulations are requiring the changeover from solvent based to waterborne paints in more and more counties. Prior to Trade Faire, BASF hosted a free seminar to explain to attendees the new VOC regulations and their impact on auto body businesses that will be converting in the near future. 

Thursday, 27 September 2007 10:57

Labor Rate Survey Rules Dropped by CA DOI

After being presented with in-depth analysis by both the California Collision Repair Association (CRA) and the California Autobody Association (CAA) regarding the negative consequences of proposed labor rate survey rules, DOI Commissioner Steve Poizner dropped the regulations for  insurer-conducted labor rate surveys, at least for the time being. California Autobody Association (CAA) expressed disappointment...