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Diamond Standard Parts LLC’s front steel bumpers, which are manufactured by Reflexxion Automotive and Production Bumper Stamping, Inc. (PBSI), have become the first automotive aftermarket parts to be certified under NSF International’s new Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program.

The latest Mitchell ITR Quarterly Feature, "Are Hybrids as Green When it Comes to Their Claims Costs?" by Mitchell's Vice President of Industry Relations, Greg Horn, reveals new information about the claim costs of hybrid vehicles, which in recent years have become a much more common sight on the nation's highways and are appearing in collision repair shops more frequently.

The latest Mitchell ITR Quarterly Feature, "Are Hybrids as Green When it Comes to Their Claims Costs?" by Mitchell's Vice President of Industry Relations, Greg Horn, reveals new information about the claim costs of hybrid vehicles, which in recent years have become a much more common sight on the nation's highways and are appearing in collision repair shops more frequently.

The Fox 5 Atlanta i-team did an indepth investigation of aftermarket parts for their July 29 broadcast.

Collision centers that work with Enterprise Rent-A-Car may get more than they expected when it comes to going “green.” In addition to repair center customers driving off in some of the most fuel efficient rental cars on the road today, paperless technology helps streamline the rental car process between collision repair centers, insurance companies and Enterprise. In terms of going “green,” it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

With the world’s largest fleet of fuel efficient vehicles, Enterprise is helping reduce the nation’s carbon footprint and giving more drivers the opportunity to experience fuel efficient vehicles. Nearly 450,000 cars in the combined fleet of Enterprise, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car average a highway fuel efficiency rating of at least 28 mpg; nearly 230,000 average 32 mpg or better; and nearly 425,000 have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay certification mark – a distinction the EPA grants to vehicles that emit relatively low levels of both regulated pollutants and greenhouse gases such as CO2.

To reduce paperwork, as well as lower costs, save time and enhance service with insurance companies and car owners, Enterprise offers free of charge to collision centers the ARMS® Automotive and ARMS® Automotive Exchange applications. Widely recognized as two of the most effective tools available to the collision repair industry, ARMS® Automotive updates the status of car repairs, while ARMS® Automotive Exchange automates labor hours and provides free cycle time reporting.

Ford Motor Company representatives presented the results of tests conducted on aftermarket structural parts at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Chicago July 21 that raised some serious safety concerns related to the use of replacement parts and their ability to adequately replace OEM parts.