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The Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG), in an effort to provide collision repairers with another tool to assist them in their quest to prepare more complete and accurate estimates, has developed a matrix of major vehicle manufacturers (OEs) and the condition in which their bumper covers are shipped.

During a recent CIC Technical Presentation, SCRS Board member and well known I-CAR instructor Toby Chess (see ABN column here) demonstrated differences between a number of aftermarket structural parts and their OEM counterparts.  The presentation was witnessed by the CIC body, including a number of aftermarket part industry representatives, illustrated the importance of structural part certification in the aftermarket.  

Monday, 01 February 2010 09:56

CAPA To Establish New Certification Standard

Certified Auto Parts Association (CAPA) Executive Director Jack Gillis today announced a major new CAPA certification standard to address widespread concern about the quality and safety of bumper parts.  Recent disclosures of differences in the material properties of aftermarket bumpers and related parts have prompted calls by collision industry leaders for independent testing and certification of aftermarket bumpers and other safety parts.  

In November 2009 and January 2010, SCRS National Director and Education Committee member, Toby Chess, performed presentations outlining comparative studies he had conducted between randomly selected OEM and Aftermarket Structural Replacement parts. The parts reviewed included items such as Front and Rear Bumper Reinforcement Beams, Radiator Core Supports, Bumper Brackets and Bumper Energy Absorbers.

The non-OEM parts industry faced criticism from a number of directions at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Palm Springs, CA, in mid-January.
As he did at the previous CIC, industry trainer Toby Chess brought a selection of non-OEM parts to the meeting to show some significant differences between them and the OEM parts they were designed to replace. Most of the difference, he pointed out, were subtle, and were less often about the physical shape of the part than in their composition. (See Chess’ Hey Toby! column in this issue.)

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) is pleased to announce the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) as its newest affiliate association, bringing the total number of SCRS affiliates to thirty-seven.