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Concerns about the estimating databases, the reversal of the decision in the State Farm non-OEM parts lawsuit, the collapse of another consolidator and an ongoing battle over the "right to repair" were among the most talked-about topics in the collision industry this past year.

Saturday, 31 December 2005 17:00

Right to Repair Act gains momentum in Congress

Congressional support for The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, H.R. 2048, has reached 77 co-sponsors. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

AQMD tightens up VOC standards

The South Coast Air Quality Manage-ment District (AQMD), the Southland's air quality agency, has adopted stricter standards to significantly reduce smog-forming emissions from coatings used in nearly 1,800 auto body shops in the region. The standards will take effect in 2008. 

There's a simple rule in business that if you want to increase profits, you need to either increase sales and revenue, or decrease costs and expenses. 

State Farm is rolling out a new DRP program. The program calls for State Farm to get as good a rate as a shop charges any other insurance partner and asks for preferential treatment for State Farm insureds. 

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain automotive parts designed to be used for the Ford F-150 pickup truck.