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Wednesday, 23 February 2011 23:00

CREW Hosts New CIC Chairman Mike Quinn in Webcast

The February webcast of the Collision Repair Executive Webcast (CREW) hosted new Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Chairman Mike Quinn. Quinn also owns 911 Collision Centers with 7 locations in Arizona.

The webcast detailed Quinn’s goals for his 2011-2012 term at CIC Chairman. Quinn’s main goals are to increase attendance and participation, increase trust, make CIC a place for people to voice issues without fear of criticism, create a process where committees can develop work product that is valued by the industry and formulate processes to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of CIC as a body.

Quinn further explained what he means by process by using the class A standard of a work facility that came from CIC previously as an example. He also mentioned the effectiveness of CIECA and their work with electronic commerce as a good process that was brought by a committee before his term.

Two collision-related class action lawsuits against major insurers have recently been decided in favor of the insurers. In the GEICO case on appeal partially due to lack of evidence (the vehicle). In the Progressive case a summary judgment was returned on two of six counts charged. The plaintiffs in the Progressive case have decided to drop the remaining existing charges to facilitate an appeal of the summary judgment.

ABPA is saying that a laboratory crash test performed in December 2010 by MGA Research Corporation determined that an aftermarket bumper reinforcement bar outperformed its original equipment supplied (OES) equivalent, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) announced.

The trial involved sled-testing a pair of 2007 Ford Mustangs into a front-end barrier at 5 mph (the same test presented by Ford at the Collision Industry Conference last November), measuring the effectiveness of the reinforcement bars and estimating the costs of repair to the aftermarket and OES-equipped vehicles.

"We decided to incur the expense of further testing to illustrate comparable performance and to disprove the claim that it costs more to repair aftermarket-equipped vehicles than those with only OEM or OES parts," said Eileen A. Sottile, co-chair of the ABPA Legislation & Regulation Committee. "Tests have consistently demonstrated that aftermarket parts perform just as well as original equipment components, and consumers should feel good about having these parts on their vehicles."

While both parts effectively absorbed the impact and protected the vehicle occupants, a piece of the bumper fell off of the Mustang outfitted with an OES reinforcement bar. The low-speed test did not result in the deployment of the air bag systems on either vehicle.

Two repair shops which ABPA says are "highly regarded" were asked to calculate the costs of repair to the test vehicles without knowledge of the parts used in the crash test. One of the shops gave an identical estimate for repairs, while the other (a Ford dealer body shop) estimated that it would cost approximately $200 less to repair the aftermarket-equipped vehicle than the one with original equipment parts, which sustained more damage, according to ABPA.

"When aftermarket and OEM parts performed equally well in trials at 35 mph, some industry members complained that the tests were conducted at too high a rate of speed, making all rebars 'toast' even though the government requires tests at 35 mph in order to test for occupant safety," said Sottile. "Now that this low-speed test has vindicated the aftermarket in terms of quality, safety and damageability, the focus should return to preventing more cars from becoming total losses, which means everyone wins — the repairer, the insurer and, most importantly, the vehicle owner."

The ABPA says it will perform additional testing and also make those results public.

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 22:13

All Diamond Standard Bumpers Are Now Certified

“To achieve the distinction as the only U.S. manufacturer to have all its Alternative primed and plated front steel bumpers Certified is an accomplishment that validates the single minded purpose of the Diamond Standard Brand.

Four I-CAR instructors join Celette's Tim Morgan and Audatex's, Tony Aquila as Collision Repair Education Foundation Industry Leadership Circle donors in 2010 through their personal contributions of over $1,000. Each instructor elected to have part of their I-CAR class fees go towards specific programs within the Foundation. These I-CAR instructors include:

Paul Holman - donated to the Foundation's Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarship Fund

Tony Passwater - donated to the Foundation's Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarship Fund

Roy Taylor - donated to the Foundation's Lon Baudoux Legacy Scholarship Fund

Michael Minutillo - donated to the Foundation's Collision Repair Education Campaign Fund

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Scott Kruger said, "These individuals have made an extraordinary commitment to collision repair schools and students and an investment in the future of our industry. They represent a small sample of our colleagues, co-workers, and friends who have supported the Education Foundation out of their own pockets. Thank you all for your support."

The Collision Repair Education Foundation would like to thank the inter-industry for providing $1.1 million in support to collision schools, instructors, and students in 2010.