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Audatex has decided to remove a newly added feature in its database less than a month after its implementation.

In a letter issued to clients, the company said, "Effective with the October disk, Audatex has removed the September Database Enhancement relating to raw, unprimed bumper covers. This was done to provide sufficient time for our clients, the industry, and Audatex to determine the best way to address this important issue."

In September, Audatex changed its estimating system to offer a new line item that allowed the user to add time to prep a raw, unprimed bumper cover. If the item was selected, the estimate added an additional 20 percent of the refinish time for bumper covers that arrive raw and unprimed. Some car manufacturers, such as Toyota, sell their plastic bumper covers in a raw, unprimed state, which repairers explain, require significant additional labor time to prep compared to a new bumper cover that arrives already primed. Until September, there was no automated process in the Audatex system to account for this additional time.

Toyota is being sued by Allstate in Los Angeles Superior Court saying they have paid $3 million for accidents caused by sudden acceleration.

Allstate said Oct. 1 in its complaint that “Toyota had full knowledge of the numerous complaints regarding its vehicles, that such vehicles were susceptible of sudden unintended acceleration, and thus that such vehicles posed a significant risk of property damage, as well as physical injury to vehicle occupants and other motorists.”

Toyota says that the number of customers expressing concern over acceleration problems has dropped 80% since April.

“Toyota has made significant progress in recent months to help ensure that our customers can have complete confidence in the quality, safety and reliability of their vehicles, and our latest initiatives build on those accomplishments,” said Steve St. Angelo, Toyota’s chief quality officer. He said that Toyota engineers, after examining 4,200 vehicles, were unable to find a single case in which an electronic throttle system glitch would lead to sudden unintended acceleration.

State Farm has committed to “Fueling the Future” of the collision industry by contributing $70,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation. State Farm’s contribution enhances the Education Foundation’s ability to offer grants and scholarships to career and technical schools and colleges and the students attending these schools. The $70,000 contribution from State Farm will go towards the Education Foundation’s Collision Repair Education Campaign (CREC) fund which allows the Foundation to provide annual grants and scholarships to support schools, instructors, and students in collision education.

Friday, 01 October 2010 19:38

Chrysler and Ford Lead Industry's Big Gains

In sharp contrast to August's dismal year-on-year results September has been a banner month for U.S. auto sales with Chrysler Group surging 61%, Subaru leaping 47%, and Ford jumping 40%, leading double-digit gains for other automakers. GM posted more modest gains of 11% due to downward pressure from discontinued brands.

Chrysler sold 100,077 cars and trucks for the month, up from 62,197 a year earlier. September was sixth straight month of increases and the second month this year in which Chrysler has topped 100,000 vehicles sold.

Our fourth annual white paper tracking collision repair organizations that generate $20 million or greater annually in collision repair revenue comes on the heels of a slow to moderate recovering economy with an increasing chance of a double‐dip recession, or at least a much slower recovery than forecasted for 2010.