Autobody News recently reached out to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to learn more about the FCA U.S. LLC Certified Collision Repair Program and the role of Assured Performance Network.
FCA shared highlights about the program as well as the type of training offered and how body shops can find out more information.
1. Can you please tell us what prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to establish the FCA Certified Collision Care Program?
A: In 2011, we recognized the importance of assisting our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Fiat customers through every stage of the ownership cycle, including the unfortunate occurrence of an accident. With vehicles that feature ever-increasing levels of technology and complexity, it was important to offer customers a network to turn to for safe and proper collision repair. In July 2012, we launched the FCA U.S. LLC Certified Collision Repair Program. It is the first OE certification program managed through Assured Performance Network, the largest OE certification group in the U.S. We currently have 1,847 shops that are part of the program.
2. What is the role of Assured Performance Network?
A: Assured Performance Network facilitates the program on behalf of FCA and certifies that shops have the right tools, equipment, training and modified facilities to be able to provide a proper repair.
3. What are some of the highlights you would like to share with collision repairers and others in the industry about the program?
A: Mopar, established in 1937, is the official service, parts and customer care brand for FCA U.S. vehicles — Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Fiat. Mopar’s top priority is to deliver owners the confidence and peace of mind that comes through repairs made at an FCA certified body shop with the use of OEM replacement parts. Our program seeks to be a convenient OE partner for repair centers while requiring industry-leading adherence to OE repair methods.
For example, FCA has developed a list of the necessary equipment that is driven more on capability specifications rather than specific brand name tools.
For all of our vehicle owners, Mopar is there every step of the way on their customer journey, and that includes safe and proper collision repair through a trusted network.