Monday, 21 April 2014 10:56

I-CAR News: New Board of Directors, Collision Repair Training for 2015 Ford F-150, Industry Support, Limited-Time Promo, and Revamped Steering and Suspension Course

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) announced several milestone accomplishments made possible through its ongoing commitment to supporting the collision repair industry.

New Board of Directors

The 2014 I-CAR International Board of Directors and Executive Committee was announced following the I-CAR strategic planning session and annual membership meeting in San Diego, CA, in March 2014.

The Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from each of the following six industry segments: collision repair; insurance; OEM vehicle manufacturers; equipment, tools, and supplies; education, training, and research; and related industry services.

The I-CAR executive committee includes: Bob Keith of CARSTAR as chair; Joe Laurentin, Esurance, vice chair; Chris Evan, State Farm Insurance Co., treasurer; Mark Woirol, Tech-Cor, secretary; James Roach, member-at-large; Eugene Scambray, Copart, member-at-large; and William Brower, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, immediate past chair.

The remaining Directors include: Mark Algie of 3M; William DeGrocco, GEICO Insurance; David Henderson, AudaExplore; Todd Chizmar, Chrysler; John Donley, IAnet; Robert Hills, Universal Technical Institute (UTI); Christopher Northup, Professional Parts Group, Education Foundation Representative; Richard Perry, Chief Automotive Technologies for Equipment & Tool Institute; Roy Schnepper, Butler’s Collision Inc. for Automotive Service Association; James Spears, USAA; Randy Stabler, Pride Collision Centers Inc.; Dale Tripp, General Motors Company; Ron Vincenzi, Oakland Auto Body; and Dusty Womble, Roger Beasley Collision Centers for Society of Collision Repair Specialists.

Bob Keith stated, “I am truly honored to have been elected chairman of the Board of I-CAR. The time that I have spent on the Executive Committee has shown me that I-CAR leadership and staff are all committed to providing the highest quality training, certifications and resources to all segments of the collision inter-industry. The 2014 Board of Directors is a tremendous group of professionals who will supply strategic guidance to staff and keep them connected to the ‘heartbeat’ of all industry segments.”

Collision Repair Training Program for 2015 Ford F-150

In a groundbreaking collaboration, I-CAR collision repair training experts worked alongside Ford Motor Company engineers during the 2015 Ford F-150 design and development process.

Two years of development culminates in new six-credit hour 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course (FOR06) that covers all topics on aluminum and dives deep into vehicle-specific repair information. The instructor-led course uses discussion, education, and decision-making exercises to equip technicians to properly repair the 2015 Ford F-150. Industry training for FOR06 will open June 1, 2014.

“This is a game-changer in the way the collision repair industry approaches training; to be fully-prepared with the knowledge, skills, and solutions needed before the vehicle debuts,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-CAR. “Traditionally, repair solutions are not developed until after a vehicle is publicly launched, leaving a gap in repair readiness. I-CAR commends Ford for its proactive approach, working together with I-CAR to develop a repair solution that addresses complete, safe, and quality repairs for the new F-150, and doing so before the vehicle enters production.”

Added Jason Bartanen, I-CAR director of industry and technical relations, “For a revolutionary vehicle like the 2015 Ford F-150, material-specific training that highlights the unique processes associated with aluminum repair is critical for the front-line professionals faced with safely repairing these vehicles. I-CAR’s proven track record of aluminum repair technical expertise and training development solidified Ford’s interest in an early partnership to formulate a vehicle-specific training program for the F-150.”

Supporting and Giving Back to the Industry

In 2013, I-CAR committed to set aside $1 for every I-CAR class attended by students in 2014, which enabled I-CAR to donate $170,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

In March 2014, I-CAR taught its ten millionth student credit hour over its 35-year legacy.

John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO and president, explained, “Our ten millionth credit hour represents the hard work and dedication that collision repair professionals put into their work every day. Through ongoing, role-relevant training, our vision is that every person in the collision repair industry has the knowledge, education, and solutions required to perform complete and safe repairs—for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.”

Van Alstyne said, “The evolution and impact of I-CAR over the last 35 years is exciting and impressive,” he continued, “And as vehicle technology continues to evolve, you can count on I-CAR to do the same, expanding our relevance and the value we deliver to the collision repair industry.”

Revamped Steering and Suspension Course

On April 7, 2014, I-CAR announced that the popular Steering and Suspension Damage Analysis (DAM06) course has been completely revamped. DAM06 now includes up-to-date information on damage analysis procedures for the range of steering and suspension systems and parts featured in vehicles being repaired today and a series of interactive classroom activities designed to engage students and enrich their learning experience.

Josh McFarlin, I-CAR director of curriculum and product development, explained, “This course provides an understanding of steering and suspension repair considerations that can help eliminate the chance of compromising the vehicle’s integrity during the repair and reduce comebacks,” he continued, “Content included in this course is beneficial to repairers, business owners, and ultimately consumers.”

DAM06 includes a detailed overview of steering and suspension systems and parts; an analysis of issues such as caster, camber, and toe; ride height difference and additional inspection methods; and how to use alignment angle readings. Students will participle in multiple activities throughout the course, including an interactive activity where they will determine alignment angles.

This instructor-led, live, three-credit hour course meets training requirements for estimators and auto physical damage appraisers in the I-CAR Professional Development Program (PDP).

Limited-Time Promotion on I-CAR Intro to Collision Repair Series Training Bundles

On April 16, 2014, I-CAR announced two all-new, limited-time training bundle promotions from the Intro to Collision Repair Series. The exclusive training bundles are specifically tailored to employee career paths in the insurance and collision repair segments, including entry-level claims adjusters, call center staff, front office support, and career and technical school students.

“Providing staff with foundational knowledge on the repair process can have a positive impact on everyone involved—from the customer, to the repairer or insurer, to the business,” stated Elise Quadrozzi, I-CAR director of Segment Development – Insurance.

The Intro to Collision Repair Series includes an overview of vehicle parts and terminology, reading damage reports, and repair and refinishing processes.

Quadrozzi explained, “When your entire staff is trained, they can work together more productively, which can directly impact KPIs and CSI scores.”

Both training bundles are comprised of eight of the most commonly-taken courses by the insurance and collision repair segments, including one of I-CAR’s most popular courses at no cost. Training bundles are $273 each for a limited time.

Each online course takes approximately one hour to complete, is available on-demand, and has no expiration date once the bundle has been purchased.