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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Bryan Kim’s collision and mechanical repair business, like many others, was struggling this spring as the COVID-19 virus and economic shutdown hit the Catonsville, MD, area.

Shops’ backlog of work dried up this spring, with one national survey of 500 shops finding that even in April, more than three in four could schedule any new work within one week or less.

I-CAR is taking a variety of steps to help the industry at this challenging time, CEO John Van Alstyne said during an online presentation in May.

What steps are shops around the country taking to get work in the door? Here is a quick run-down of 10 ideas from 10 shops.

It was a bleak spring for many shops, but there have been some glimmers of hope for a better summer ahead.

The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be felt worldwide, and that has law enforcement bracing for almost inevitable uptick in crime, including illegal business activity.

New automaker restrictions on vehicle scanning, and deciding on OEM or aftermarket scan tools, were among the topics discussed at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in January in Palm Springs, CA.

John Shoemaker says too often shop estimates “create more questions than answers.”

With estimating system companies reporting that less than half of all appraisals include a line item for vehicle scanning, and with industry surveys showing less than half of shops report researching OEM repair procedures “most” or “all of the time,” there has been discussion at some industry events about why the industry hasn’t more broadly adopted these important steps.

Bob Redding serves as the industry’s eyes, ears and voice in Washington, D.C.

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