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John Yoswick

John 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 

Speakers representing insurers and non-OEM parts manufacturers, distributors and certifiers offered a variety of perspectives from the podium at the recent Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) annual convention.

20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (July 1998)


I was recently told of a body shop doing more than $5 million in gross sales per year. It sounds like an impressive operation until you consider that this shop, heavy into direct repair programs (DRPs), has only a 4 percent profit margin. 

Why did the chief financial officer of the 2,400-location Chipotle Mexican Grill chain speak at this spring’s “Repairer Roundtable”? 

20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (June 1998)

As an increasing number of automakers launch or expand collision shop certification programs, will more of them also restrict sale of some structural replacement parts to only certified shops, as some makers of higher-end vehicles have done?

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20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (May 1998)

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A federal judge in February declined to dismiss a $9 billion class action racketeering lawsuit against State Farm over the insurer’s alleged role in the election of an Illinois Supreme Court judge---setting the stage for the latest trial in a decade-long battle involving the insurer’s use of non-OEM parts.

20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (April 1998)

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Changes that CCC Information Services recently announced related to its “Secure Share” data-exchange program were a frequent focus of discussion at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) and other meetings held recently in Palm Springs, CA.

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20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (March 1998)

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