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 

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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Following months of industry criticism as well as recent strategic announcements from its competitors, CCC Information Services said in late December that it was making significant changes to its new “Secure Share” data exchange requirements scheduled to go into effect in April.

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


A new Collision Industry Conference (CIC) committee has been established to consider alternatives to the current method of calculating refinish materials.

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More shops are charging and getting paid for post-repair "health scans" of vehicles than they are pre-repair scans, but both procedures are increasingly being done and being paid for, according to recent “Who Pays for What?” survey findings. 

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

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