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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 

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Despite the growth in online recruiting sites and tools over a number of years, auto body repair shops continue to find word-of-mouth and referrals as their best source of new employees.

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Lawmakers in multiple states have taken action in recent weeks on legislation impacting auto body shops, including new regulations related to labor rates, non-OEM parts and public disclosure of regulatory citations against shops.

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The impact for collision repairers of artificial intelligence (AI) and changes in automotive finishes were among the topics discussed by presenters at the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) conference held in September in Nashville.

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In another indication the increased prevalence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are not likely a death knell for the collision repair industry, a recently-published study estimates there will be about 790,000 “risk events” per year on the roads in the EU in 2029 attributable to reduced performance of lane-keeping assistant systems alone.

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A recent webinar during Automotive News’ Fixed Ops Forum promised “Five Secrets of a Body Shop That Rocks,” though not all five were too much out of the ordinary.

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Collision repair shops reporting difficulties in getting replacement parts this year may be glad to hear Honda is ramping up parts production.

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Attendees at this summer’s Collision Industry Conference (CIC) ranked finding new employees with entry-level collision repair skills as auto body shops’ biggest hurdle, when compared to training or retaining new employees, or finding new employees without entry-level skills, and the CIC Talent Pool and Education Committee is suggesting one potential way to address the issue.

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Almost two in five auto body shops---38%---say they routinely work on commercial vans such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster, according to a recent industry survey.

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The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Industry Relations Committee held a panel discussion this summer centered around a fundamental question: Why is there so often a disconnect between auto body shops and insurance companies during the repair planning stage, particularly when it comes to procedures related to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)?

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I-CAR earlier this year put out a request for collision repair shops to submit information on what they are "seeing and struggling with” in terms of OEM safety inspections related to secondary restraint systems (SRS), but the organization reported this summer the industry response was less than overwhelming.

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