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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Rozint, Vice President of Sales & Services, Repair for Auto Physical Damage Business Unit, Mitchell International, Inc. and CIC Committee Chair
Scanning of vehicles for diagnostic trouble codes as part of the collision repair process continued to be a key topic at meetings held in conjunction with SEMA in Las Vegas in November. A Collision Industry Conference (CIC) committee examining some of the issues the industry needs to address related to scanning, for example, reported in Las Vegas that it continues to identify as many questions as answers.
Unless the courts or federal lawmakers act, the minimum amount certain salaried employees will need to be paid to be exempt from overtime will increase dramatically as of December 1.
Discussion within the industry of “alt-OE” or “opt-OE” parts seemingly has raised more questions than answers this past year, but one state regulatory agency has a clear stand on the topic – one that may drive changes nationwide.
About 37 percent of shop who bill for “masking the vehicle for priming” say they get paid by insurers for this operation “always” or “most of the time” – yet about an equal percentage of shops say they have never asked to be paid for this not-included operation.
During a recent industry event at which automakers discussed some of the complexities of making collision repairs to their new vehicles, a shop owner asked the OEMs a decidedly more business than technical question: Are you working to come up with realistic labor times for the repair operations on these vehicles?