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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 

Wednesday, 30 November 2005 17:00

CIC discusses increasing number of total losses

That notation on every paint can in your shop that says, "For Professional Use Only," may soon hold some real meaning according to early indications about rule-making currently underway by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

In its second year in its new home, the 2005 International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) offered attendees about 75 classes, the return of the NACE welcome party, a keynote address by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the opportunity to attend two other larger automotive aftermarket trade shows also being held in Las Vegas.  

After last year's I-CAR 25th annual meeting, which very much focused on the training organization's successful history, this year's event focused more on the future than on the past 12 months, which one board member termed "its most challenging year ever." 

The multi-association task force created to address repairer concerns about how the estimating database companies operate reported on its early progress in April and defended its decision to include insurers in the process. 

Automaker efforts to limit repairs of some of their vehicles to shops that participate in the OEM's shop certification program drew some fire from attendees at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). 

From "unintentional fraud" to "estimating database abuse" and the added costs created by the lack of standardization among direct repair programs, the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) plans to address a wide range of topics in 2004. 

At the last International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) expected to be held anywhere other than Las Vegas, attendees had an opportunity in early December to enjoy a welcome party at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, Florida, participate in 45 educational sessions, hear a keynote address from news commentator Bill O'Reilly, and browse a 176,000-sq.-ft. trade show featuring 488 companies. 

The Texas law passed earlier this year that puts a halt on the growth of insurer-owned shops is nine pages long. 

Friday, 31 October 2003 17:00

CIC: parts have broad impact on cycle times

For shops or insurers looking to speed up cycle time, the types of parts used may make more difference than any other factor. 

Third-party "desk auditors" faced some critics and tough questions during a panel discussion at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Hollywood, Florida, in late July.