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 

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 21:25

Predicting What the Collision Repair Industry Will Look Like in 2035

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...not the only ones needing easier access to the information.


“There are first-responders who need to know where they can cut a vehicle, where they can’t cut one. There are tow truck drivers who need to know how to safely tow a vehicle. They’re all in a race against time,” Rodenroth said. “They don’t have time to flip a book, or go through an app or even to ask Siri. They need to have it easily accessible and immediate. Maybe it’s a combination of on the vehicle infotainment screen or on a handheld as they walk toward the car. But it’s got to be instant."


Also in the future, Terlep foresees more use of remote technicians, even those in other countries, for diagnosis and electronic work, given the shortage of technicians here.


Rodenroth said he recommends the industry start recruiting “the tuner kids,” those who can customize a vehicle “to turbocharge it or create a bigger engine and push more fuel and air.”


“They understand how the [vehicle] network works before they change it,” he said. “So when you bring them in, don’t ask them body shop questions. Ask them about how they feel about electronics and wiring diagrams, how immobilizers work and things like that. You’ll see some of them explode. I met one yesterday when I picked up a rental car. This kid was sharp. That’s the future technician right there.”


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