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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 

After a several-month halt to in-person training because of the pandemic, I-CAR is back to offering in-shop training and welding certification in all but a couple of states, and conducted about 400 such events per month across the country this summer, according to CEO John Van Alstyne.

The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Parts and Materials Committee is continuing to push for more consistency in how parts are defined and described within the industry.

There was activity recently in three legal battles involving body shops, insurance companies, an auto recycler and consumers.

Mitchell International is the latest company to publicly state that it doesn’t share U.S. shop estimate data with CARFAX.

Safety inspections required by automakers as part of post-collision repairs sometimes include measurement of the steering column to ensure it was not damaged in an accident.

An industry survey this summer not surprisingly found a significant decline in shop revenues this spring, but it also found shops were not continuing to lay off employees and were actually growing less concerned about weathering the storm.

Collision repairers around the country aren’t sitting still as business conditions continued to evolve as summer began.

Although the tough times shops are experiencing in some markets aren’t over, the summer has brought some sunnier trends for the industry. 

Bryan Kim’s collision and mechanical repair business, like many others, was struggling this spring as the COVID-19 virus and economic shutdown hit the Catonsville, MD, area.

Shops’ backlog of work dried up this spring, with one national survey of 500 shops finding that even in April, more than three in four could schedule any new work within one week or less.

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