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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 

John Yoswick

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CIECA’s annual conference in St. Louis in September included presentations on new electric vehicles, ADAS calibration trends and what may lie ahead in terms of direct repair programs.

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A panel of manufacturers of electric vehicles shared information collision repairers will need to know about their vehicles.

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Auto body shops have long given customers whose vehicle has been declared a total loss a chance to get any of their personal belongings from the vehicle before it is towed away.

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Collision repairers and insurance company representatives at this summer’s Collision Industry Conference (CIC) discussed the friction that exists between the two segments of the industry in terms of estimating damages and adjusting claims.

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A panel discussion at this summer’s Collision Industry Conference (CIC) related to the impacts of inflation focused primarily on how body shops can address increases in the costs of paint and materials---including how to discuss rising costs with insurers.

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Representatives of several automotive paint companies on a CIECA webcast this summer cautioned that, like nearly every other aspect of collision repair, ADAS will impact refinishing.

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has provided a few more details about its study beginning in August into the accuracy of the blend time formula commonly used in the industry.

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Tim O’Day, president and CEO of Boyd Group Services, parent company of Gerber Collision & Glass, referred to his company as “one of the better users of alternative parts” in a presentation this spring at the Automotive Body Parts Association annual convention.

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The ongoing discussion about auto body shop data privacy at the quarterly Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meetings took a new turn this summer when an association leader described what a data aggregator company had recently offered to sell to his organization.

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Pete Tagliapietra is sympathetic to collision repairers whose customers have found accident information about their car on a vehicle history report.

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