The Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) was founded at the beginning of 2004 by a group of forward-thinking shop owners and vendors with the mission of promoting "professionalism and consumer awareness of the automotive collision repair industry in the state of Indiana." Near the end of 2004, IABA's Board of Directors asked Tony Passwater to fill the role of Director for the association because they felt it would be best to engage someone who was not a shop owner or vendor to grow the organization for the future. Passwater notes that, at the association's conception, "it had been almost eight to ten years since the last association had folded, and the timing was right."
On September 28, the Automotive Service Association of Michigan (ASA-MI) hosted the Great Lakes Event at Lansing Community College West Campus in Lansing, MI. This year’s event featured a full day of networking opportunities and training for just over 50 attendees.
Consumers play a vital role in the collision repair industry—and educated consumers are the best customers. Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA) recognizes the importance of educated consumers as customers and believes that trade associations help repairers perform better for their customers.
The Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) has organized a petition to stop insurer-mandated parts procurement programs and is urging collision repairers to sign it.
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) released a statement declaring its opposition to State Farm Insurance’s new "verbally imposed" policy regarding reimbursement of “wet sand and buff” procedures.
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) Board of Directors has released a statement officially denouncing PartsTrader and supporting the efforts of the Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA) in their lawsuit against State Farm to halt the insurer from requiring that shops in Mississippi use PartsTrader.
The Indiana Autobody Association (IABA) has announced its full support of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists' (SCRS) recent position statement on insurer mandates.
After a four-year effort by AASP-MN, on May 23, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2013 Tax Bill which included legislation advanced by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, Minnesota (AASP-MN). The legislation changes the point of imposition of sales tax on auto repair paint and materials from the wholesale to the retail level. It will become effective on July 1, 2013.
Ray Gunder has been invited by the Indiana Auto Body Association to share his legal journey with the state’s collision repairers.
Sue Allor, board member with the Northern Michigan Body Shop Association, recently announced big news to her group: legislation the association has been working on for the past two years was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives on April 30.
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) awarded $17,000 in scholarships to help post-secondary automotive students pay for tuition during the 2013-2014 school year.
AASP-MN held its Annual Meeting & Convention at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth on April 11-12. During the two days, over 250 area shop owners, vendors, presenters and industry supporters gathered for the event.