Thursday, 14 May 2015 17:00

IABA's April Chapter Meetings Focus on Estimating Accuracy

Over the course of three days in April, the Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) held five chapter meetings that focused on estimating accuracy. Because the technology used on modern vehicles changes constantly, shop owners' responsibilities and liabilities also increase regularly.

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In order to ensure members are aware of the procedures necessary to properly repair a vehicle and that they also know which procedures to include on their blueprint and final bill, IABA held five VLIVE TRAINING sessions with Mike Anderson, famed industry speaker from CollisionAdvice.com.

Tony Passwater, Director of IABA, stated, "Our new VLIVE format worked very well, and the information provided was very educational.

"The New Albany chapter held their quarterly luncheon meeting on April 14 at Tuckers, and that evening, the Bloomington chapter met for dinner at Crazy Horse Food and Drink Emporium. The Merrillville and Fort Wayne chapters both met on Wednesday, April 15, and the Indianapolis chapter met on April 16 at a new venue, Rick's Boatyard and Café, where they plan to hold their August meeting because "it was a very good place to hold the meeting," Passwater said.

Each meeting commenced with updates on current events that may impact members' businesses. IABA next addressed association news and programs. The VLIVE presentation followed; VLIVE TRAINING is a new format designed to provide the best speakers and information for IABA meetings through the association's virtually live interactive format.

VLIVE debuted at IABA's February meetings with a special message from John Arthur Eaves Jr., as well as glimpse of new technology, the Catalytic Cold Gas Curing System.

Passwater shared, "In our April meetings, we had Mike Anderson, Danny Panduro and Tim Briggs provide insights on getting to 100% estimating/blueprinting accuracy. We also had some new technology from Collision Diagnostics Services and the Astech Unit. Our new VLIVE format really has allowed us to add very educational content to our meetings from the top presenters in our industry."