Monday, 25 April 2016 11:14

IABA April Meetings Focus on Post-Repair Inspections


The Bloomington Chapter met at the Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium.

During the week of April 11-14, the five chapters of the Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) held their quarterly meetings focused on post-repair inspections.

According to IABA Director Tony Passwater, "The special presentation topic this quarter was 'Post-Repair Vehicle Inspections: Is This an Opportunity or Threat to Your Business's Future?' The IABA update included Who Pays for What - Refinishing and a discussion on doing this month's Body Procedure Survey. In addition, we covered the VRS Labor Rate Survey for IN and the growing threats from consolidators stealing employees. The events went very well."

Although post-repair inspections aren't a new concept, the demand is higher than ever in the collision repair industry. During IABA's VLive presentation, association members took an in-depth look at this process and its impact on the industry, discussing how it will affect their businesses and how the post-repair inspection process should be conducted. The meeting also covered how to ensure technicians, managers and estimators are prepared for post-repair inspections and which internal processes should be implemented to protect a shop owner's business.

IABA members who attended the association's quarterly meetings were "pleased with the continued value the IABA brings to the industry, especially the educational content;" yet, Passwater "always hopes for more attendees, and I wish those in the industry would somehow realize there are solutions for the issues they face, and they do not have to face them alone."

The New Albany chapter met on April 11 at Tuckers, while the Bloomington chapter's meeting was held the next day at Crazy Horse Food and Drink Emporium. The Fort Wayne chapter met at the Lucky Moose on April 13. On Thursday morning, the Indiana Northwest chapter met at Gino's Steakhouse for a lunch meeting, and the Indianapolis chapter met that evening at Rick's Boatyard and Cafe.

The complete program for this quarter's IABA week is available to members for free by logging into the Members' Portal to obtain the access code. Non-members may visit www.IABAlive.com to access the complete program for $99.

The quarterly IABA week serves to provide members with up-to-date industry information and special educational presentations, plus these meetings provide an opportunity for shop owners to network with their peers.

Passwater believes these meetings are "invaluable to listen and hear how other shop owners are faced with the same issues every day and how to possibly work together to fix them."

For more information, visit www.iaba.info