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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 18:36

LIABRA, ABCG Meeting Focuses on OEM Recommendations, Certifications

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Before the evening’s guest speakers delivered their presentations, LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger shared some industry updates with attendees during LIABRA and ABCG’s Jan. 15 meeting. Before the evening’s guest speakers delivered their presentations, LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger shared some industry updates with attendees during LIABRA and ABCG’s Jan. 15 meeting.

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On Jan. 15, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) and the Auto Body Craftsman’s Guild (ABCG) held their January General Meeting at Competition BMW in Smithtown, NY. More than 100 members were in attendance.

 

Before the meeting began, attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner provided by Competition BMW and the Competition Automotive Group. After calling the meeting to order, LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger introduced the evening’s host, Wayne Locanthi, parts director of Competition BMW. Locanthi thanked attendees and invited them to call him if they were interested in becoming a BMW-certified repair facility.

 

Kizenberger then reviewed current events and industry news. He informed members that Nissan/Infinity had released nine new position statements the day before. He recommended that repairers go to oem1stop.com to research repair procedures on every vehicle they repair.

 

Kizenberger noted, “In many cases, position statements may suggest or recommend how repairs should be made; as a repairer, you should regard these as requirements. It is your responsibility to make safe and proper repairs as per OEM procedures. As the Todd Tracy case highlighted, jurors interpret these suggestions and recommendations as requirements.”

 

Additionally, Kizenberger reminded attendees that the group’s workman’s compensation policy has been paying an average refund of 25 percent each year. He also announced that LIABRA will hold its annual Lobby Day on April 30. For more information on the policy or the event, contact Kizenberger at 631-949-2007.

 

The first guest speaker of the evening was I-CAR instructor Bill Vallely, who discussed OEM certification requirements for several manufacturers.

 

Vallely shared, “Most manufacturers require three basic segments to be certified: training, equipment and dealer recommendation. If you want to be certified, start with contacting the local dealer you are doing business with. Each manufacturer requires you to have certain equipment and training, and most require OEM training and/or I-CAR Gold certification. Getting certified can be expensive, and equipment and training requirements can run as high as $80,000.00.”

 

His presentation ended with a question-and-answer session with attendees.


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