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Backyard Competition: Analysis of U.S. Collision Repair Non-Employers

Industry News - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 8:30am
The number of small collision repairers in the U.S. without employees, and their sales, remain near record levels.

As the collision repair industry continues to grow following the recession as evidenced by our reports detailing the number of independent repair facility with payroll and collision repair production, the number of smaller repairers, those without payroll, remains near record high levels across the U.S. according to the latest government statistics.

In this report, we take a look at those individuals who have reported body repair income on their tax returns, but do not have employees and payroll. In essence, these are

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Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association Voices Position in Lead Up NAFTA Discussions

Industry News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:20pm
Association believes NAFTA has enabled U.S. auto industry to compete globally. Supports modernization of agreement.

In comments submitted June 12 to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) took a firm stance on behalf of its members arguing that great care be taken in renegotiating or modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The detailed comments, which were in response to the USTR’s request for comment on NAFTA, outlined a number of important positions, including:

  • Motor vehicles suppliers are part of a global industry and are dependent on a world-wide network of
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Caliber Collision Collects Record 3.2 Million Meals to Help Feed At-Risk Kids

Industry News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:12pm

More than 40 food banks across the country will be able to help ensure at-risk kids in their communities do not go hungry this summer, thanks to a five-week nationwide food drive by Caliber Collision Centers that resulted in a record-breaking 3.2 million meals.

Caliber Collision associate Mary Carter in Tampa, Florida, thanks Rob Anderson and Mike Harvey, representatives from business partner LKQ Corporation, for their generous contribution to the 6th Annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive.

Over the past six years, Caliber Collision’s annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive has collected thousands of pounds of food and over $1.2 million in

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Fix Auto Canada Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Prince Edward Island

Industry News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:02pm

Paul Randles, General Manager of Fix Auto Atlantic Canada, announced the addition to the Fix Auto Canada network in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Fix Auto Charlottetown, formerly known as City Collision Services, is owned and operated by Paul Gaudet.

“Fix Auto is recognized as a global company with a high set of standards for vehicle repairs, operations and marketing. The brand looks to deliver consistency from shop to shop,” Gaudet explains. “Our facility has always strived to provide the best customer experience with a very high standard of repair and ethics. This has contributed to our growth and becoming a

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Scott’s Collision Centers and Duncan Autobody Merge to Form Legacy Autobody Group in Eastern Pennsylvania

Industry News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:57am
Multiple shop operator has four locations in eastern Pennsylvania covering the Lehigh Valley, Upper Bucks County and the Pocono regions.

Duncan Autobody with two locations in Allentown and Quakertown, Pa. and Scott’s Collision Centers, with two locations in Easton and Stroudsburg, announced they have merged effective June 1st to form the Legacy Autobody Group. The combined organization has over $11 million in annual sales and 70+ teammates at its four locations.

The merger of the two family-owned multiple shop operations is the initial part of a plan to expand its collision repair services in Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New

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WyoTech to Award $200,000 Through National Guard Scholarship Program

Industry News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:42am

WyoTech, the technical training provider, is currently seeking applicants for its new scholarship for members of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS).

The EANGUS WyoTech Scholarship is for new students who enroll at either the Laramie, Wyo., or Daytona Beach, Fla., WyoTech campuses on or after Jan. 1, 2017. Each of the seven EANGUS locations will have the opportunity to award five National Guard members a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 for a total of 35 awards nationwide. In addition, one candidate’s award will be upgraded to a full scholarship to be applied

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Uni-Select Acquires KC Distributing in Ontario, Canada

Industry News - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:35am

Uni-Select Inc. (TSE:UNS), announced that its Bumper to Bumper subsidiary has completed the acquisition of KC Distributing Inc. with one location in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

KC Distributing is a family-owned enterprise, with over 30 professionals, that provides automotive products including paint and body supplies to the southwestern Ontario market.

“With this transaction, we add a solid team and a stable business organization carrying diverse product categories including automotive parts, paint and body supplies as well as industrial products to the Uni-Select family,” stated Gary O’Connor, President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Automotive Group.

“With the recent opening of our

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The Hanover Enters the Pennsylvania Personal Lines Insurance Market

Industry News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:02am

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) announced it has expanded its business in Pennsylvania to include personal lines insurance and has appointed a group of the top independent agents in the Commonwealth to serve its growing customer base.

The Hanover was the 25th largest private passenger automobile insurer in the U.S. in 2016.

The Hanover’s launch in Pennsylvania supports the company’s ongoing strategy to expand its footprint and offer its agent partners a full suite of insurance solutions for their clients.

“We have a very successful commercial lines business in Pennsylvania, working with some of the Commonwealth’s best agents

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Maaco Golf Tournament Raises over $80,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Industry News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 8:55am

Maaco hosted the 8th annual Making Miracles Happen Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Ballantyne, Charlotte on May 17. The event benefited the Driven Brands Charitable Foundation (DBCF) and supported the Children’s Miracle Network, with a final fundraising amount of more than $80,000. Those in attendance enjoyed a beautiful day filled with golf and fundraising for a worthy cause.

“Maaco is proud to host this event each year, which brings together franchisees, employees and vendors partners as one Maaco family to give back to children in need,” said Jason Ryan, President of Maaco. “It’s amazing for us to be

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Graham Kresfelder Appointed Global Strategic Developer for Fix Auto World

Industry News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 8:51am

David Lingham, Head of Business for Fix Auto World announced the appointment of Graham Kresfelder to the role of Global Strategic Developer, effective June 1.

Graham Kresfelder has been named Global Strategic Developer at Fix Auto World.

Kresfelder has worked in the collision repair industry in seven countries, including the United Kingdom, Poland and Italy, Kresfelder brings with him 20 years of international leadership experience developing accident management processes, automotive collision networks and productivity technology platforms.

In his new role, Kresfelder will be responsible for identifying key markets and growth opportunities for Fix Auto’s operations, primarily for the European market.

According

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Jeff Mucci Named Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at PDA

Industry News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 8:45am

Property Damage Appraisers (PDA) announced Jeff Mucci as its new Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Mucci is a seasoned business professional with more than 25 years of experience in business development, insurance claims leadership, contract, and vendor management.

Jeff Mucci was named Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Property Damage Appraisers.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff join the PDA leadership team,” said Tom Dolfay, CEO of PDA. “He brings a great depth of knowledge and years of experience in the insurance industry that are extremely beneficial to the role. We look forward to even better results with Jeff leading

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Collision Repair Industry Production Up in March

Industry News - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 8:00am
After hitting record levels in December and January, production declined in both February but recovered slightly in March.

An analysis of the latest data released from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), shows that total production for the collision repair industry was up in March versus the previous month and up from March 2016.

The industry’s total production, which we define as the total average weekly hours per month multiplied by the total number of production and non-supervisory workers employed each month, was 7.48 million man hours per week in March, up from 7.47 million man

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Mitchell Second Quarter 2017 Industry Trends Report Examines OEM and Non-OEM Collision Repair Part Pricing

Industry News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:45am
According to Mitchell data, from 2010 to 2016, the average price difference between OEM and aftermarket parts declined by almost eight percent for domestic vehicles. Issue also examines how insurance industry is using artificial intelligence.

Mitchell today released its Industry Trends Report (ITR) for the second quarter of 2017. In this edition, Mitchell executives take a look at how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in the insurance industry, the use of scanning tools for complex collision repairs and compares collision repair parts pricing for OEM and non-OEM parts.

The latest Auto Physical Damage edition can be downloaded as an

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Dent Wizard Promotes Matt Boyd to Director of Operations for Canada

Industry News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:27am

Dent Wizard International announced it recently promoted Matt Boyd to the position of director of operations – Canada. Boyd previously served as the company’s national sales manager in Canada.

Matt Boyd has been promoted to director of operations – Canada at Dent Wizard International.

In his new role, Boyd will apply his extensive automotive knowledge and experience to Dent Wizard’s continued growth in the Canadian market. Boyd will report directly to Michael Fedorowich, Dent Wizard’s regional vice president of the Northeast U.S. and Canada operations.

“Matt’s a proven performer who possesses the knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm required for continuing our

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CARSTAR Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Houston

Industry News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:21am

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced the opening of CARSTAR Champions at 13650 Schroeder Rd., in Houston, Texas.  The new franchise is owned and operated by Kevin and Blanca Williams.

“Joining CARSTAR was an easy business decision for us,” said co-owner Kevin Williams.  “We can now leverage the benefits of being part of the CARSTAR family and give our customers the service and attention that they would expect from an independent shop.  CARSTAR provides access to networks, training and partnerships to ensure we provide quality and affordable repairs to our customers.”

CARSTAR Champions has been servicing its community for over

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San Jose Collision Repair Shop Shop Owner Among 18 Charged with Felony Insurance Fraud

Industry News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:13am

The owner of a San Jose, California collision repair shop, his wife, and sixteen others have been charged with an insurance fraud scam during which they staged 15 car accidents to collect about $150,000 in fraudulent claims.

According to allegations by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the auto insurance fraud ring intentionally damaged cars, using some models several times. One aging Pontiac was used in three separate “accidents” over a single year.

The defendants face felony fraud charges and could face prison time, if convicted. Gerardo Ivan Espinosa Martinez, 31, who owns Espinosa Body Shop in San Jose,

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CIECA Project to Incorporate Collision Repair Diagnostic Scans into Data Standards Starts June 19

Industry News - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:00am
Standards will enable communication of scan results between collision repair shops and insurers.

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA), the collision repair industry data communications standards developer, today announced it will begin work June 19 on a new project to implement the exchange and transmission of scanning diagnostics results within the Business Message Suite (BMS).

Announced in May, the project aims to enable the communication of diagnostic scan output files and documents between the collision repair facility, the insurance carrier, or other involved parties.

“Vehicle Scanning has become an integral part of the entire repair process on certain vehicles.

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State Attorneys General Promise Legal Fight to Keep 2022-2025 Vehicle Emission Standards

Industry News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:20pm

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, leading a coalition of 13 Attorneys General and the PA Department of Environmental Protection, warned the Trump Administration that any effort to roll back key vehicle emission standards would be met by a “vigorous” court challenge. In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, the coalition makes clear that it will take legal action if the EPA attempts to weaken air pollution standards set for passenger cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2022 to 2025.

“Reducing pollution from cars and trucks is vital to New Yorkers’ and all Americans’

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Nissan to Offer standard Automatic Emergency Braking on One Million U.S. vehicles in MY2018

Industry News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:11pm
More than doubles the number of AEB-equipped Nissan vehicles versus 2017 model year.

Nissan announced that it is making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) standard on a projected one million vehicles sold in the United States for model year 2018, including seven of the company’s most popular models – Rogue/Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, LEAF, Pathfinder, Maxima and Sentra, except manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions.

AEB (previously known as Forward Emergency Braking) uses radar technology to monitor a vehicle’s proximity to the vehicle ahead, giving the driver audible and visual display warnings to help the driver reduce the vehicle’s speed if

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NADA Reports Light Trucks Account for 63% of New-Vehicle Sales through May 

Industry News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:00pm

According to the National Automobile Dealers Assocation (NADA) May edition of Mark Beat, sales of new crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks continued to gain market share through the first five months of 2017 in the U.S.

 “While May traditionally is a good month for selling cars, light-vehicle sales came in below expectations,” said NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly. “The bright spot is the light-truck segment, which continues to grow market share and has comprised 62.7 percent of sales so far this year.”

Incentives offered during the Memorial Day weekend did not boost demand, which resulted in a seasonally adjusted annual

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