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Registration Open for ASA Annual Meeting and Conference

Industry News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 5:13pm

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has opened online registration for its 2018 Annual Business Meeting that will be held May 2-5 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

The event will feature the 2018 Celebration of Excellence and AMi Graduation Ceremony Friday, May 4. In addition, attendees can expect a full slate of AMi-approved seminars covering current and future trends in the industry led by popular trainers, Richard Flint, Bob Greenwood, Maylon Newton and Jeremy O’Neal.

A continental breakfast will kick off events Thursday, May 3, followed by an open Board of Directors meeting

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Kent Marks the 10th Anniversary in I-CAR Training Alliance by Nearly Doubling Instructor Base

Industry News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:22am

Kent Automotive, a brand of Lawson Products, Inc., (NASDAQ:LAWS), announced eight of its industry professionals recently completed I-CAR Industry Training Alliance provider training, bringing its total number of I-CAR instructors to 19.  

More than 8,200 collision center personnel have participated in Kent’s I-CAR courses since 2008.    

The increase in I-CAR training resources complements a range of hands-on training sessions and clinics taught by Kent professionals at customer locations and provided at no cost.

“Our Kent Automotive representatives are in shops and service bays with owners and technicians every day,” said Matt Brown, Senior Vice President, Sales, Lawson Products, “So we’re

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Painters Supply Acquires Indiana Distributor

Industry News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:57am

Painters Supply & Equipment Co. (PSE) announced it has completed the acquisition of Northern Indiana Paint Supply, Inc. increasing its footprint in the Northern and Central Indiana market.  Founded in 1982, Northern Indiana Paint Supply is a family- owned PPG Platinum Distributor that operates three Indiana stores in Fort Wayne, Osceola, and Warsaw.

“We are excited to welcome the Northern Indiana Paint Supply team members to the PSE family” said Patrick Mayette, president & CEO of PSE. “Northern Indiana Paint Supply has a long history of providing industry-leading products and services in the Indiana market, which will only be strengthened

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Fix Auto Quesnel Under New Ownership

Industry News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:38am

Fix Auto Canada announced a change in ownership of Fix Auto Quesnel in British Columbia. The facility was purchased by Anita Slovak and Jesse Bowden.  This location has been providing customers auto body repair work since 2011. Slovak, along with her husband, may be new to the collision industry, but they have extensive experience owning and operating their own business.

“We are both excited to take on something new,” said Slovak. “We already own a log hauling business, so are very familiar with running a company.”

Peter Polito, General Manager for Fix Auto Western Region, said, “We are very happy

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Application Deadline for Collision Repair Education Foundation Scholarships February 15

Industry News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:15am

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is reminding students that its 2018 grant and scholarship application period will close next Thursday, February 15.

The application period is open for high school and post-secondary collision students who will be attending career and technical schools and colleges in the fall.

Applications can be found online.

The Foundation and its industry supporters offer over $200,000 in grants and scholarships annually, as part of their mission to promote collision repair education and create quality candidates for entry level job opportunities.

This year’s opportunities include the following:

  • 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Scholarships & Tool Grants
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Collision Repair Industry Production Up in November

Industry News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 9:05am
While below the record levels of weekly production recorded earlier this year, production was up in November versus 2016, but down from October.

An analysis of the latest data released from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), shows that collision repair industry production in November continued to decline slightly from the record levels it had achieved in June.

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 7.52 million man hours per week in November, down

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Worley Claims Services Acquires Audit Services Incorporated

Industry News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:48am

Worley Claims Services, LLC announced the acquisition of Audit Services Incorporated (ASI), a claim estimate writing and review supplier for the property and auto insurance markets. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. StoneRidge Advisors, LLC advised Worley

Founded in 1998, ASI has established itself as a leader in providing the highest quality estimate writing and review services for its property and auto clients throughout the United States. With a workforce of approximately 350 employees, the company specializes in providing desk estimate review, post repair audits, total loss estimates and call center capabilities.

“ASI’s leadership and highly skilled employees

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ALLDATA Signs Partner Agreement with European-Based Autologic Diagnostics

Industry News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 9:48am

ALLDATA Europe GmbH has signed a reseller agreement with Autologic Diagnostics Ltd. headquartered in Oxford, England. The agreement enables Autologic to distribute ALLDATA Repair to its customers, enhancing their ability to repair even the most complex European vehicles with ALLDATA’s original manufacturer repair information. ALLDATA Repair helps ensure that independent workshops have access to OEM diagnostic and repair information needed to meet manufacturer standards.

“ALLDATA is pleased to be working with an organization like Autologic that is committed to ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of the independent aftermarket,” said Kevin Culmo, General Manager and Managing Director, ALLDATA Europe GmbH, and

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More than 1000 Students Registered for Upcoming Collision Repair Education Career Fairs

Industry News - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 9:43am

Over 1000 students have registered for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s first three career fairs being held in Tampa and Miami, Fla. and San Antonio, Texas during February and early March.

The first career fair is scheduled for February 14 at Hillsborough Community College near Tampa.

Students studying for a career in the collision repair industry learned about opportunities available to them at a career fair hosted at 3M Headquarters in St. Paul Minn.

“This is the third year for our Spring Career Fair schedule and students continue to respond to the events in record numbers,” said Education Foundation Director

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Service King Opens Collision Repair Center in Georgia

Industry News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:55am

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced the company has officially opened its 9th Georgia collision repair center at 1860 Buford Highway in Cumming, Ga. The facility has 15,500 feet of production space.

“This is certainly an exciting start to the year as we march forward in our mission to be the collision repair operator of choice for our local customers and business partners,” said Mike Lecoq, Service King Market Director. “We look forward to the enhanced service this new location will provide and continuing to grow the Service King brand into the trusted name for collision repair for customers across

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BASF Presents Winner of 2018 Detroit Middlecott Sketchbattle

Industry News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:34am

Shubham Singh, a student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, won the 2018 Detroit Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment presented by BASF. Singh won $2,500 and a championship belt designed by Mob Steel.

More than 500 people attended the 2018 Sketchbattle to watch 15 artists compete in a boxing-themed automotive sketching competition at the St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. (photo by Mike Ferdinand)

Introduced in 2012, the experiment is Detroit’s “Fight Club of Design,” an underground, automotive industry event developed to identify emerging car design talent. Coinciding with the North American International Auto Show, the event is an automotive sketching

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Axalta Reports Sales Up 7% in 2017

Industry News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:25am
For the year, net sales were $4.35 billion, up 7.0 percent versus 2016, largely driven by acquisition contribution. Refinish up 4.7 percent in Q4 benefiting from currency translation.

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (NYSE:AXTA) announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31.

Axalta reported net sales of $1,164.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 13.4 percent, including 3.5 percent favorable foreign currency translation contribution. Constant currency net sales increased 9.9 percent in the period, driven by 8.6 percent in acquisition contribution, coupled with 0.7 percent volume growth and 0.6 percent higher average selling

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Cost of Car Insurance in UK Costs 10% of a Young Driver’s Salary

Industry News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:13am
Growth of injury claims and taxes drive higher costs for young people. All their salary for the year to date would go to pay auto insurance premiums.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) reported further evidence of the need to tackle rising motor insurance premiums – the cost of car insurance now gobbles up 10 percent of a young driver’s average salary

The ABI analysis shows that 10 percent of the average salary of drivers aged 18-21 now goes on paying their motor insurance bills – an average of £973 ($1350) for coverage. This is more than five times the

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Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in California

Industry News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:05am

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced the company has acquired Izzie’s Body and Frame in West Sacramento, California. The repair center is located at 1120 Shore St. and, as part of the deal, will transition operations to Service King immediately.

“We are proud to continue our steady growth across the state of California and particularly the addition of this new location to the Service King family,” said Wesley McAlester, Service King Market Vice President. “Since opening our first location in the Sacramento area in 2014, it has been our mission to grow Service King into the collision repair operator of

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Collision Repair Education Foundation Calls on Industry to Sponsor Student Uniforms

Industry News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 9:42am
The Collision Centers of New York donates to Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is asking collision repair businesses to support high school and college collision repair programs and their students for the 2018-2019 school year and sponsoring work uniforms.

Uniforms will create a more professional learning environment for students, preparing them for potential careers in the collision industry. Each local student can be sponsored for $50, which provides the student with a Cintas work shirt and pants. Businesses that sponsor more than 20 uniforms can have their corporate logo featured on

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U.S. Average Length of Rental by Region Decreased in Fourth Quarter

Industry News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:48pm
According to the latest research from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the collision repair industry’s length of rental declined in the quarter, but remained above 2016 for the full year.

Average Length of Rental (LOR) for Q4 2017 landed at 12.4 days in the United States, a decrease of .1 days compared to Q4 2016. This produced a final LOR for Calendar 2017 of 12.04 days, up slightly from 11.98 in 2016 according to Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Once again, there was very little consistency between regions and states, suggesting that the quarterly result for the U.S. is not reflective of a genuine national trend.

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AM Best Reports Personal Auto Insurance Underwriting Profitability Performed Better in 2017

Industry News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:31pm

The underwriting profitability of the U.S. personal auto line showed signs of improvement in 2017 as rate hikes have been effective against loss frequency and severity trends, according to a new A.M. Best report.

The combined ratio for the U.S. private passenger standard auto composite (companies with private passenger auto net premiums written that constitute 50 percent or more of their total net premiums written) at the end of third-quarter 2017 had improved by 4.3 points to 101.6 from third-quarter 2016, according to the Best’s report, titled, “Personal Auto Showing Signs of Improvement.”

The total industry’s private passenger auto combined

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UK National Body Repair Association Raises Concerns over Late Payments by Accident Management Companies

Industry News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:23pm

The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has written to Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal, to bring to his attention the impact that late payment culture is having on the UK economy, and the threat it poses to UK bodyshops every year.

“The body repair sector is an industry that has been severely hampered by the practice of late payments. Several NBRA members have been significantly affected by Accident Management Companies (AMC) failure to pay for repair work. This has resulted in severe job losses and even the closure of repairer businesses,” said Chris Weeks, NBRA Director. “Following a similar investigation

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Insurance Associations Send Joint Letter to State Insurance Commissioners on Federal Tax Changes Impact on Insurance Rates

Industry News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:20pm

The American Insurance Association (AIA) and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) issued a letter to state insurance commissioners responding to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Center for Economic Justice’s (CEJ)  claims about the federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act and how it may impact insurance rates.

In a letter sent January 23 to each state insurance commissioner, CFA and CEJ raised the issue of increased profits flowing to insurance companies from lower taxes. The groups explained that, absent action by state insurance regulators to force insurers to lower rates, the tax-related profit windfall

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CARSTAR Adds Four Collision Repair Centers in Pennsylvania, Two in Missouri to its Network

Industry News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:04pm

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced that Legacy Autobody Group, with four locations in Eastern Pennsylvania joined its network.  The owners are Matt Dewalt, Eric Horvath, Michael Horvath and Robert Horvath.

The four facilities include: CARSTAR Easton- Scott’s Collision; CARSTAR Stroudsburg- Scott’s Collision; CARSTAR Allentown- Duncan Autobody; CARSTAR Quakertown- Duncan Autobody

Legacy Autobody was formed when Duncan Autobody, with two locations in Allentown and Quakertown, Pa., and Scott’s Collision Centers, with two locations in Easton and Stroudsburg, merged in June 2017. The combined organization has over $11 million in annual sales and 70-plus teammates at its four locations.

 “We named

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