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AASP/NJ and WMABA Release Northeast Trade Show Class Schedule

Industry News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:57am

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) and the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) announced the full list of classes for the debut of Collision P.R.E.P. – Professional Repairer Education Program that featured 17 classes.

Collision P.R.E.P. is headlined by Todd Tracy, the attorney in the recent John Eagle Collision case, who will present “Anatomy of a Lawsuit – Crash Testing for Evidence” on Saturday afternoon, March 17. There will be additional details to his post-win crash testing and insights into liability that repairers can avoid in their daily operations. In addition to Tracy’s presentation, there

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ICBC Blames CA$935 million in First Nine Months on Surge in Crashes

Industry News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:53am

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) yesterday reported a net loss of CA$935 million ($757.6 million) for the first nine months of our current fiscal year covering April 1 to December 31, 2017.

According to ICBC, “This is obviously a sizeable and significant loss, and is further evidence of the growing financial pressures we are under from the rapid increase in the number of crashes occurring across B.C., the surge in claims and the massive growth in the costs of those claims. Our projected net loss for our full 12-month, fiscal year (ending March 31, 2018) now stands at

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NHTSA Launches Drugged Driving Initiative and Announces March 15 Summit

Industry News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:40am

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it is launching a new initiative to combat drugged driving, a growing problem on U.S. roads. Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is against the law in all 50 states. With a national opioid epidemic and states legalizing marijuana, NHTSA is making the drugged-driving problem a top priority to ensure U.S. roads, communities and families are safe from impaired drivers. NHTSA is looking to develop creative solutions to improve safety and reduce deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes.

“Nobody can solve drugged driving alone, but by sharing

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Australia’s AMA Group Confirms Discussions on Sale of Collision Repair Unit to Blackstone

Industry News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:38am
Proposal values collision repair business at AU$530 million 

Following an article in the Australian Financial Review, Australia’s AMA Group Ltd. (ASX:AMA) confirmed that had received a proposal from Blackstone Private Equity for its collision repair centers. The AMA group owns more than 90 collision repair centers in Australia and New Zealand with reported sales of AU$323.8 million ($262 million) last fiscal year.

The Blackstone Group owns a majority interest in Service King Collision Repair Centers that it acquired in 2014.

According to a notice to shareholders from Terri Bankos, company secretary of the AMA Group, “AMA Group Limited (ASX: AMA)

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AIA Canada Accepting Applications for Board of Directors Appointments

Industry News - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:37pm

Every year, three or more Directors complete their term on the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada Board of Directors. It is the responsibility of the Nominating Committee to propose a slate of new Directors for consideration to the AIA Board of Directors and then to the entire membership at the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Association is seeking Directors who will at all times act in the best interests of the entire Association, who will willingly share their own knowledge and expertise, and who are willing and able to devote time and effort to AIA on a volunteer

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Delaware Approved for Veteran Adjuster Licensing Reimbursement Program

Industry News - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:33pm

Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro announced that the Delaware Department of Insurance has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for reimbursement of licensing test fees.  Veterans that successfully pass the exams for Insurance Producer and Adjuster licenses will now be reimbursed those fees.

“This is an exciting announcement for the Department of Insurance. My team in Producer Licensing has worked for many months on meeting the requirements by Veterans Affairs.  All producers and licensees have to take the same test and pay the same fees.  This is a valued benefit to for our veterans who are returning to

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Mother of 6 Receives Life-Changing Car Donation at NABC Annual Golf Fundraiser

Industry News - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:28pm

National Auto Body Council members gave a Palm Springs single mother of six much to look forward to in 2018 when she received keys to a practically brand-new 2017 Toyota Camry.

The vehicle presentation was a highlight of the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Annual Golf Fundraiser in Palm Springs last week. Proceeds from the fundraiser support NABC’s community service programs including Recycled Rides, First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE) and Distracted Driving Initiative.

The Golf Fundraiser was presented by title sponsor Hertz Corporation with event sponsors including: Audatex, a Solera Company, Autoworks PDR, AXALTA Coating Systems, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Caliber

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Diamond Standard Releases Crash Test Results of Honda Fit Bumper Reinforcements

Industry News - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:20pm
Aftermarket parts manufacturer again demonstrates that its parts perform to OEM standards through testing.

Diamond Standard Parts, the Tennessee-based manufacturer of non-OEM collision repair parts, released results of dynamic barrier sled-testing performed by MGA Research Corporation in December 2017 that compared the performance of an OEM Production Model bumper reinforcement (rebar), an OEM Service Rebar, and a Diamond Standard Certified Rebar.

The test results showed that while the OEM Production rebar was visually different than the OEM Service Rebar and the Diamond Standard Certified Rebar all three reinforcements had nearly identical plots in the dynamic barrier test. The photo below

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Collision Claims and Losses Down in Third Quarter Compared to Second

Industry News - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:05am
Auto physical damage indicators influencing the collision repair industry declined on a quarter by quarter basis for the first time in five years in the third quarter of 2017. Claims and losses continue above year ago levels.

According to the latest available Fast Track Monitoring system data from the Independent Statistical Service Inc. (ISS), private passenger collision claims and losses declined in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter, but were up versus the same quarter in 2016. The number of collision claims has grown in every quarter since 2012 on a quarterly basis

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Classic Collision Adds Two Repair Centers in Georgia

Industry News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:08pm

Classic Collision Inc. recently added two collision repair centers in the north Georgia Market, bringing their total number of shops to 20.  The new facilities include a location in  John’s Creek, their second shop in Cumming, Ga area. Classic also opened its first collision repair center in Gainesville. John’s Creek and Gainesville are 45 and 55 miles northeast of Atlanta, respectively.

The new locations will employ nearly 25 people, bringing Classic Collision’s workforce to nearly 600 overall.

Classic Collision’s owner, Manfred Kammerer, remarked at the grand openings, “We have reached a milestone for our growing company with the addition of

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AAA Reports More Americans Willing to Ride in Fully Self-Driving Cars

Industry News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:22pm

American drivers are beginning to embrace self-driving vehicles, according to a new study from AAA. The annual survey reveals that 63 percent of U.S. drivers report feeling afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle, a significant decrease from 78 percent in early 2017. Millennial and male drivers are the most trusting of autonomous technologies, with only half reporting they would be afraid to ride in a self-driving car. To ensure that American drivers continue to be informed, prepared and comfortable with this shift in mobility, AAA urges automakers to prioritize consumer education.

 “Americans are starting to feel more comfortable

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IAA Launches Clear Title, Non-Insurance Auction Channel Brand at New Location in Portage Wisconsin

Industry News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:19pm

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of  KAR Auction Services (NYSE:KAR), launched its newest auction channel offering a more targeted buying and selling platform.

Sellers who want a full-service auction company partner can now target non-insurance, clear title, Run & Drive vehicle segment buyers through IAA Ignite. Ignite allows sellers to consign vehicles utilizing IAA’s suite of auction channels – IAA Live and Online, IAA Timed Auctions and IAA Buy Now – all in one location.

“We wanted to create an efficient marketplace for independent dealers and rebuilders with access to the clear title, run and drive, higher

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ix Auto World Announces Two Board of Directors Appointments

Industry News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:16pm

FSteve Leal, President and CEO of Fix Auto World is proud to announce changes to Fix Auto’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

“Fix Auto World and all of its brands have experienced significant expansion in recent years, from development in new territories to the addition of new business segments. In order for the organization to build on this growth, we have made some changes to our Board of Directors,” says Leal. He adds: “These changes are sure to help us cement our position as a dominant force in the automotive aftermarket services industry.”

Two new members have been named to

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Bill Garoutte Named to Lead National Auto Body Council

Industry News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:12pm
Group establishes scholarship through Collision Repair Education Foundation in honor of Chuck Sulkala, founder and executive director, who has retired.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is pleased to announce that Bill Garoutte, a veteran business development, marketing and collision industry executive, has been selected to take the helm at the organization, succeeding Chuck Sulkala, NABC’s Founder and Executive Director who retired at the end of 2017. 

The NABC also announced it has established a scholarship through the Collision Repair Education Foundation in honor of Sulkala.

In his new position, Garoutte will be responsible for developing and executing NABC’s strategic

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California Bill That Sought to Overturn Collision Repair Anti-Steering and Labor Rate Regulations Fails to Advance

Industry News - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:38am
California Assembly Appropriations Committee did not approve legislation at hearing last week.

At a hearing on January 18, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee refused to advance Assembly Bill 1679 (AB 1679) that sought to overturn California Department of Insurance (CDI) anti-steering and collision repair labor rate regulations that took effect in March 2017.

The legislation was introduced in last year by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke. The bill, as amended, would reverse key provisions of both the anti-steering and labor rate regulations that were adopted by the California Division of Insurance late last year that became effective in March. The legislation

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Painters Supply Acquires Ohio Distributor

Industry News - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:01pm

Painters Supply & Equipment Co. (PSE) announced the acquisition of Dick’s Auto Supply. Dick’s was founded in 1968 and is a PPG Platinum Distributor. The acquisition adds a location in Findlay, Ohio and strengthens PSE’s market presence in northwest Ohio. The acquisition was completed in late December.

“We’re excited to welcome the Dick’s Auto Supply team to Painters Supply & Equipment” said Patrick Mayette, CEO of PSE. “We are committed to delivering the highest quality products, superior service, and value added programs to all of our new customers.”

Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Taylor, MI, PSE has grown to

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PPG MVP Business Solutions Releases Q1 Class Schedule

Industry News - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:56am

PPG MVP Business Solutions has released its schedule of training classes for the first quarter of 2018. The classes are offered at various locations across the United States and Canada and present innovative and effective business solutions for owners and managers of collision centers using PPG products. The classes are designed to help shops improve their bottom line through the use of exclusive MVP performance-accelerating processes.

A partial list of MVP classes scheduled for January through March 2018 includes Advanced Estimating, Business of Parts Management, Business in the 21st Century, Continuing Education Instructor Development Course and Elevating the Customer Experience.

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California Looks to Pass on Insurance Company Savings from Federal Tax Legislation to Policyholders

Industry News - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:46am
Consumer Federation asking all states to do so

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones directed his department to commence a regulatory review of insurers’ rates and other lines of business where insurers would benefit from the federal tax cuts. The purpose of that review is to identify specific legal authority and necessary amendments to rate formulas and the procedures for addressing insurers’ rates to pass the decrease in taxes on to California policyholders where authorized.

The Consumer Federation of America issued a letter to Commissioner Jones and other insurance regulators on the issue asking them to require insurers to file lower

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Boyd Group Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Florida

Industry News - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:42am
With the acquisition, the multiple shop operator surpasses 500 location milestone.

The Boyd Group Inc. announced the January 19, 2018 opening of two collision repair locations in Collier County, Florida. These centers previously operated as Autocraft Enterprises and Autocraft Naples and are located on Marco Island and in northern Naples. Marco Island, the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands and Naples, one of the most prosperous cities in the United States, are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Southwest Florida.  

“These Gulf Coast locations simultaneously enhance synergies and broaden our footprint,” said Tim O’Day, President and COO of

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Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Soften in December

Industry News - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:55am
According to ADESA report, cars are down while trucks continue to increase.

According to the ADESA Analytical Services’ monthly analysis of Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices, while the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma having lasted primarily from late-August through mid-November, wholesale prices in December returned to patterns seen prior to those events.  Namely, prices for cars continue to soften while prices for trucks were up.

Generally, lower used vehicle prices increase pressure on the number of total losses impacting the collision repair industry, while rising prices allow for more collision repair work to be performed prior to a vehicle being

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