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Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Grew at Higher Rate in 2016 Compared to 2015

Industry News - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:00am
Auto physical damage indicators influencing the collision repair industry continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2016. Losses on collision claims up over 11 percent for 2016 compared to previous year.

According to the latest available Fast Track Monitoring system data from the Independent Statistical Service Inc. (ISS), private passenger collision claims and losses continued to grow in the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 2015. The number of collision claims has grown in every quarter since 2013 compared to the same quarter in the previous year.

Data through the end of the fourth quarter of

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Mark Ilijanic Appointed SVP Parts & Vehicle Logistics at Volkswagen Group of America

Industry News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:43am

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. announced that Mark Ilijanic, 41, has been appointed Senior Vice President Parts & Vehicle Logistics, effective immediately. In this position, Ilijanic will oversee the operations of logistics and distribution of Parts and Vehicles for the Volkswagen and Audi brands. He will report directly to Anu C. Goel, Executive Vice President, Group After Sales & Service, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Mark Ilijanic has been appointed Senior Vice President Parts & Vehicle Logistics at Volkswagen Group of America.

Ilijanic has more than 17 years of experience in the industry and joined Volkswagen Group of America in

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AASP-MN Announces 2017-18 Board of Directors

Industry News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:37am

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) announced its 2017-18 Board of Directors.  The Association welcomed Randy Notto, Lenfer Transmission & Automotive, Lino Lakes and Matthew Feehan, American Auto Body, Brooklyn Park, to the Board.  They join other members of the Board, including:

  • Wayne Watson, Autoworks Automotive Service Center, Woodbury – President
  • Greg Kasel, Downtown Tire & Auto, Hastings – Immediate Past President
  • Will Latuff, Latuff Bros., St. Paul – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Carl Thomas, Lancer Service Auto Care, St. Paul – Mechanical Division Director
  • Bruce Tschida, Lake Marion Collision, Lakeville – Collision Division Director
  • Mars Overlee, Rick’s 36 Automotive
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Mitchell Honors Collision Repair Facilities With 15th Annual AutocheX Premier Achiever Awards

Industry News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 9:32am

Mitchell International announced the winners of the 2016 AutocheX Premier Achiever Awards, honoring top performing collision repair facilities throughout the United States for their superior customer service and support.

A complete list of 2016 award winners is available online.

“The AutocheX Premier Achiever Awards recipients demonstrate the impeccable customer satisfaction and support all repair facilities should strive for,” said Jack Rozint, Vice President of Sales and Service at Mitchell International. “Customers entrust repair facilities with their damaged vehicles and those honored this year truly embody all that the AutocheX Premier Achiever Awards represent. We congratulate the winners for their ongoing

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Collision Repair Education Foundation Student Resume Database Accepting Submissions

Industry News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 2:33pm

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s online database of high school and college resumes is accepting student resume submissions. Students who are seeking full time jobs, part time jobs, or internships in the industry are invited to submit a resume to the database online at www.collisionrepaircareers.org before graduation.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation has created an online database for collision students to post their resume and make it available to employers across the industry.

The database is a way for collision students, especially those who are unable to make it to CREF hosted career fairs, to submit their resumes to potential

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CIECA Announces Project to Incorporate Diagnostic Scan Data into the BMS Standards

Industry News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 2:25pm

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced it will begin work on a new project to implement the exchange and transmission of collision repair diagnostic scanning results within its Business Message Suite (BMS) standards.

“Vehicle Scanning has become an integral part of the entire repair process on certain vehicles. Pre-repair and Post-repair scanning has become necessary in certain situations. The information received from the vehicle scan tool should be saved with the other Repair Order documentation for subsequent review, auditing, and other purposes. Repairers and the industry need a method to retain and exchange this data with the entire

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Facing Modest Rate Increases, Auto Insurers Increase Reliance on Service, Agents

Industry News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:07am
Latest J.D. Power Auto Insurance Shopping research shows reliance on customer service to drive satisfaction. Erie Insurance tops satisfaction ranking for fifth consecutive year.

Amid a second straight year of stagnant auto insurance shopping activity and modest rate increases, auto insurance companies have grown increasingly reliant on great customer service, personalized advice and strong agents to win over their customers, according to the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study, released today.

J.D. Power also conducts a study on auto insurance claim satisfaction that is released in the Fall each year.

With average premiums increasing by a modest 2-3 percent

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SEMA Show Registration Open

Industry News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:55am

Registration to attend the 2017 SEMA Show is now open online. The annual trade show for the automotive aftermarket is set for Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Registration is offered in three categories: attendee, exhibitor, and media.

Distributors, retailers, installers, and buyers who will be meeting with exhibitors at the 2017 SEMA Show should register using the “attendee” link. Applicants may be required to submit proof of employment in the industry, and approved attendees who register before the early deadline in October will receive their badges in the mail.

Attendees may also sign up for special events

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Deadline for Auto Care Internship Scholarships Extended to June 30

Industry News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:50am

The application deadline for the Auto Care Careers Internship Scholarship program has been extended to June 30.

To apply for one of the 22 available scholarships, interns should visit the AutoCareCareers.org website.

Auto Care Careers Internship Scholarships are valued up to $2,500 and are intended for those enrolled in internship programs with direct application to the auto care industry in fields such as engineering, supply chain management, information technology, finance, sales and marketing, and other business functions. Auto care industry companies that currently have an internship program should encourage eligible students to apply.

The scholarships help ease the financial

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Consumer Sentiment Remains High in April

Industry News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:46am
University of Michigan survey continues to see positive consumer views on the economy.

Consumer sentiment in April continued to travel on the high plateau established following Donald Trump’s election, with only minor deviations from its five-month average of 97.4, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.

There is widespread agreement among consumers on their very positive assessments of the current state of the economy, as well as widespread disagreement on future economic prospects, according to U-M economist Richard Curtin, who directs the surveys. Although the partisan divide narrowed in April, it still reflects a very pessimistic economic outlook among

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Wholesale Prices for Cars Down in March Versus Last Year

Industry News - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:14am
Truck prices, however, are above last year according to ADESA Analytic Services report.

The tale of two markets resumed in March, as wholesale prices were below year-ago levels for cars and above prior year for trucks. Nevertheless, both groups showed price increases versus February’s unseasonably soft results, as retail sales and wholesale activity showed signs of the traditional spring/tax season market typical for used vehicles.

In analyzing the current bifurcated market, it seems timely to revisit a study begun during the first episode of $4.00 gas in 2008, when truck prices softened dramatically and car prices rose. At that time,

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Opel Approves Axalta Coating Systems Global Refinish Brands in Belgium and Luxembourg

Industry News - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:00am

Cromax, Spies Hecker and Standox, the three global premium refinish brands of Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), have been approved for use in all Opel dealers and body shops in Belgium and Luxembourg. The technical and commercial approval comes after intensive and thorough tests were conducted by the car manufacturer to ensure all three refinish systems meet Opel’s stringent requirements.

“In addition to the outstanding and individual refinish systems all three brands can provide, what was crucial to us was the added value that Axalta itself brings to the table. Our Opel dealers and body shops in Belgium and Luxembourg

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NSF Announces PAM’s Auto First to Receive Recycling Certification, Launches Automotive Mirror Registration

Industry News - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:57am

NSF International announced it has issued its first automotive recycler certification to PAM’s Auto, an auto parts distributor located in St. Cloud, Minn. PAM’s Auto met all requirements for NSF International automotive recycler certification including traceability, labeling and grading.

NSF International’s automotive recycler certification provides independent third-party confirmation that automotive recyclers meet federal, state and local recycler requirements. PAM’s Auto also met the additional certification requirements for dismantling, stocking, sales and delivery, and customer service.

 “The NSF International certification requirements and guidelines align with PAM’s Auto best business practices and business philosophy,” said Pat Huesers, PAM’s Auto Co-Owner. “We feel

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Women’s Industry Network Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

Industry News - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:47am

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announced the recipients of its College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award. This award is presented to students enrolled in a post-secondary collision repair technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship to continue their post-secondary education in collision repair, a one-year WIN Membership and 2017 WIN Educational Conference registration fee to include travel.

The 2017 recipients include:

  • Chelsie Golden: Chelsie attends Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Shelbyville, TN. Cars have always been a passion of Chelsie’s and she grew up watching her dad do bodywork. Her ultimate goal is to open
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USAA Raises Minimum Employee Pay to $16 Per Hour

Industry News - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:37am
USAA is making two major changes to its employee benefit package in 2017.

USAA announced that effective since Feb. 5, employees at the financial services company have seen their minimum pay rise to $16 per hour, or more than $33,000 per year. This increase doesn’t reflect overtime or eligibility for the annual bonus also available to all USAA employees.

USAA is the fifth largest private passenger automobile insurer in the U.S. according to the most recent data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners covering 2016.

Additionally, the financial services provider announced recently it would begin offering a new parental

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LKQ Reports Record Results for First Quarter

Industry News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:56am
Revenue growth of 21.9% to $2.34 billion, Organic Growth for parts and services 4.5%

LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) today reported record revenue for the first quarter of 2017 of $2.34 billion, an increase of 21.9 percent as compared to $1.92 billion in the first quarter of 2016. Income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 was $140.8 million, an increase of 25.5 percent as compared to $112.2 million for the same period of 2016. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017 was $0.45, an increase of 25.0 percent as compared to $0.36 for

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Mitsubishi Electric to Pay CA$13.4 million for Car Part Bid Rigging in Canada

Industry News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:52am

Car parts manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric Corporation pleaded guilty to three counts of bid-rigging for participating in an international conspiracy and was fined CA$13.4 million ($9.8 million) by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada.

A Competition Bureau investigation determined that Mitsubishi Electric entered into illegal agreements with a competing Japanese car parts manufacturer. The companies conspired to determine who would win certain calls for bids issued by Honda and Ford for the supply of alternators, and by General Motors for the supply of ignition coils. The calls for bids occurred between 2003 and 2006.

To date, investigations into a

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PPG Certification Training Programs Evolve to Address New Technology

Industry News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:44am

PPG continues to address evolving automotive refinish technologies with ongoing comprehensive certification training programs designed to keep paint technicians at the forefront of the industry. As OEMs introduce more complex and exotic finishes, PPG is making sure refinish technicians are prepared to meet the challenges the new finishes present.

“Maintaining alignment with the industry, PPG refinish systems are constantly advancing, and we want to ensure that collision center technicians are experts in using our products,” said Randy Cremeans, PPG director of training for automotive refinish. “PPG’s commitment to training is unrivaled in the industry—we train more techs than any other

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CAPA Releases Consumer Video Explaining Part Choices

Industry News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:36am

The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) announced a new animated whiteboard video, which explains the four basic part choices consumers have when their vehicles undergo an insurance-based repair: a new car company branded part; a CAPA Certified independently produced part; a non-CAPA certified part; and a recycled part.

 

“Nobody wants to be involved in a collision, but if they are, the goal of the insurer and collision repairer is to make the process of repairing their customer’s vehicle as smooth as possible,” said Jack Gillis, Executive Director of CAPA. “CAPA’s role in the repair process is to take the

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Global Finishing Solutions Announces New Refinish Distributors

Industry News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:38am

Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) announced the addition of Chassis Liner Supply, Purified Air and Quality Finish Services to the GFS Auto and Truck Refinish distribution team. These new distributors expand its ability to service to automotive and truck refinish customers in Minnesota, southern Texas, western Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Chassis Liner Supply, Purified Air and Quality Finish Services come to GFS with having built a strong customer base and are experienced at supplying and servicing a wide variety of automotive repair equipment.

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