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Tue, 22 Apr 2014
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Property/Casualty Insurers’ Net Income Grew Nearly 82% in 2013
Profits and profitability reflect first net gains on underwriting since 2007.

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MSO Acquisitions Alter the Competitive Landscape
Just last week, we provided an update of acquisition and new store activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators through Q1 2014. Monday’s acquisition activity by Boyd and Service King, stunning in its scope, continues to change the competitive landscape for collision repairers. Read

Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q1 2014
Severe winter weather conditions take their toll on U.S. and Canada length of rental during the First Quarter according to Enterprise. Read

Big Four Multi-Region MSO Growth a Record in 2013
The acquisition and new collision repair facility activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators reached record levels in 2013. We compare 2013 with prior years and examine growth in Q1 2014. Read

Largest Auto Insurers Add Market Share in 2013
The largest private passenger auto insurers gained market share in 2013, though the decline in 2012 has not be recouped. A change in ranking among the top five auto insurers. Read

California Legislation on Vehicle Data Access Pits Insurers Against Automakers
Proposed Consumer Vehicle Information Choice and Control Act would require vehicle manufacturers to disclose data generated by vehicles and provide registered owners access and the right to distribute to 3rd parties. Prohibits data from being downloaded without permission of owner. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Declined in January
Three of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in January compared to 2013. Effects of winter storms may have impacted Northern U.S. Read

Proposed Legislation in Rhode Island Addresses Parts, Repair Facility Licensing and Labor Rate Surveys
Four bills in Rhode Island, scheduled for a hearing today, touch upon collision repairers and insurance claim practices. Read

Maryland Parts Bill Receives Unfavorable Vote in House Committee
House Economic Matters committee votes 16-7 against the proposed legislation that would ban insurance mandated parts and materials procurement processes and provide for only OEM crash parts for three years after a vehicle is manufactured. Read

Partnering Against the Unknown
With potential effects of the Affordable Care Act still murky, proactive collision repair shop operators are seeking out qualified third-parties that can help prepare for the unexpected. Read

Minnesota Bill Seeks to Strengthen Prohibition
of Insurer-Specified Vendors

While Minnesota has had a law prohibiting insurance companies from specifying the use of a particular vendor for the procurement of parts or other materials necessary for collision repairs to a vehicle since 2007, a new bill proposes a more comprehensive ban on insurer requirements. Bill also seeks to tighten requirements on where vehicles must be presented for inspection by an insurer.Read

Insurance Industry, Non-OEM Parts Suppliers Line Up Against Maryland Parts Bill
Collision repair facility operators advocate for less insurance company control of the repair process and consumer protection in support of proposed legislation. Insurers and non-OEM parts suppliers find common ground opposing bills they say limit choice and raise specter of higher premiums for consumers. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q4 2013
Repair facilities continue to hold on to gains in sales but the percentage of repairers reporting higher sales declined in last quarter. Optimism improves with large jump in repairers who believe business will be better in six months. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Up in December
While gas prices were down just one percent compared to last year, three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in December compared to 2012. Effects of early storms may have impacted Northern U.S. Read

Michigan Bill Seeks to Address Insurance Company Steering, Non-OEM Parts Usage and Parts Procurement
Comprehensive bill would ban insurance companies from compelling the use of specific collision repair or claim centers, restrict non-OEM parts usage, and prohibit an insurer from specifying specific vendors for parts or other materials. Read

Dan Risley, Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association, Provides an Update on NACE 2014
With the NACE Trade Show and Industry Week just over five months away, Risley details planning for the July events in Detroit. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation
Auto insurance prices increase at more than twice the rate of overall inflation during 2013. Body repair prices finish year with increase just over a half point more than the Consumer Price Index. Read

Collision Repair Education Foundation Organizing Regional Working Groups
Effort seeks to allow donors to make an immediate impact on their local market with the schools that support their business. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Declines in November
Industry reports slight decrease in staff in November. Hours worked increases, but not enough to offset declining staff. Total production decreases versus previous month, but still nearly one percent higher compared to last year. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Declines Slightly in November
While gas prices are still down more than 6 percent compared to last year, three of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in November compared to 2012. Read

U.S Average Length of Rental Hits Five-Year High in Q4 2013
Northeast region has highest length of rental, used as a proxy for cycle time, at 12.1 days. Read

A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our four-part annual series, by Vincent Romans and Mary Jane Kurowski, examines the largest shop groups in the industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers. This year's report expands to include Canada. Read


Shops Rate Insurers:
Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index

Repairers rate the claims handling performance of the nation's 15 largest personal automobile insurers. Read



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Apr 21
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SCRS Elects Board of Directors

Apr 17
Federal Insurance Office to Monitor Auto Insurance Affordability
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Apr 16
Minnesota Anti-Mandate Bill Fails to Advance in 2014 Session
CARSTAR Expands Network in St. Louis
LKQ to Acquire Five Netherlands-Based Distributors
Canada - Ontario Legislation Would Regulate the Towing and Storage

Apr 15
Service King Acquires Sterling , Boyd Acquires Collision Revision
Collision Works Acquires 4th Location in Oklahoma
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NESSARA Joins ASA as Supporting Association
Mitchell's Annual P&C Event Outlined Market Trends and Technologies

Apr 14
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Wholesale Vehicle Prices Strengthened in March
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Apr 11
MSO Symposium at NACE to Change Name, Expand Audience
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Apr 10
ASE and VeriFacts Announce Cooperation to Advance Collision Repair
CAWA Takes Neutral Position on California Telematics Legislation
National Auto Body Council Goal to Donate 300 Recycled Rides in 2014
GCIA Raising Funds to Send Student to SkillsUSA Conference
Australia - NSF Launching Aftermarket Parts Certification Program

Apr 09
Small-Business Owner Optimism Roller Coaster Continues
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South Dakota Enacts Ban on Texting While Driving
UK - NAB Independent Body Proposal Backed by VBRA

Apr 08
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National Oak Distributors Hosts Open House in New Jersey Saturday
I-CAR Updates Steering and Suspension Course
UK - RAC and Quindell Create Telematics Joint Venture

Apr 07
ABRA Expands into Knoxville, Tennessee with Acquisition
Solera Purchases 100% of AutoPoint from Joint Venture
Honda Releases Bulletins on 2015 Fit, Updated Welding and Sectioning
I-CAR Donates $170,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
UK - NAB Concerned over Courtesy Car Liability Shift to Body Shops

Apr 04
Indiana Association and 14 Repairers File Suit against 12 Insurers
Gerber Opens New Facility in North Carolina
TRW Introduces Roof Mounted Airbags to Save Dash Space
Texas Gov. Perry Helps Open GEICO Claims Operation
Early Bird Pricing Ends Saturday for WIN Conference

Apr 03
Axalta Launches Low-VOC Solvent Basecoat in North America
GAAS to Examine China Aftermarket Growth
Montana Collision Repair Specialists Elects New Officers
Australia - Groups Working on Code of Practice for Repair Info Access

Apr 02
Used Vehicle Prices Will Remain at a High Level in 2014
Early Bird Pricing for Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser Ends Friday
Consumer Groups Call to Ban Insurance Rates Based on Shopping Habits
ASA Members Offered Special Pricing for Mopar Subscription
WIN Announces 2014 Corporate Sponsors

Apr 01
Caliber Collision Opens New Location in California
Boyd Group Finalizes Supply Agreement with PPG
Hotel Reservations Open for NACE July Event in Detroit
NHTSA Announces Final Rule Requiring Vehicle Back Up Cameras
Kadel’s Receives Community Award from Celebrate North Portland

Mar 31
Consumer Confidence in March Survives Harsh Winter
CCC ONE Touch Tablet Estimating App Now Available
NASTF Recognizes ETI’s Gorman for 14 Years of Service
Career Education Associations Release Report on State Policy Trends
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Mar 28
ARA Urges Auto Manufacturers to Provide Build Data
J.D. Power Sees Auto Buyers Gravitating to Compact SUVs
WIN Announces Scholarship Winners
3M Adhesive Approved for Aluminum F-150 Bonding
GEICO Adding 500 Positions to Macon, Georgia Office in 2014

Mar 27
ALLDATA Adds VIN Decoder
Premiere Services Donates to Education Foundation
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Canada - Registration Now Open for CCIF Meetings

Mar 26
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Indiana Auto Body Association Newest ASA Supporting Association
2014 Most Influential Women Winners Announced
Australia - Competition Commission Allows IAG Acquisition of Wesfarmers

Mar 25
Progressive Usage Based Insurance Program Reaches 10 Billion Miles
I-CAR Atlanta Committee Golf Tournament Registration Closes Today
Mitchell Announces Updates to ToolStore and Reputation Manager
Fix Auto USA Newest National Auto Body Council Diamond Member
Don Hermanek Nominated To Illinois SkillsUSA Board

Mar 24
Troy Waller Auto Body Joins 1Collision Network
WMABA Comments on Maryland Parts Bill Defeat
Collision Industry Foundation Announces New Trustees
Morrisville State College Hosts Paint Clinic in Upstate NY
Matrix System Accepting Entries for the 2015 Calendar Contest
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Mar 21
Boyd Group Reports Sales Up 33.1 Percent in 2013
AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST 2014 Starts Today
KAR Auction Services Announces Senior Leadership Team Appointments
SCRS Repairer Roundtable April 9
Asia - Axalta India Launches Next Generation Waterborne

Mar 20
Retail Light-Vehicle Sales Strengthening in March
NASTF Spring Meeting Webcast Live Today
ACD Grows Direct Repair Network
Sherwin-Williams Expands Online Resource Offerings
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Mar 19
AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST 2014 Online Pre-Registration Ends Today
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Mar 18
Lord Corp Adhesive Approved for Aluminum F-150 Repairs
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Mar 17
Esurance Offers Real-Time Video Appraisals via Smartphone
Mitchell Licenses eMarketing Sherpa's e-MarketPlace Platform
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Mar 14
Californians Who Walk, Bike and Ride Public Transit More Than Double
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ASA Welcomes NAPDRT as Inaugural Supporting Association
3M Funding Scholarships for Returning Vets Through Ed Foundation
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Mar 13
Service King Acquires 21st Century Collision in Oklahoma City
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Australia - Committee Hearing Monday on NSW Repair industry Inquiry

Mar 12
Ed Foundation and AkzoNobel Announce Sustainability Grant Winners
2014 ASA Board of Directors Installed
NAPA and Martin Senour Announce Inaugural Collision Conference
BASF Names Daniel Gunter 2013 North American Salesperson of the Year
Google and Car Care Council Partner on Free Webinar

Mar 11
NFIB Reports Shows February Small Business Optimism Tumbles
Manheim, ADESA and Independent Auctions Plan Multiplatform Bidding
NORTHEAST Show Pre-Registration Ends March 19
Latest Edition of CIECA-TV Features E-Commerce Done Right
Colors On Parade Held Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mar 10
ABRA Acquires 13 Wilburn Auto Body Locations in Charlotte, NC
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and ASA Announce OEM Expo
NFIB Says OSHA Injury Reporting Proposal Compromises Privacy
Summit eMarketing Sherpas Add Consumer Review Module
Collex Promotes Collision Repair at World of Wheels Student Career Day

Mar 07
NACE/CARS Expected to Double in Size
Premiere Services Partners with LKQ for Mobile Electronics
Kennon Promoted to Dover Engineered Systems Executive Vice President
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Mar 06
Private Sector Employment Up by 139,000 in February
New Jaguar XE Sedan Features Advanced Aluminum Construction
New Mexico Enacts Ban on Texting While Driving
SBA Webinar Features Business Continuity Strategies
EU - More Collision Repairers Accredited to Standard in Ireland

Mar 05
Career and Technical Educators Disappointed with White House Budget
UTI and mikeroweWORKS Foundation Launch $1 Million Scholarship
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Canada - Ontario Legislation Tackles Storage Charges and Ins. Fraud

Mar 04
Fix Auto USA Adds Five West Coast Locations to Network
National Auto Body Council Opens Nominations for Recognition Awards
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Mar 03
State Farm Announces 2013 Financial Results
Nagy’s Collision Specialists Adds Ninth Location in Stark County, Ohio
AMI Offers Scholarships to Defray NACE/CARS Attendance Costs
WIN Announces Keynotes for 2014 Conference
Portland Community College’s Collision Program Hosts Open House

Feb 28
Erie Reports Auto Premium Growth in Q4 and Full Year 2013
CCC TRUE Parts Network Adds Three Suppliers
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Industry Lunch and Learn Events Scheduled in Colorado March 4 and 5
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Feb 27
LKQ Corporation Revenue Surpasses $5 Billion in 2013
LaMettry’s Opens 8th Minnesota Location
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Midwest Auto Body Trade Show March 20

Feb 26
CARSTAR Expands Network in Tennessee
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Copart Reports Fiscal Q2 2014 Financial Results

Feb 25
Winter 2014 Poised To Become One of the Top 5 Costliest for Insurers
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IIHS Reports Older Drivers Crash Rates Continue to Decline
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Feb 24
Severe Weather Disrupts Auto Sales in Early February
USAA CEO and President Announces His Retirement in 2015
Sherwin-Williams Announces Q2 2014 Training Schedule
Refinish Distributors Alliance Board Tours East Valley Institute of Tech
CAWA Directors Re-Elected to Board

Feb 21
CARSTAR Adds Location in Palmdale, California
Keenan Auto Body Creates C.R.O.P to Cultivate Young Talent
Martin Senour Announces Q2 2014 Training Schedule
Canada - Lordco Owner Ed Coates Passes Away

Feb 20
Industry Provides $9.4 Million to Support Collision Repair Schools
Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Acquires Malaysian Insurance Company
Indianhead Auto Body Association Affiliates with SCRS
UK - General Motors UK and Axalta Renew Refinish Approval Agreement

Feb 19
GM Reported to Secure Aluminum for Silverado
CCIF Special Event at NACE July 31st in Detroit
East Coast Leadership Meeting Revamps for NORTHEAST Tradeshow
Collision Industry Foundation Raises $32,000
OKC Collision Industry Night Dinner Meeting Tomorrow

Feb 18
FinishMaster Acquires Metro Paint Supplies Group
Hearing Scheduled Feb. 21 for Maryland Insurer Parts Procurement Bill
VeriFacts Announces Three Categories of Shop Verification
UK - Nationwide Accident Repair Services Acquires Howard Basford
Australia - BASF Opens Refinish Competence Center in NSW

Feb 14
Drivers to Pay Rising Gas Prices this Spring
Bridgestone Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing on Automobile Parts
Uni-Select Opens Distribution Center in Washington D.C. Area
1Collision Network and Collision Systems Host Wisconsin Workshop
CAPA Technical Committee Elects Enlow Chair and Bush Vice Chair

Feb 13
Small Business Confidence Up Slightly in January
OEMs to Play Significant Role at NACE/CARS Conference in Detroit
Towing and Storage Fees Key Issue for Insurers at Va. Legislative Day
ALI Certifies 100 Lift Inspectors Across U.S. and Canada
Erie Insurance Contributes $10,000 to Education Foundation

Feb 12
AAA Northern California, Utah, Nevada Names New CEO
Insurance Auto Auctions Expands In Shreveport And Fargo
Sherwin-Williams Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to CHRIS Kids
CCC TRUE Parts Network Adds 1-800-Radiator and Continental Auto Parts

Feb 11
Caliber Collision Enter New Mexico with Greenfield Repair Facility
Final Regs Implementing ObamaCare Delay Employer Mandate
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Dent Concepts Joins National Auto Body Council as Diamond Member

Feb 10
CARSTAR Marks 4 Millionth Repaired Vehicle
1Collision Network Adds Three Wilson Collision Centers Locations
National Oak Distributors Opens New Warehouse in New Jersey
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The Car Doctor Radio Show Broadcasting Live from NORTHEAST 2014

Feb 07
U.S. House Committee Examines Federal Insurance Office Report
Allstate Reports Policy Growth in 2013
Solera Reports 14.2% Revenue Increase in its Fiscal Q2 2014
2014 SEMA Show Booth Space Applications Available
Gerber Collision Newest National Auto Body Council Diamond Member

Feb 06
Boyd Group Adds Three New Stores in Arizona and Maryland
Private Sector Employment Increased by 175,000 Jobs in January
Registration Opens for Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser
Innovation Group Releases Quick-Est Mobile Claims Tool

Feb 05
WMABA Lobby Day in Maryland Rescheduled for Feb 26
Midwest Auto Body Trade Show March 20
Green Educational Webinars Available for Jobbers
CARSTAR Expands Operations and Technology Teams

Feb 04
NHTSA to Develop Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Requirement
Mitchell ITR Asks “Do Lower Labor Rates Lead to More Repairs?”
Voting Open for 2014 ASA Board Elections
Nissan Canada Selects OEConnection
Coonradt to Keynote BASF VisionPlus Performance Group Conference

Feb 03
NACE/CARS 2014 Taking Shape
ALI Offers Interactive Online Lift Safety Training Course
Alcoa Awards $60,000 Training Grant through Education Foundation
AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST 2014 Nearly Sold Out
Professional Parts Group Joins CCC TRUE Parts Network

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