ABPA Files Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Ford Design Patents
Seeks to have body repair part design patents ruled invalid. Alleges Ford uses patents to limit distribution and increase cost of repair parts.
CIC Panel Examines Mandated Electronic Parts Procurement Processes
Collision Industry Conference panel discussion and participant surveys detail repairer and supplier opinions of insurance industry requirements on direct repair facilities’ parts procurement.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2013
Repair facilities hold on to gains in sales but optimism declines over concerns about the economy.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up Again in August
Industry reports small increase in production and non-supervisory staff in August. Total production improves for third straight month despite small decline in average hours worked.
Houston Digital and Summit Software Solutions Part Ways
Arbitrator allows termination of agreement between providers of Summit collision repair management system. Houston Digital to continue customer support and development of management system.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up in July
Industry adds 3000 production and non-supervisory staff in month. Total production improves despite small decline in average hours worked.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Up in August
Four of five regions in the US report increases in August.
Length of Rental Levels Off in Q3 Compared to 2012
According to data provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car the industry average length of rental was 10.8 days for the U.S.
The U.S. Independent Collision Repair Shop Population is Growing Again
Final data for 2012 confirms that the independent collision repair shop population is growing- something we haven't seen in over 10 years.
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.
Mitchell’s Greg Horn on the Q3 Industry Trends Report
Fewer more expensive parts shown in repairable estimates. Labor component increasing as well, without a rise in labor rates.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Up in July
In another good sign for the economy and the collision repair industry, nationwide, the total cumulative miles driven for the year ticks above 2012 levels.
Integrated Collision Repair Parts Procurement Update
While PartsTrader, uParts and other new entrants into parts procurement have been getting headlines, last week’s announcement by CCC of its own electronic parts network, brings attention back to traditional information providers. CollisionWeek asks what AudaExplore and Mitchell offer the industry?
New York Bills Seek to Make Insurance Co. Parts and Materials Mandates Illegal
Proposals seeks ban for insurance company requirements for collision repair parts and materials procurement programs.
ASA Letter to State Farm CEO Rust Denounces Mandated Vendors, Distributors and Suppliers
In the wake of State Farm’s announcement of the national rollout of PartsTrader, ASA makes its position clear it is against all forms of direct repair program requirements to use specific suppliers or products.
ObamaCare Requires Employers to Provide Notice to Employees of Health Care Coverage Options by Oct 1
While many requirements for small and large businesses under the Affordable Care Act don’t come in to play until 2014 or later, most employers do have a deadline looming in a few weeks to provide employees with notice of their coverage options.
Big Four Multi-Region MSO Growth in 2013 Surpasses Last Year
Latest acquisition by Boyd Group takes unit growth for largest collision repair facility operators above 2012.
Mississippi Collision Repair Association, Collision Repair Facilities and Parts Suppliers File Suit Against State Farm and PartsTrader
Association and nearly three dozen collision repair centers and parts suppliers seek injunction against State Farm and PartsTrader.
Collision Repair Industry Business
Conditions: Q2 2013
Shops show jump in sales, optimism holding
levels we haven't seen in nearly 10 years.
Boyd Group Sees Competition Heating
Up for Acquisitions
CEO says competition for multi-location
acquisitions is rising, and so are the prices.
After feeling the pain of the recession like
their larger competitors, the number of small repairers without
employees is at record levels. How many individuals claimed body repair
revenue on their tax returns in your state?
Industry Production Down Again in May
Total production declines for second month,
despite additional hiring.
PartsTrader Update, Beginning of the
End for Fax Option
PartsTrader launched a new version Thursday
adding several new features, and removing one: the ability to order from
any vendor the shop chooses.
Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index
Repairers rate the claims handling
performance of the nation's 15 largest personal automobile insurers.