Traffic Volume Up 3.9% in June
Driving continues to achieve new record levels. Growth continues across all five regions in the U.S.
Judge Orders Dismissal of Complaints in 14 Anti-Trust Lawsuits Against Insurance Companies
U.S. District Judge confirms the June recommendation by a Magistrate Judge to dismiss complaints in 14 pending antitrust cases brought by collision repairers against insurance companies. Would allow plaintiffs to amend complaints to address problems cited.
U.S. Registered Vehicles, Licensed Drivers and Population 1994-2013
While the economic downturn had an impact on driving habits in the U.S., the long term trends in registered vehicles, drivers and population are up. The declines during the recession have reversed.
Traffic Volume Hits Record in May
Driving was up 2.7 percent in May versus 2014. Growth continues across all five regions in the U.S.
IIHS Releases Results of 2015 Ford F-150 Crash Tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found higher collision repair costs for aluminum-bodied truck versus 2014 steel bodied predecessor. Differences in 2015 crew cab safety versus extended cab.
U.S. Length of Rental Increases in Second Quarter
The latest statistics from Enterprise Rent-A-Car show that average length of rental returns to an increase in the most recent quarter. Seven of nine regions see increases.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up in April versus 2014
As winter ended, production declined versus March but is more than 3 percent above 2014.
Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns $34.7 Million Verdict Against The Hartford
Overturns lower court ruling in favor of body shops that the insurer violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Massachusetts Labor Rate Bills Scheduled for Hearing
Three bills addressing the way labor rates are determined in the Commonwealth are schedule for a hearing on July 14.
Traffic Volume Gains Remain Strong in April
Driving was up 3.9 percent in April versus 2014. Growth continues across all five regions in the U.S.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q1 2015
Shops reporting higher sales and earnings compared to previous year declined in the first quarter.
Rhode Island General Assembly Approves Glass Shop Licensing Changes
Motor Vehicle Glass Consumer Protection Act expands licensing requirements for motor vehicle glass repair and replacement facilities. Exempts licensed body shops.
Rhode Island Two-Tiered Licensing Bill Passed by General Assembly
Legislation that requires OEM aluminum certification for top collision repair facility license tier received its final approval in the Rhode Island Senate yesterday. Bill sent to Governor.
Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Increased in 2014
Major auto physical damage indicators continue to see dramatic increases. Losses on collision claims up 8.4 percent versus 2013.
Rhode Island Licensing Bills Scheduled to be Heard
House and Senate versions of two-tiered collision repair licensing bill move another step closer to passage. Would require OEM aluminum certification for highest level license.
ABPA Files Brief in Support of Non-OEM Parts Distributor's Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
The Automotive Body Parts Association believes the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in supporting dismissal of Felder’s Auto Parts' antitrust case against General Motor’s Bump the Competition program.
March Traffic Volume Up 3.9% Compared to 2014
Gains in driving continue across all five regions in the U.S.
Rhode Island Two-Tiered Collision Repair Facility Licensing Bill Clears House
Rhode Island Bill that would require OEM Aluminum Certification for Class A status passed by House of Representatives. Senate version approved by Judiciary committee last week.
Collision Repair Industry Production Increases in March
Production improved versus February and is more than 4 percent above 2014.
Judge Recommends Dismissal of Complaints in 14 Lawsuits Against Auto Insurance Companies
U.S. Magistrate Judge recommends that complaints in 14 pending antitrust cases brought by collision repairers against insurance companies be dismissed. Would allow plaintiffs to amend complaints to address problems cited.
Rhode Island Two-Tiered Collision Repair Facility Licensing Bill Clears Committee
A bill that seeks to revise Rhode Island’s existing licensing regulations was recommended for passage by House Corporations Committee. Requires OEM Aluminum Certification for Class A status.
Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation
Body repair prices in April up less than one percent compared to year ago. Auto insurance prices were up more than five percent during the same period.
New Weld Inspection Technology Could Revolutionize Collision Repair Quality Control
Portable, non-destructive, weld inspection technology developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could transform collision repair facility operators’ ability to measure structural repair quality.
Estimating System Providers Ready to Support General Motors Dynamic Pricing Pilot
Concerns raised by collision repairer and insurers over privacy and estimating workflow forced General Motors to postpone its dynamic pricing initiative last year. With a pilot announced for this summer, CollisionWeek asks how estimating system providers have implemented GM’s system to alleviate these concerns.
Interview: Chuck Sulkala, Executive Director of the National Auto Body Council, Discusses Milestones Achieved by the Recycled Rides Program
The National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program delivered nearly $3 million in refurbished vehicles to people in need during 2014. Sulkala, discusses that milestone, another about to be achieved by the program, and how the industry can get involved.
Collision Repair Industry Production Increases in January
Production improved versus December and is significantly higher than January 2014.
Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Increased Slightly in 2013
Latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the increase in the independent collision repair facility population that started in 2012 continued in 2013.
CIC Committee Begins Update of Class A Shop Definition
Changing technology driving quicker update cycle. Committee considers segmented document to reflect differing capabilities.
U.S. Length of Rental Falls 0.1 Day in Q1 2015
The overall average length of rental declined in the first quarter for the first time in two years across the U.S.
NADA Reports Dealer Body Shop Count Increased
Again in 2014
For the second straight year, the number of dealerships operating on-site body shops has increased.
January 12-Month Traffic Volume Surpasses 2007 Peak
After more than seven years, traffic volume for the 12 months to January set a new high. Surpasses peak set in November 2007.
Interview: Rick Tuuri from AudaExplore Discusses Feather, Prime and Block Implementation
AudaExplore, a Solera Company, is introducing the collision repair industry's first solution to itemize Feather, Prime and Block labor in the estimate. Rick Tuuri, vice president of industry relations for AudaExplore explains how the system will work and the benefits for repairers and insurers.
Largest Auto Insurers Continue to Add Market Share in 2014
The largest private passenger auto insurers gained market share in 2014. A change in ranking among the top five auto insurers for the second year in a row.
Interview: Gary Ledoux from American Honda Discusses ProFirst Certified Program
American Honda has announced the launch its ProFirst certification program for collision repair facilities. In our exclusive video interview, CollisionWeek sat down with Ledoux on Friday prior to the start of the Northeast Trade Show in New Jersey to discuss the new program.
Big 4 Collision Repair MSOs Surpass 1000 Total Locations
ABRA, Boyd, Caliber and Service King see increased rate of growth in new locations during 2014. Unit growth in 2014 nearly triple 2012 expansion.
A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our annual series by Vincent Romans and Mary Jane Kurowski examines the largest shop groups in the North American collision repair industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers.
Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index
Repairers rate the claims handling
performance of the nation's 15 largest personal automobile insurers.