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Wed, 29 Jun 2016
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Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q1 2016
Shops reporting higher sales compared to 2015 increased during the first quarter. Collision repair facilities reporting higher earnings also up.

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Mark MandlInterview: Mark Mandl, Ford Motor Company
Mark Mandl, Collision Marketing Manager for Ford Motor Company provides an update on the F-150 collision repair program, certification and repair costs.

Michigan Governor Vetoes House Bill 4344 Due to Collision Repair Parts Restrictions
Governor Rick Snyder vetoed legislation that updates the state’s Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act. Objects to consumer consent provisions on uncertified non-OEM collision repair parts. Read


Backyard Competition

Just as their larger competitors have rebounded following the great recession, the number of small collision repairers without employees, and their sales, have returned to near record levels. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Up in First Quarter
Production employees and hours worked both increase as industry remains above 2015 and prior high recorded in March 2008. Read

Amended Michigan House Bill Restricting Non-OEM Parts Usage Passes Legislature
Bill requires aftermarket collision repair parts to be certified for up to the vehicle's first five years unless customer consents in writing to uncertified parts. Read


Traffic Volume Continued Strong Growth in March

Driving increased across all five regions in the U.S. as gas prices remain below year-ago levels. Read

Michigan Senate Passes Amended House Bill to Modernize State Service and Repair Act
Legislation supported by ASA Michigan returns to the House to reconcile amendments. Amendments clarifies crash parts certification bodies for major components. Read

U.S. Length of Rental Upward Trend Continues in First Quarter
According to the latest research from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the U.S. average length of rental continued to increase in the first quarter of 2016. Read

New Hampshire Passes Non-OEM Parts Restriction Bill
Legislation that restricts insurers from requiring non-OEM parts for vehicle placed in service within past two years. ASA-supported legislation also restricts use on lease vehicles if they could impact residual values. Read

Interview: Gary Ledoux, American Honda
American Honda launched its ProFirst certification program for collision repair facilities last year. In our exclusive video interview, CollisionWeek sat down with Ledoux who provided an update on the program. Read

Traffic Volume Up 5.6% in February Compared to Last Year
A milder winter season and lower gas prices help improve driving volumes. Driving increases continued across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Delaware Enacts Photo Appraisal Regulation
The Delaware Department of Insurance published revised regulations allowing the use of photos to prepare an appraisal of auto physical damage. Read

Insurance Associations Oppose Proposed California Collision Repair Labor Rate and Anti-Steering Regulations
Five trade associations representing auto insurers in California are opposing regulations proposed by the California Department of Insurance to regulate labor rate surveys and steering within the largest insurance market in the U.S. Read

Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Grew in 2015
Major auto physical damage indicators continued to increase. Losses on collision claims up 10.1 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. Read

Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Increased Again in 2014
Latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms trend of independent collision repair facility population growth that started in 2012. Read

Tiered Shop Definition on Collision Industry Conference Agenda
Proposed revision to include non-structural/cosmetic, structural and advanced material tiers in collision repair facility definition to be discussed. SCRS and Assured Performance asked constituents to tell committee to end the work on pre-meeting feedback form. ASA sees potential benefits. Read

Interview: Bruce Bares, CEO, Certified Collision Group
Bares details how the collision repair industry's newest network, of OEM-certified collision centers, wants to help progressive repairers, who've invested in modern technology work, with the insurance industry and get a return on their investment.Read

Louisiana Bill Requiring OEM “Safety Parts” Approved by House Committee
Bill seeks to regulate the use non-OEM anti-lock brake parts or airbag system components and prohibit insurance companies from requiring them on repairs. Bill also changes non-OEM crash parts disclosure requirements. Read

Massachusetts Bill Seeks to Set Minimum Collision Repair Labor Rate
Legislation would authorize the Commissioner of Insurance to establish minimum rates paid by insurers to collision repair facilities. Read

Percentage of Dealers Operating Body Shops Flat in 2015
Body shop sales and wholesale parts sales both increased last year. Read

Impact of Rising Minimum Wages, Auto Body Repairer Wages in 2015 and Beyond
With legislation signed this week in both California and New York raising the minimum wage in stages to $15 an hour, CollisionWeek analyzes the latest government statistics for wages for auto body repair technicians in the largest metropolitan areas across the country. Read

Amended Photo Appraisal Bill Approved in Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Legislation removes prohibition against the use of digital photographs and video during the auto claim process. Measure moves to Governor for final approval. Read

Auto Body Technician Employment Up in 2015
The latest government statistics show the number of people employed as auto body repairers last year grew at the fastest rate since 2011. Wages also up. Read

California Department of Insurance Proposes New Labor Rate and Anti-Steering Regulations
Proposed regulations seek to improve the accuracy and transparency of collision repair labor rate surveys, clarify anti-steering requirements for insurers. Read

Largest Auto Insurers Added Market Share in 2015
The largest private passenger auto insurers in the U.S. gained market share in 2015. Growth continues long term trend. Read

U.S. Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Grows During 2014 and 2015
Latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that the number of collision repair facilities is on the rise for much of the past two years. Read

Boyd Group Reports Revenue Up 39% in 2015
The multiple collision repair facility operator and glass service provider reported its financial results for 2015 and provided guidance for 2016 and a long-term projection of future growth. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q4 2015
Shops reporting higher sales compared to 2014 increased during the fourth quarter. Repair facilities reporting higher earnings, however, declined. Read

Maryland Non-OEM Parts Bill Withdrawn
Bill that sought to require insurance companies to specify OEM parts for two years after a vehicle is manufactured fails in the Maryland House of Delegates. Read

NSF Opposes Maryland Aftermarket Parts Bill
In letter to legislation's sponsor, the parts certifier opposes bill that seeks to prevent insurance companies from specifying non-OEM parts for two years after vehicle was manufactured. Raises concerns with requirements for parts certification entities.Read

PA Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Passes Photo Appraisal Bill
Legislation would allow the use of digital images to prepare estimates. Read

Hearing Held on Maryland Aftermarket Parts Bill
Bill would provide require OEM parts for two years after the vehicle was manufactured during insurance-paid collision repair. Requires any non-OEM, aftermarket parts be certified by a non-profit entity, with a public standard setting process, after the two year period. Read

Connecticut Considers Legislation to Eliminate Double Taxation on Paint and Materials
On March 9, the Connecticut Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding held a hearing on Senate Bill 335. Read

Interview: Domenic Brusco, Chairman, National Auto Body Council
Brusco, chairman of the National Auto Body Council Board of Directors and senior manager, Industry Relations for PPG Automotive Refinish, discusses how the Council's programs are helping to improve the image of the collision repair industry. Read

Louisiana Bill Seeks to Require OEM “Safety Parts” During Collision Repair
Bill seeks to regulate the use non-OEM anti-lock brake parts or airbag system components and prohibit insurance companies from requiring them on repairs. Read


Traffic Volume Up 4.2% in December Compared to 2014

The year finished on a strong note with record levels of driving in December. Driving increases continued across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Virginia Photo Appraisal Law Signed by Governor
New law takes effect July 1 allowing photos and videos to be used during the collision repair claim process. Read

Delaware Insurance Department Proposes to Allow Photo-Video Appraisals
State is latest to consider overturning prohibition against use of photographs to prepare collision repair damage appraisals. Read

Effort to Limit Collision Repair Labor Rates in Mississippi Fails
Legislation seeking to limit the labor rates charged by auto body repair facilities in the state unsuccessful. Read

Patents at Center of Audatex Lawsuit Against Mitchell Ruled Invalid
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board rules business processes covering total loss valuations that were at the heart of 2012 patent infringement lawsuit are not patentable. Read

Interview: Dan Risley, President and Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association
Risley details the association's regional training events that are kicking off today, provides an update on this summer's NACE | CARS, and discusses parts procurement legislation pending in Michigan. Read

Big 4 Collision Repair MSO Locations Up More than 25% in 2015
ABRA, Boyd, Caliber and Service King continue high growth in new locations during 2015. Unit growth down from 2014, but up if the 2014 Sterling sale to Service King excluded. Read

Utah Bill Seeks to Allow Unlicensed Salvage Buyers
Proposed legislation would allow unlicensed salvage buyers to register with the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division to purchase salvage vehicles. Read

Mississippi Bills Seek to Limit Collision Repair Labor Rates
Pair of bills before the Mississippi Legislature seek to cap labor rates to national average. Automotive Service Association opposes legislation. Read

Michigan House Passes Bill Amending Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act
Legislation updates 1974 law. Includes amendment to proposed requirement for certified non-OEM parts. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production in November Surpasses Pre-Recession Peak
Production employees and hours worked both increase as industry surpasses the prior high recorded in March 2008. Read

Traffic Volume Up 4.3% in November Compared to 2014
With the continued decline in gas prices, record levels of driving continue across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Michigan Bill Provision Requiring Non-OEM Parts Certification Supported by Repair Industry, Opposed by Supplier Association
Bill that seeks to update 1974 Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act includes provision requiring third-party certification that parts meet OEM standards. Read

PA Senate Hears Testimony on Bill Allowing Use of Photos During Auto Appraisal Process
Insurers support use of photos as modest and logical amendment to 1972 Appraiser Act. Repair facility operators raise safety concerns. Read

Industry Donations Improve Pre-Employment Collision Repair Education
Industry support for the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s school grant program has made a difference for hundreds collision repair schools and more than 20,000 students studying collision repair since 2009. Read

U.S. Length of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Fourth Quarter
According to the latest research from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the U.S. average length of rental continued to increase across all regions during Q4 2015. Read

Oklahoma Bill Seeks to Mandate Annual Labor Rate Surveys
Auto insurance companies would be required to conduct annual market surveys to determine rates paid to collision repair and glass repairers. Read

Auto Physical Damage Insurance Underwriting Profit Declining Over Past Decade
Latest statistics from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners indicates that the percentage of premiums going to pay losses increasing. Read


Collision Repair Industry Production Declines in September

Both production employees and hours worked declined compared to August. However, production remained above 2014 levels. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2015
Shops reporting higher sales compared to previous year decreased during the third quarter. Repair facilities reporting higher earnings also down. Read

Traffic Volume Continues to Increase in October
With gas prices declining, record levels of driving and growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

Insurance Information Institute Research Shows 79% of Customers Want Insurer to Make a Shop Recommendation
Research by the insurance industry consumer education organization analyzes customer demand for both insurance company collision repair facility referrals and generic crash parts. Read

State Farm’s Market Realignment Impact on Collision Repair Labor Rates
When State Farm announced earlier this year it would realign the local markets it uses to establish labor rates it said the effort might impact prevailing competitive prices paid to collision repair centers. We surveyed repairers to gauge the impact on labor rates and allowances. Read

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Approves Photo-Video Appraisal, Counterfeit Airbag Bills
Proposals to amend the Commonwealth’s 1972 Appraisers Act that requires physical inspections of collision damaged vehicles and make the sale an installation of non-functioning airbags illegal approved. Read

Hearing Held for Michigan Bill to Ban Insurer-Mandated Procurement Processes
Proponents and opponents of pending legislation that would restrict an insurer’s ability to mandate specific collision repair procurement processes had a chance to outline their positions before the Michigan Senate Committee on Insurance. Read

Cadillac to Launch Aluminum Collision Repair Network
Program open to both dealer an independent repair facilities. Includes specific facility, training and equipment requirements to repair the Cadillac CT6 along with annual on-site audits. Read

Bill to Abolish Massachusetts Appraiser Licensing Board Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow
Proposed legislation would eliminate the independent body charged with regulation of appraisers. Non-OEM parts and repair facility choice disclosure bill also to be heard. Read

Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Grow During 1st Half of 2015
Major auto physical damage indicators continue to see increases this year after strong performance in 2014. Losses on collision claims up 8.4 percent during the first half versus a year ago. Read

Traffic Volume Up 2.3% in August
With gas prices declining, record levels of driving were reported and growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

NACE | CARS and Automechanika Chicago Scheduled for Same Week in Summer 2017
Chicago and Orlando trade shows scheduled for July 2017 will overlap. Read


Collision Repair Industry Production Up in August

Gains in both production employees and hours worked drive significant improvement compared to July and August 2014. Production employment at record levels. Read

Final Rule on Automotive Software Copyright Protection Exemption Excludes Repair Industry
Final rule by the Library of Congress gives consumers the ability to circumvent copyright protection on vehicle software, but excludes third-parties. Repair industry groups concerned it could impact independent repair facilities. Read

Telephone Interview: David Byers, CEO, CARSTAR Collision Repair Experts
In our telephone interview, Byers discusses the sale of the collision repair facility network to Driven Brands announced yesterday. Read

U.S. Length of Rental Continues Climb in Q3 2015
Latest results from Enterprise Rent-A-Car show seven of nine regions with an increase during the quarter. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation
Body repair prices in September up less than one percent compared to year ago. Auto insurance prices were up more than five percent during the same period. Read

Massachusetts ADALB Overturns Ruling on Use of Video to Appraise Damage; Addresses Used Part Specification
Safety concerns led to repeal of last year’s advisory ruling by the appraiser licensing board on the use of photos and video. Issues new ruling cautioning appraisers on specification of used parts, such as suspension, that could impact safety. Read

NHTSA Reports Increase in Drivers Text-Messaging in 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration saw an increase of nearly 30 percent in drivers that were observed text messaging or visibly manipulating a handheld device in 2014 versus the previous year. Read

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 industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers. Read

Judge Dismisses Florida Antitrust Suit against Auto Insurers
Judge orders dismissal of remaining claims in the lead case, one of more than twenty antitrust suits brought by collision repair facilities against auto insurers. Does not allow plaintiffs to amend the complaint a third time. Read

Rhode Island Releases 2015 Labor Rate Survey Reports
Latest survey results show very few rate changes across the top insurers in the state over the past two years. Read


Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q2 2015

Shops reporting higher sales compared to previous year increased during the second quarter. Repair facilities reporting higher earnings flat. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Up in May
Compared to 2014

May was flat compared to April but remains above 2014. Read

Traffic Volume Up 3.9% in June
Driving continues to achieve new record levels. Growth continues across all five regions in the U.S. Read

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. Read

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. Read

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. Read

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. Read

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. Read


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. Read


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. 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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Jun 22
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Jun 14
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Jun 13
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Jun 10
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Jun 09
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Jun 08
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Jun 03
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Jun 02
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May 31
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May 25
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May 24
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May 23
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May 20
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May 19
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May 18
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May 17
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May 16
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AIA Canada to Launch Collision Repair Industry Accreditation Program
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May 13
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May 11
Copart Opens New Location in Colorado Springs
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May 10
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May 09
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May 06
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May 05
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May 04
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May 03
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May 02
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Apr 29
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Apr 28
LKQ Reports 8.3% Revenue Growth in First Quarter
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AASP-MN Announces Board of Directors
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Apr 27
CAPA to Help Establish Aftermarket Automotive Parts Standards in China
NACE Expands Trade Show Floor Plan Due to Demand
Women’s Industry Network Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients
Guidewire Announces Partnership with FICO to Fight Insurance Fraud
California Color Source Client Luncheon Featured Toyota

Apr 26
Boyd Acquires Ohio Collision Repair Center
SEM Releases Plastic Tab Repair Standard Operating Procedure
ABPA and NSF International Expand Parts Distributor Certification
BASF Refinish Names Employee and Salesperson of the Year

Apr 25
J.D. Power Reduces Light Vehicle Retail Sales Forecast
Audatex and Driven Brands Announce Strategic Relationship
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AASP/NJ Sponsored SkillsUSA Competition Successful
Chief Announces 2016 North American Training Schedule

Apr 22
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NACE Releases Conference Program Details
PDA Drives Appraisal Cycle Time to 2 Business Days

Apr 21
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DCR Systems Opens Dealer-Based Collision Center in Massachusetts
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Small Business Optimism Drops to a New Two Year Low
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Apr 20
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Insurance Auto Auctions Opens Location in New York
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Apr 19
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in March
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Apr 18
UN Calls for Active Safety Systems to Be Standard Equipment in Autos
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Apr 15
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Apr 14
Two California Shop Owners Charged with Felony Insurance Fraud
NACE | CARS Announces Destination Tour Schedule
Service King’s Mission 2 Hire Employs 100th Veteran
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Registration Open for May CCIF in Montreal

Apr 13
CARSTAR Adds Location New Brunswick, Canada
Nexsyis Collision and PartsTrader Announce Integration
Caliber Recognized for U.S. Military Support
Women’s Industry Network Elects Board

Apr 12
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Pickups Struggle in IIHS Small Overlap Test
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Canada - CSN Appoints Insurance Director, Alberta Regional Manager

Apr 11
Claims Adjuster Charged with $276,000 Insurance Fraud in California
Last Chance to Provide Feedback on CIC Class A Shop Definition
ETI Names Lineup for the Heavy Duty Discussion Group at ToolTech 2016
AkzoNobel’s Acoat Selected Network Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Greco Publishing Names Velocci Vice President/Creative Director

Apr 08
New York Collision Repairers to Hold Lobby Day in Albany April 12
Annual CIECA Symposium Scheduled for September 12-14
GP Automotive Parts Earns NSF Distributor Certification
WIN Offers Conference Preview Webinar April 18

Apr 07
New York Maaco Shop First in Network to Earn OEM Certification
Gas Prices Begin April at Cheapest Levels Since 2009
Church Brothers Pet Food Drive Nets More than a Ton
UK - RMI to Examine Non-OEM Parts Quality, Certification

Apr 06
U.S. DOT and Safety Partners Kickoff Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Service King Acquires Southern California Collision Repair Center
American Honda Joins ASA as Corporate Member
Refinish Distributors Alliance Adds New Member
S/P2 Adds Ethics Course to Online Curriculum

Apr 05
FinishMaster Acquires Nine Location Distributor on West Coast
Cambridge Auto Group Acquires Maaco Centers in Houston
Sherwin-Williams’ June EcoLean Workshop at NASCAR Race Teams
Equipment and Tool Institute Hires Rick Matz as Technical Manager

Apr 04
Boyd Acquires Six Location MSO in Indiana
Craftsman Collision Opens 40th Repair Center in British Columbia
KAR Closes Brasher's Auto Auctions Acquisition
Nosek Named Senior Vice President of MOTOR Information Systems
Asia - Glasurit Announces Agreement with Jaguar Land Rover

Apr 01
GEICO Tops 14 million Policies in Force
Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces 2016 Trustees
CIECA Monday Webinar Features Scheduling Best Practices
Canada - CARSTAR Express Tecumseh Road West Opens in Windsor, Ont.

Mar 31
Wesco Acquires St. Anthony Group PBE Jobber Business
Driven Brands Acquires 65-Location Oil Change Chain
GEICO Sponsors Safety Training for Collision Repair Schools
SCA Appraisal Appoints Two Field Operation Directors

Mar 30
Moody's Sees Short Term Gain for Auto Insurers from Self-Driving Cars
Guidewire Acquires EagleEye Analytics
PA Senate Approves Amended Photo Appraisal Bill
Auto Care Association and CARE Oppose Rhode Island Telematics Bill
I-CAR Class Added to ASA Training Event in Pennsylvania

Mar 29
Service King Adds Collision Repair Center in Atlanta Market
NORTHEAST Trade Show Sets Attendance Record, Plans Expansion
BASF Launches Norbin Brand in North America
PPG Names Color Systems Platinum Distributor of the Year

Mar 24
Boyd Acquires Five-Store MSO in Oregon
Service King Acquires Another Maryland Collision Repair Facility
Property Damage Appraisers Appoints New CFO

Mar 23
Service King Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Southern Maryland
Registration for Southern Automotive Repair Conference Open
Axalta, BASF, Cunningham Bros. Receive GM Supplier of the Year Awards
GM Approves Chief Equipment for Cadillac CT6 Repair

Mar 22
Boyd Group Acquires Ohio Glass Repair Business
Lexus and Toyota Will Have Automated Braking by End of 2017
S/P2 Releases Online Welding Safety Course
Paint, Body and Equipment Specialists Conference May 10-12

Mar 21
Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Valspar
AASP/MA Reports Standardized Auto Policy Withdrawn
CARSTAR’s Bob Keith Receives I-CAR Founder’s Award
Registration Open for WIN Educational Conference
Fix Auto USA Annual Conference September 18-21 in San Diego

Mar 18
AASP/NJ NORTHEAST Trade Show Opens Today
PA Trade Guild Urges Repairers to Oppose Photo Appraisal Legislation
PPG Offering Expanded Training in 2016
Fix Auto Canada Announces Renewal of ICBC Partnership

Mar 17
NHTSA and IIHS Announce Commitment of 20 Vehicle Manufacturers to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022
Service King Promotes Mission 2 Hire to US Department of Labor
ASA Annual Business Meeting April 25-27 in Washington, D.C.
NIOSH Cautions on Use of Aftermarket Replacement Parts for Respirators
I-CAR Announced 2016 Board of Directors

Mar 16
U.S. Property/Casualty Insurers' Operating Profitability Declined in 2015
Enterprise to Host Education Foundation Career Fair in St. Louis
WIN Acknowledges its 2016 Corporate Sponsors
H&V Collision Centers Sponsors Easter Celebration for Boys and Girls Club

Mar 15
New York AG Announces Tax Fraud Guilty Plea by Collision Repairer
LIABRA Meeting Tonight Features GM Structural Repair Clinic
Registration Open for PPG MVP Spring Conference
NHTSA to Host Public Meetings on Automated Vehicles
RDA Held Fifth Collision Solutions Training Seminar in Dallas

Mar 14
Caliber Acquires Craig’s Collision in Texas
GM and Toyota Expand Autonomous Vehicle Development Efforts
Cars, Careers & Celebrities Returns to Chicago in September
Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship Deadline March 31
Service King Names Sean Huurman Chief Human Resources Officer

Mar 11
#1 Cochran Acquires Sixth Collision Repair Center in Pennsylvania
Rome Technologies Announces Integration with Auto/Mate
EU - Axalta Opens Renovated Cromax Training Center in Belgium

Mar 10
Philadelphia Shop Owner Charged in $400,000 Insurance Fraud Case
WIN Announces Michelle Sullivan 2016 Most Influential Women Honoree
Craftsman and Sears Auto Centers Donate Tools to Collision Students
Canada - CSN Collision Centres Expands in Nova Scotia

Mar 09
Small Business Optimism Hits Two-Year Low
CARSTAR Adds Virginia Collision Repair Center to Network
ASA-Supported Aftermarket Parts Disclosure Bill Passes NH Senate
S/P2 Donating Interviewing Course to Collision Repair Schools
Car Care Council Women’s Board Accepting Scholarship Applications

Mar 08
Service King Opens Houston Collision Repair Facility
Lawson Products Acquires Michigan Fastener Distributor
Groups Call For Transparency in Development of Self-Driving Car Policies
Safelite Announces Three Executive Appointments

Mar 07
CARSTAR Adds Four Locations in U.S. and Canada
TechnaGlass Acquires Precision Auto Glass in Oregon
Vista Equity Partners Completes Solera Acquisition
ASA Opposes Illinois Storage Legislation
Guild 21 ConCall Thursday Features Connected Cars and Cybersecurity

Mar 04
Service King Officially Opens Sixth Collision Repair Center in Atlanta
Registration Open for NACE | CARS Show in California
CEI Awarded I-CAR Gold Status

Mar 03
Boyd Group Opens New Collision Repair Location in Florida
KPA Acquires Environmental Compliance and Remediation Inc.
Education Foundation and Rust-Oleum Announce Contest to Help Schools
GM Parts Distribution Centers Receive Energy Star Certification

Mar 02
CCC Releases 2016 Crash Course Report
Allstate Creating Innovation Hub in Chicago
Applications Available for AkzoNobel Sustainability Grant for Schools
Valspar Completes Upgrades to Texas Refinish Training Center

Mar 01
State Farm Reports $6.2B Net Income in 2015, Up 47.6% from 2014
Macaluso Named Interim President of CARSTAR North America
AAA Survey Finds Americans Afraid of Self-Driving Vehicles
Insurance Auto Auctions Opens New Location in Kentucky
Australia - I-CAR Australia Announces Three Board Appointments

Feb 29
LKQ to Acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works
3M and Festool Announce Strategic Collaboration
Registration Open for April 7 NABC Regional Golf Fundraiser in Texas
Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Ivania Konieczka Elected to CAPA’s Board

Feb 26
AAA: 87% of Drivers Engage in Unsafe Behaviors Behind the Wheel
ACA Calls on Copyright Office to Clarify Ownership of Vehicle Software
NORTHEAST Trade Show Hosts Variable Rate System Seminar
Asia - Crash Parts Maker Jui Li to Invest $48.5M in New Factory

Feb 25
LKQ Reports Revenue Growth of 6.7% in 2015
Copart Reports Revenue Up 8.5%
CARSTAR Southbank Opens Appraisal Centre in Ottawa
Axalta Launches Learning Campus in Canada
Webinar Features MSO's View of the CIECA Standards

Feb 24
Car Sharing Will Grow, But It Will Not Disrupt the Automotive Industry
Google to Shut Down Auto Insurance Comparison Website
SEM Obtains 52 Recommendations from GM
CARSTAR Promotes Mack to Director of Strategic Initiatives
Collision Diagnostic Services Selects Precision Marketing in Canada

Feb 23
New-Vehicle Sales in February Forecast to Increase 8.1%
Maaco Opens Satellite Locations in Partnership with Pep Boys
CARSTAR Expands in Northern California
ABRA Announces Executive Leadership Appointments
Equipment and Tool Institute Launches Market Research Study

Feb 22
AASA and MERA Urge U.S. Copyright Office to Protect Consumer Choice
Fix Auto Canada Adds Three New Locations
Career Fair Scheduled for April 23 in Phoenix
3M Launches Truck Standard Operating Collision Repair Procedures
Barbara Richardson Appointed Nevada Insurance Commissioner

Feb 19
ASA and Auto Alliance Launch New OEM Service Information Resource
BASF to Open Automotive Competence Center in Houston
PPG Completes Paint and Coatings R&D Hub Investment
Gerber Donates $50,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation

Feb 18
KAR Acquires Eight Brasher's Auto Auctions, Announces Earnings
Collision Repair Students at 13 Schools Participate in Recycled Rides
BASF Names Kingstrom North America Distribution Director
Service King Appoints Varghese Chief Information Security Officer

Feb 17
Service King Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in D.C. Market
FinishMaster Acquires Johnson Michigan Automotive & Industrial Coatings
AkzoNobel Acquires BASF's Industrial Coatings Business
WIN Extends Scholarship Program Deadline to February 29
DuPuis Named Senior VP and COO at Fix Auto Canada

Feb 16
Boyd Group Opens New Collision Repair Center in Georgia
NORTHEAST Trade Show Floor Sold Out
Education Foundation Hosting April 21 Career Fair in Seattle
EU - Scharpwinkel Named Head of BASF Refinish Coatings in Europe

Feb 12
Suncorp Acquires LKQ Corporation Stake in ACM Parts
Hess Appointed Interim Director of Arizona Department of Insurance
AkzoNobel Announces 2016 Distributor Council
UK - Moseley Appointed Executive Director of NAB and VBRA

Feb 11
Virginia Legislature Passes Photo Appraisal Bills
Uni-Select Reports Growth in Paint Sales
NACE | CARS Anaheim Exhibit Space Sales Ahead of Last Year
Honda Releases 2016 HR-V Body Repair Information
Education Foundation Reports Over $100,000 Raised for Hire Our Heroes

Feb 10
Property/Casualty Insurers More Profitable in First Nine-Months of 2015
Service King Acquires Two-Location Collision Repair Business in Virginia
Fix Auto USA Hits 100th Franchise Location
Axalta Releases Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results
Automotive Retailers Association of B.C. Selects eMarketing Sherpas

Feb 09
Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in District of Columbia
1Collision Network Expands Into the South
Mitchell Publishes First Quarter 2016 Industry Trends Report
NASTF Spring Meeting to Feature Technician Development

Feb 08
NORTHEAST 2016 Educational Program Registration Now Open
CARSTAR Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Montana
3M Announces Sales Force Realignment
Australia - BMW and I-CAR Sign Collision Repair Training Agreement

Feb 05
Insurance Auto Auctions Launches Total Loss Claim Self-Service Portal
CARSTAR Chicagoland Business Group Donates to Fisher House
Enterprise Holdings Names Christine Taylor Executive VP and COO
Canada - Impact Auto Auctions Opens New Edmonton Facility

Feb 04
Allstate Reports Growth in Auto Premiums Written in 2015
U.S. House Holds Hearing on Legislation to Limit Auto Part Design Patents
February 11 Guild 21 Conference Call Features Aluminum Repair
Industry Organizations to Gather at NACE | CARS 2016
ASA Adds eMarketing Sherpas Marketing Suite as Member Benefit

Feb 03
FEATURE: Virginia Senate Committee Approves Photo Appraisal Bill
U.S. Senators Urge Recall of All Vehicles with Faulty Airbags
National AutoBody Research Launches Labor Rate Survey in New Mexico
Mazda Canada Selects OEConnection

Feb 02
Service King Acquires Collision Repair Center in Columbus, Ohio
Education Foundation Launches School Designation Program
Gas Prices More than $1 Cheaper than 2015 High
Membership Drive Expands WIN Membership to 478

Feb 01
Consumer Confidence Declines Slightly in January
CAPA Announces Technical Committee Election Results
Mike Anderson Returns to the NORTHEAST Trade Show
Nagy's Collision Centers Hosts Leadership Symposium
Consortium to Trial Driverless Cars on UK Roads

Jan 29
IIHS Reports Automatic Braking Reduces Rear-End Crashes 40%
Solera Reports Second Quarter Revenue Up 9%
FTC Settles with GM and Two Dealer Groups over Unrepaired Recalls
Australia - I-CAR Names New Training Program Coordinator

Jan 28
KBB Reports January New-Car Sales Down 3 Percent Year-Over-Year
Classic Collision Adds 16th Location in Georgia
PARTS Act Hearing Scheduled for February 2 in U.S. House
National AutoBody Research Launches Labor Rate Survey in Arkansas

Jan 27
Jonathan Rubinsztein appointed as CEO of Infomedia
AkzoNobel Salutes Students with Sustainability Challenge Grant
ALI Lowers Price of Online Lift Safety Course, 2016 Lifting Guide Available
Sherwin-Williams Ecolean Level 2 Workshop Scheduled in Phoenix

Jan 26
Service King Opens Second Ft. Myers Collision Repair Center
Ten OEMs Commit to NACE | CARS 2016 in California
Coalition of Automotive Service Providers Selects eMarketing Sherpas
China - Changan Ford Selects R-M as Preferred Supplier

Jan 25
Education Foundation Makeover Grant Application Available
Boyd Group Acquires Two Collision Repair Locations in British Columbia
OEM Representatives to Discuss Certification at NORTHEAST Show
Professional Parts Group’s Northup Joins CAPA Board of Directors
PPG Announces New SVP of Automotive Coatings

Jan 22
PPG Reports Higher Sales in Q4
Registration Open for Acoat selected Winter Conference
Spanesi Announces Distributor Awards and Recognition
Axalta Names Dan Key Head of Global Operations

Jan 21
Percentage of Americans Spurning Driver's Licenses Grows
Service King Hosts Tour of New Georgia Collision Repair Center
GM Launches Car-Sharing Service
ACA Warns Vehicle Cybersecurity Could Hurt Independent Repairers
Registration Opens for Education Foundation Golf Fundraiser

Jan 20
Small Business Optimism Up Slightly in December
Gas Prices Dropping at the Fastest Pace in Two Months
AASP-MN Raises Over $8000 for Education Programs
CARSTAR Adds VP of Insurance and Director of Marketing
Spanesi Recognizes Canada Distributor Jerry Snyder

Jan 19
NADA Forecasts a Record 17.7 Million New-Car Sales in 2016
Caliber Acquires 7 Maryland Collision Repair Centers
AudaExplore and CCC Donate Software to Collision Repair Schools
Three Hotels Partner with AASP/NJ for NORTHEAST 2016
CARSTAR Appoints New Midwest Area Director of Operations

Jan 15
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Down in December
Insurance Auto Auctions Expands in Maryland
U.S. DOT Proposes Nearly $4 Billion for Automated Vehicles
AMI to Collect Industry-wide Training Provider Information
CARSTAR Tim’s Collision Named Nationwide Midwest Shop of the Year

Jan 14
NHTSA Urges Auto Industry to be More Proactive on Vehicle Safety
AAPEX Partners with ASA on Regional Training Events
Women’s Industry Network Calls for Board of Directors Applicants
CIECA Announces 2016 Board Officers

Jan 13
Collision Industry Celebrates 1,000th Vehicle Donation
MOPAR Masters Guild Pledges $2.5M Parts Donation to Ed Foundation
Axalta Holds Commercial Transportation Business Council Meeting
WIN 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Annual Conference on May 2-4
CARSTAR Names Northeast Area Director of Operations

Jan 12
Service King Acquires Nine Autometric Collision Repair Centers
Ford Conducts First Snow Tests of Autonomous Vehicles
Certified Collision Group Appoints Bruce Bares President and CEO
Automotive Body Parts Association Announces 2016 Annual Meeting
Collision Repair Education Foundation Career Fair March 10 in Orlando

Jan 11
Continued Growth Projected for Global Auto Sales
Boyd Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Indiana
Certified Collision Group Announces Addition of Ariz. and Calif. MSOs
NORTHEAST Trade Show On Pace for Earliest Exhibitor Space Sellout
Renault-Nissan to Launch 10 Vehicles with Autonomous Tech

Jan 08
Carlyle Completes Innovation Group Acquisition
Over $200,000 in Scholarships Available from Education Foundation
Midwest Auto Body Trade Show February 5-6
XPEL Technologies Vows to Defend 3M Patent Infringement Suit

Jan 07
Cox Automotive Sponsors Education Foundation Career Fairs
Safelite Acquires Missouri Glass Shop
FTC Announces Agenda, Panelists for Workshop on Auto Distribution
PBES 2016 Conference May 10-12
NASTF Committee Co-Chairs Appointed

Jan 06
NY Attorney General Wins in Salvage Yard Pollution Case
ASA Issues Call for NACE | CARS Presentations
I-CAR Commends Innovation Group for Gold Class Recommendation
NASTF Board Welcomes New Member

Jan 05
I-CAR Announces New Course Launches for First Quarter
Boyd Group Acquires Charlotte Collision Repair Center
3M Kicks Off Fourth Year of Hire Our Heroes Program
U.S. Files Complaint Against Volkswagen on Clean Air Act Violations
Australia - BASF and AMA Group Announce 10 Year Supply Agreement

Jan 04
General Motors Invests $500 Million in Lyft
FinishMaster Acquires 15 ColorMaster Locations
LKQ Acquires Rhiag-Inter Auto Parts Italia S.p.A.
ABRA Adds Franchise Location in Minnesota
3M Files Lawsuit to Enforce Paint Protection Films Patent

Dec 18
December Projected as Strongest Month in a Decade for U.S. Auto Sales
New York State Recognizes NSF Non-OEM Crash Parts Certification
Martin Senour Announces First Quarter Training Schedule
Australia - MTAA and AMBRA Call For Senate Inquiry into Insurer Role

Dec 17
Service King Breaks Ground on 35th Dallas-Fort Worth Location
Uni-Select Acquires Two Distributors in Ontario and BC
California Issues Draft Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles
ABC Parts International Earns NSF Distributor Certification

Dec 16
Ford to Begin Autonomous Vehicle Testing on California Roads
National Auto Body Council Celebrates 1,000 Recycled Rides January 12
Sherwin-Williams Announces Q1 2016 Training Schedule
Australia - AMA Group Acquires Micra Accident Repair Centre

Dec 15
Number of Holiday Travelers Expected to Top 100 Million for First Time
Allstate Names Low Collision Frequency Cities Factoring in Precipitation
FTC Plans Workshop on Auto Distribution Regulation
Uni-Select Completes Refinish Solutions Acquisition
AASP/NJ Names Exclusive Auto Collision Body Shop of the Year

Dec 14
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Up in November versus Previous Month
New Vehicle Registrations Exceed 17 Million
Houston Digital Releases Production Scheduling Tool
Premiere Services Adds Refurbished Electronics
ASE, AYES, NATEF Announce 2016 Boards and Officers

Dec 11
ASE Honors 46 Technicians at Annual Meeting
Career Technical Associations Applaud Every Student Succeeds Act
Next CREW Webcast: Speeding Toward the One Day Repair
Canada - Fix Auto Adds Location in British Columbia
Australia - AMA Group Completes Gemini Acquisition

Dec 10
IIHS Awards 48 Vehicles with Crash Prevention as Top Safety Pick+
Kennealy Acquires Las Vegas Collision Repair Center
Small Business Optimism Collapses in November
Last Call for Most Influential Women Award Nominations
Christopher Iu Named Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

Dec 09
NHTSA Includes Crash Avoidance Rankings in 5-Star Safety Ratings
Solera Stockholders Approve Sale to Vista Equity Partners
Carlyle Group Completes Acquisition of Innovation Group
AASP-MN Announces Annual Meeting, Leadership Conference in April
Single Source Adds Chris Northup to Advisory Board

Dec 08
FinishMaster Acquires Refinish Solutions
Guild 21 Conference Call Thursday Features American Honda
TÜV Rheinland Approved by Lift Institute in North America

Dec 07
Fix Auto USA Adds 18 New Franchise Locations
Service King Acquires Charlotte, N.C. Collision Repair Center
Kirmac Opens Newest Location in Richmond, B.C.
CIF 6th Gala Fundraiser January 14 in Palm Springs

Dec 04
Nagy’s Collision Centers Acquires its 10th Location
Axalta Completes ProfitNet Interface with PartsTrader
GM Approves Spanesi Structural Repair Systems in North America
I-CAR Recognizes 25-Year Gold Class Shop, Silver and Verona Awards

Dec 03
Driven Brands Acquires CARSTAR Canada
I-CAR Honors Jeff Silver with Chairman’s Award
Sponsorships Still Available for NABC January 13 Fundraiser
Innovation Group North America Appoints New President of Auto Division
UK - Carlyle Sells Stake in RAC

Dec 02
Cherokee Collision Center Opens Canton, Ga. Location
Ford Approves Chief Fume and Dust Extractors for Aluminum F-150 Repair
ICBC Selects Mitchell as Strategic Material Damage Solution Provider
Canada - CCIF FNOL Assignment Project Reaches Milestone

Dec 01
MyPriceLink Launches Today for General Motors Collision Repair Parts
Top 100 Certified Aftermarket Parts Saved Consumers $363M in 5 Years
Tim Dawe Named Sales Director for BASF Automotive Refinish
Education Foundation Asks for Support on #GIVINGTUESDAY
Australia - Aftermarket Calls to Establish Access to Vehicle Repair Info

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