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 GM MyPriceLink 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.
New Mexico Bans Counterfeit Airbags
New law makes it a crime to knowingly sell or install a counterfeit or non-functioning airbag in a vehicle.
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.
Shop and Technician Licensing Bill Introduced in North Carolina
Senate Bill filed Wednesday seeks to protect consumers from unqualified mechanical and collision repair facilities, estimators and technicians. Would establish seven member licensing board to administer act.
CCC Releases 2015 Crash Course Report
The annual report does a deep dive on the economic and technology trends impacting collision repair and auto physical damage claims. CCC’s Susanna Gotsch details what the trends mean for the industry.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q4 2014
Record level of collision repair facilities report higher sales and earnings in the fourth quarter.
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.
Four Bills Scheduled for Hearing Tomorrow in Rhode Island
Testimony on legislation that would provide a private right of action in unfair claims settlement cases, revise collision repair licensing, establish auto glass shop licensing, along with an aftermarket parts bill, will be heard in the Rhode Island House.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up in December
While production declined slightly in December versus November, overall results for the year showed improvement over 2013.
Traffic Volume Increased 5% in December
Continued declines in gas prices help finish 2014 with its strongest monthly growth rate. All five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in December compared to 2013.
Plaintiffs Plan Third Amended Complaint in Florida Antitrust Suit
At a status conference last week, collision repair shop plaintiffs in the Florida Antitrust Suit against auto insurance companies indicated they would like to file a third amended complaint.
Insurers Again Seek Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuits
Defendant insurance companies file motion to dismiss the second amended complaint in Florida antitrust suit. Legal battle intensifies as over 20 motions to dismiss filed in other antitrust suits against insurers.
Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation
Both auto insurance and auto body repair prices continue to increase faster than the rate of overall inflation through January 2015.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up 7% in November Versus 2013
Production increases for third straight month. Increase in both hours worked and employment.
U.S. Senator Reiterates Call for Justice Department to Investigate Auto Insurance “Scheme”
A frequent critic of both insurance companies and vehicle manufacturers, U.S. Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut asks Attorney General to investigate possible illegal practices by auto insurers. Asks for DOJ update on 1963 Consent Decree’s applicability to today’s marketplace.
Traffic Volume Increased 2.5 Billion Vehicle Miles in November
Three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in November compared to 2013.
Collision Industry Conference Chairman, Committees Detail 2015 Priorities
Parts procurement, Class A Collision Repair Facility guidelines, steering, changing repairer-insurer relationships among topics CIC committees will address in future meetings.
CNN Report Highlights Poor Quality Parts and Repairs, Body Shop Lawsuits against Auto Insurers
Collision repair industry reacts to Anderson Cooper 360 segment in prime time warning of unsafe repairs due to poor quality parts and repair work. Antitrust lawsuits against insurers detailed.
Collision Repairers File 2nd Amended Complaint in Antitrust Suit against Auto Insurers
As expected, collision repairers have filed another amended complaint seeking to address concerns that led Judge to dismiss the case for a second time last month.
Judicial Panel Denies Progressive Insurance Request to Consolidate Price’s Collision Center Lawsuit
Panel denies insurer’s request to consolidate Tennessee case that was opposed by the multiple collision repair shop operator. Approves consolidation of another suit filed in Missouri.
Mississippi Labor Rate Cap Bill Dies in Committee
Bill would have limited the maximum labor rate a collision repair facility could charge without permission from the Insurance Commissioner.
Ford CEO Says Edmunds' F-150 Repairs Should Have Taken Half the Time
Addressing a financial analyst’s question about 2015 F-150 cost of ownership during the manufacturer's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, Mark Fields said body repairs should have taken less time than the dealer charged. We analyze R&R labor and part prices between the 2014 and 2015 F-150.
Collision Repair Industry Production Improved in October
Production increases for second straight month. Increase in hours worked offsets slight decline in production employment.
Antitrust Suits against Auto Insurers Suffer Setback
U.S. District Judge finds problems with the complaint brought by collision repair facilities alleging antitrust violations. Allows plaintiffs until February 10 to amend complaint on six of seven counts. 1963 Consent Decree found not to apply to current case.
Length Of Rental Climbs in Q4
Both U.S. and Canada length of rental increased in the fourth quarter compared to 2013.
Bill Seeking to Prohibit Insurance Co. Parts and Materials Mandates Reintroduced in New York
Proposed legislation seeks to ban insurance company requirements for collision repair parts and materials procurement programs.
Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in $34 Million Labor Rate Lawsuit Appeal
On Tuesday, The Hartford Fire Insurance Company made its case before Connecticut’s highest court in its appeal of suit brought by Connecticut Auto Body Association and several of its members.
Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Continue Rise
Major auto physical damage indicators see dramatic increases since 2012.
Traffic Volume Increased 6.6 Billion Vehicle Miles in October
For the second month in a row, all five regions in the U.S. report increased driving compared to 2013.
NY Senate Bill Seeks To Expand Crash Parts Disclosure and Consent
Bill would amend existing regulation to clarify disclosure requirements and require consumer consent. Requires new, OEM parts for at least two years after year of manufacturer.
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.
Lawsuits by Louisiana Attorney General and Crawford’s Consolidated in Florida
Despite opposition by plaintiffs in both lawsuits, the cases brought by the Attorney General of Louisiana and a Pennsylvania collision repair facility against automobile insurers should be consolidated with antitrust actions in Florida.
Permanent Injunction Issued against Commercial Speech Restrictions in Connecticut Glass Anti-Steering Suit
Connecticut Attorney General and Insurance Department will not enforce requirement for glass claim administrators to provide competitors names after selecting their business.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2014
Improvements in both sales and earnings slow down during the summer. Collision repair facilities reporting declining earnings and sales, however, set historic lows for the second quarter in a row.
Traffic Volume Increased 5.6 Billion Vehicle Miles in September
As gas prices continued to decline, all five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in September compared to 2013.
Collision Repair Industry Production Down in August
After five straight months of growth, Industry expansion stalls in August. Decline in hours worked offsets growth in production employment.
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.