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The Database Enhancement Gateway, also known as the DEG, is an initiative developed to help improve the quality and accuracy of collision repair estimates, through proactive feedback from the collision repair industry and other "end users" to the Information...
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It will take at least a year – perhaps up to five years – before all of Takata’s potentially faulty airbags are properly replaced.
En route to becoming the largest recall in American history, rivaling 1982’s recall of 31 million bottles of possibly...
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With the aluminum body here to stay, one critical factor that collision repair shops must get right are the tools and attachments used to capture potentially explosive airborne dust. This dust, created mainly during grinding and sanding, can also affect paint quality due to...
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By Dave Bordwell, Worldwide Product Manager at Graco
The production of both insulating glass and curtain wall incorporates bonding and sealing steps that utilize adhesives with multiple components. The success of these bonding and sealing steps is dependent upon proper...
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American Honda has launched a new consumer safety video, “What You See, Is Not Necessarily What You Get.”
The nearly 5-minute video follows a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, damaged in a collision, and then improperly repaired leaving it in an unsafe, un-roadworthy...
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As with any service business in the last two decades, the collision repair industry has undergone dramatic changes in the way it generates revenue. Looking back just 15 years, most shops were focused on boosting profits solely by bringing in more repairs, which typically...
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“Repair vs. Replace” is not a new issue in the collision repair industry. However, as new substrate materials are pioneered by car manufacturers, the decision of “repair vs. replace” becomes even more significant to your business. Knowing when and...
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In the past, if you were to R&I more than one wheel in CCC, the first wheel would pay labor, but the additional wheels would show as included. Same goes if you replaced a wheel. This was frustrating and the DEG approached CCC many times asking for a fix to the problem...
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The DEG received three inquiries on the same issue for Audatex, CCC and Mitchell. The shop had submitted these inquiries because they felt the time in the systems to replace the roof molding was not enough given the amount of rivets and time needed to remove the part....
The new Ford F-150 is certainly not the first aluminum-bodied vehicle on the road today, but it’s popularity means that more and more consumers will need to know exactly what goes into getting a proper repair in the event of a collision – and how to find a...
Pro Spot International hosted a virtual welding contest to educate attendees and bring attention to the importance of training at this year’s AASP Northeast Show held in Secaucus, N.J., in March.
Ron Olsson, president of Pro Spot International, explained that teaching...
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The goal of every collision center is to create a consistent production rhythm throughout their shop that leads to a targeted throughput achievement. In many shops, this rhythm becomes disrupted within the refinish department. The questions to ask are: Why do these...
The largest trade show dedicated to the automotive aftermarket industry and high-end technical training has arrived in the United States. Automechanika Chicago, which took place from April 24-26 at McCormick Place West, opened its doors to a successful turnout with a...
I-CAR® announced that Jeff Peevy, senior director segment development – Collision Repair & Field Operations, has been recruited to lead the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) as its next president. His last day with I-CAR will be May 15. With strong...
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CHICAGO — Chief Automotive Technologies offered two new products, teased a third and pushed a rebranding at Automechanika Chicago, April 24-26.








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