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Repair standards stir debate at CIC

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 01:02
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The issue of repair standards surfaced again at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting January 25 in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Based on comments during the open microphone session, most believe that an additional standards organization is not needed and CIC should focus on how to deal with gaps in existing repair standards.

Several repairers and those representing repairers’ interests said that repair standards exist in the form of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair standards.

“Does CIC recognize that OEM repair standards are the recognized repair standards? ” asked Jim Sowle, body shop director of Sewell Lexus Body Shop of Dallas.

Several repairers in the crowd stood in unison and said “I do.” Sowle’s remarks preceded a repair standards advisory committee panel discussion.

George Avery, conducting his first CIC meeting as chairman, explained that this has been an ongoing issue of discussion at CIC going back several years.

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