News

  • Hyundai recently issued a statement regarding the use of aftermarket and recycled collision repair parts. The unedited and uncut statement follows.
  • Within four years, North American commercial vehicle companies won't be able to compete against low-cost commercial vehicle manufacturers based in emerging-market countries such as Russia, India and China, according to a study by AlixPartners LLP, a
  • Porsche now requires I-CAR classroom training - the I-CAR Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Series and the I-CAR Structural Parts Steel Welding Qualification Series - as components of the Porsche Approved Collision Center Program. Collision repai
  • Diamond Standard Brand high strength steel and aluminum reinforcements began the formal certification process in July 2010 with the first parts certified by NSF effective Oct. 18, 2010. Eight reinforcements and applications covering applications for
  • Three NACE attendees got more from their visit to the Toyota booth than live demonstrations of online technical information services and the latest training techniques and courses Toyota offers. The following three also won new Apple iPads.
  • Your shop may be experiencing low morale among employees if they arrive late, take extended lunches, miss work often, become less productive, gossip about other workers, exude negative attitudes or display a lack of enthusiasm.
  • The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is concerned about inequities in the Texas Tax Code. Currently in the Texas Franchise Tax Code, automotive repair and collision shops owned and operated by new or used car dealerships are taxed at half the rat
  • Mitchell International's first quarter 2011 Industry Trends Report (ITR) features "Paint by Numbers: A Deep Dive Into Refinish Data," by Mitchell's Vice President of Industry Relations, Greg Horn. The article explores whether all vehicles are treated
  • Keystone Automotive Operations recently opened a new 190,000-sq-ft. warehouse in Corona, California, to service left-coast accounts. They celebrated the event with a special "California Open House" that attracted nearly 1,000 visitors, 230 vendors, a
  • Chrysler Group has just announced the longest power train limited warranty ever ? a "Lifetime" power train warranty on new Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles sold from July 26, 2007 on. This is just the latest shot to be fired in the warranty wars.
  • Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer for Ford Motor Company will help kick off the 2007 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show by delivering the keynote address at the Motor Press Guild (MPG) Breakfast and Keynote Address on November 14, 2007.
  • New guidelines developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) aim to improve quality of automotive parts, helping to lower warranty claims and recalls. The automotive industry spent almost $12.8 billion in warranty claims in 2006, according
  • Today's automakers are increasingly collaborating and partnering with the specialty-equipment industry, and they're turning to the annual SEMA Show to identify new trends and products.
  • If you think a vehicle should be older to be modified, think again. You can make money manufacturing, selling, and installing parts designed for late-model muscle cars, such as the new Nissan Z-car. The beautifully styled fifth-generation Nissan Z (2
  • Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. has announced a $67 million expansion to its Clinton, Tennessee facility, a move expected to add 160 jobs to its current workforce of 400 employees.
  • Motor vehicle parts suppliers will demonstrate the latest technologies to improve vehicle safety and fuel efficiency at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association's (MEMA) second annual Ride and Drive, slated for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-
  • Talk about aggressive goals — BMW says it plans to boost sales to significantly more than 2 million units per year by 2020. BMW announced the new strategy in late September in Munich.
  • Shop owner and industry veteran Mike Quinn, the recently appointed Collision Industry Conference (CIC) chairman, laid out his plans for the organization during a Collision Repair Executive Webcast and addressed several hot-button industry issues.
    Brian Albright
  • A seasoned repairer walks around a damaged vehicle before damaged parts are removed looking for things such as gaps, positive and negative flushness, and opening and closing effort required on doors.
  • Honda Motor Co. Ltd. said it will resume production and shipment of component parts for use in automobile production in regions outside Japan on Monday, April 4, 2011. Production had been halted due to the earthquake and tsunami.