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GM to Idle 3 Plants in North America Due to Semiconductor Shortage by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
G eneral M otors is idling three of its assemb ly plants in North America and running a fourth in S outh K orea at half capacity for one week as it struggles with the ongoing semiconductor shortage that has already impacted production at F ord M otor C o., S tellantis and others glob ally . O n F eb . 8 , G M will idle the following plants―which run two shifts― for a week: • F airfax Assemb ly and S tamping P lant in K ansas C ity , K S : Ab out 2, 000 hourly workers b uild the C hev -
rolet M alib u sedan and C adillac X T4 S U V • C AM I, Ingersoll, O ntario C anada: Ab out 1, 5 00 hourly workers b uild the C hev rolet E q uinox S U V • S an L uis P otosí , M exico: G M b uilds C hev rolet E q uinox and Trax and G M C Terrain S U V s S ome related G M plants that supply engines and other parts to the plants to b e idled may b e minorly impacted. F or example, the engine plant at G M ’ s S pring Hill Assemb ly complex will reduce a shift on one See Semiconductor Shortage, Page 26
States Revive Push for Virus Liability Protections for Employers by Chris Marr, Bloomberg Law
M ore than a doz en states at the start of the 2021 legislativ e season are renewing a push to shield b usinesses from lawsuits ov er customers’ or employ ees’ C O V ID -19 exposure. F rom F lorida to M ontana, state lawmakers hav e declared liab ility protections to b e a top priority this y ear. Repub lican lawmakers are mostly leading the charge, b ut in a few cases they ’ re coordinating with D emocratic legislators or gov ernors. If these states enact liab ility shields, they would join more than a
doz en others that did so in 2020. These state laws b roadly shield all or most ty pes of b usinesses from coronav irus-related liab ility lawsuits, unless a plaintiff can show the company was grossly negligent or guilty of intentional misconduct. After a federal proposal championed b y S enate Repub licans failed to win approv al, the attention is b ack on the states and expected to stay there, now that D emocrats will control b oth chamb ers of C ongress and the W hite House as of J an. 20. “ W e do not anticipate liab ility See Virus Liability Protections, Page 28
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President Biden Signs Executive Order to Strengthen Buy American Act Provisions by Roger Abbott and Karl Means at Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
O n J an. 25 , P resident J oe Biden issued an executiv e order on E nsuring the F uture Is M ade in All of America b y All of America’ s W orkers. The order is part of his “ B uild B ack B etter Recov ery P lan” to strengthen American manufacturing and has potentially far-reaching effect. The order will tighten the federal gov ernment’ s req uirements to b uy American products, support American job s and rationaliz e the enforcement of the country ’ s patchwork of
“ M ade in America” laws. C ompanies that supply goods and serv ices to the federal gov ernment may no longer benefit from statutes like “ B uy American.” The J an. 25 order will tighten agencies’ purchasing b y increasing domestic content req uirements and close loopholes for determining country of origin under M ade in America laws. Companies that benefit from domestic preferences now must re-examine whether they will continue to benefit under the proposed new regulations. C ontractors and sub contracSee Buy American Act, Page 20
Schools and Scans Among Topics Addressed at CIC on upcoming meeting dates for any industry adv isory committees for A new position statement related collision repair training programs at to what is―and isn’t―included in any U.S. schools―particularly for v ehicle scan charges, and a plea for any such program that is struggling information ab out any school’ s colli- or in danger of b eing closed. sion repair training programs that is Arrants contends “ the pipeline struggling, were among the topics at containing the future workforce is collapsing,” offering some indirect ev idence of a not insignificant decline in the numb er of such programs. S / P 2, he said, which offers online safety and pollution prev ention training used b y some automotiv e training programs, reported 22, 7 3 5 collision repair students took the training in 2020, down nearly 3 7 % ASA is drafting a position statement indicating that a from 2019 . charge for a vehicle scan is distinct from charges for That decline can’ t b e other procedures such as researching diagnostic codes and system initializations b lamed on the pandemic; the numb er of students in the first Collision Industry Confer- automotiv e serv ice or heav y -duty truck training programs who took S / ence (C IC ) of 2021, held v irtually P 2 training rose b y as much as 2% in online in J anuary . George Arrants of the AS E 2020 compared to the prev ious y ear. E ducation F oundation said his orArrants also said of the more ganiz ation is seeking information See Schools and Scans, Page 24 by John Yoswick
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2020 Seat Belt Law Helped Boost NY from
Caliber Announces New Board of Directors
‘Yellow’ to ‘Green’ Rating in Highway Safety Report ................................................19 AASP/NJ Launches New Health Plan Benefit .......6 AASP/NJ Member Donates Vehicle to Driver in Need .........................................................11 Auto Glass Safety Hearing Held in Maryland House of Delegates .......................................16 Ken Barrett Collision Center in Batavia, NY, Donates Refurbished Vehicle .........................18 New Jersey Auto Dealer Rick DeSilva Jr. Named 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year ............12 PA Auto Body Shops Cash in on Winter Weather ........................................................18 Right to Repair Supporters, Opponents Raised a Combined $51.5M in Contributions ............10
Member ........................................................30 CARSTAR Named a Top 40 Franchise ................24 CCC Information Services Inc. Merges,
Anderson - How to Improve Paint Materials Reimbursement ............................................34 Attanasio - Social Media Strategist Identifies Keys to Your Body Shop’s Online Success .....50 Phillips - COVID-19 Vaccinations in the
Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington ................. 21
Audi Wholesale Parts Dealers .......................... 49
Mercedes-Benz of Paramus ............................ 41
BMW Wholesale Parts Dealers ...................44-45
Mercedes-Benz of West Chester ..................... 21
Cadillac of Mahwah ........................................ 24
Mercedes-Benz of Wilmington ........................ 30
CCC Information Services Inc .......................... 64
Mercedes-Benz Wholesale Parts Dealers ........ 57
Central Avenue Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram ..... 23
MINI Wholesale Parts Dealers.......................... 42
Certified Automotive Parts Association ............ 12
MOPAR Wholesale Parts Dealers ................36-37
Cherry Hill Nissan ........................................... 22
New Holland Ford ........................................... 35
Classifieds ...................................................... 62
New Holland Toyota ........................................ 22
Colonial Automotive Group .............................. 39
Nissan/Infiniti Wholesale Parts Dealers............ 58
Courtesy Mitsubishi ........................................ 38
Northstar Kia................................................... 16
DePaula Chevrolet-Ford .................................. 40
Nucar ............................................................. 29
Dover Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep .............................. 2
Open Road Acura of East Brunswick ............... 52
Eckler’s Automotive .......................................... 7
Packer Norris Parts ......................................... 25
Empire Auto Parts ........................................... 28
Parker LORD ................................................... 11
Equalizer Industries, Inc .................................. 28
Porsche Huntington......................................... 54
Ford Wholesale Parts Dealers .......................... 55
Porsche Wholesale Parts Dealers .................... 51
GM Wholesale Parts Dealers ........................... 43
Rafferty Subaru............................................... 12
Honda-Acura Wholesale Parts Dealers .31, 32-33
SATA Dan-Am Company .................................. 17
Hyundai Wholesale Parts Dealers .................... 50
Schultz Ford.................................................... 46
Infiniti of Norwood .......................................... 20
Security Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram ................ 26
Insta Finish ..................................................... 13
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes ...........8-9
Jaguar Land Rover Cherry Hill......................... 47
Spanesi Americas ........................................... 63
Jeff D’Ambrosio Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge ............ 18
Steck Manufacturing Company ....................... 16
Kia Motors Wholesale Parts Dealers ................ 53
Subaru Wholesale Parts Dealers...................... 59
Kia of Attleboro ............................................... 38
Sunmight USA ...........................................14-15
Kundert Volvo.................................................. 27
Toyota Wholesale Parts Dealers....................... 50
Protections for Employers ...............................1
LKQ Corporation ............................................... 5
VIP Honda ....................................................... 10
Toyota Remains R&D Patent Leader ....................6
Long Automotive Group .................................. 34
Volkswagen Wholesale Parts Dealers .............. 61
U.S. Electric Vehicle Market Poised for
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White Plains Volkswagen ................................ 22 Yonkers Kia ..................................................... 56
Significant Start to ‘21 ..................................48 CIECA Announces Board, Award Recipients .......30 CIECA Forms New Committee ...........................19 Collision Industry Mourns the Loss of Bano Ramirez ...............................................60 COVID’s Impact on Insurance Pricing, Coverage & Digital Trends .............................58 Distracted Driving Trend Persists Despite Passenger Complaints ..................................60 Ford, Google Partner ...........................................4
to Semiconductor Shortage.............................1 Herb Lieberman—A Life of Service ...................38 Industry Members Share Their Predictions for the Year ...................................................58 Jeff Peevy Shares Growth Plans Related to I-CAR Tech Center .....................................46
Collision Repair Facility .................................52
President Biden Signs Executive Order to
Yoswick - Forecast: Expect More Private Equity Coming Into the Industry ....................41
Strengthen Buy American Act Provisions .........1 President Biden: We’ll Replace Entire Fleet of Federal Vehicles with Evs ............................4 Scholarship Application Deadline is March 31 ...27 Schools and Scans Among Topics Addressed
NATIONAL 2021 SEMA HoF Nominations Open ..................59 ABRA Auto Body Repair of America Adds Four New Facilities .......................................60 ACA Launches New Website..............................27
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ASE Announces New Officers, Board Members..22
Record Sales in 2021: Edmunds .....................4
Mazda Wholesale Parts Dealers ...................... 60
asTech Device Supports GM Network ................22
WIN Scholarship Open for Applications..............56
McGovern Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram ............... 6
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President Biden: We’ll Replace Entire Fleet of Federal Vehicles with EVs by Tom Moloughney, Inside EVs
P resident J oe Biden isn’ t wasting any time in making his policy clear on electric v ehicles. In a speech J an. 25 , less than one week into his presidency , B iden announced he plans to replace all federal v ehicles in serv ice with domestically -made E V s. According to the G eneral S erv ice Administration’ s 2019 F ederal F leet Report, that’ s a total of 6 4 5 , 000 v ehicles. Howev er, the president didn’ t lay out any plans or timeline whatsoev er, only a commitment to transition the eet to z ero-emission electric v ehicles. “ Together, this will b e the largest mob iliz ation of pub lic inv estment and procurement infrastructure and R& D since W orld W ar II, ” B iden said. B iden also added that all of the electric v ehicles would b e domestically made, which would narrow down the choices when ordering replacement v ehicles. Tesla M odel 3 s hav e already prov en to make great police cruis-
ers for some departments willing to giv e the v ehicle a chance. It appears to be paying off, as the B argersv ille P olice D epartment in Indiana announced the M odel 3 sav ed $ 6 , 7 5 0 in only one y ear of serv ice, as compared to a D odge C harger cruiser.
M ail deliv ery v ehicles are perfect candidates for electric v ehicles b ecause they hav e set routes, do a lot of stop-and-go low-speed driv ing and in many instances don’ t need to cov er many miles to complete their daily route. The 14 0, 000 federal mail
“Together, this will be the largest mobilization of public investment and procurement infrastructure and R&D since World War II,” — Joe Biden W e can only imagine how much the gov ernment would sav e b y replacing more than half a million vehicles with efficient EVs. Nearly 22% of the v ehicles in the federal eet are mail trucks, which are long ov erdue for replacement. The av erage age of a G rumman mail deliv ery truck is 28 y ears, and they lack b asic essential functions of modern v ehicles including airb ags, anti-lock b rakes and air conditioning.
trucks currently in serv ice should be the first eet to be converted. If we take B iden’ s announcement literally , then we hav e to assume he means he’ ll b e ordering a new all-electric presidential limo, affectionately known as “The B east.” P erhaps it will b e a custom stretched Hummer E V -b ased C adillac S U V ? We thank I nsid e E V s for reprint permission.
Ford, Google Partner F ord and G oogle announced F eb . 1 a uniq ue strategic partnership to accelerate F ord’ s transformation and reinv ent the connected v ehicle experience. F ord has also named G oogle C loud its preferred cloud prov ider to lev erage G oogle’ s world-class expertise in data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML.) As part of this new, six-year partnership― beginning in 2023―millions of future F ord and L incoln v ehicles at all price points will b e powered b y Android, with G oogle apps and serv ices b uilt-in. To driv e ongoing innov ation, F ord and G oogle are estab lishing a new collab orativ e group, Team U pshift. L ev eraging the talent and assets of b oth companies, Team U pshift will push the b oundaries of F ord’ s transformation, unlock personaliz ed consumer experiences and driv e disruptiv e, data-driv en opportunities. This may include projects ranging from dev eloping new retail experiences when b uy ing a v ehicle, creating new ownership offers based on data and more. S ource: F ord, G oogle
U.S. Electric Vehicle Market Poised for Record Sales in 2021: Edmunds E lectric v ehicle sales are poised to hit their highest lev el on record in 2021, according to the car shopping experts at E dmunds. E dmunds data shows E V sales made up 1.9 % of retail sales in the U .S . in 2020; E dmunds analy sts expect this numb er to grow to 2.5 % this y ear. “ After y ears of speculation and empty promises, 2021 is actually shaping up to b e a piv otal y ear for growth in the E V sector, ” said J essica Caldwell, E dmunds’ executiv e director of insights. “ W e’ re not only ab out to see a massiv e leap in the numb er of E V s av ailab le in the market; we’ re also going to see a more div erse lineup of electric v ehicles that better re ect current consumer preferences. “ And giv en that the new presidential administration has pledged its support for electrification, the U .S . is likely to see incentiv e programs targeted at fostering the growth of this technology further.” E dmunds analy sts anticipate 3 0 E V s from 21 b rands will b ecome av ailab le for sale this y ear, compared to 17 v ehicles from 12 b rands
in 2020. Notably, this will be the first year these offerings represent all three major v ehicle categories: C onsumers will hav e the choice among 11 cars, 13 S U V s and six trucks in 2021, whereas only 10 cars and sev en S U V s were av ailab le last y ear.
This div erse spread of E V offerings should help encourage stronger loy alty among E V owners, which has dwindled ov er the y ears as shoppers hav e grav itated toward larger v ehicles. According to E dmunds data, 7 1% of E V owners who didn’ t b uy another E V traded in their v ehicle for a truck or S U V in 2020, compared to 6 0% in 2019 and 3 4 % in 2015 . “Americans have a love affair with trucks and S U V s, to the detriment of E V s, which hav e until recently b een mostly passenger cars, ”
said C aldwell. “ Automakers should hav e a much b etter shot of recapturing some of the E V b uy ers who they’ve lost now that they can offer larger, more utilitarian electric v ehicles.” E dmunds analy sts note that this infusion of fresh new products comes at a time where the market is also seeing a positiv e shift in consumer interest in E V s. According to G oogle Trends data, consumer searches for electric trucks and S U V s hav e recently hit a high point after trending upward for y ears. “Besides affordability, one of the b iggest b arriers to increased E V sales has simply b een tepid consumer reception―it’s been tough for companies that aren’ t Tesla to crack the code of how to get shoppers hy ped up for these v ehicles, ” said C aldwell. “ B ut in the past y ear we’ v e seen automakers throw huge adv ertising dollars b ehind their E V launches in an attempt to drum up some b uz z , and it’ s promising that consumers seem to at least b e more aware of the options out there.” As more consumers look to E V s as a possib ility for their next
car purchase, E dmunds experts emphasiz e that shoppers should take extra time to consider their alternativ es and do their research. “ B uy ing an E V is an entirely different beast than a traditional car purchase, so extra research and diligence are key , ” said I van Drury, E dmunds’ senior manager of insights. “ Range and weather conditions play a huge factor in determining whether certain E V s make sense for y our ev ery day needs, and whether y ou own a home with a garage or rent an apartment could affect y our charging situation. “ F ederal and state tax incentiv es are at play with these purchases. And with a numb er of manufacturers following Tesla’ s direct sale model, there might not b e opportunities to take a test driv e, or ev en to trade in y our current v ehicle, like y ou would at a traditional dealership.” S ource: E dmunds
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AASP/NJ Launches New Health Plan Benefit Thanks to the Alliance of Automotiv e S erv ice P rov iders of New J ersey (AAS P / NJ ), there is great news for memb ers when it comes to health insurance.
The association has worked with the Amato Insurance Agency , a div ision of W orld Insurance Associates LLC, to off er the AASP NJ Association Health P lan to all memb ers—ev en those out of state—who are in good standing. “ W e are really proud to b e the fi rst to bring this opportunity to New J ersey , ” said J oe Amato S r., principal of the Amato Insurance Agency and AAS P / NJ Allied B oard memb er. A few y ears ago, the U .S . D epartment of L ab or expanded access to aff ordable health coverage for small b usinesses through association health plans. AASP NJ qualifi ed and has b een approv ed for this program, which allows the association to purchase healthcare benefi ts at compet-
itiv e rates and prov ides unlimited major medical group cov erage for b usinesses ranging from small owner-operated shops to megastores. “ B ecause of AAS P / NJ ’ s b uy ing power, we hav e exceptionally priced products as low as $ 3 10 per month for an indiv idual and $ 9 3 2 per month for a full family regardless of its siz e or age, ” Amato said. “ U nder the association health plan, we can prov ide memb ers with solid medical insurance that could b e considerab ly lower than what they are pay ing now.” The Aff ordable Care Act-compliant plan is deductib le-free for prev entativ e exams for annual phy sicals. P articipants can choose from multiple deductib le range options and HS A plans. The program, which b oasts a large national network of doctors and hospitals, enab les participants to use its serv ices out of state. O ther features include, with no copay , a 24 -7 Teladoc serv ice that allows them to call in and receiv e diagnoses, care and prescriptions ov er the phone. Additionally , there is a no-hassle serv ice line av ailab le to all mem-
b ers for a q uick response. “ No more waiting for two hours for an answer! ” Amato said. AAS P / NJ memb ers interested in learning more can contact Amato Insurance Agency P rincipal J oe Amato J r. at (7 3 2) 5 3 0-6 7 4 0, ext. 4 12 or email him at joejr@ amatoagency .com. M emb ers who already work with an Amato agent or serv ice representativ e can continue to do so under the new plan. F or more information on the health plan and other AAS P / NJ member benefi ts, contact Executive D irector Charles Bryant at (7 3 2) 9 22-8 9 09 . Non-memb ers who are interested in joining AAS P / NJ in order to take part in the plan are encouraged to contact B ry ant or the association’s administrative offi ce at (9 3) 6 6 7 -6 9 22 to get started.
The U .S . P atent and Trademark Offi ce awarded Toyota more patents than any other automaker in 2020, according to an annual ranking b y the Intellectual P roperty O wners Association (IP O ). Toy ota’ s engineers and scientists were granted a total of 2, 8 19 patents in 2020, up 4 % from 2019 and far outpacing any other automaker in the U .S . Toy ota continues to inv est heav ily in its rob ust research and dev elopment pipeline and has receiv ed more than 1, 4 00 patents related to autonomous v ehicle technology since 2003. Every hour, Toy ota inv ests more than $ 1 million in emerging technology glob ally , and has inv ested more than $ 1 b illion in R& D related to automated v ehicles and rob otics since 2017 .
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Right to Repair Supporters, Opponents Raised a Combined $51.5M in Contributions Auto Care Association ( million)
by Victoria Antram, Ballotpedia
The Right to Repair C oalition and the C oalition for S afe and S ecure D ata receiv ed a comb ined $ 5 1.5 million in contrib utions this election cy cle, making M assachusetts Q uestion 1 the most expensiv e measure in the state for at least the last 15 y ears. Final campaign finance reports for M assachusetts 2020 b allot measure committees were filed Jan. 20. Q uestion 1 amended a 2013 “ right to repair” law. The amended q uestion req uired manufacturers that sell v ehicles with telematics sy stems in M assachusetts to eq uip them with a standardiz ed sy stem b eginning with model y ear 2022. V ehicle owners and independent repair facilities may access the standardiz ed sy stem to retriev e mechanical data and run diagnostics through a mob ile-b ased application. It was approv ed b y a margin of 7 4 .9 7 % to 25 .03 % . The Right to Repair C oalition, the sponsor of Q uestion 1, reported $ 24 .9 million in contrib utions. The top donors to the campaign included:
C oalition of Automotiv e Repair Equality ( .2 million) Auto one ( 3 million) O’Reilly Auto Parts ( 3 million) Advance Auto Parts ( 3 million) Genuine Parts Company ( 3 million)
The C oalition for S afe and S ecure D ata registered in opposition to Q uestion 1 and reported $ 26 .6 million in contrib utions. The top donors to the campaign included: General Motors ( 5.5 million) •
Toy ota M otor North America, Inc ( .5 million) Ford Motor Company ( million)
American Honda M otor C o.,
The Right to Repair C oalition sponsored a 2012 initiativ e. The measure led to a legislativ e compromise in 2013 . A legislativ e alternativ e to the initiativ e was approv ed J uly 3 1, 2012, after the J uly 3 initiativ e signature deadline, so the initiativ e still appeared on the b allot and receiv ed 8 7 .7 % of the v ote. The 2013 legislativ e compromise was approv ed Nov . 26 , 2013 . The committees registered in support of the 2012 initiativ e reported $ 2.3 million in contrib utions, and those registered in opposition reported more than $ 3 07 , 000. The top five most expensive measures b y total contrib utions— support and opposition—in M assachusetts since 2006 are as follows: • $ 4 4 .3 million for Q uestion 2, Authoriz ation of Additional C harter S chools and C harter School Expansion (200 ) •
1, Nurse-P atient Assignment Limits Initiative (201 ) $ 15 .8 million for Q uestion 3 , C asino Repeal Initiativ e (201 )
Inc ( 3.0 million) Nissan North America Inc. ( 2. million)
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C.A.R.Score Now on CARFAX Report C .A.R.S core, a div ision of D ealer S pecialties, L L C , announced J an. 22 its v ehicle condition reports will now b e av ailab le on the C ARF AX V ehicle History Report. The v ehicle condition details that C .A.R.S core captures will live indefi nitely within the C ARF AX V ehicle History Report for applicab le v ehicles. C .A.R.S core v ehicle inspectors perform a full, cosmetic ev aluation of the v ehicle including photos of any v isual damage. After the inspection is completed, the car is giv en a star rating for consumers to b etter understand the v ehicle’ s current condition. C .A.R.S core reports display the exterior and interior condition of the v ehicle including instrument and control panels, mirrors, upholstery and ev en reports the scent of the v ehicle. These interactiv e condition reports show specifi c details that car shoppers are looking for, y et, until recently , were not av ailab le on v ehicle history reports. S ource: C .A.R.S core
AASP/NJ Member Donates Vehicle to Driver in Need Alliance of Automotiv e S erv ice P rov iders of New J ersey (AAS P / NJ ) memb er shop owner J ason Boggs, of Boggs A u to C ollision R ebu ild ers in W oodb ury , NJ , and his team b eliev e in giv ing b ack and helping those in need. E ach D ecemb er, B oggs Auto C ollision Reb uilders donates a v ehicle to a well-deserv ing recipient in the area. B oggs was at a 20 G roup meeting 16 y ears ago when he learned ab out a b ody shop on the W est C oast that repaired a totaled v ehicle through Akz oNob el’ s B enev olence P rogram and gav e it to someone who was in need of transportation. “ W e thought, ‘ W hat a wonderful idea, ’ ” B oggs said. “ W hat a way to lift up the industry and do something good for the community . It was something we were capab le of doing, so we jumped on b oard.” The shop has donated repaired v ehicles to community memb ers and organiz ations for the past sev eral y ears. The b usiness works largely with local churches,
schools and organiz ations to learn ab out potential recipients. M ost recently , B oggs Auto C ollision Reb uilders gifted a 2010 M ercury M ilan to Dennis S now of W est D eptford.
that are almost alway s totaled and often set to go to a salv age y ard. B oggs works with the original owners and insurers to b uy them b ack. F rom there, his team assesses the repairs needed.
“We just think this is such a great thing for the industry,” — Jason Boggs “ [ D ennis] rides his b ike to work ev ery day ; he was try ing to sav e up for a car b ut was hav ing troub le doing so. W e did some b ackground research, talked to his b oss and coworkers and realiz ed he was the right fi t,” Boggs said. “ E ach y ear, someone just seems to rise way ab ov e the rest as the standout candidate for the v ehicle, and it’ s usually an easy decision.” S now also receiv ed a $ 1, 000 gas gift card from E nterprise RentA-C ar as well as a y ear’ s worth of v ehicle insurance from local agency C ettei & C onnell, who B oggs said nev er hesitates to contrib ute to the program each y ear. The shop giv es away v ehicles
W hile v endors donated paint and materials for this endeav or in the past, the shop itself has taken on the purchasing of what is needed to repair the v ehicles in recent y ears. “ W e just think this is such a great thing for the industry , ” B oggs said. “ Any one in the automotive industry can usually fi nd a car with some life left that needs some TL C . W e hope others will get the message that they can do this too or b e part of helping this continue. The donation day is alway s our fav orite day of the y ear.” F or more information on AAS P / NJ , v isit aaspnj.org. S ou rc e: A A S P / N J
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New Jersey Auto Dealer Rick DeSilva Jr. Named 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year In recognition of outstanding com- organiz ations selected b y the four munity stewardship during a time fi nalists and J im Ap p leton, presof crisis, Rick DeS ilva J r., owner ident of the New J ersey C oalition of L ib erty S ub aru in E merson, NJ , of Automotiv e Retailers, who nomwas announced as the 2021 TIM E inated D eS ilv a for the award, will D ealer of the Y ear b y leaders from also select a charity recipient. TIM E and Ally F inancial at the In recognition of their achiev e104 th National Automotiv e ments and generosity , Ally D ealers Association S how. also gav e $ 1, 000 to the The New J ersey -archarities of choice for each ea dealer’ s ongoing charof 4 0 nominees. F or more itab le work, particularly information on each of the during the unprecedented nominees, v isit www.Alchallenges of the past y ear, ly D ealerHeroes.com. earned D eS ilv a the most D eS ilv a’ s J ourney to prestigious award in the B ecoming TIM E D ealer of Rick DeSilva Jr. automotiv e dealer industry . the Y ear Among D eS ilv a’ s most recent D eS ilv a, a 19 9 3 graduate of community service eff orts was his M ahwah High S chool in M ahwah, inv olv ement as v ice president of NJ , earned a B .S . in marketing from the M ahwah B oard of E ducation C lemson U niv ersity in C lemson, in the planning of safely b ringing S C , in 19 9 7 . students and staff back to school He alway s wanted to follow during the C O V ID -19 pandemic. in his father’ s footsteps and run D eS ilv a was chosen from a an auto dealership. After college, fi eld of nearly 1 ,000 franchised D eS ilv a entered a management dealers across the country , 4 0 of training program with Toy ota M otor whom made the nominee list. S ales U S A, learning ab out customer Doug T immerman, president service, sales and fi xed operations. of auto fi nance at Ally, and Vik toria Degtar, glob al chief rev enue offi cer of TIME, announced DeSilva as the winner at a v irtual ceremony honoring all the dealer nominees. “ America’ s auto dealers hav e led the way , in their communities and the b roader auto industry , during an incredib ly challenging y ear, ” Timmerman said. “ The TIM E D ealer of the Y ear nominees stand out for their ingenuity in b usiness and unwav ering commitment to giv ing b ack in their local com4700 West Chester Pike munities.” Newtown Square, PA 19073 In addition to D eS ilv a, four 610-353-6906 dealers were recogniz ed as TIM E Dealer of the Year fi nalists: 610-353-4116 24 Hr. Fax www.raffertysubaru.com Christine Alicandro-Karnolt, firstname.lastname@example.org M arty ’ s G M C B uick, K ingston, M A T imothy Crenwelge, C renM-F 7:30am-5pm welge M otors, K errv ille, TX Sat 8am-4pm Michael Molstead, Mik e Molstead M otors, Inc., C harles C ity , IA Christina Dawk ins, C o’ s Delivery to PA, NJ and DE B M W C enter, L ov eland, C O Competitive Pricing & Ally , exclusiv e sponsor of the Discounts TIM E D ealer of the Y ear Award, will giv e $ 10, 000 to the charity of D eS ilv a’ s choice. Ally also will donate 5,000 to each of the nonprofi t
That experience would prov e inv aluab le when he returned to the family b usiness in 2003 to open L ib erty Hy undai in M ahwah with his father and b rother. Today , the L ib erty F amily of D ealerships also includes L ib erty K ia in Ramsey , NJ , and G enesis of M ahwah. D eS ilv a is an activ e memb er of the New J ersey C oalition of Automotiv e Retailers, hav ing serv ed on the association’ s b oard of trustees since 2008 and as chairman in 2017 . A recipient of the S ub aru L ov e P romise C ustomer & C ommunity C ommitment Award since the program’ s inception, D eS ilv a’ s dealership hosts annual pet adoption ev ents and has supported Adopta-S oldier P latoon, S pecial O ly mpics New J ersey Torch Run, J ersey C ares C oat D riv e, the V alerie F und, which aids children with cancer and b lood disorders, Ramapo C ollege F oundation, New Y ork-New J ersey Trail C onference and B ergen Highlands Ramsey Rotary G ift of L ife, among other organiz ations. D eS ilv a has b een committed
to promoting improv ements in education within his community . He was elected to the M ahwah B oard of E ducation in 2012 and continues to serve, currently as fi rst vice president. O v er the course of D eS ilv a’ s time with the group, he has successfully hired superintendents, expanded b us serv ice to underserv ed areas and improv ed facilities, including the creation of a new S TE AM center. The TIM E D ealer of the Y ear winner and fi nalists were chosen b y a faculty panel from the Taub er Institute for G lob al O perations at the U niv ersity of M ichigan. D ealers are nominated for the award b y state and regional automotiv e trade association executiv es. S ou rc e: A lly F inanc ial
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Auto Glass Safety Hearing Held in Maryland House of Delegates by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com
M ary land’ s House E nv ironment and Transportation C ommittee meeting had an in-depth auto glass discussion as sev eral industry memb ers weighed in on HB 5 19 , which would req uire those installing auto glass in the state to follow the AG RS S S tandard. “ House B ill 5 19 is a req uest b y the Auto G lass S afety C ouncil (AGSC) desiring to pass legislation to b egin the process of model legislation in the U nited S tates at the state lev el. B asically the b ill does req uires the M otor V ehicle Administration (MVA) to adopt regulations establishing standards and req uirements for the aftermarket safety glass replacement in the state of M ary land, ” said committee chairperson Kumar Barve. Testimony A numb er of industry memb ers testifi ed during the hearing. AGSC b oard memb er T ed Andersen, v ice president of Nov us franchising, said safety reasons led him to participate in the committee meeting. “ Auto glass and the windshield
in particular are integral parts of the safety sy stem for v ehicles. W e call it kind of a safety cocoon almost, ” said Andersen. “ Things like airb ags; if the installation is not done properly airbags will deploy off of your windshield, and if that windshield is not installed properly it could b e remov ed.” He stressed that in ev ery v ehicle glass replacement, the materials need to b e installed properly and must b e correct. He then highlighted an issue with current regulations. “ It’ s important for the safety of M ary landers that glass installation b e done in accordance with the safety standards dev eloped for aftermarket installation. In this case AG RS S is the standard that was dev eloped and approv ed b y ANS I, ” said Anderson. “ All of our franchisees follow the AG RS S standard and make sure that installation is done properly . W e do support this and we feel that it should b e put into law.” rc e , regional manager for G lass America, also spoke in support of the b ill. He informed committee memb ers ab out the v ery small camera, usually mounted in
the center of the windshield, which works in tandem with the car’ s computer to keep the AD AS working properly , and how sudden changes, like cleaning the camera’ s lens, can impact a v ehicle’ s safety . “ This is an important safety issue, as hav ing the camera position off even a minuscule amount can impact its operation.” According to He in, it becomes diffi cult for the industry when certain companies and technicians choose not to follow the standard b ecause it is not an offi cial law. “ W hen some technicians say , ‘ W e don’ t touch the camera, so it doesn’ t need to b e recalib rated, ’ they are jeopardiz ing their customer’ s safety,” added He in. “By making this b ill into law, y ou further protect the driv ing pub lic and show all installers that b y law they must do right.” AG S C P resident Debra Levy also testifi ed, saying the AGRSS is updated and ev aluated as new technology , such as Adv anced D riv er Assistance Systems (ADAS), are dev eloped. “ In my role as a safety glass adv ocate, I sometimes talk to techni-
cians who express ignorance of the standard or, worse, those who know ab out it and say they don’ t need to follow it b ecause it’ s v oluntary and it’ s not the law, ” said L ev y . “ Y ou can change that today for the safety of ev ery one in M ary land with the passage of HB 5 19 .” Bryson Pop ham, a lob b y ist for S afelite, also spoke and recommended legislators consider an amendment to the b ill that would req uire a study b e considered. O ne delegate also posed a q uestion for P opham, related to his amendment. “ Y ou’ re asking for a study and I’ m not necessarily sure that a study done b y this committee is necessarily the b est way to handle this. M ay b e we should ask the department for recommendations, ” she said. “ They make regulations all of the time; if they need some sort of direction for further ob serv ation, they should b e ab le to know what that is.” L ook to a future edition of glassB Y TE s for continuing cov erage of this legislation. We thank glassBY T E s.c om for reprint permission.
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PA Auto Body Shops Cash in on Winter Weather by Carmella Mataloni, WNEP News
There’ s no shortage of smashedup v ehicles in the parking lot of Adv anced C ollision near B artonsv ille, P A. A lot of the v ehicles were wrecks related to the recent snowfall. S teve J urasits owns the b usiness, and he said it’ s b een v ery , v ery b usy . “ P retty steady . The weather has b een steady . There is no shortage of snow and no shortage of accidents either. F or some reason, the snow falls, and people forget how to driv e, which is good for us b ecause it’ s what we do for a liv ing, ” said J urasits. Repairs coming into the shop range from front-end damage to v ehicles b eing totaled. “ A lot of collisions, v ehicle on the v ehicle, a lot of people in the median, off to the side of the road, trees and stuff like that,” said J urasits. B ody shop owners tell Newswatch 16 while they appreciate all the b usiness when
winter weather hits, they cannot stress enough that people really should driv e slowly on the roads. “There’s ust such an in ux of people up here any more, and people just driv e too fast. That’ s the b ottom line. If y ou driv e slow, y ou’ re not going to crash. W e just tell people to slow down. That’ s the key , ” said Rich Bank s, owner of P ocono M otion B ody S hop near S troudsb urg, P A. B anks say s the cost to repair something as simple as a headlight is no joke these day s. “ The av erage headlight today is b etween $ 5 00 and $ 1, 7 00. The parts are just going through the roof. That’ s why car insurance is high, ” said B anks. S eeing as winter is far from ov er, auto b ody shops expect to b e b usy keeping up with repairs ov er the next few weeks. We thank WN E P N ews for reprint permission.
Ken Barrett Collision Center in Batavia, NY, Donates Refurbished Vehicle Recently, a deserving Oakfi eld, NY , recipient experienced a life-changing ev ent—the presentation of a v ehicle to prov ide them independence and the ab ility to work and take care of their families—thanks to the K en Barrett C ollision C enter and car donor G E IC O , along with the National Auto B ody C ouncil Recy cled Rides program. The presentation was held at K en B arrett C ollision C enter in B atav ia, NY . The deserv ing recipients were selected b y C ommunity Action of O rleans & G enesee. The recipient, Marivel Cibrian, of Oakfi eld, NY, received a 2015 C hev y Trax. A hard-working single parent to a 7 -y ear-old, C ib rian works 3 6 hours a week to support her child and herself, while receiv ing no gov ernment support, including child support or housing. F or C ib rian, the gift of a v ehicle was not an easy task. S he didn’ t hav e a driv er license and had to accomplish many tasks, including taking her fi ve-hour
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2020 Seat Belt Law Helped Boost NY from ‘Yellow’ to ‘Green’ Rating in Highway Safety Report by Mary Stroka, The Center Square
F ollowing the passage of S enate B ill 4 3 3 6 / Assemb ly B ill 6 16 3 in 2020, New Y ork receiv ed “ green, ” the highest rating, in the 18 th annual Roadmap of S tate Highway S afety L aws report, which Adv ocates for Highway and Auto S afety released in J anuary . The law extends the mandate that all v ehicle passengers 16 and older wear a seat b elt from solely apply ing to front seat passengers to apply ing to all passengers. “ W e were thrilled to b e a part of the div erse and large coalition that helped to get the seat b elt upgrade over the fi nish line,” said T ara Gill, Adv ocates’ senior director adv ocacy and state legislation. “ It had b een many sessions and many y ears in the making, and this is one of the primary traffi c safety bills that we recommend. It helped New Y ork go from the y ellow to the green category , which is fantastic.” G ov . Andrew Cuomo signed the seat b elt law in August 2020. V ersions of the b ill date b ack to the 2002 legislativ e session.
This legislativ e session, New Y ork lawmakers are also considering lowering the b lood alcohol content (B AC ) lev els allowed b y law while driv ing to 0.05 (S 13 1), expanding use of speed cameras in a school speed z one of New Y ork C ity (F U RIO U S Act), and req uiring children y ounger than 13 to sit b uckled in a rear seat (S 4 4 0/ A108 6 .) “ New Y ork is a great example of a state that continues to make iterativ e progress to update and improv e its traffi c safety laws,” Gill said. “We look forward to continuing to work with state lawmakers to do so.” Adv ocates also urges New Y ork to postpone issuing unrestricted licenses until age 18 , prohib it cell phone use in the graduated driv ers licensing program except in case of emergencies and req uire children to use a b ooster seat until they are 8 y ears old and 5 7 inches tall. In 2019, New York suff ered 1 fatal crashes, in which 9 3 8 people were killed, according to Institute for Traffi c Safety Management and Research reports. F atal crashes most freq uently
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Buy American Act tors will need to closely monitor dev elopments to implement the order to ensure compliance and maximiz e their ability to continue benefiting from these preferences. The federal gov ernment spends some $ 6 00 b illion annually on goods and serv ices. F ederal law req uires gov ernment agencies to giv e preferences to American firms. In the past, B uy American req uirements hav e not b een consistently enforced and waiv ers of the req uirements hav e b ecome common. The executiv e order aims to “ strengthen and enforce ‘ B uy American’ so that the massiv e amount of taxpay er money the federal gov ernment spends ev ery y ear on ev ery thing from defense eq uipment to steel to auto eets is used to help American manufacturers and their workers.” Among other things, the executiv e order will close loopholes that allow companies to offshore production and job s while still q ualify ing
for domestic preferences. F ederal agencies are directed to close current loopholes in how domestic content is measured and increase domestic content req uirements. To accomplish this, the J an. 25 executiv e order: D irects an increase in the threshold amount of domestic content for a product to b e made in the U .S . and q ualify under the B uy America law. “ The content threshold of 5 0% isn’ t high enough, ” according to B iden’ s remarks b efore signing the executiv e order. D irects a change in how domestic content is measured, b asically changing how the gov ernment decides if a product is sufficiently “ M ade in America” : “ The way we measure the content doesn’ t account for U .S job s and economic activ ity , ” and that will change, B iden said. The new proposed test would measure domestic content b y the v alue that is added to the product through U .S .b ased production or U .S . job -supporting economic activ ity . C reates a new M ade in America Office within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and
appoints a new “ D irector of M ade in America” to ov ersee implementation of the executiv e order. D irects a central rev iew of agency waiv ers of B uy American req uirements, to reduce the numb er of unnecessary waiv ers. The rev iew process makes issuing a waiv er more cumb ersome and time-consuming for agencies. It also includes the pub lication of waiv ers on a pub licly av ailab le web site. D irects an increase in the price preferences for domestic goods― the difference in price over which gov ernment can b uy a product from a non-U .S . supplier. This pricing premium was recently increased significantly under a Final Rule issued J an. 19 , from 6 % to 20% for large b usinesses and from 12% to 3 0% for small b usinesses. It is unclear whether the F ederal Acq uisition Regulatory (FAR) Council will propose additional increases. D irects the F AR C ouncil to rev iew existing constraints on the extension of the req uirements in M ade in America L aws to information technology that is a commercial item and dev elop recommendations for lifting
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campaign and is intended to ensure the federal gov ernment is inv esting taxpay er dollars in American b usinesses, b oth small and large. The administration’ s policy is to buy from all of America―including minority entrepreneurs and b usinesses―so that “Made in America” means “Made in All of America.” O pinions and conclusions in this post are solely those of the author unless otherwise indicated. The information contained in this b log is general in nature and is not off ered and cannot b e considered as legal adv ice for any particular situation. We thank J D S u pra for reprint permission.
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The National Institute for Automotiv e S erv ice E xcellence (ASE) has announced the offi cers and b oard memb ers for the coming y ear, according to T im Z ilk e, AS E president and C E O . Mark Polk e, B osch W orkshop C oncepts, North America, Rob ert B osch L L C , will serv e as chairman, and Brad Pellman, P ellman’ s Automotiv e, as v ice chairman. Homer Hogg, Trav el C enters of America, and Brian S zalk , F C A, will serv e as treasurer and secretary , respectiv ely . Bobby Bassett, formerly of G ates C orporation, will remain on the b oard of directors as past chair. Additional b oard memb ers are J ohn Hanighen, Cloyes Manufacturing; T ed Hayes, Hay es C hry sler, D odge, J eep; Mark Miller, GM Global Technical C enter; T om Palermo, P referred Automotiv e S pecialists; J ason Rainey, NAP A/ AAA; T om T risdale, Toy ota; Jeff er, W alker’ s Automotiv e S erv ice; J ohn o , S nap-on B usiness S olutions; and Z ilke. S ource: AS E
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Schools and Scans than 9 00 collision repair training programs around the country , 17 AS E -accredited programs went inactive this year―and potentially another 2 could in the next few months― and 8 7 schools dropped their I-C AR sub scriptions last y ear.
that’ s struggling, once spring b reak is ov er, those decisions hav e b een made b y [ school] administrators and there’ s nothing we can do to rev erse it. W e need to know as q uickly as possib le to get them the help they need now.” Any one aware of industry adv isory committee meeting dates can reach Arrants b y email at george.arrants@ aseeducation.org.
“We need to know those programs that are in jeopardy as early as possible,” — George Arrants Arrants said b ecause industry adv isory committee meetings hav e largely mov ed online during the pandemic, it is easier for his organiz ation and others seeking to support such programs any where in the country to attend to help struggling programs or those slated to b e shuttered. “ W e need to know those programs that are in jeopardy as early as possib le, ” Arrants said. “ If we wait to find out about a program
Also during the meeting, the Automotiv e S erv ice Association shared a draft of an industry position statement distinguishing a charge for v ehicle scanning as distinct from “ all other procedures necessary to correctly and safely identify and address a v ehicle’ s electronic sy stem faults or diagnostic troub le codes… [ which] are considered additional operations and not included in the scanning operation.” A draft of the position statement
say s those additional operations include such procedures as prepping the v ehicle for a scan; researching, v erify ing and documenting manufacturers’ data; v ehicle diagnostics; sy stems programming or initiation; AD AS calib rations; and test driv ing. D uring C IC , Mik e LeVasseur of AS A’ s C ollision D iv ision O perations C ommittee said clarify ing what is and isn’ t included in a scanning procedure charge, and documenting it within the estimating sy stems, will prov ide “ needed distinction to reduce the friction” that exists b etween shops and insurers relativ e to charges for the operations. The draft statement makes reference to use of “a qualified scan tool, ” and when asked, L eV asseur said that is among the elements of the position statement still to be finaliz ed. “ W e’ re v ery close, b ut there are things open to interpretation that need to be clarified,” LeVasseur said. “ W e will get it, b ut we’ re not there y et.” www.autobodynews.com
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Semiconductor Shortage engine line next week b ecause G M sends that engine to F airfax. In addition, G M will run its B upy eong 2 assemb ly plant in S outh K orea at half capacity b eginning the week of F eb . 8 . G M b uilds the C hev y M alib u, Trax and B uick E ncore S U V there for sale in the U .S . O n J an. 22, B usiness K orea reported G M planned to cuta v ehicle production b y suspending ov ertime and extra work at its B upy eong plant b ecause of the semiconductor shortage. It uses the chips in its electronic control units and infotainment sy stems. “ No production disruptions, ” G M spokesman David Barnas told the F ree P ress the last week of J anuary . “ There were rumors last week from suppliers that our K orea operations were b eing disrupted. B ut G M K orea corrected those stories.” B arnas said G M will not idle B upy eong, b ut will merely run it at half capacity for a week, starting F eb . 8 .
Workers get paid The U AW reacted to G M ’ s news b y say ing its leaders continue to work with major employ ers, the B iden administration, C ongress and suppliers to address the semiconductor shortage. “ O v er the past 3 0 y ears, production of semiconductors has been off shored to S outh K orea, Taiwan and more recently , C hina, ” said U AW spokesman Brian Rothenberg in a statement. “ Today , the U nited S tates only conatrols manufacturing for ab out 14 % of all semiconductors.” The union negotiated worker protection in the ev ent of parts shortages interrupting production in its contract, he said. U nion workers will receiv e supplemental pay and unemploy ment that pay s 7 5 % to 8 0% of salary and continued benefi ts. “ Howev er, the U AW is working with employ ers to minimiz e the impact on auto manufacturing production as much as possib le, ” Rothenb erg said. G M said union workers at C AM I, represented b y U nifor, will b e paid through the prov isions of their lab or agreements, noting that represented
seniority employ ees will receiv e ab out 7 5 % of their compensation through a comb ination of unemploy ment and supplemental benefi ts. Protect pickups and SUVs D emand for semiconductor use is up in part b ecause of the coronav irus pandemic and an increase of laptop computers, which use the semicaonductor chips. C ars also use them in a v ariety of parts and infotainment sy stems. The union said if the parts were made in America, the industry would hav e “ more ab ility to respond to these demand issues, ” Rothenb erg said. He added the U AW is calling on the gov ernment to dev elop trade and policy solutions to b ring adv anced technology production b ack to the U .S . G M ’ s B arnas said semiconductor supply for the glob al auto industry remains very uid and its supply chain organiz ation is “ working closely with our supply base to fi nd solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor req uirements and to mitigate impacts on G M .” G M is assessing the ov erall
impact to production and B arnas declined to prov ide an estimated production impact from the planned plant closures. “ O ur focus is to keep producing our most in-demand products―including full-siz e trucks and S U V s and Corvettes―for our customers,” B arnas said. G M b uilds its heav y -duty , fullsiz e pickups at F lint Assemb ly P lant and its light-duty , full-siz e pickups at the F ort W ay ne Assemb ly P lant in Indiana. It b uilds its midsiz e pickups at W entz v ille Assemb ly in M issouri anda its full-siz e S U V s at Arlington Assemb ly in Texas. All four plants will continue to run on three shifts and weekend ov ertime, B arnas said. G M b uilds the C orv ette at B owling G reen Assemb ly in K entucky . G M ’ s assemb ly plants in L ansing and other parts of M ichigan will continue to operate regularly . “Due to the uidity around the av ailab ility of parts, our current plan is to update the plants each week, ” B arnas said. “ O ur intent is to make up as much production lost at these plants as possib le. Importantly , this
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issue will not impact our commitment to an all-electric future.” Ford impact G M will prov ide further details on the semiconductor issue when it reports its 2020 earnings F eb . 10. F ord has b een hit hard b y a glob al parts shortage with factory workers in sev eral states receiv ing temporary layoff s or shift reductions. F ord has reduced shifts at its M ichigan D earb orn Truck P lant, which employ s 4 , 6 00 hourly workers and b uilds the 2021 F -15 0 pickup. L ikewise, it has shortened ev ening and day shifts at K ansas C ity Assemb ly , which employ s 7 , 3 00 hourly workers and b uilds the F -15 0. At the C hicago Assemb ly P lant, which employ s 5 , 3 00 hourly workers and b uilds the 2021 F ord E xplorer, L incoln Av iator and P olice Interceptor, F ord is expected to announce a potential production disruption. F ord’ s L ouisv ille Assemb ly P lant is down through F eb . 7 b ecause of the shortage. That aff ects about 3,900 hourly workers b uilding the F ord E scape and L incoln C orsair. S tellantis planned to shutter plants
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Virus Liability Protections protection popping b ack up” at the federal lev el, said Ashley Cuttino, an attorney who co-chairs the C O V ID -19 litigation practice for O gletree D eakins. W isconsin came close on J an. 12 to enacting the fi rst liability protection law of 2021, b ut fell short b ecause of diff erences between the Assemb ly and S enate v ersions of a b road C O V ID -19 relief b ill. B oth include liab ility protections but diff er in other provisions, such as the Assemb ly b ill’ s proposed b an on employ ers mandating C O V ID -19 v accines for their workers. D emocratic G ov . Tony E v ers said he would sign the S enate v ersion if the Assemb ly agrees to it. M ontana’ s S enate passed a liab ility shield b ill J an. 18 that now goes to the House for consideration. Repub lican G ov . Greg Gianf orte has said he supports the measure. S tate-lev el liab ility protections, unlike the federal proposal the S enate G O P promoted for much of last
y ear, don’ t shield employ ers from coronav irus-related claims under federal employ ment statutes, such as anti-discrimination or anti-retaliation laws, C uttino said. They do prov ide an extra lay er of protection against claims such as a workplace wrongful death lawsuit or a complaint of unsafe working conditions, she said. Those ty pes of claims are often, b ut not alway s, preempted b y workers’ compensation laws or federal O ccupational S afety and Health Administration jurisdiction, she added. No Flood, But Litigation ‘Fear’ C hamb ers of commerce, restaurant associations and other b usiness groups hav e b een calling for liab ility protections since the pandemic gripped the U .S . last M arch. They contend that even the threat of a ood of lawsuits would make it diffi cult for b usinesses to reopen after v irus-related shutdowns, and that litigation could lead some to close permanently . The American L egislativ e E xchange C ouncil, an idea-exchange for conserv ativ e state lawmakers,
last y ear drafted model legislation for states to use to enact liab ility protections. C uttino and some state legislators adv ocating for the protections, including F lorida Rep. Lawrence McClure (R), acknowledged there still hasn’ t b een a rush of liab ility litigation, in line with ev idence from litigation trackers and court dockets. B ut they say the threat remains signifi cant. “ It’ s the fear of liab ility . O ur b usinesses hav e b een through just an unb eliev ab le, uncertain time. O nce in a hundred y ears, right? ” M cC lure, who’ s sponsoring F lorida’ s H.B . 7 , told a House committee that v oted to adv ance the b ill J an. 13 . “ Although the courts aren’ t packed, I’ ll sub mit, it’ s the fear of friv olous lawsuits as this ev olv es. We have the obligation to defi ne that and put the b usiness community at ease.” Trial lawy ers’ associations, lab or unions and worker adv ocacy groups oppose liab ility shields, arguing that limiting people’ s ab ility to hold b usinesses accountab le in court takes away an important incentiv e for com-
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are urging lawmakers to pass them in New Hampshire and Texas. The specific language varies somewhat from state to state―as with the laws that states passed in 2020―but many include protections for nonprofits, individuals and government entities such as schools and prisons. “Our businesses, our health care providers and educational institutions should not be put at risk or competitive disadvantage through no fault of their own, particularly after following safety protocols,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said in calling for liability limits during his Jan. 13 State of the State speech. “We should be careful not to let litigation kill what the pandemic could not.” In 2020, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming enacted broad liability restrictions that protect many or
all businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits. A number of other states adopted narrower restrictions to protect specific industries, such as health care providers or makers of personal protective equipment, while a few governors issued orders to establish liability protections. A handful of those states could take further action this year. In Georgia, for example, a coronavirus liability shield law is due to expire in July, and House Speaker David Ralston (R) has voiced an interest in extending it. In Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has called on state lawmakers to extend and reaffirm his declaration of a state of emergency, which would allow his order imposing liability restrictions to remain in effect. With assistance from Jennifer Kay in Miami. We thank Bloomberg Law for reprint permission.
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During the Jan. 12 virtual Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) board meeting, the organization’s Board of Trustees elected new officers for 2021 and announced the recipients of the 2020 CIECA Awards. 2021 CIECA Board of Trustees officers include Past Chair Kim DeVallance Caron, Enterprise Holdings; Chair Jeff Schroder, Car-Part.com; Vice-Chair Phil Martinez, Mitchell International; Treasurer Greg Best, California Casualty Management Company; and Secretary Ashley Denison, Caliber Collision. A awards were Outstanding Contribution: Andy Bober, a software engineer at Entegral; Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Dedication: Charley Quirt, former technical project coordinator for CIECA; Chairperson’s Award: Phil Martinez, senior technical consultant at Mitchell International and vice-chair of CIECA; and Electronic Commerce Company of the Year: Mitchell International. Source: CIECA
Caliber on Jan. 25 announced the appointment of Aylwin B. Lewis to its Board of Directors, effective that day. Lewis, the former chairman, president and CEO of Potbelly Corporation and a former top executive at Kmart, Sears and Yum! Brands, brings a long track record of leadership and performance to Caliber’s board. In addition to the position on Caliber’s board, Lewis currently serves on the boards at Marriott International, Voya Financial and Chef’s Warehouse. In the past, Lewis has held board roles with Halliburton, Kmart, Red Robin, Sears, Starwood Hotels and the Walt Disney Company. As part of Caliber’s board, Lewis will help oversee and guide the company’s 1,200-plus service centers that restore 1.5 million vehicles and customer lives each year, and support more than 21,500 teammates and the communities they serve. Source: Caliber
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How to Improve Paint Materials Reimbursement I’ v e b een getting some phone calls recently from shops concerned ab out materials reimb ursement when refinishing vehicles with three- or four-stage finishes. I thought I’d address this―and the sub ject of materials reimb ursement in general―here. F irst, it’ s important to know all three estimating sy stems hav e formulas related to three-stage finishes. C C C Information S erv ices and M itchell International do not hav e formulas for four-stage. Audatex say s it b eliev es the three-stage formula should apply to a four-stage vehicle―that’s a whole conversation for another day . As I outline any time I talk ab out negotiating pay ment for something, materials reimb ursement comes down to four key q uestions: Is what y ou’ re asking for req uired? Is it included? Is there a pre-determined
time? And if not, what is it worth? Y ou can watch a new three-minute v ideo I created with S C RS on those four q uestions here: https: www.youtube.com watch v = eG v 9 z J Hn6 J g S o let’ s walk through those. F irst, is added materials reim-
b ursement req uired for three- and four-stage v ehicles? O ne way to document the answer is y es is to check the O E M repair procedures. W hen y ou decode a V IN in Toy ota’ s Technical Information S y stem, for example, it identifies the paint code, and if it’s a three or four-stage finish,
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it lists that as a special color. B ut here’ s another cool idea: Y ou can check online for sales literature from the v ehicle manufacturer related to that v ehicle. I’ v e found Honda and Toy ota b rochures, for example, that clearly show new car b uy ers who choose v ehicles with certain colors pay a premium for those finishes. It seems to me that rather than telling shops they won’ t pay more for the necessary materials when specialty finishes are involved, insurance companies should b e assessing premiums b ased on the paint code, given it takes more to refinish those v ehicles. Another possib le source of negotiation help when dealing with specialty finishes: The manufacturer of the paint line y ou are spray ing. I know Axalta C oating S y stems, for example, giv es an estima-
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tor the ability to print off from the scale a guide to specialty colors. It’ s a regularly updated list of what make, model and y ear v ehicles hav e three- or four-stage finishes, or that req uire a “ limited use toner.”
and there’ s no pre-determined “ time” for materials. D on’ t forget y ou can alway s use the D atab ase E nhancement G ateway (www.DEGweb.org) if there’s a q uestion ab out whether something
B ut ev en the 2020 surv ey report offers some good insights. Although ab out 7 0% of shops still rely on the traditional multiplier method―dollars per refinish hour―to attempt to cov er their cost of paint and ma-
The “Who Pays for What?” surveys have found a growing percentage of shops use invoicing systems to bill for refinish materials
O ther paint manufacturers may offer something similar. It’s another way to demonstrate why additional reimb ursement for materials is needed for those v ehicles. The next two of the four negotiation q uestions can b e answered q uickly . All of the estimating sy stems clearly state materials are not included in the refinish labor times,
is included or not-included. So in terms of refinish materials, it comes down to the fourth negotiation q uestion: W hat’ s it’ s worth? W e’ ll hav e some of the v ery latest industry data on that in M arch, when the report on our “ W ho P ay s for What ” survey related to refinish, which took place in J anuary , is compiled.
terials, that’ s b een changing. The percentage of shops using inv oicing systems to bill for refinish materials has steadily risen over the past five y ears, from 19 % to 28 % . And the majority of shops who use them say they are paid b y the eight largest insurers “ alway s” or “ most of the time” when they b ill b ased on the charges calculated b y
their inv oicing sy stem. S hops report with the exception of G E IC O , the top eight insurers all agree to the inv oiced amount 6 0% to 7 0% of the time. M ore than half of shops using a materials inv oicing sy stem say they use their paint company scale to produce these inv oices; that’ s more than twice the percentage that scale-produced inv oices as recently as 2016 . M ore than one in four shops using inv oicing sy stems use M itchell’ s Refinish Materials Calculator. And ab out 15 % say they use some other sy stem, such as P M C L ogic, P aintE x, etc. I b eliev e this shift toward using inv oicing v ersus the multiplier method will continue, particularly as the use of three-stage, four-stage and other specialty finishes increases, and as the paint companies continue to improv e the integration of their paint scales and sy stems with the estimating and shop management sy stems. www.autobodynews.com
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M any in the collision repair b usiness know industry icon Herb Lieberman from so many C IC meetings, and his well-known relationship with the recy cle industry and aftermarket collision parts industries. L ieb erman recently retired after a 6 0-plus y ear professional career. Autob ody News caught up with him for an in-depth look at his life. Early Beginnings The L ieb erman family has b een associated with the auto wrecking industry since 19 04 . B ut this story starts in 19 5 2, at the corner of L akeland Road and Norwalk B oulev ard in S anta F e S prings, C A, near the intersection of the now-super b usy I-5 and I-6 05 freeway s. At that time, the area was pretty desolate. It was on this corner, in a 3 .5 -acre ab andoned cow pasture surrounded b y oil wells, where Herb ’ s father, Alex Lieberman, and grandfather, W illiam Lieberman, founded The L akenor S crap M etal & Auto
ated the off er but I was not interested W recking B usiness. L ieb erman’ s grandfather re- in the scrap metal side of the b usimained on site while his father drov e ness. I wanted to mov e the company around to industrial accounts collect- into late-model total loss v ehicles ing scrap metal. E v entually , the scrap and wholesale sales to the profesroutes were discontinued and b oth sional repair industry .” L ieb erman’ s father and grandfafather and grandfather worked on site ther continued their side of the b usicollecting metal and end-of-life cars. “ These were not y our late-mod- ness, and L ieb erman started b uy ing el totals but true end-of-life cars― late-model totals, mostly C hev rolets and C adillacs b ecause their parts just scrap, purchased as scrap, ” L ieb erman said. “ If any retail cus- were in the most demand at the time. U nder L ieb erman’ s direction, tomer wanted to buy a part off one the b usiness name changed of the cars, they pulled the to C AD nC HE V Inc D B A part themselv es and it was L akenor Auto S alv age. plus-money .” “The fi rst car I brought in In the early day s, recy 19 5 7 was a 19 5 4 P ontiac… cling was very profi table, hit in the rear, ” L ieb erman noted L ieb erman. rememb ered. “ O ne of our “ Y ou almost couldn’ t major sources of totals was lose money . C ost of inv enHerb Lieberman the Auto C lub of S outhern tory was low, cost of lab or was low and there was little gov ern- C alifornia. They had a large lot in Gardena (CA) and only sold to state ment interference.” L ieb erman’ s U .S . Army serv ice licensed dismantlers and dealers.” ended in 19 5 7 . “ M y father asked me to come Lady Bird Strikes into the b usiness as a partner, ” he Things started to change dramatisaid. “ I told him that I really appreci- cally for the auto-wrecking b usiness
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top 2% of our industry nationally . W e also had a complete computeriz ed and priced inv entory . O ur employ ees were v ery loy al. At one time, not including any L ieb erman family memb ers, the av erage longev ity of our company employ ees was 20 y ears.” LKQ Comes Knocking L ieb erman’ s son, Barry Lieberman, was b orn in 19 6 0. He completed high school, spent a few y ears at U C S anta B arb ara and then decided school was not for him. W anting to giv e his son the same opportunity offered by his father and grandfather, L ieb erman made B arry part of the family b usiness, and he ev entually b ecame the fourth-generation family memb er to run the company . In fact, B arry was running the company , and L ieb erman was semi-retired when L K Q came knocking in 19 9 9 . B eing semi-retired, L ieb erman thought it was not his place to make the decision to sell or not. His father, now fully retired, had started the b usiness so he had a b ig sentimen-
tal stake in the company , and his son was now running it. L ieb erman left the decision up to them. B arry enjoy ed the recy cle b usiness, b ut hated the management side. W ith L ieb erman soon to fully retire, B arry just didn’ t want the responsib ility . S o, the decision was made to sell to L K Q .
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Forecast: Expect More Private Equity Coming Into the Industry
D uring the M S O S y mposium in No- one such company , F rontenac C om- significant market share, “this is still v emb er, industry consultant Vincent pany , a C hicago-b ased priv ate eq ui- a really fragmented market relativ e Romans said there are a doz en pri- ty firm looking to invest in the colli- to many others” where consolidation with Ed Attanasio has play ed out more, S ahney said. vate equity firms with investments sion repair sector for the first time. D uring an M S O S y mposium L astly , he said, “ S cale presents in U .S . collision repair organiz ations, including C alib er, G erb er, panel discussion, S ahney said three a real adv antage in this space, ” giv S erv ice K ing, C rash C hampions and things make the industry appealing en the inv estment needed b ecause of v ehicle technology , and the reto inv estors. C lassic C ollision. q uirements of direct repair “ J ust a decade ago, there was programs and OEM certifione, when O NC with AP acqEduired C aliAttanasio cations. b er, ” Romans said. “ The play ers who conC ollision repair b usinesses with tinue to generate scale will priv ate eq uity inv estments currently hav e a real adv antage ov er produce ab out $ 10.9 b illion of rev the smaller play ers, ” S ahney enue, or more than 28 % of the total Neal Sahney and Jonathan Seiffer, representatives of predicts. market, according to Romans, who two private equity firms, said investors like the stability Another panelist, J onforesees more inv estment in the in- and scale opportunities they see in collision repair with Ed Attanasio h Se ffer of L eonard dustry forthcoming. G reen and P artners, a priv ate eq uity F irst, it’ s “ a highly stab le space, ” “ I b eliev e that we will see at least two or three more priv ate eq - he said, less in uenced than other in- firm invested in Caliber, said scale uity firms settling down with invest- dustries b y economic shifts, and with can also help address the long-standments in M S O s within the U .S . in insurance reducing some of the “ risks ing human resources challenge in the industry in that “people can find related to b eing paid.” the next six months, ” Romans said. with Ed Attanasio S econd, though M S O s now hav e adv antages and security working for N eal S ahney is a principal at
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larger organiz ations.” Seiffer and Sahney, speaking a month before the first COVID-19 v accine had receiv ed F ood and D rug Administration approv al, said the pandemic and its impact on v ehicle miles trav eled and auto claims hav en’ t deterred inv estors’ interest in acq uiring shops. “ I think there was b it of hesitation, as it relates to figuring out the deals, at the start of C O V ID , ” S ahney said. “ I think we’ v e [ since] shifted now to, ‘ O K , this is the new reality that we’ re going to liv e in for a while. S o how do we adapt our deal-thinking to the reality we’ re in.’ “ And I think folks hav e b ecome very creative in finding ways to look at where b usinesses were pre-C O V ID , what happened during C O V ID and what do y ou b eliev e ab out the future, ” S ahney continSee More Private Equity, Page 56
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CIECAST Prepares Collision Repairers for the EV Revolution
As electric v ehicles b ecome increas- manufacture the v ehicle. Regardless ingly prevalent―the Edison Elec- of sev erity , follow the O E M procewith Chasidy Rae Sisk tric Institute anticipates 18 .7 million dures without exception to ensure EVs will be on the road by 2030― the v ehicles are safe.” how will these v ehicles impact the B arry asked ab out possib le collision repair industry in general changes in the way O E M s commuand your shop specifi cally How can nicate with the collision industry rey ou prepare? garding repair standards. G eneral M with otors’ Ed J ohn E ck , “ W e need to make it easier for Attanasio Chris E vans from S tate F arm, and repairers to access; we want to work Pete T agliap ietra of NuG en IT, an with the industry to ensure they can O E C company , answered these q ues- repair these v ehicles safely , ” E ck
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pact is damaged most freq uently , rear impact damage seems to b e more freq uent in this population; howev er, a lot of the damage is on the front of the v ehicle in total loss scenarios. “ Regardless of sev erity , most E V repairs req uire some sort of recalib ration, and there’ s a lot of mov ement and trending in the industry around O E repair procedures.” M entioning that some O E M s hav e implemented security gateway modules that present a hurdle for repairers, E v ans expressed excitement to see F ord and other O E M s opening their communication sy stems. “ The data that exists in ev ent data recorders is going to b ecome more relev ant in the future, ” E v ans said. “ C ommunication from the v ehicle is only going to increase. Howev er, the data that’ s captured is owned b y the v ehicle owner or lessee, so we hav e to contend with the added chal-
lenge of introducing consumers into the exchange of data.” E v ans prov ided a b rief sy nopsis of S tate F arm’ s collab oration with F ord, announced in August 2020, in which the insurer is integrating directly with the car itself as they look at solutions around rating, policies and driv ing b ehav iors. “ The ob jectiv e is to dev elop and understand the capab ilities, lev erage the sophistication, and use this technology to increase effi ciencies in claims handling, ” he said. “ There’ s still a lot to learn.” Tagliapietra, b usiness dev elopment leader for NuG en IT, rounded out the series of presenters. He b egan b y discussing recent trends related to O E s’ inv olv ement in the repair process. “With the rise of and refi nement to certifi cation networks, there’s an See CIECAST Prepares, Page 59
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Jeff Peevy Shares Growth Plans Related to I-CAR Tech Center by Stacey Phillips
In 19 7 9 , the Inter-Industry C onference on Auto C ollision Repair (I-CAR) was established as a result of the introduction of the frontwheel-driv e unib ody v ehicle, according to Jeff ee , v ice president of technical products, programs and serv ices for I-C AR. “ The industry came to the realiz ation that it didn’ t know how to safely repair that ty pe of v ehicle, ” said P eev y , who has b een inv olv ed with the organiz ation for the past three decades. “ I-C AR came into existence to fulfill that need to teach the industry to help understand the correct way to repair the car.” From there, I-CAR began offering welding training and certification to meet the needs of the industry . As new automotiv e features were introduced ov er the y ears, such as seatb elts, airb ags and anti-lock b rakes, P eev y said I-C AR has b een a driv ing force in prov iding the industry with the knowledge and skills necessary to repair v ehicles correctly .
Today is no different. With an increase in the numb er of electric and high-v oltage v ehicles on the road as well as the dev elopment of AD AS features that need to b e calib rated so the car can function as designed, I-C AR has new challenges to take on. “ W e need to make sure we are ab le to support the collision repairers out there with accessib le, on-demand and relev ant education, ” said P eev y . “ W e hav e to do this work as early as we possib ly can to keep the industry on top of it.” I had the opportunity to talk to P eev y ab out his new role at I-C AR and its initiativ es related to technical training and the growth of I-C AR’ s technical capab ilities and capacities.
C an y ou tell us ab out y our new role?
I’ v e b een inv olv ed with I-C AR as a v olunteer or instructor since 19 9 0 and part of its staff for 1 years. I oined the organiz ation as a regional manager in 19 9 8 , and hav e also worked as a
national field manager, director and, ultimately , held a senior director position. I temporarily left I-C AR in 2015 to help the Automotiv e M anagement Institute (AMi) rebuild its accreditation program and stay ed there for five years. Throughout my career, I alway s felt the role of technical training was v ery important to ensure a complete, safe and q uality repair. F rankly , I missed working in this area, and rejoined I-C AR in J uly 2020. M y current role was dev eloped to help the organiz ation meet its ob jectiv es in terms of technical positioning. This includes working on the future dev elopment of I-C AR’ s curriculum and training to support the industry .
W hen it comes to technical positioning and training, what is I-C AR’ s goal?
B y nature, I-C AR is a natural collab orator in the industry . It’ s in our D NA. W e serv e and are
represented b y all of the inter-industry segments. Although we’ re already in a glob al leadership position, things are growing and changing so rapidly that we needed to get in another gear to keep up and ensure we are prov iding the knowledge, skills, testing and information the collision repair industry req uires. O ur technical ob jectiv e is to increase I-C AR’ s glob al leadership position and technical presence b y expanding our technical capab ility , capacity and expertise to meet the growing needs of the collision repair industry .
How will I-C AR meet this ob jectiv e under y our leader-
W e nev er lose sight of our v ision: “ That ev ery person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills req uired to perform complete, safe and q uality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.”
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As a result, we took a hard look at what we needed to do technically to ensure our vision is fulfilled, as well as expand how the information is deliv ered. It comes down to our strategic technical planning, expansion and ov erall execution.
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ter is to support the dev elopment of I-C AR’ s curriculum and training, there must b e a higher lev el of understanding of technology coming down the road. F rom this facility , we support O E M s, suppliers and all industry segments in some capacity . I don’ t b eliev e the industry has had a chance to b e exposed to I-C AR’ s world-class technicians who ty pically work out of the Tech C enter. They are the ones who do the research to understand v ehicle and repair technology . M any hav e b een with I-C AR for y ears. It’ s an amaz ing group and it’ s important to recogniz e the lev el of dedication and knowledge they hav e. They are really serious ab out their role in understanding the information and dev eloping way s to teach it. In addition, our talented group of sub ject matter experts working with our instructional designers, v ideo and graphics teams work y ear-round at the facility to dev elop I-C AR’ s curriculum, which consists of b oth online, v irtual and hands-on classes. W e’ re all working from home right now due to the pandemic, except when in-shop work is needed, b ut
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The I-CAR Tech Center has extensive video and lighting equipment to produce the various training and information products for the industry
W e face the v ery same things a collision repair shop faces in needing to add tools and eq uipment, space and expertise to keep up with the increasing momentum of change.
of eq uipment. Additionally , it has extensiv e v ideo and lighting eq uipment to produce the v arious training and information products and serv ices most of the industry sees. S ince the main role of the cen-
hope to b e b ack in the center when it is safe to do so.
W hat are some of the expansion plans in the works?
W hat can we expect to see from I-C AR in the future?
W e are currently b uilding a world-class AD AS calib ration lab , so we can expand our research and development specific to AD AS -related activ ities, and do so in an effective and efficient way. This also allows us to expand our support of the car manufacturers. O ne of our next projects includes b uilding a dedicated electric v ehicle lab so we continue our leadership position in understanding the repairs of these v ehicles and further support the O E M s. B y keeping up with the latest repair procedures and collision repair information, it allows us to b e the link b etween collision repairers and car manufacturers.
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these cars req uires a close relationship with car manufacturers. As a result, I see us continuing to grow deeper relationships with O E M s and increasing our ab ility to support them, which will enab le us to b etter support collision repairers. You will see us get very specific on what we share with the industry . W e’ re currently working on a social media strategy to share information ab out our great technical team and all of the work they do b ehind the scenes. W e’ d really lov e the industry to hav e access to the inner-workings and get to know the personalities and the impressiv e lev el of expertise av ailab le. I think it will b e v ery interesting to our industry . As we mov e forward with our initiativ es, we will continue to collab orate with the industry and welcome feedb ack. W e really want all stakeholders to understand what we are doing and get inv olv ed. It’ s all ab out supporting the industry and those who are repairing vehicles, which ultimately benefits the consumer with a complete, safe and q uality repair.
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Herb Lieberman O E M s.” Lakenor Today The S anta F e S prings property originally occupied b y L akenor is now leased b y C aterpillar’ s parts div ision. The area is completely commercializ ed. The recy cled parts b usiness, now owned b y L K Q C orp., has a 200, 000-sq uare foot warehouse in S anta F e S prings, fed b y a 4 5 -acre dismantling operation in C alifornia’ s high-desert area. S anta F e S prings is now the L K Q distrib ution hub for S outhern C alifornia. Today’s Market Asked ab out today ’ s challenges in the recy cle b usiness, L ieb erman said, “ The industry today is fraught with challenges...v ery high cost of goods with total loss salv age no longer sold only to dismantlers and dealers b y sealed b id. They are sold to the highest b idder any where in the world v ia open auction on the
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Social Media Strategist Identifies Keys to Your Body Shop’s Online Success In the old day s, b ody shop marke- co-b randed v s. independent, etc., our approach for b ody shops has a lot of ting and adv ertising was relativ ely simple, with only a few things to similarities in what we do across the consider―direct mail, Ed phone book with Attanasio adv ertising, radio or TV adv ertising and, if y ou decided to think outside of the b ox, b illb oards or ev en sky writing. And don’ t forget ab out putting with Ed Attanasio a big in atable gorilla on your roof! Today , marketing and adv ertising is so much more sophisticated due to technology that changes daily . How can a shop owner or manager know what to do with so many options out there? Phillips O wners hav with e to navStacey igate F aceJoe Conte, CEO/lead strategist at Auto Moto b ook marketing and adv ertising, so- Digital (AMD) in Sausalito, CA, creates marketing plans that grow exponentially using cial outreach on multiple platforms, cutting-edge modalities such as Artificial reputation management, web design Intelligence and dev elopment, G oogle Adwords and ratings, custom v ideo, email b oard with clients we hav e worked with Stacey Phillips with for y ears in other industries. marketing, online podcasts webinars, Our initial goal is to define the b logging and v logging, showcasing testimonials and speaking at ev ents. Phew―where do you begin A u tobod y N ews recently sat down with J oe Conte, C E O and lead strategist of Auto Moto (AMD) withDigital Stacey Phillips (www.automotodigital.com) in Sausalito, C A, and discussed how his company uses digital marketing and social adv ertising to b uild a b ody shop’ s business affordably and exponentially, using their proprietary sy stem. Stacey C onte grewwith up working on P Phillips orsches with his father, and b egan focusing on the collision repair industry more than a decade ago. AM D deliv ers AI algorithmic These Dealers are Genuine Wholesale Parts Specialists. social data solutions for its client partners. S A data integrated process activ ates audiences conv erts with and Victoria Antonelli them into loy al b rand supporters, v ia Maine prov en data mining analy tics and algorithmic b ased solutions. Downeast Toyota /
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story of who the b ody shop is and help tell that story to define their customers, and how b est to create compelling content that engages with them on a personal lev el. W e do this through a numb er of different strategies and solutions that enab le us to learn more at each stage―it is through this AI integrated and algorithmic learning solutions v ia “ social conv ersion strategies” that we can target specific types of indiv iduals and their b ehav iors, that further help to create conv ersions of users into pay ing customers.
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How can a small independent shop or mini-M S O compete with a large chain of shops with a huge marketing b udget?
There are a lot of firms out there that promise the moon and groups that create generic con-
tent, b asic S E O , web sites, etc., and strategies that are not specific to the b ody shop itself. O ur goal is to work with the owners, no matter if they are a part of a larger M S O or mini-M S O , and help them create an online identity that galv aniz es consumers into action. It is through this identity -b ased social engagement strategy that we help them grow their online identity and their online presence. A key factor for this is defining who the b ody shop is and who they work with, from a b usiness-to-b usiness standpoint. The ty pes of paint, paint b ooth, machinery , etc., all adds to the lay ers of who they are and how they do what they do. W e are not solely focused on the b ody shop when we work with them―we also work with their partners to help understand the entire
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landscape and ecosy stem that surrounds them. This philosophy helps to b uild a strategy that focuses not only on direct-to-consumer conv ersion solutions, b ut data marketing strategies for manufacturers, b rands and distrib utors who work with the b ody shops. It is this multi-faceted promotional strategy that enab les us to create a div erse, long-term growth solution not only dev eloping b ottom-up outreach to consumers, b ut cross-b rand pollination strategies that help grow social engagement through the entire landscape. This approach not only helps the shop itself, b ut all up- and downstream strategic partners that help b uild the network.
W hat can y ou say to a shop owner who claims that social media is ineffective
The main goal with social engagement is to create a network effect. This enables the locations to grow and b uild relationships on the [ b usiness to b usiness] and business to consumer side―
giv ing b ody shops loy al customers that help promote and support the growth of their b usiness. It is during this outreach process where we start to b uild customer loy alty . W e also do it v ia online reputation management solutions that help to b uild a shop’ s online credib ility and shift the conv ersation that comes from the actual customer, and not just outreach from the b ody shop. This is what social engagement is all ab out and why working with smaller shops at times tends to b e a greater v alue proposition for the shop than with the larger M S O s.
There are so many way s to go with digital marketing, with new social media coming out all the time. W hat social media do y ou suggest for y our clients and why ?
F aceb ook foundational work is where we b egin, b ecause the information y ou can discov er with the ad-b ased network and ad manager sophistication they hav e is what feeds all other ty pes of outreach techniques we offer.
There are a numb er of techniques, from location-specific ads and strategies like “ geo-fencing, geo-targeting” to b ehav ioral analy tics b ased micro-targeted ads that enab le us to find who is clicking on what and why―all of these strategies are designed to create cost-effective ad spend solutions and the most affordab le conv ersion solutions and content, to really find what makes the consumer who they are and help align them to the right b ody shop. What we find that resonates the most with today ’ s consumers is the story of the owner, their work ethic and philosophy , and the culture of their shop. E v ery shop is uniq ue, and b y sharing original content and educating b ody shop owners that b eing the v oice of their shop matters, it not only empowers them to see their potential, b ut it ultimately helps customers make their decision easier b ecause they can relate to the b usiness and they see the shop as a partner who cares. That’ s where the long-term loy alty comes in that helps a b usiness grow. The b eauty of all of this is the exponential factor; once y ou lay
down the proper online and social marketing foundation, the right strategy and the right content are gifts that keep on giv ing. The data starts to come in, and the growth of the b usiness and actual decisions ab out the future of the company come from this data. This is where it then starts to spiral, when one customer talks to another potential customer and the “ network effect” that we discussed earlier starts to take shape. In the end, it is not ab out the shop next door, it’ s ab out the story . The b est thing ab out a b ody shop is its story , and ev en if shops are next to each other, ev ery one has their own story . O ur goal is to help them get to the right customer and help them b uild a strong in-b ound customer b ase, while growing their car count exponentially .
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COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: What to Consider for Your Collision Repair Facility Body Shops Giving Back As C O V ID -19 with v accines roll Phillips out and well-b eing b est practices. Stacey across the U .S ., employ ers must deRegardless of the approach taktermine whether they will req uire en, C herv eny said, there are foundav accinations in the workplace and tional things to consider. S he recomif they should set up a program to mended employ ers determine if their administer them. culture will sustain a workplace v acThere are essentially three op- cination program, the financial cost Stacey Phillips tions av ailab le, with according to Carof launching a program and complirie B. Cherveny, E sq . senior v ice ance issues, as well as whether they president of strategic client will b e ab le to recruit and solutions for the south reretain talent if they mandate gion of HU B International. a program. E mploy ers can mand ate v accinations for all Employment Law with Stacey Phillips employ ees with some legalC herv eny shared informaly req uired exceptions; motion ab out general employ tiv ate and create v oluntary Carrie B. Cherveny, ment law to understand programs with b uilt-in mob efore b uilding a v acciEsq. senior vice tiv ators to driv e ev ery one to president of strategic nation program and some get the v accine; or ed u c ate client solutions, for b usiness and legal considerthe south region of staff about the vaccine and HUB International ations. This applies whether with Victoria Antonelli companies administer the then leav e it up to them to choose. program themselv es or b ring in a “ B usinesses hav e some really third-party v endor who is contracted b ig decisions to make, and while to deliv er the v accine. the safety conv ersation that we hav e all b een hav ing since M arch 2020 Americans with Disabilities Act was filled with a lot of nuances and The Americans with D isab ilities Act EdtheAttanasio choices to make,with I think v accine (ADA) requires qualified employconv ersation is ev en more complex ees with disab ling health or mediand difficult to navigate,” said Cher- cal conditions, under the AD A, are v eny . “ Health care has b een doing it prov ided with reasonab le accomfor y ears, b ut these are new conv er- modations. Although state laws may sations and topics for other indus- v ary , C herv eny explained the AD A tries... This is unchartered territory .” ty pically applies to b usinesses with D uring a v with irtual Gary pan- Ledoux 15 or more employ ees who el discussion focused on work for 20 or more weeks “ C O V ID -19 V accine in the in the prior or current y ear. W orkplace, ” C herv eny and “ The employ ee and the two other representativ es employ er exchange inforfrom HU B International, mation to arriv e at an aca glob al insurance b roker, commodation that allows discussed some with of the Stacey rules Cory the employ ee to remain at Phillips Jorbin, Esq. and implications when setwork performing the essenchief compliance ting up a workplace protial functions of the job , ” officer, employee gram. They included Cory benefits, west region, said C herv eny . “ The emJ orbin, E sq . chief compli- HUB International ploy er ultimately gets to deance officer, employee bentermine the accommodation efits, west region; and W endy King, that makes the most sense in light of director of health and performance. the medical information and docuwith Mike Anderson To help companies plan and mentation prov ided b y the employ ee dev elop strategies, C herv eny , J orb in and the nature of the job .” and K ing shared their expertise ab out U nder AD A guidelines, ememployment law, benefits regulations ploy ers are strictly limited in the
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ommend you be exible with your pregnant workforce and allow them accommodation-like opportunities as well, ” she said. C herv eny said to keep in mind some pregnant women may hav e medical complications associated
with pregnancy that may q ualify under the AD A. Medical Confidentiality W hile information is b eing gathered in the process of administering a v oluntary or mandatory v accination program, employ ers will b ecome aware of confidential, private medical information ab out their employ ees. C herv eny said there are a limited numb er of people whom it can b e legally shared with, such as immediate managers and superv isors, and human resources―those who “need to know, ” which is construed v ery narrowly .
a v accine in the workplace b ecause it is only under emergency use authoriz ation. As a result, she said some law firms and other sub ect matter experts adv ise against mandatory programs. On the ip side, others are taking the position that the C D C and F D A recommend people get v accinated, so it would b e unsafe not to v accinate. “ E ither way , it’ s important to talk to counsel as y ou make these important decisions, ” said C herv eny . “ Y ou may or may not stumb le into some risk exposure or claim later that mandating or not mandating, offering or not offering it created an unsafe working env ironment in y our workplace.” Regardless of the approach taken, C herv eny reminded attendees that the C D C and O S HA guidance instructs employ ers to continue their C O V ID -19 safety programs. This includes wearing masks, apply ing disinfectant, social distancing and following all safety protocols. Employee Benefits Regulations Jorbin addressed employee benefit
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and serious psy chological distress are factors to consider. P rior to the v accination b eing rolled out, depression and anxiety were at an all-time high, she said― anxiety rates were three times higher in 2020 than in 2019 , and depression and diagnosis of depression q uadrupled ov er the same period. “ W e would b e remiss not to start with the foundation around employ ee state of mind, ” said K ing. “ The v accine is a hot topic. It’ s one more lay er that many employ ees are stressing ov er right now.” W hile some feel it is the light at the end of the tunnel and the v accination signals an end to what has b een going on, K ing said others are hesitant. S he encourages management to acknowledge many hav e anxiety and fear the unknown. Howev er, people are b eginning to think of the risk and reward like any other decision. “ They are going through the process to determine if it is worth the risk to get to the reward, which we know is getting b ack to some sense of normalcy , ” said K ing. As b usinesses decide if they will
mandate a program or b egin with a voluntary offering, King recommends approaching it in a way that treats people like people. “ B eing cogniz ant that employ ees are already hav ing a lot of personal anxiety around the v accine will help y ou to really approach it in a humanistic way and b alance y our corporate goals with the culture goals in y our organiz ation.” As of J anuary , ab out 4 0% of Americans say they will take the v accine as soon as it is av ailab le, said K ing. According to the K aiser F amily F oundation, another 3 0% will prob ab ly get it. “ Therefore, ab out 7 0% will get the v accine whether or not y ou structure it as mandatory or v oluntary , ” said K ing. The top reason for hesitancy is the worry ab out potential side effects. Howev er, statistics are showing interest is growing with time. “ The closest thing we hav e to compare it to is the u vaccine, but we can’ t compare it eq ually to the u because it’s a new vaccine,” she said. “ Today , studies show that phy -
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COVID-19 Vaccinations In terms of v accination distrib ution, as of J anuary , there is no national onside v accination prov ider. V accine rollouts across the country currently differ, depending on the state; ev en age req uirements v ary . Therefore, K ing recommends referring to state regulatory web sites, connecting with local pharmacies and encouraging staff to reach out to their phy sicians. K ing said this is a good time to hav e conv ersations with managers ab out what’ s in store and educate them. S he said it could go a long way in ensuring they are going to emb race the approach and b e a positiv e word of mouth in the organiz ation. “ Howev er y ou decide to coordinate this within an organiz ation, whether it’ s mandatory or v oluntary and with or without a financial incentiv e, leadership is really going to need to get in front of the communications around it, ” said K ing. “ It’ s a complex situation and going
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More Private Equity ued. “ There’ s all sorts of hy potheses ab out where we will land. I think we will land in a new normal that may look different than where this industry was b efore C O V ID , b ut it’ s going to look something closer to that than where we’ v e b een the last six months.” Seiffer agreed COVID is likely not a long-term negativ e in this industry . “ E v en if it lingers, people’ s b ehav iors hav e adapted, ” he said, acknowledging resumption of traffic has reb ounded to v ary ing degrees around the country . “ If y ou’ re looking for a platform, y ou’ re presumab ly looking to b uild something much b igger ov er time. S o a shortterm b lip shouldn’ t really change y our v iew on the opportunity .” He said there will no doub t b e permanent changes that will negatively affect other parts of the economy , b ut there may actually b e some upsides to the pandemic in the medium-term for collision repairers. to req uire dedicated communications.” This may include yers, postcards and other educational materials offered by the CDC and organiz ations like HU B International. L ooking ahead, K ing predicts there will b e a lot more education circulating ab out the v accine. When talking to staff, King said to not focus on the benefits to the company or the b ottom line. “ M ake it ab out the safety of y our patrons, clients and the health of employ ees so from a corporate perspectiv e, it’ s not just ab out numb ers or b usiness goals, b ut more ab out how we can thriv e together.” This is the first in a series of C O V ID -19 v accination articles. Next in the series is “ Implementing an E mploy ee V accination P rogram: C ost, Access and C ommunication.” HUB International offers an e-b ook with more information: https: www.hubinternational. com - media HUB-International PDF Employee-Benefits beyondC O V ID -19 -employ ment-laws-v accines .pdf
“ There will b e some sub set of people who will b e slow to return to mass transit and other forms of transportation, and I don’ t think working from home is going to b e an option forever,” Seiffer said. How does priv ate eq uity v iew the potential longer-term impact of adv anced driv er assistance sy stems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles S ahney noted it takes a long time for new technologies to b e in place in a large percentage of the v ehicle population on the roads. “ The feeling on it is we’ re still decades away from that truly hammering away at the industry , ” S ahney said. In addition, he said, M S O s are going to b e in a much b etter position than a single-shop operation to make the inv estments in b eing ab le to serv ice those technologies. Seiffer agreed, saying he sees AD AS as likely to hav e a b igger impact on personal injury claims than collision claims. “ S o we pay attention to it, b ut people tend to ov erestimate how q uickly the world will change, ” Seiffer said. “We pay attention to it,
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COVID’s Impact on Insurance Pricing, Coverage & Digital Trends by Steve Hallo, PropertyCasualty360
As we mov e into 2021, the insurance sector should expect continuing hard market conditions, according to J im Bramblet, managing director-insurance lead for Accenture’ s North American operations, who explained the pandemic will shape pricing and cov erage in the y ear to come.
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“ C arriers are going to hav e to continue to look at pricing v s. risk, and ask themselv es what are the current consumption patterns for assets they ty pically insure, ” he said, giv ing for example the numb er of reb ates around personal lines seen in the past y ear. “ W hat is that
going to look like going forward? ” He added ev en outside the pandemic, carriers should think ab out changing consumption patterns for personal lines, giv en the rev iv al in home improv ement inv estments and “ cocooning” trends. This makes it paramount that insurers find the right pricing for these fundamental changes in consumption patterns. C oncerning cov erage, the past y ear exposed a gap in policies around pandemics and b usiness operations. This is particularly true for b usiness interruption claims, which might take a pub lic-priv ate partnership to cov er. “ There has to b e some collab oration b etween gov ernment and insurers, whether through primary insurance, reinsurance or a gov ernment b ackstop, ” he said, adding more needs to b e done than “ waiting for relief packages to run through the gov ernment.” As prev iously reported, the enormity of losses stemming from C O V ID is b eliev ed to b e b ey ond the ab ilities of the priv ate market to cov er. F rom consumer-facing technologies to in-agency sy stems, the pandemic has propelled the industry ’ s inv estment in digital tools, ac-
cording to B ramb let, with spending on distrib ution and customer-facing tools showing the b est RO I. F or the industry to capitaliz e on this, the transition from a digital env ironment to a more traditional insurer policyholder connection should b e seamless. Regardless of how a client wants to buy a policy―in person, through a web site or on a mob ile app―the insurance education and research process almost alway s start digital now, B ramb let explained. “ Y ou want to make it as easy as possib le for them to b ridge from the digital world into y our carrier sy stem, ” he stressed. The ab ility to b uild a personal social b rand digitally is also growing in importance b ecause of the pandemic, according to B ramb let, who explained agencies cannot at this time hav e a presence in their communities through traditional means such as sponsoring little league teams or attending a family picnic. “ M ake the inv estment in a digital presence and digital b rands. They hav e to b e b uilt, ” he cautioned. We thank P roperty C asu atly 3 6 0 for reprint permission.
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Industry Members Share Their Predictions for the Year by Emmariah Holcomb, glassBYTEs.com
F Y 2021 is in full swing and auto glass senior leadership and b usiness owners hav e shared why they think this year is filled with optimism. “ F orecasting for 2021 was quite difficult, but we were fortunate enough to open up a couple of new stores, as we b eliev e in the b rick and mortar, ” explained J on Lask i, C E O at C ity Auto G lass, during Auto G lass W eek P rev iew D ay held earlier in J anuary . L aski said that C ity Auto Glass has increased its staff after hav ing a few promising months in 2020. B ut he’ s not the only one who’ s grown from the pandemic, as Peter Brown, president of Tiny & S on’ s Auto G lass, said he’ s made changes to his b usiness too. “ I just added two new trucks and hav e trained four new technicians, ” said B rown. “ I think it’ s going to b e okay now that people know what’ s going on and how to work with us [ since the start of the pandemic] .” T ed Andersen, v ice president
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repair procedures should b e av ailab le b efore the estimate is ev en written. “ S hops need to understand the safety measures that need to b e considered b efore they touch the car, and we are examining diff erent ways to deliver that information more effi ciently . E ducation is v ital, ” Tagliapietra said. “ Repairers will b e req uired to access O E M repair procedures on ev ery single v ehicle going forward, not ust for structural damages―we cannot continue down that path as an industry and stay in alignment. “ Insurers, as well as shops, need to understand and agree on these procedures so that shops can b e fairly reimbursed for their eff orts.” Tagliapietra b eliev es the data in the repair orders needs to b e made available to the diff erent key stakeholders in the industry . “ C IE C A standards are essential to prov ide access to the data participants need to achiev e their b usiness ob jectiv es, ” he said. “ S o many entities participate in the repair process now, not just the insurer, O E M and collision repair shop. W e need to ev aluate how that information is accessed, ingested and memorializ ed
so it can b e play ed b ack to the industry for the benefi t of everyone. “ C ollab oration is critical. These relationships need to b e fostered if ev ery one is going to succeed and win, ” Tagliapietra continued. “ E v ery one is dependent on collision repairers to complete a q uality repair, but it’s fi rst incumbent on manufacturers, insurers and information prov iders to facilitate that and share the information the shops need. “ W e cannot allow a few to monopoliz e that information when it’ s essential for the good of the whole industry .” C IE C A then opened the web inar up for a q uestion-and-answer session. As J anuary ’ s C IE C AS T concluded, B arry reminded attendees the web inar is eligib le for credit through the Automotiv e M anagement Institute. The next C IE C AS T, scheduled for F eb . 25 , will highlight the next generation of C IE C A standards. The organiz ation is looking for interested parties to join in the dev elopment of those standards. F or more information on C IE C A and the next C IE C AS T, v isit cieca. com.
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Distracted Driving Trend Persists Despite Passenger Complaints by Steve Hallo, PropertyCasualty360
Incidents of distracted driv ing persist despite more than 9 7 % of passengers confronting a motorist who had let their focus slip from the road, according to a surv ey of U .S . consumers b y L eithC ars.com. The surv ey also found 22.5 % of respondents had b een a passenger in a crash caused b y a distracted driv er. Texting and b rowsing the internet were cited as the leading accident-causing distraction b y passengers who had b een in a crash initiated b y an unfocused driv er. They were also the most common ev ents leading to complaints from a passenger, as 5 2% and 3 3 .3 % of riders, respectiv ely , said they confronted someone ab out these b ehav iors. The risks from distracted driv ing are so sev ere that L exisNexis Risk S olutions suggested distracted driv ing could potentially riv al D U I v iolations as a factor in road safety and insurance rating. C oncerning the latter point, insurer The Z eb ra reported getting a ticket for texting, or otherwise using a phone while driv ing, can raise in-
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and driv ing, while millennials found the adv erse to b e true. W hen it comes to incidents of drinking and driv ing, more than one in four surv ey respondents had ridden with someone who consumed alcohol while driv ing, according to L eithC ars.com. Y et, slightly less than 13 % felt compelled to address the ob v ious danger. This comes on the heels of recent news that nearly half of U .S . motorists admit to drinking and driv ing. The surv ey also found an alarming numb er of rideshare driv ers are also partaking in distracted driv ing, with nearly 8 5 % of those surv ey ed say ing they had experienced dangerous or distracted driv ing in a taxi or ridesharing v ehicle. Speeding, weaving through traffic and b eing too chatty were the most cited experiences. W hile most will speak up to family , friends or colleagues driv ing dangerously , more than 6 0% of people don’ t address these issues when in a taxi or rideshare. We thank P roperty C asu alty 3 6 0 for reprint permission.
Collision Industry Mourns the Loss of Bano Ramirez It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bano Ramirez, a memb er of M itchell International’ s S olution S pecialist team, on J an. 25 . Ramirez touched many liv es in his ov er 4 0-plus y ears in the collision industry . He spent 12 y ears with M itchell International and prev iously owned and operated Bob’ s Bod y and F end er in V an Nuy s, C A, where he was an activ e memb er of the community , hosting many industry training ev ents. Ramirez was a longtime memb er of the C alifornia Autob ody Association and an inv aluable contributor to its Glendale F oothill chapter. His positiv e attitude, loy alty , integrity and hard work will b e rememb ered b y all. Ramirez is surv iv ed b y his lov ely spouse Alison, daughters S ylvia, Rosie and Amanda, eight grandchildren and sev en great-grandchildren.
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