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Cars Talking to Cars Happening in Tampa, FL, as Connected Vehicle Program Rolls Out

FL Body Shop Worker Crashes Customer’s Audi S4, Shop Refuses to Pay for Repairs

by Nicole Grigg, ABC Action News

by Michael Fira, TopSpeed

The idea of cars talking to cars sounds futuristic, but it’s happening in Tampa, FL. The city is one of three places selected to take part in a pilot program for connected vehicles. The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is demonstrating cars that can “talk” to each other, known as “connected” vehicle technology. “Connected” vehicles are not the same thing as “autonomous” vehicles, or self-driving cars. Instead, these are vehicles that

communicate wirelessly via the Internet with other similarly equipped vehicles, as well as with downtown traffic and pedestrian signals. The goal is to enhance safety, improve traffic flow and even reduce greenhouse gas use. On Nov. 29, ABC Action News went along with THEA for a demonstration of how this concept works with different public transportation forms such as HART and the Streetcar system. The pilot program will gather data for the next year to see how cars See Cars Talking to Cars, Page 8

Collision Repair Industry Associations Make 2019 New Year’s Resolutions by Chasidy Rae Sisk

Since the Babylonians began the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions over 4,000 years ago, people around the world have kicked off each new year by making a promise to improve some aspect of their lives. The collision repair industry is no different, and associations around the country have begun thinking about what they can do to improve their organizations in 2019. Fortunately, some of these industry leaders were willing to share their 2019

New Year’s resolutions with Autobody News. Increasing membership, expanding educational offerings and pursuing legislative initiatives were all largely important to associations and the industry in 2018. Collision repair professionals can anticipate seeing these efforts extend into 2019 with renewed vigor. Elijah Winans, board member of the North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR), would “like to see our membership, attendance See Resolutions, Page 28

All day, every day, we have to agree with forms online that are too long to be worth reading. Much in the same way, we often fail to read contracts in real life; however, this could have costly consequences. Take a man who brought his Audi S4 to a body shop for repairs only for an employee to wreck it and then refuse to pay for the damages. Apparently, the client had signed a contract that exempted the shop from having to pay for any damages that occurred while the car was in its care. However, the owner has since sought legal help as he aims to some-

how get the body shop to pay for the gross negligence. It’s not the first time that we’ve heard about a customer handing his car over in good faith to an auto body repair shop thinking that he’ll get it back in better condition than it was in when he left it. Instead, through the carelessness—or utter recklessness in this case—of the staff, the car ends up damaged or nigh on destroyed. Who is to blame if that happens? You’ll be quick to point fingers at the shop, but you may be in for a surprise. Vincent Hansen took his Audi S4 to Titan Motorsports in Orlando, FL, to have it upgraded with some See Refuses to Pay, Page 21

Holidays Holidays y Caliber Collision, ABRA (Auto Body Repair of America) To Merge Caliber Collision (“Caliber”) and ABRA Auto Body Repair of America (“ABRA”) recently announced a definitive merger agreement that brings together the companies’ teams, brands and operations to better serve their customers and insurance clients. The combination joins two complementary leaders in the $47-billiona-year collision repair industry. “This combination will allow us to offer even greater satisfaction for our valued customers and insurance clients while creating new opportunities for the talented teammates of both companies,” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Chief Executive Officer. “With more than 1,000 stores in 37

states and the District of Columbia, we look forward to providing customers and insurance clients with the flexibility and convenience that come with the broadest geographic coverage in the United States and a full suite of services.” The combined company will offer customers and clients a single solution with more offerings, including dedicated non-drive, express and aluminum-certified and high-line repair centers. Customers will also benefit from increased choice, as substantial opportunities exist to expand the companies’ offerings, such as glass, mechanical, diagnostic See Caliber Collision, Page 10



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CONTENTS 2 Veteran Families Receive Cars Through NABC Recycled Rides in VA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 ABRA Adds 2 Body Repair Centers in Knoxville, TN, Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cars Talking to Cars Happening in Tampa, FL, as Connected Vehicle Program Rolls Out . . . . 1 Chesterfield, VA, Maaco Body Shop Catches Fire, Employees Rush Out Just in Time . . . . . 8 Deer Crossing: Watch Out for Deer While You Drive in VA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 FL Body Shop Worker Crashes Customer’s Audi S4, Shop Refuses to Pay for Repairs . . . 1 JTA Joins FL Polytechnic University on Driverless Vehicle Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 NC High School Receives Ultimate Collision Makeover Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Marketplace in the U.S. and Canada . . . . . . 50 AASP National Elects New Executive Board During SEMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 AkzoNobel Turns Over Keys for Refurbished Car Program to NABC Recycled Rides . . . . . . 60 ASA Partners With Advance Auto Parts, TxDOT’s Drive Clean TX Campaign . . . . . . . 56 CA Approves Waymo’s Autonomous Vehicle Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Caliber Collision, ABRA (Auto Body Repair of America) To Merge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 CARSTAR Announces Aggressive Growth

Anderson - A Reasonable Price for a Vehicle Scan Depends on What You’re Including . . . 34 Attanasio - 3 Shop-Friendly New Marketing Ideas for 2019 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Attanasio - Are You Forgetting About Half Your Customers by Not Catering to Women? . . . . 43 Ledoux - The 1960s – Associations, Leaders and Poor Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Phillips - AkzoNobel Performance Group Highlights Importance of Working on Business, Not in Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Phillips - How to Prepare and Negotiate Better Deals With Industry Partners . . . . . . . 36 Phillips - SCRS Red Carpet Awards Breakfast at SEMA Recognizes Collision Industry . . . . 44 Phillips - Subaru of America Prepares to Launch Its Certified Collision Center Network Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Sisk - ARA Hosts Magical 75th Annual Convention and Exposition . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Sisk - ASA-TX Annual Meeting Features Best-in-Industry Training. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Sisk - Mike Anderson Presents ‘Using the Subaru Technical Information System (STIS) – Part 1’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Sisk - NCACAR Meets With NCDOI to Discuss Alternative Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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record of zero customer complaints. Both locations will be known as Walker’s Collision, an Abra Company, for the foreseeable future. Members of Abra’s leadership team headed to Knoxville to welcome Walker’s employees to the Abra team. Abra first entered the Knoxville, TN, area in 2014 with the acquisition of five centers. “Knoxville is a small market for Abra but has been a steady performer for us,” said Jim Kessler, Abra’s chief operating officer. “Walker’s has a great team and culture that will complement our other centers in the area.”

Plans for 2019 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 CIECA Welcomes Podium as New Corporate Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54



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Launches Performance Sales Solutions. . . . 59 Collision Repair Industry Associations


ABRA, Auto Body Repair of America, recently announced the addition of two new repair centers in the Knoxville, TN, area, which brings Abra’s national footprint to 400 centers in 28 states. Located in the cities of Seymour, TN, and west Knoxville, TN, the centers come from the acquisition of Walker’s Collision Repair, represented by Kingsmoor Advisors, in a transaction that closed Nov. 30. Established more than 25 years ago, Walker’s Collision Repair centers are I-CAR Gold and ASE-certified. The team prides itself on its A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, which includes an impressive track

Make 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. . . . . . . . 1 David Rogers Is the 2018 BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Gerber Collision Acquires TX MSO . . . . . . . . . . 46 GM To Cut Work Force, Halt Production at Multiple Plants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 IAA Announces Opening of New Flint, MI, Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 I-CAR, CREF Award TX Auto Collision Program With Laptops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 IGONC Learns How To Drive Growth Through Digital Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6



ABRA Adds 2 Body Repair Centers in Knoxville, TN, Area

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Jim Cogdill Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram . . . 22

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Jon Hiester Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Audi Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . . . . . . . 57

Kernersville Lexus-CDJR-GM . . . . . . . . . . 29

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Killer Tools & Equipment Corp . . . . . . . . . . 21

Axalta Coating Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,20

Lexus Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . . . . . . 59

Benchmark Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram. . . 11

Matrix Automotive Finishes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

BMW Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . . . . . . 47

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MOPAR Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . . . . . 37

Coggin Deland Honda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Porsche Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . . . . 58

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Pro Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 . .

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Radley Chevrolet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

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RBL Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Hard Hit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Eckler’s Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Naples . . . . . . . . 39

ECS Automotive Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Mark Olson Teaches WMABA About Reducing Liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 NABC F.R.E.E. Program, BASF Provide Education for TX First Responders. . . . . . . . 56 OH Community Devasted After GM Announces

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GM Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Hendrick Honda Pompano Beach . . . . . . . 46

Subaru Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . . . . . 51

Will NACE Make a Comeback? . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Hendrick Kia Cary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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Tameron Hyundai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

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Volkswagen Wholesale Parts Dealers . . . . 59

Samsung Ponders Training Self-Driving Cars With Brain Waves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 State Farm Wins in Race Bias Suit Over Repair Shop Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Tariff Rate Increase Put on Pause Amid

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Samsung Ponders Training Self-Driving Cars With Brain Waves by Daniel Golightly, Android Headlines

Samsung’s efforts in the self-driving automotive industry appear poised to continue growing, based on a recent patent for a new autonomous driver training model published by WIPO. The patent itself applies primarily to an “apparatus” and methodology for training a self-driving vehicle’s AI that utilizes machine learning and a combination of human driver metrics and traditional sensor information. The data for the former is tracked and pulled from several sources within the vehicle itself while a human is in control; that includes information such as grip strength and positioning taken from the steering wheel and brake or throttle pedal movement. However, it also seems to include headset-gathered metrics, with Samsung explicitly indicating measurements taken via eye-tracking and a brain-wave electrocardiogram. The former of those is self-explanatory, but the latter is more closely related to and encompasses technologies more often associated with EKG, ECG or EEG measurements taken in a medical setting. Samsung’s description of the ap-

paratus indicates that the electrocardiogram information would be used to assess the changes in a driving environment and dangerous driving circumstances in combination with those other metrics. However, it would also be compiled with the driver’s use of turn signals and their “manipulation” of the vehicle’s horn, stereo or other instruments in order to build a set of patterns in driving behavior to start from and improve on. That would be further underscored by metrics gathered from cameras, LiDAR, radar and navigation data in order to compile a more complete picture from which to create an autonomous driving model for the AI to work with. Background: Although Samsung recently started filling out its portfolio in terms of AI automotive innovations, technologies and platforms, this is a relatively big step for the company. Previously, the vast majority of its ambitions could summarily be collected under the umbrella of “supportive” technologies. For example, at CES 2018 in January, the company introduced a new series of self-driving technologies that sought to make the industry more modular. To that end, the ‘DRVLINE’ platform encom-

passed both hardware and software but could be put together piecemeal and was intended for use by current OEMs in the automotive industry and service industries rather than meant for use by Samsung to create its own vehicles. For the most part, all of its technologies and press releases have centered around a similar concept, building solutions that align with the self-driving vehicle industry without taking on the tasks of building out its own subsidiary to become an active manufacturer. Bearing that in mind, the company has also applied for and received an autonomous vehicle testing license in its home country. Specifically, that was awarded way back in mid-2017, but that doesn’t mean this new patent isn’t geared in the same direction. In fact, this may be among the first indications that Samsung wants to do far more than simply provide components and associated software for others in the race for AI vehicle dominance. Instead, if it puts these patents into place, the company may be preparing to compete more directly with companies such as Alphabet’s Waymo, which builds its own systems for use with another manufacturer’s vehicle platforms

JTA Joins FL Polytechnic University on Driverless Vehicle Research by Bill Bortzfield, WJCT

The Jacksonville, FL, Transportation Authority is continuing its push into the world of autonomous vehicles with a new alliance. JTA is joining forces with Florida Polytechnic University’s Advanced Mobility Institute, which focuses on advancing and testing driverless transportation.

This video screengrab shows a conceptional rendering of the U2C autonomous vehicles that are planned to replace the existing Skyway. Credit: JTA

“AV technology holds great promise for the whole transportation industry, but it’s very likely that public transportation will take advantage of it before the generic passenger car 4

marketplace,” said Rahul Razdan, senior director for special projects at Florida Poly, located in Lakeland. “At the Advanced Mobility Institute,

street level, expanding the system to the sports complex, Riverside, San Marco and Springfield. “JTA is excited to collaborate with Florida Polytechnic University to explore autonomous vehicles and connected vehicle technologies,” said Nat Ford, CEO of the JTA. “Florida Poly and its Advanced Mobility Institute are strong scientific advisors in this ground-breaking technology.” JTA is calling the Skyway modernization project the U2C, which stands for JTA tested this autonomous electric vehicle in June. Ultimate Urban Circulator. Credit: Joslyn Simmons, WJCT News The U2C ties into a larger we pay particular attention to the project with several agencies to turn Florida industries that can absorb this Bay Street in downtown Jacksonville into an “innovation corridor.” It would technology earlier.” The mutual agreement includes bring together a series of cameras, senfostering the development of AV tech- sors and autonomous vehicles to imnology in downtown areas, university prove traffic flow and improve safety. JTA and other local agencies are campuses and other controlled setpursuing a $25 million federal grant to tings. That in turn dovetails with JTA’s help turn the program into a reality. As part of the project, JTA has plan to modernize and expand the Skyway with autonomous electric ve- been testing driverless EVs on a test hicles that would run on existing ele- track it built that runs next to Metrovated Skway tracks as well as on politan Park near Bay Street. Called

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rather than selling them to the OEM. Impact: Setting that aside, most autonomous training programs depend primarily on the use of LiDAR, radar and cameras coupled with accurate mapping data and hundreds of thousands of miles of test driving. Ordinarily, the AI is accompanied by a human driver just in case the system fails to respond or any softwarerelated issues arise. Samsung’s concept approach is different in that it combines those with a direct real-time analysis of a human driver, going as far as reading their brain waves. While there are a lot of obvious ways that that could go horribly wrong, it may provide autonomous drivers with a much better way to handle non-autonomous vehicles sharing the roadway. Moreover, it could help improve a self-driving vehicle’s “situational awareness” and improve how other unknowns in an environmental setting are responded to if Samsung chooses its human drivers responsibly and carefully. We thank Android Headlines for reprint permission. https://www.android headlines.com/2018/11/samsungself-driving-cars-training-brainwaves.html

the AV Test & Learn Track, JTA has also on occasion offered test rides to the public to show off the potential of driverless vehicles. JTA has also announced another testing phase that will convert a portion of the existing Skyway between Jefferson Street station and its underconstruction transportation center into an elevated test track for autonomous vehicles.

JTA shows off one of its driverless EV test vehicles. Credit: JTA

“We’re excited to collaborate with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, sharing with them our scientific research and expertise on autonomous vehicle technology,” said Florida Poly President Randy Avent in an email to WJCT News. We thank WJCT for reprint permission.

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IGONC Learns How To Drive Growth Through Digital Marketing by Chasidy Rae Sisk

On Nov. 6, the Triangle Chapter of the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) gathered for BBQ food and an educational presentation at Autoshop Solutions in Apex, NC. Autoshop Solutions Sales Director Tony Mercury presented “Driving Growth Through Digital Marketing.” According to IGONC Executive Director Bob Pulverenti, “Our members always look forward to getting a chance to learn more about digital marketing. Many have found

Tony Mercury presented “Driving Growth Through Digital Marketing” during IGONC’s November Triangle Chapter Meeting

it really useful for gaining new customers, plus we are always glad to get the opportunity to tour one of our vendor member’s offices and learn

more about their day-to-day efforts to help garage owners be as successful as possible.”

IGONC Executive Director Bob Pulverenti poses with Margaret Edmunds Palango, chief business development officer at Autoshop Solutions

The monthly meeting was held as part of IGONC’s monthly commitment to promoting the community and providing members with educational seminars. Additionally, the meeting served as a networking event. “A big part of being in an association is the community,” Pulverenti pointed out. “Autoshop Solutions provided a BBQ dinner for all the attendees, and a nice crowd was in attendance. The meeting was hosted at the offices of Autoshop Solutions, and they have always been a great supporter of both the IGONC and ASTE.” For more information on IGONC, visit igonc.com.

Mark Olson Teaches WMABA About Reducing Liability by Chasidy Rae Sisk

On Oct. 25, the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) hosted a training seminar featuring Mark Olson of VECO Experts to discuss “Shop Process, Culture and Quality Control While Reducing Liability.” Hertz sponsored the meeting, which was held at the Springhill Suites in Sterling, VA. This well-attended meeting was held “for attendees to gain knowledge of proper processes and implementation or execution of quality control measures that gives them reduced liability and better practices for quality repairs,” WMABA Executive Director Jordan Hendler shared. Olson also discussed the proper process for ensuring consistent and thorough repair documentation, which he called the “Bulletproof File.” According to Hendler, “Mark far exceeded our expectations for his presentation. The content was of the highest quality and easy to understand, while also being accessible. Some speakers give the end objective without a clear path of execution, and he was able to do both! Attendees seemed surprised by the 6

amount of information they were able to get from this meeting. Mark wasn’t giving them new information but packaging it in a way that was relevant to their issues and processes. “WMABA strives to bring national, quality speakers to our area as often as [time] permits with our members and leadership. When we have a

Mark Olson of VECO Experts presented a seminar to WMABA

meeting, trust that a lot has gone into that so that any meeting you attend with us is valuable to your daily business. This is not information you will receive directly into your own shop without a high price tag. If you want quality materials from the best there is, the best thing to do is to come to the association meetings. The association can bring them in, and you just have to show up!” For more information on WMABA, visit wmaba .com.

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NC High School Receives Ultimate Collision Makeover Grant by Darrin Boyer, Cumberland County Schools

Westover High School in Fayetteville, NC, has been awarded the 2018 Ultimate Collision Makeover Grant provided by the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). The award of $12,000 will provide the tools and equipment needed to enhance the students’ hands-on training in collision repair.

“I am honored and excited to accept this grant,” said Mr. Darrin Boyer, Westover High School’s collision repair technology instructor. “This funding will create opportu-

nities for my students to succeed in this competitive industry.”

This grant is offered to both secondary and post-secondary schools with collision repair and refinishing programs all across the country. Its purpose is to help these programs grow to provide quality training to future industry members. The extensive application process included video documentation of the learning/training facilities. Congratulations to Westover High School and Mr. Boyer! We thank Cumberland County Schools for reprint permission.

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Chesterfield, VA, Maaco Body Shop Catches Fire, Employees Rush Out Just in Time by Brent Solomon, NBC12 On Your Side

NBC12 was the first on scene as a Chesterfield, VA, auto body repair shop caught fire while workers were still inside. Viewer video shows the fire at the Maaco on Jeff Davis Highway in Chester.

All of the employees got out safe, but all of the smoke proved to be dangerous for at least one firefighter who was working to get it under control. “What the crap,” a witness said as flames billowed from the rooftop. It was a scene like no other. “Oh my God, it’s getting worse,” the witness continued.


It started just after 4 p.m. on Nov. 15. Half-a-dozen employees were inside of the Maaco shop when the fire broke out in the paint room. “[It] just lit up in flames [and] blew the doors open,” recalled Ryan Hundley, a Maaco employee. He said crews were preparing to work on their last car of the day when things took a fiery turn. “Man, I saw my life flash before my eyes!” Hundley continued. He said another employee tried using a fire extinguisher, but it didn’t work. “It was too extreme at that point,” he said. When firefighters arrived, they realized they had to call on another crew to help. “[We] had fire coming through the roof through a vent stack on the roof,” Captain Joe Harvey said. As smoke covered the sky gray, the situation became too much for one fireman. “There was one person treated on scene and released for smoke inhalation,” Harvey said.

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While handling the blaze, authorities had to shut down one lane of travel on Jeff Davis Highway, which led to considerable delays during the evening rush. Battling the cold and rain, it took about an hour to get things under control. “There are going to be some repairs that they will have to do inside that business,” Harvey added. However, employees are thankful they made it out after the work day took an unexpected end. “I can’t even wrap my head around it ... My nerves are still crazy,” Hundley said. Hundley said that while the fire was happening, he and his co-workers moved cars that were in the building out of the way so they wouldn’t catch fire. Authorities are investigating how the paint room caught fire. Copyright 2018 WWBT. All rights reserved. We thank NBC12 On Your Side for reprint permission.


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Cars Talking to Cars

have been responding to one another and to pedestrians. Leaders demonstrated how the technology devices installed inside HART buses would alert drivers if they were to come near a connected vehicle. Both vehicles must have the technology in order to communicate and alert the drivers. “[In] 2021–22, you’re starting to see a lot of the manufacturers putting these in your car,” said Bob Frey with THEA. THEA also announced that they are testing a pedestrian area to see how the connected vehicles can connect to pedestrians through their phones. The transportation leaders have installed the necessary connected vehicle technology at a crosswalk on Twiggs Street in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Tampa will be part of leading the way in continuing to develop the smart technology in vehicles. We thank WFTS- ABC Action News for reprint permission.

2 Veteran Families Receive Cars Through NABC Recycled Rides in VA by Amy Simpson, WRIC.com

Tis the season to give back. On Dec. 4, exactly three weeks before Christmas, two veteran families in Virginia got a gift without a price tag: a car. The cars were both wrapped in bows—just like in those holiday commercials. This holiday season, these two veteran families have gained the gift of independence. “Reliable transportation is something that many of us take for granted, but it’s something that’s so necessary,” said Ashley Ray with Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit that supports veterans and men and women in uniform. One of the car recipients served 14 years in the Army. He said the shiny red Toyota is a gift that will keep on giving to his family. “The long commutes that I used to have on public transportation—I can eliminate that right now,” said Joey Burrell of Hampton, VA. The car donations were possible because of a little magic from

Richmond-area GEICO and Caliber Collision elves. GEICO donated the two cars, and Caliber Collision restored them to working condition. This effort is part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program. “Technicians, estimators, center managers—all those folks have donated well over 100 hours of their time to restore both of these vehicles,” said a representative from Caliber Collision.

Che and Jerri Griffin were nearly in shock when they saw a slate-colored SUV waiting for them. Both spouses served in the military and said they had been relying on Uber to get around. “We had a vehicle that was working that went down,” said Che,

a Navy veteran from Hampton. “You know [economically] the way things are—made it hard for us.” Now the Griffin family is overjoyed with their Dodge SUV. They told 8News they’re most excited to have a car big enough to fit the whole family. “I don’t know where we’d be right now,” said Che. “We’d probably still be waiting at home for a blessing to come by.” Both the Burrell and Griffin families were nominated for the Recycled Rides program by Soldiers’ Angels. “A lot of people had a hand in this and made it work, and I’m really thankful for that,” said Griffin. Joey smiled from ear to ear as he checked out his new ride. “That’s what I’m thankful for the most,” he said. “That people are looking out for all of us.” Caliber Collision said that since this program began, it has given reliable transportation to more than 300 people in need. We thank WRIC.com for reprint permission

IAA Announces Opening of New Flint, MI, Branch

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) recently announced the opening of its new facility in Flint, MI. The new branch is IAA’s third strategic location serving the northern Midwest market of Michigan. The site boasts a new state-of-the-art facility and its 18 acres allow for future expansion. “At IAA, we are always working to improve the customer experience, and this new facility, with the latest auction technology, allows us to upgrade the buying and selling experience for our customers who previously visited our Bay City facility,” said John Kett, CEO and president of IAA. The new IAA facility in Flint replaces the IAA Great Lakes facility in Bay City, MI. IAA Flint will host auctions on Tuesdays, with preview days held every Monday.

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scanning and calibration services and the broadest network of OEMcertified locations in the U.S. Grimshaw continued, “We plan to maintain all existing centers from both companies as we develop and execute a plan to work smarter, generate growth, offer expanded services, drive operational excellence and reward talent across the organization. Recognizing the critical importance of top talent to our success, we will be retaining all teammates in the field at both Caliber and ABRA centers, and we look forward to creating a culture that supports our teammates as they expand their careers across a larger organization, accelerated by industry-leading development programs.” “Our industry becomes more complex every year,” said ABRA CEO Ann Fandozzi. “The combined company will invest in the equipment, training and technologies that will allow our teammates to build their careers while continuing to meet

and exceed our customers’ needs for years to come.” Both companies remain completely committed to serving valued insurance clients through the companies’ partnership programs while maintaining and expanding strategic relationships with a single point of contact.The company is also committed to continuing to serve ABRA’s 59 franchisees with an even greater level of attention. The transaction is expected to close in early 2019. Grimshaw will lead the combined company. During the transition, customers and insurance clients should expect to see no disruption to the service and repairs they receive at both companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As part of this transaction, private equity firm Hellman & Freidman LLC—ABRA’s majority shareholder since 2014—will become the majority shareholder of the combined company. Both OMERS and Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (LGP) will remain significant minority shareholders in the combined company. OMERS currently owns a majority stake in Caliber and LGP owns a minority stake.

CA Approves Waymo's Autonomous Vehicle Testing

stand, the vehicle will stop and contact Waymo fleet and rider support The California Department of on how to proceed. Waymo’s test vehicles are reMotor Vehicles has granted Waymo the state’s first permit to test au- stricted to parts of Mountain View, tonomous vehicles on public roads Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto, in Northern California. “We will gradually begin driverless testing on city streets in a limited territory and, over time, expand the area that we drive in as we gain confidence and experience to expand,” company executives wrote in a blog post on Medium. Waymo hopes to launch Alphabet-backed-Waymo has been testing an autonomous ride-hailing driverless vehicles in Phoenix since last year. service in Phoenix by the Credit: Waymo end of the year in addition to without a safety operator in the dri- expanding its California testing grounds in the Bay Area. ver’s seat. We thank Auto Rental News for Alphabet-backed Waymo launched its first driverless vehicle reprint permission. test program in Phoenix last year. The DMV’s permit allows test vehicles to operate day and night on SUBSCRIBE TO OUR city streets, rural roads and highways with speed limits of 65 mph. YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Vehicles are equipped to safely drive in fog and light rain. If a vehicle encounters a situation it doesn’t underby Staff, Auto Rental News

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WIN Reveals Theme of Annual Educational Conference & Awards Celebration

Women’s Industry Network (WIN®) is excited to announce that “Navigating Tomorrow Together” has been selected as the theme for the

2019 WIN Educational Conference being held May 6–8, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. “We are seeing rapid and frequent changes daily in the collision repair industry that have an impact on how we work,” stated Yolanda Sandor, who is once again serving as co-chair for the Educational Conference Committee. “‘Navigating Tomorrow Together’ speaks to the importance of collaboration and en10

couragement among those in our industry to take on these new challenges.” The Westin Beach Resort has been selected as the host property for the event. In addition to Florida sunshine, the property offers over 36,000 square feet of meeting space suited to accommodate WIN’s growing conference attendee numbers. The 2019 program specifics will be published as they become available. Attendees can anticipate a packed agenda including professional development programming, the Most Influential Women and scholarship awards and the Annual Scholarship Walk fundraiser. Conference registration will open in early 2019. For more information about the conference, MIW nominations and scholarship applications, please visit: womensindustrynetwork.com.


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ASA-TX Annual Meeting Features Best-in-Industry Training On Nov. 17, ASA-Texas hosted its 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Event at the Downtown Fort Worth Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, TX, attracting attendees from all around the state.

John Firm, ASA-Texas director (center), joins Advance Auto Parts’ sales team members during their break from the Sponsor Showcase

The event delivered on the association’s promises of best-in-industry training, awesome networking, prizes and surprises galore. According to ASA-TX President Robert Gruener, “The day-long event was a success in terms of member attendance and participation. Owners of collision repair shops and vehicle/automobile service shops and their management/tech employees spent the day in professional development seminars, which were divided into two training tracks: management and new technologies.” Training ran from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and featured several educational options for attendees. In the morning, from 8 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., Jack

Robert Gruener was elected president of ASA-TX during the 2018 Annual Meeting. He is shown here giving his acceptance speech

Hammond, senior instructor for the Automotive Training Institute, taught “What Are the Holes in Your Metrics?” The presentation provided an in-depth exploration of the details needed to fix a dysfunctional service 12

check and improve customer service. During the same time slot, “Understanding the Control Area Network (CAN)” was presented by Bernie Thompson, trainer for the World Pace Training Institute, who reviewed how CAN works, explained how to diagnose the system and discussed how to properly repair bus problems. The day was broken up by ASATX’s Annual Meeting Luncheon, which featured a keynote presentation by Tony Molla, vice president of ASA National. Gruener shared, “Tony gave an in-depth review of the internal changes at ASA-National and an overview of the sweeping changes that are expected to shape our industry during the short- and mid-term future.”

tion’s outgoing president and the election of new board of directors officers for the 2019–2020 term. In addition to Gruener’s election as president,

During the Sponsor Showcase, attendees enjoyed special deals from representatives of major national and regional distributors.

The 2019–2020 board of directors were sworn in during annual meeting ceremonies. (l to r) Chris Murphy, immediate past president; Robert Gruener, president; Rod Burtch, president elect; Kathryn van der Pol, rreasurer; John Firm, director; Glenn Young, director; and David Markovich, former immediate past president. Markovich stepped down from the board at the end of his term

Rod Burtch was elected as president elect and Kathryn van der Pol was elected as treasurer. The role of secretary has not yet been chosen. Chris Murphy will serve as the immediate past president, and the board’s directors will include John Firm, David Wolfe and Glenn Young.

“We received beneficial feedback from the attendees and the supplier-sponsors who participated in our Sponsor Showcase. These included Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Synchrony Financial, WORLDPAC Training Institute (WTI) and AuSee ASA-TX Meeting, Page 14

Faster & Easier Steel & Aluminum Repair ASA-National Vice President Tony Molla was the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting luncheon

From 1:45 p.m. until 6 p.m., “Succession: What’s Involved?” addressed the challenges that shop owners face when considering retirement. Hammond explored the practical and legal considerations shop owners must think about when making their succession plans. Simultaneously, Thompson’s “Understanding Fuel Injection” focused on simplifying complex technology through the dissection of fuel injection system issues. “The attendees felt the training sessions were very valuable,” Gruener stated. “They also enjoyed the opportunity to network with other ASA members from throughout the state and to share their experiences and solutions to common management issues.” The ASA-TX Annual Meeting also included a state-of-the-association report delivered by the associa-

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OH Community Devasted After GM Announces Plant Closings, Lordstown Will be Hard Hit by Tara Molina, Kaylyn Hlavaty and Amanda VanAllen, News 5 Cleveland, Associated Press, and others

The General Motors plant in Lordstown will stop production in March of 2019, sources confirmed. The closing is devastating news for many in Mahoning Valley, who’ve relied on the General Motors Lordstown plant for more than 50 years. “They get $2.3 billion in profits this last quarter, gonna have $10 billion for the year. This is what they do to us now? After a huge tax cut. What more do you want from the American people?” Congressman Tim Ryan said to News 5. According to city officials, for every factory job cut, seven others are affected, so it’s not just the estimated 1,500 who work at the plant facing uncertainty come 2019, it’s all of the businesses who call the area home. “There won’t be one neighborhood, one school, one church that’s not affected by this closure today,” Ryan said. “This has been the plant that’s held this community through a Continued from Page 12

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tomotive Training Institute (ATI),” Gruener noted. Additionally, the event offered an opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. ASA-TX’s incoming officers and leaders were also present and eager to collect member

ASA-National had a spot in the Sponsor Showcase that featured, (l to r) Membership Administrator Brenda Rodriguez, ASA Vice President Tony Molla and Membership Director Stephanie Torres

feedback in an effort to add value to the association’s membership. “This year’s meeting exceeded our goals in terms of attendees and member service. We had members 14

lot of ups and downs.” The community considers Lordstown’s GM plant their 6.2 million square foot heart, beating since 1966. Small businesses like Nese’s County Cafe, a popular local breakfast and lunch spot, were abuzz with Monday’s news of uncertainty. “This community is going to go down. This place. Lots of people just bought homes,” former General Motors employee Carmela Deno told News 5. Deno worked at the Lordstown plant for more than 40 years before retiring over the summer after two of the three shifts in the factory, amounting to 3,000 jobs, were cut. Nearly 600 employees at the plant opted to retire early or accept a buyout after the company announced the elimination of the second shift. Deno raised her family, that now includes grandchildren, here. “My work helped me raise my son,” she said. Some of her family still works there, she said. “My nephew is very sad. He has three kids.”

from throughout the state attend in far greater numbers than the 2017 meeting. This was due in large part to the addition of the seminar series, which we did not have in 2017,” Gruener said. He said he believes that association-sponsored events are important to members and the industry as a whole because “they serve two main functions: 1) They provide a tangible example for members of how the association benefits them, and 2) They give members a chance to experience networking and a sense of camaraderie, [which] are important parts of WHY they belong to a professional association.” ASA-TX will use the feedback received this year to improve upon its 2019 Annual Meeting. Gruener confirmed, “We plan to build on this year’s momentum by expanding our training sessions and networking opportunities to make the meeting more attractive to members and to get them more involved in the association in general.” For more information on ASA-TX and its future events, visit asatx.org.

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Officials said folks who work at the plant were called into a meeting Monday where they were told the plant will be idle as of March 1, the Chevrolet Cruze will stop production, and no new product will be allocated. In April, GM said a decline in Chevrolet Cruze sales is to blame for the employee reduction at the Lordstown plant. The decision is part of the company’s steps to improve business performance, realign manufacturing and reduce salaried workforce, according to their press release. Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill and the President of the Union (UAW Local 1112) David Green are both holding onto the glimmer of hope General Motor’s choice of words offered. “It was non-allocated or in-al-

located and that just means that there’s no product to announce to put in this plant right now,” Mayor Hill told News 5. “I’m holding out for the best.” “We’ve got a great workforce and we’ve proven ourselves. So, I am hopeful that between March and September we get some positive news,” Green said. It’s that hope that will keep this area alive for the next few months. “I hope we get a new car. I don’t care what it is. As long as we get a new product. For these people to get back to work,” Deno said. GM announced Monday that it is slashing 14,700 factory and whitecollar jobs in North America and closing five factories, including the Lordstown factory, according to the Associated Press.

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Will NACE Make a Comeback? by Gary Ledoux

For years, the National (then later the International) Autobody Congress and Exposition, better known simply as NACE, later combined with the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service, better known simply as CARS, had been the premier trade show for the collision industry. Driven by its sponsoring organization, the Automotive Service Association (ASA) the NACE show saw terrific growth in its early years, then fell into a long decline. For 2019, there will be no NACE show. So what happened? Founding and Growth Sponsored by the then-premier automotive repair organizations of their time, the Independent Automotive Service Association and the Automotive Service Councils, the first NACE show was held in November, 1983 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Prior to this time there had been a number of small, regional shows sponsored by local


autobody associations but this was the first show of its type on a national scale. The first show proved popular and exceeded expectations. NACE came along at precisely the right time in the evolution of the industry. In the summer of 1983, a spot survey of shops conducted by the trade media asked how many had attended a national or local trade show. Close to eighty percent had recently been to a trade show and over ninety percent had been in the past two years. Those that did attend said they wanted to look at the latest equipment and keep up on repair techniques and trends. Those that didn’t attend claimed there were no shows in their area, or they just didn’t have time to go—being so busy just to stay afloat. The first show saw 171 exhibitor booths and about 1,500 attendees. Reaching Its Peak In the early 80’s, shops were on a buying frenzy, securing new equipment to work on the new unibody cars and a trade show was the ideal

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place to see the equipment, talk with manufacturer reps, and network with other shop owners. Only two years later, in 1985, NACE attendees exceeded 4,000. In 1986, attendance exceeded 6,200 and by 1988, attendance broke 10,000. The last show of the decade saw over 15,000 attendees. The period of the 1980’s has been called an “awakening” of the industry where not only were shop owners interested in new equipment and technology—they wanted to know how to run a better, more profitable shop and NACE was leading the way. By now the show had over 400 exhibitors and all the training and seminar sessions were sold out. The 90’s saw continued grown with over 23,000 attendees in 1993. But by 1998, the party was over. The 1997 show held in Las Vegas saw almost 3,000 exhibitors and over 41,000 attendees. But exhibitors began to realize that the money they spent on lavish parties and “corporate entertainment” could be better spent on training seminars or other

initiatives that were more beneficial to the customer and the sponsoring company. From this point, the show saw a steady decline and the last two years only saw around 5,000 attendees per show.

NACE In Decline Over the years, several industry leaders have offered various reasons for NACE’s decline. It is quite probable that no one element was responsible, but a number of them mixed together in a toxic brew that combined over the years. A few include:

Political Differences – At one time, the NACE and SEMA shows were held at the same time (or overlapping days) in Las Vegas. An attendee could buy one plane ticket to Vegas, see both shows over the course of three or four days, have a good time, and optimize their travel budget. When NACE and SEMA separated, it disappointed both attendees and exhibitors. Environment – the equipment-

buying frenzy of the 1980’s was over and the next “technology wave” including aluminum, ADAS systems, etc. had not yet hit.

Technology – With the advent and proliferation of the internet and industry communications, it was no longer necessary to travel to a trade show to see the latest equipment or network with other shop owners or industry people. Mis-Steps – On more than one occasion, exhibitors met with NACE management calling for reduced costs on floor space and amenities and/or more attendees. Exhibitors wanted “something different” to attract more people although they were not sure what “different” looked like. But each year, the show followed the same pattern. It seemed to exhibitors that show management either did not listen to the exhibitors, did not care, or simply did not know what to do. Exhibitors lamented that the show no longer “penciled out” – it no longer made sense to spend such a large amount of money to see a dwindling number of attendees.

Enter Automechanika Automechanika is known around the world as a premier producer of automotive-related shows holding events in such places as Dubai, Buenos Aries, Frankfurt, Istanbul, and Madrid to name a few. The shows purportedly are huge, eclipsing even SEMA/AAPEX, the largest automotive show in the US. On their entry into the US market, Messe Frankfurt President and CEO Dennis Smith noted, “We were asked by several leaders in the mechanical side of the business to bridge the relationship between manufacturers and shop owners—to have a show that addressed shop owners and was not a distributor show.” To that end, Messe Frankfurt joined forces with AdvanStar Communications and the first Automechanika show was held in Chicago in 2015, sans the NACE component. “There were some mis-steps, problems with conflicting dates with other industry events, and we learned a lot from that show,” said Messe Frankfurt’s Smith. For their next step, Messe Frankfurt joined in discussions with

ASA management. No doubt, in an effort to boost show attendance and enhance the attendee experience, NACE and Automchanika joined forces for a combined show, first in Chicago in 2017 and again in Atlanta in 2018. Based on a December 2018 interview with Messe Frankfurt’s Smith, the majority of exhibitors attracted by Automechanika for the 2017 and 2018 shows were there for the purpose of branding their mechanical-oriented products to let the industry know they were available at their local supplier/jobber. However, other exhibitors brought in by Automechanika were looking for US distributors to carry their foreign-made, mechanical-oriented products. Some show attendees and long-time, traditional exhibitors were confused. Others were disappointed. Despite the combined efforts of ASA and Messe Frankfurt, and the introduction of a new show management company in 2014 (Stone Fort replacing longstanding Hanley-Wood), things didn’t improve. 2018 Show IN Atlanta

Soliciting, via social media, comments from those who attended the last NACE show held in Atlanta in 2018, one manager with one of the larger MSO’s noted, “It was pretty bleak. There were maybe 75% less exhibitors in Atlanta than there were the year before in Chicago. Many of the top vendors weren’t there, opting to hold off until SEMA and a larger audience. NACE has become a minor-league player.” Again using social media, the 2018 NACE attendees were asked what they thought was the issue killing NACE, one equipment executive noted simply, “SEMA.” He went on, “The paint companies have pulled out of NACE, as have many of the larger supplier companies. Even 3M pulled out. The OE’s are largely gone. Some vendors had large booths but most of them are gone. There is no reason for the average shop to attended NACE anymore.” Other Shows Flourish NACEs decline was brought about for a number of different reasons as mentioned above, but not because See NACE, Page 20

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the industry did not need a show. It needed a show that was more relevant, a show that catered more to its constituents. The Specialty Equipment Market Association, better known as SEMA, had for years been the domain of the “go-fast, sound-loud, glistening-chrome” crowd. Its annual shows, which had grown to tens of thousands of people, dedicated a very small section to the collision repair industry only because it was such a “close cousin” to the hot-rod building community. In 2010, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) began to change that sponsoring the first Repairer Driven Education series. It was a 2-day event which expanded to 4-days the following year. In 2010 SCRS sponsored 24 total speakers. In 2018 SCRS sponsored 61 subject matter experts. Over the next few years, SCRS not only increased the education opportunities to shops but also increased their physical pres-


ence which led to more collision exhibitors joining the show. In 2010, the collision section of SEMA occupied only a small section of the Las Vegas Convention center’s North Hall. The 2018 show saw the collision section covering half the North Hall and a large area of the newlyadded exhibit space in the Westgate Hotel. In 2017 and 2018, an estimated 10,000 collision-oriented attendees visited the collision area of SEMA, double the amount that visited NACE. Meanwhile, on the east coast, a regional trade show called the Northeast Automotive Services Show (later shortened to the Northeast Trade Show or NETS) presently held at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, NJ had been around since the late 70’s. As a regional show sponsored by the New Jersey Autobody Association and later by AASP/NJ it drew a respectable crowd from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and vicinity. The NETS only advertised within their immediate area and the show remained robust, but small. More prodigious growth would not

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come until 2014 when American Honda, and other OE’s began to support this growing show. NETS completely sold out of space in 2014 – and each succeeding year. While NACE catered more to the executives of the industry, the NETS addressed the shop owners and technicians holding the show on a Friday night, Saturday and Sunday – time when most shop owners and techs were not on their production floor. In 2017, the NETS doubled in size and began a more concerted effort for training in cooperation with the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA). The NETS had offered training and various seminars before but WMABA brought things to the next level. New and Improved for 2020 After a dismal showing in Atlanta in 2018, it looked like NACE was doomed to extinction. Long-time exhibitors were gone, OE’s and paint companies - the anchors of the show were largely gone. It was not unlike a huge shopping mall with the anchor stores shuttered. It seemed

everyone stopped caring, and abandoned what had been the jewel of the industry. ASA and Messe Frankfurt officials knew changes had to be made. “We need to hit the reset button,” said Messe Frankfurt’s Smith in a recent interview. “And we need time to do that. So we’ll take a break for 2019, and come back in 2020 with a whole new concept. We need to meet the needs of the traditional attendees. We have some ideas on how to do that. But we’re going to build our concept, then run it by some industry leaders to see what they think.” When asked if they will concentrate solely on the collision side of the business or engage more on the mechanical side, Smith said, “We will have a balance. There is a growing importance for the mechanical side of things in the collision business. Many shops perform their own mechanical repairs. Shops will have to perform an increasing amount of vehicle diagnostic scans and re-calibrations. That will require mechanical tools and training.” Calls to ASA for comment about the

2020 show went unreturned. After so many years of decline and neglect, revitalizing NACE will be a real challenge. One is reminded of the chicken and the egg conundrum. Many exhibitors will no doubt want to stand on the sidelines to see if things improve before they dedicate any more time or effort to another industry show. On the other hand, an industry show will need some big-name, anchor exhibitors to start attracting other smaller exhibitors, and more importantly show attendees. Time will tell. See you in 2020. Note: The Automotive Service Association has announced that the 8th Annual MSO Symposium and Technology Telematics Forum (TTF), which would ordinarily be held in conjunction with the NACE Show, will instead be held in 2019 in conjunction with the Collision Industry Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., July 24–25, 2019.


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aftermarket parts. Just a couple of days later, Hansen headed back to the shop to retrieve his prized possession. All seemed normal up until this point. Moments later, “the phone at the shop rang, and the news was, ‘Hey, we don’t really know how to tell you this, but your car was just in an accident around the corner from the shop,’ and I was like, ‘Is this a joke?’” Hansen said to WESH 2 News. “Accidents happen,” thought Hansen as he heard the news. After all, the employee was at fault for crashing into an oncoming car after making an illegal U-turn. He even received a ticket at the scene of the accident. Hansen’s universe shattered again moments later when he came to the realization that some paperwork that he’d signed prior to leaving the car at Titan Motorsports absolved the body shop of any liability if something happened to the car while it was in its care.

“It was, ‘Hey, you know, you have insurance for your car, and you should open up a claim under your policy,’ and that really didn’t make sense to me,” Hansen said. Apparently, Titan actually refused to send Hansen’s insurance company its insurance information, as “our terms and conditions clearly state who’s responsible for the damage,” according to Nero Deliwala, the owner of Titan Motorsports. A judge who was asked about the matter by WESH 2 News argued that the body shop wasn’t in the wrong. “The auto body shop can make the argument that they are not responsible to pay for those damages. Which really brings us to a consumer beware. Before you leave something at an auto body shop, be sure you know what you’re signing away,” the attorney said. Hansen’s view is that since the body shop’s employee was found at fault for the crash, the contract he signed should be considered null and void. According to information found on freeadvice.com, the body shop’s insurance policy pays for damages

unless the event that led to the car being damaged wasn’t random and impossible to predict by the staff. There’s also another scenario where the body shop is exempt from paying a dime, and that’s where Hansen’s story falls. It’s all about what you sign, and if you sign a hold harmless agreement, what you’re basically saying is that “you will not hold the auto repair shop liable for anything that happens to your car while it is there. Once signed, a hold harmless agreement, which can be as small as one or two sentences in fine print found at the bottom of a repair agreement, releases the auto repair shop from any liability.” For a court case against a reluctant body shop to stand, you must be able to prove that you didn’t sign the kind of agreement that Hansen did. So, in other words, his chances are slim at best. Let this be a warning to all of you out there who hush through paperwork without giving everything a second look. We thank TopSpeed for reprint permission.

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Deer Crossing: Watch Out for Deer While You Drive in VA by Leif Greiss, Bristol Herald Courier

It’s that time of year—deer mating season, which means movement of the animals has increased across the country, and drivers need to be extra careful.

$1 billion in vehicle damage, according to the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The average insurance claim is $4,000, and deer collisions are typically covered under comprehensive or other-than-collision portions of car insurance plans.

Tips to prevent deer-related accidents: • Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn, when animals are more active.

• If you see one deer, be prepared for more to cross the road. • Use your high beams except when there is oncoming traffic. • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which can result in a more severe crash.

• Pay attention to deer crossing signs. A sign near a blind curve in Blountville warns drivers about the possibility of deer being in the road. Credit: Andre Teague, Bristol Herald Courier

Most collisions with deer occur in October, November and December, with November typically being the worst month for drivers. Data from Virginia’s Traffic Records Electronic Data System shows that per year, more than half of all deer-involved collisions occur during those three months. Data from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reveals similar rates of collisions involving deer during those months. According to State Farm in Virginia, the chances of a driver hitting a deer are 1 in 99, the 12th-highest in the country. Drivers in Tennessee are at a somewhat lower risk at a 1 in 173 chance. So far this year, Virginia’s Traffic Records Electronic Data System shows there have been seven deer-involved crashes in Bristol, VA, and 51 in Washington County. In 2017, there were 23 crashes involving deer in Bristol, with nine occurring in November, while there were 90 overall in Washington County, with 24 in November. Three of those resulted in injuries. Across the state in 2017, there were four fatalities resulting from crashes with deer, while there has been one fatality so far in 2018. Similar data requested by the Bristol Herald Courier from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security was not received. Per year, deer collisions result in 22

Depending on the collision, drivers with insurance that doesn’t cover damage from deer collisions may have to fork over a decent chunk of change. Kevin Barb, the body shop manager at Bill Gatton Collision Repair Center in Bristol, VA, said repairs for deer collisions can range from $200 to $5,000 or more. “It all depends on what happens when it gets hit,” Barb said. “Sometimes, they get hit and just glide off the bumper or hood; other times they might break sensors behind the bumper, and then there are costs involved with diagnostics, labor and replacement.” However, overall, it appears that the number of deer-involved collisions has slightly decreased nationally, despite more licensed drivers on the road. According to State Farm, it’s estimated that deer, elk, moose and caribou collisions dropped to 1.33 million in the U.S. between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, which is down from 1.34 million in 2017. Of note for anyone who doesn’t mind road vittles: In Virginia, according to the state code, anyone who hits and kills a deer or bear can keep the animal as long as he or she gets it inspected by a conservation police officer or other law enforcement officer. In Tennessee, anyone who hits a deer can keep it only if they contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency or a law enforcement official within 48 hours and give their name and address.

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• Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not effective. •

Always wear a seat belt.

Sources: The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance; State Farm Tips if you get into a collision:

Stay calm.

• If possible, move your vehicle to a safe place like the side of the road, and turn on your four-way lights.

• Call the police if the deer is blocking traffic and creating a threat for other drivers. If the collision results in injury or property damage, you may need to fill out an official report.

• Stay away from the animal. A frightened, wounded deer could harm you with its legs and hooves. • Document the incident. If it’s safe to do so, take photographs of the road, your surroundings, damage to your vehicle and any injuries you or your passengers sustained.

Sources: The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance; State Farm We thank Bristol Herald Courier for reprint permission.

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Media and Publicity for Shops with Ed Attanasio

3 Shop-Friendly New Marketing Ideas for 2019 So, you’ve tried it all: conventional advertising, email marketing, digital advertising—maybe you even bought a billboard or hired a plane to write your name in the sky. Now it’s time for you to devise another plan to re-energize your efforts while embracing the ever-changing technology within the world of digital marketing. I always tell body shops to work in threes because I’ve seen positive results from doing it that way. Marketing is a huge universe that can overwhelm you quickly, so doing things in handfuls rather than armfuls keeps your marketing focused and targeted.

Vlogs A vlog is a blog that contains primarily video content and represents a small but rapidly growing segment of the blogosphere. Some shops that

have been blogging for years have included video content from day one, but most of them are just joining the vlogosphere now. Vlogging is becoming more popular as equipment becomes more affordable and editing becomes easier with a wide range of user-friendly software programs that you and I can use without being a techie. Both Yahoo! and Google now feature large video sections and many MP3 players support video, so you can create and post vlogs within minutes. Anyone with a video-capable camera and a computer with a highspeed connection can create vlogs to publish and distribute online. Many vloggers use their personal devices in the paint booth or out on the shop floor, for instance, and post content without any editing, in most cases. Painters and body technicians have been using vlogs for quite

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco, California. He can be reached at era39@aol.com.

some time now with great success. If you check out YouTube, you’ll see that The Gunman, Refinish Network, Motivated Painters and Donnie Smith are extremely popular YouTube Channels that get a ton of traffic. The ones that seem to be viewed the most are 2–3 minutes in length, direct and focused on one particular subject rather than several topics. People have short attention spans because they’re bombarded by media all day long, so the best advice is to create vlogs that are simple and to the point. Gabriel Merino, a painter and the creator of Motivated Painters, started out with one simple video that he produced on his cell phone back in mid-2016. Since then, painters from 128 different countries have flocked to his YouTube channel. He first began producing videos with his Android phone and then with a GoPro

camera, he said. “I started to make videos showing the struggles I was having with painting and techniques,” he said. “I was shocked that even one person would watch my first video at first. I didn’t have a clue about how to do it, and the video is terrible, but it’s still up on YouTube. After a while, I got better at it and the production values improved. Our viewers are shocked because they think that we used expensive video equipment and sophisticated editing programs to make them. The technology is easy to attain, and you don’t need to be a videographer or a film editor to do vlogs that look great.” Online Advertising Online advertising has gained popularity among more and more shops throughout the past few years because it’s an ideal outlet to reach

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their target audience quickly and cost-effectively. Shops of all sizes want to reach out to their prospective customers by promoting and advertising their businesses using Google AdWords, Yelp, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and StumbleUpon, among others. Because the number of people using the Internet increases every day, shops utilizing online advertising are tapping into an emerging medium, as opposed to TV, radio and direct mail, which are losing users daily. By taking advantage of online advertising, small businesses such as body shops have the opportunity to describe their services in a detailed manner that educates the customer and hopefully makes their decision easier. By using technology that is easy to acquire without having to be a computer guru, online advertising is financially sensible for many shops. Online ads can be monitored easily from your computer, personal device or cell phone, which helps you analyze how your advertisement is performing quickly. Shops can interact with users easily on the Internet through websites, blogs and social

media to build confidence and trust. One of the best things about online advertising is the fact that you can pay as you go conveniently and easily while managing your budget with just the click of a mouse. You also can see rather quickly whether or not it is working for you. Angel Iraola, owner of Net Business Consulting & Solutions in Santa Rosa, CA, has seen online advertising campaigns that have garnered excellent results for many of his clients. “Online advertising helps drive potential customers to your website, which is always the goal,” he said. “It is an ideal medium for body shops that want to reach their target audience quickly without spending an arm and a leg. We sit down with each client and target their specific area because we’ve learned over the years that people will only travel 3– 4 miles to get any product or service, including collision repair.”

though you tried everything you could to placate them. It’s not the end of the world, so don’t fret quite yet. First off, if the review violates guidelines, you can report it and have it removed like a wart. If it’s a case of a disgruntled customer and you’re aware of the situation, you should respond promptly. Many shops let a bad review sit there for weeks or months in some cases, and that’s never a good idea. You should always privately email each reviewer, whether good or bad. Unfortunately, as part of a built-in spam prevention tool, you are allowed to send only one email to each reviewer until that reviewer responds. Reviewers can also block a shop from emailing them, so be prepared for that if it transpires. Sometimes it’s better to hire an objective third-party to ask an angry

customer to take down their bad review or add a few stars after rectifying the situation. Beware—never sign on using a fake name to post a review or comment on your own Yelp page. You could risk your shop’s reputation by posting 5-star reviews about you and your crew or by replying angrily to negative ones on your page. One day, a shop owner I interviewed saw a bad review and was ready to blast the customer online before I told him to relax and take a deep breath. The next day, he contacted the disgruntled individual and was able to turn it into a positive experience by simply showing him that he cared. Even an unhappy customer is reasonable when approached in a compassionate and honest way, so always reach out to everyone who offers you a review, whether good or bad.

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NCACAR Meets With NCDOI to Discuss Alternative Parts On Nov. 7, several North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) board members conducted an off-site presentation with representatives of the North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI) task force as part of a collaboration between the two groups to enhance knowledge of several main issues impacting the state’s motoring public.

According to NCACAR President Brian Davies, “These issues included differences in part types and how these parts can affect safety, but we are also working to gain a better understanding of telematics as it relates to new vehicle technology and customer communication.”

operational hurdles faced by the consumer and the shops when choosing alternative part types,” Davies shared. “The vehicle I chose for this presentation was a 2018 Honda Civic because of its commonality and readily available parts e.g. new and used (LKQ), both certified and non-certified. “The parts were organized and marked green for OEM and red for aftermarket throughout the paint department on tables, stands and the floor. All the new parts were marked for visual differences, weight and harness testing (when available). The used quarter panel, door and suspension were purchased to illustrate safety issues when OEM repair procedures are not followed, such as not duplicating factory-type welds, unknown origins and not tracing recall information, along with the obvious visual poor condition of the part itself.” NCACAR is especially thankful to Burl Richards of the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) for kindly mailing his hardness tester for use during the presentation. Chris Smith, production manager for Davies’ shop, aided in performing the tests and marking and organizing the parts.

Chris Smith used the hardness tester during NCACAR’s presentation to the NCDOI

Additional NCACAR members who attended the presentation included NCACAR Secretary Clint Rogers and OEM Certifications Advisor Michael Bradshaw, along with Robbie Walker and Dennis Reittinger. Rogers hosted the meeting at Triangle Collision, outside Raleigh, NC. The two-hour presentation was divided into four sections: parts review, parts comparisons, Honda video, and a telematics discussion. “Our main goal was to demonstrate for the representatives of the DOI the safety issues by enabling them to see, feel and compare part differences first-hand, which in turn helped in gaining knowledge of the 26

NCACAR demonstrated the difference in the weight and hardness of OEM and aftermarket rear reinforcement

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front bumper, front reinforcement (AL), rear reinforcement steel, rear bumper cover, left front headlamp, upper front bumper stiffener, hood, radiator support, fender, radiator,

ite), a NSF fender, a non-certified fender, radiator and condenser, as well as a used door, a used quarter panel and a used (LKQ) knee assembly.

condenser, left front door, left quarter panel, left control arm, left strut, left knuckle, left hub and bearing. Alternative parts tested, compared or used included the following aftermarket parts: bumper, front reinforcement, reinforcement steel, headlamp, front stiffener, hood, radiator support (both steel and compos-

The table below provides a sample of the tests performed and lists the weight and hardness as measured with three consecutive impacts to the same spot per the hardness tester procedure: GYSTEEL model ST 1200. Davies explained, “It’s obvious See NCACAR Meets, Page 39

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and engagement increase in 2019. There are just a few carrying the flag for many here in North Carolina. Our purposes and initiatives are solid, but we will need a greater presence (through numbers) to achieve our well-intentioned goals.” Jess Crump, vice president of Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC), shared, “I hope to see 2019 bring more new members, familiar faces, students and young technicians, and of course, more events where we can reach people. I also hope we can discuss the possibility of setting up a scholarship program in our future.” For Bob Pulverenti, executive director of the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC), the goal for 2019 is to “find a way to increase attendance at local chapter meetings. The more people we can get to come out and network with each another and vendors, the better it is for the industry.” AASP/MA’s New Year’s resolu-


tion is “increasing membership with a focus on educating the consumers in Massachusetts as to their rights in the repair process, which is critical to our continued movement towards success,” according to Executive Director Lucky Papageorg. Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg hopes to bring more value to member businesses in 2019.

has the potential to impact people’s lives in very meaningful ways. We are building solutions to let our members leverage the collective buying power of the association membership to offer more comprehensive benefits while lowering costs. The programs will provide access to more competitively priced, quality healthcare plans from major carriers that allow small businesses to offer best-in-class benefits (including medical, dental,

The association’s goal, he shared, is “to help our member businesses do more to support the health and quality of life of their employees. We believe small businesses deserve better—better benefits, better healthcare and certainly better costs. 2019 is going to welcome the launch of the SCRS Benefits Marketplace, a group health benefits program exclusively for SCRS members. We are really excited about this program because it

vision, voluntary life, short-term and long-term disability, HSAs and much more). It is something that has resonated exceptionally well with the industry in our pre-rollout surveys. “Aside from healthcare, we also intend to launch industry-first retirement solutions for employers looking for ways to offer their employees retirement benefits while reducing the administrative burden and mitigating the fiduciary risk and respon-

“There is strength in numbers, and we all need to come together and educate each other to better our industry,” — Jerry McNee

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sibilities.” ASA-CO hopes to re-engage members to better focus on legislative initiatives. “We will focus on re-establishing the importance of what ASA does for the automotive community as a whole with an eye on re-engaging our membership to help it grow. It is true that ASA-CO became complacent over the years and seemed to have lost touch with its base, and we aim to change that for the betterment of our industry,” shared Brad Pellman, chair of ASA-CO. “ASA is our voice in Washington that ensures that we may continue to have all the service and repair data available on an ongoing basis. This protects us and our industry nationwide with the right to repair.” ASA Northwest has similar designs. “One of ASA Northwest’s New Year’s resolutions is to work on legislation for the Don’t Drip and Drive program through the state of Washington and the Department of Ecology. We have been working on the Don’t Drip and Drive program since 2011 in the Puget Sound region. With

the upcoming 2019 year, ASA Northwest is looking forward to helping expand the program statewide,” noted Jeff Lovell, president and executive director of ASA Northwest. Lovell also hopes to expand the association’s educational offerings in 2019. “ATE (Automotive Training Expo) was designed by ASA Northwest to educate and train the automotive industry,” he said. “This program has provided our educators (near and far) with exceptional training that they are unable to get elsewhere. Due to the high demand for automotive training, ASA Northwest will be adding an additional training opportunity in Spokane called ATE – EAST, which will be held Oct. 4–5, 2019.” ASA Northwest Chairman of the Board Butch Jobst added his desire to “fully implement an educational coalition to bring our industry to both our region’s educators and the public in general. The complexity of our industry is mostly unknown by our education system and much of the general population.” Ricki Garrett, executive direc-

tor of the Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA), said, “Our goals for the new year include having more training opportunities for our members and making the SARC Conference the best collision repair conference ever.” ASA-MI President Ray Fisher sees 2019 as a year when consumer education can and should expand to new heights. He said the association plans on “emphasizing the importance of awareness, communication and education to our internal and external customers. As vehicles with various levels of automation and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) increase in our vehicle population, it is our duty as professionals to inform the consumer and public the procedures necessary to fix these vehicles properly so that their systems once again work properly. Awareness, communication and education are paramount in 2019, and going forward, it must be a part of every estimator, manager and owner’s job description! “Reimbursement for proper repairs should not be denied, feared or ignored, but rather welcomed. As an

industry of professionals, we cannot overlook the procedures necessary to fix the vehicle to pre-loss condition—there are millions of American families counting on us to do our job as an expert! Predictions are that severity will increase, but initial studies of these systems also show that double digit decreases in bodily injury and accident frequency are occurring. We must understand that that is where the savings will take place to offset, not omitting a procedure, which could have catastrophic results.” Burl Richards, president of the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT), provided an inspirational thought for industry unity: “Share, share, share information with everyone in the collision industry, as your successes will help others know that they are not ‘the only ones asking.’” AASP/NJ President Jerry McNee agreed. “There is strength in numbers, and we all need to come together and educate each other to better our industry,” he said. With these association leaders leading the charge for 2019, the industry is in for another year of progress and inspiration. Happy New Year!

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In Reverse with Gary Ledoux

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The 1960s – Associations, Leaders and Poor Management Anyone who lived through the 1960s knows what a turbulent time it was politically, socially and culturally. There were some profound changes in the collision repair trade as well. Born in the mid-1940s, the industry was starting to “come of age.” Unlike today in the 21st century, when industry metrics are plentiful and easy to find, it was difficult to find accurate numbers on anything in the 1960s. The number of shops had been growing almost unabated since 1946. By 1969, there were an estimated 75,000 body shops in the country, but nobody had a figure on their size in terms of either square footage or number of employees. Earnest Rowe, then marketing service manager for DuPont Automotive Refinish Division, surmised that despite the great number of shops, most were very small operations, and most overworked. The universe of shops consisted of independents and a few dealer-owned shops, and none of them had to go begging for work. Back then, the average hourly labor rate for collision repair was $4.50 to $5.50 per hour. In a trade magazine article, a shop owner noted labor rates had only gone from $4 to $5 per hour in 1951 to $4.50 to $5.50 per hour in 1963. Yet, insurance company adjuster salaries had gone from $225 per month to $450 per month. He questioned why labor rates had been frozen for so long. Another unidentified shop owner was quoted as saying, “…problems have existed in this business for a long time. We have been talking about them, but what the heck are we doing to correct them!” Part of the change that the collision industry experienced in the ‘60s was the almost simultaneous emergence of three key elements. The first was the evolution and proliferation of auto body associations. Smart shop owners saw the industry becoming more complicated and knew that they had to band together. The second was emerging leaders. With any organization, espe-


cially those operated by volunteers, leaders eventually emerge. And thus, certain people within the industry began to stand out and assume leadership roles, bringing elements of the industry together. And last, but certainly not least, was the advent of the nationally distributed collision industry trade magazine so the leaders could have a voice and shops would know what was going on. Soon, leaders and those willing to support them would have an answer for the shop owner who asked, “…what the heck are we doing to correct the industry’s issues?” One of the earliest industry leaders to begin suggesting industry solutions was Art Fox, president of the Independent Garage Owners Association (IGOA). He began calling for more oversight of auto body shops, suggesting that all shops be licensed on a nationwide basis to ensure competent repairs. He noted that barbers in his home state of Iowa were subject to more legal oversight than the technicians who worked on cars were. But the emergence of industry associations and leaders had a dark side. An article appearing in a 1969 trade journal provided one long-time shop owner’s vision of the collision business over the past 20 years. He noted that during the period from 1959–1964, as the collision associations began to emerge, insurance companies began to see them as a threat and refused to do business with shops that were part of an association or displayed an association emblem on their shop. Some associations were able to put the spotlight on labor rates, and the rates went up slightly in the local area. However, parts discounts to insurers got out of hand, and despite the increased labor rates, shops lost money on parts and many began to go bankrupt. It is also assumed that those same shops were not run well financially to begin with and the parts discounts were the “last straw.” It was also difficult, if not impossible, to recover costs for paint and supplies.

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Despite the bankruptcies, more shops opened up. To compete with the established shops, they not only offered parts discounts, but also kept the labor rate artificially low. Things got bad—and then got worse for many. According to the veteran shop owner writing the 1969 article, to stay in business, he borrowed $50,000 to stay afloat, not knowing how he would pay it back. From 1964—1969, trade associations became stronger and insurance companies began to accept and even work with the associations to make the industry better. But things did not get better for all shop owners. Many were poor businessmen and could not control their own businesses or finances. Technicians left for better working conditions. Owners suffered. Despite the best efforts of emerging industry leaders and organizations, another hallmark of the industry in the 1960s was an undercurrent of unrest. It seems owning a body shop during this period was politically tough. The shops fought with the OEs, insurance companies and one another. They had what seemed like a multitude of small local auto body associations that didn’t always work together. Shop owners were looking for answers. The business, as it was in the 1960s, was simply not sustainable. In the post-WWII economic boom, car sales skyrocketed—as did the number of collision and mechanical shops to serve them. This created a lot of competition between shops, which spawned a rather odd phenomenon—the super-cheap service. On the collision side, it was the $29.95 paint job. The concept undoubtedly attracted some work to the shop, but many shop owners thought that the concept was illegitimate and gave consumers a poor impression of the industry. Harry Wright, president of the IGOA, railed against those shops, both mechanical and collision. He purported that shops were promising ridiculously inexpensive jobs, only to either turn around and charge the customer two to three times as

much or do virtually nothing for the cheap, agreed-upon price. He noted that garages that continue this practice continue to “denigrate the automotive repair business and put the industry in a negative light.” The IGOA and other associations continued to fight this wherever and whenever possible. The 1960s also saw the increasing involvement of insurance companies, spawning another trend that continues today to a certain degree—the shop owner who “has had enough” and gotten out of the business. Stories like this one started to pop up all over the collision trade magazines: “After running a threeman body shop for over 25 years, Linwood King of Raleigh, North Carolina was tired of the insurance companies harassing him for parts discounts, asking him to lower his labor rate, asking him to cut corners and driving customers from his shop. Rather than fight anymore, King stopped doing body work as his main source of business and stopped dealing with insurance companies. Instead, he turned to mostly mechanical work with some small body jobs on the side—small enough that they were customer-pay and did not involve an insurance company. All work was done for cash, on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.” Most had a similar story—it was tough to get started at first. But after things evened out, the shop typically had a smaller volume of business but made more money with less stress, and the owner could sleep at night. Throughout the ‘60s, industry leaders called for shop owners to clean up their businesses and make them more pleasant and aesthetically pleasing to customers, as well as workers. Many owners stepped up and modernized their shops, bringing them out of the ‘60s and onto the edge of the 1970s.


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From the Desk of Mike Anderson with Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson is the president and owner of Collision Advice, a consulting company for the auto body/collision repair industry. For nearly 25 years, he was the owner of Wagonwork Collision Center, an OEM-certified, full-service auto body repair facility in Alexandria, VA.

A Reasonable Price for a Vehicle Scan Depends on What You’re Including I get asked quite regularly by both shops and insurers, “What is a reasonable charge for a vehicle scan?” Our “Who Pays for What?” surveys have found there’s not much consistency for what collision repair-

house charge a flat fee. Just over 40 percent charge up to one labor hour at a mechanical labor rate. But the remaining 35 percent of shops conducting scanning in-house were all over the map. There was similar variety in

Up to one hour of mechanical labor is the single most common charge among shops for conducting a vehicle scan in-house, according to a 2018 “Who Pays for What?” survey, but almost 70 percent of the industry uses a different pricing methodology

whether and how shops bill for their labor—such as hooking up the vehicle—when they use a remote scan-

ers charge. In 2018, of about 1,000 shops responding to the survey, about 1 in 4 of those who perform scans in-

ning service. So whenever I get asked, “What’s a fair and reasonable charge for scanning?” I just say it depends on what steps you’re including as part of that charge. I’ve been asking people in my classes to write down all the steps involved in scanning. Only a handful of people are able to list all the steps. Think about it:

labor time included or do you lineitem it separately?

• You have to gain access to the vehicle battery. Depending on where

• You may have to allow the vehicle to get to operating temperature. This might not often be an issue in Southern California or other warm

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• Only then can you locate the port and hook up your scan tool to perform the output or functionality test. How long that test takes, to send a signal out to all the different modules and determine if any diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) have been set,

only indicate how many key cycles have occurred since the DTCs were set. Either way, this data helps determine if the DTCs were related either to the accident or (for post-repair scans) the repair process. • Then you have to record any DTCs. There may be only a few. I re-

that process a little easier, but most do not. For each DTC, you can generally find a flow chart to help you determine which one of potentially several causes led to the DTC. You have to diagnose which is most likely and then narrow that down.

• Once all that work is done, you generally need to test drive the vehicle. More and more automakers have very specific test drive requirements. • After that, you may need to conduct another scan to ensure the DTCs have been cleared and have not reoccurred.

What shops charge for their labor when using a remote scanning service, such as asTech or AirPro Diagnostics, also varies widely according to a 2018 “Who Pays for What?” survey

can vary by make and model, how many modules the vehicle has, etc.

• Next, you have to record the “freeze-frame” or “snapshot” data. Some vehicles indicate the exact date, time and vehicle mileage when any DTCs have been set. Others may

cently saw a vehicle scan that showed 57 DTCs. There could be more than 100. • Next, you have to research what caused each of those DTCs. Some OEM scan tools integrate with the OEM repair procedures, which makes

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So a vehicle scan is a lot more than just hooking up a scan tool. Knowing what is a reasonable charge requires knowing which of the above steps you’ll be including. I can’t tell you what to charge. But given that some of the steps can vary widely from vehicle to vehicle, I think the fair thing is to include the basics in your base charge for scanning—pulling the vehicle in, letting it get up to operating temperature, hooking up the scan tool and record-

ing the DTCs. I think it’s also fair to then lineitem the related procedures that vary more widely vehicle to vehicle. Certainly the diagnostic time required to trouble-shoot all the DTCs varies based on the number and complexity of those codes. I don’t see how that can be included in a basic scan charge rather than being itemized out based on how much time is required for each particular vehicle. I think the industry should move away from a simple set charge for every scan. Instead, I’d suggest defining what’s included in the base charge and then adding line items for the diagnostic work and other variables.

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Tips for Busy Body Shops with Stacey Phillips

Stacey Phillips is a freelance writer and editor for the automotive industry. She has 20 years of experience writing for a variety of publications, and is co-author of “The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops.” She can be reached at sphillips.autobodynews@gmail.com.

How to Prepare and Negotiate Better Deals With Industry Partners With the collision repair industry in- purchase they had made. When it creasingly becoming more competi- comes to personal expenses, such as tive and margins getting thinner, it’s buying a house or a car, he said it’s more important than ever to negoti- typical to conduct research and make ate better deals with industry part- price comparisons. However, many ners, according to Eric Newell. times shops are unprepared when neNewell, the market area man- gotiating large business purchases, ager for asTech, recently shared tips such as a frame machine or spray on how to prepare for negotiations booth. with industry partners during the SoNewell said that it is an acquired ciety of Collision Repair Specialists skill and sets the tone for the entire Repairer Driven Education Series process. “I can guarantee that your held at the SEMA Show in counterpart or negotiating Las Vegas, NV. party is also preparing,” he “Preparation is invalusaid. able,” said Newell. “If you Newell shared a 2014 haven’t done the work bequote from Yannick Feder, fore you get to the table, it’s an experience purchasing exgoing to prove very difficult ecutive: “More than 80 perto be successful and have an Eric Newell, market cent of the negotiations are area manager outcome that leads to more done without an underlying for asTech profitability for both parties method and often end in involved.” sub-optimal results or worse, a staleNewell offered advice based on mate.” his experience over the years work“That means that 80 percent of ing as the chief operating officer the time, people show up at the table (COO) for a six-shop MSO in North- with no clue as to how they are going west Indiana prior to joining asTech. to reach their target,” explained He was also involved in the firefight- Newell. “That’s when you start neers’ union in Indiana for nearly a gotiating out of emotion. When you decade as well as the union’s negoti- negotiate out of emotion, you’ve lost ating team. before you even walk in the door.”

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“Be prepared to walk away. Many people feel that if you walk away from a negotiation, you’ve lost, and that’s typically not the case. You’re making an intelligent business decision. If you walk into a negotiation, you shouldn’t come out worse off than you were before.”

the way that we can communicate what we’re looking for, I think we would yield better results.”

As business owners, some type of negotiation is taking place every day, whether it’s with vendors, customers, insurance companies, technicians/employees, the landlord or the bank. There needs to be value added on both sides of the table, according to Newell, otherwise it will never work. “Negotiations can be difficult,” said Newell. “If we could improve

the negotiating process. The “lead” is the primary negotiator and main contact between both parties. Then there is the “support” team that can assist with information-gathering and be part of a committee and/or board to ensure everyone is aligned. “Do not have too many cooks in the kitchen or it can convolute the process; you’ll run into problems and the message often gets diluted,”

Taking Steps to Prepare Newell said the first step is to establish a team composed of everyone in the organization who is involved in

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7. Lust - Don’t look desperate to settle. “Through that experience, I was able to equate a lot of things that the unions did—because they are very good and strategic at negotiating— and convert it to our industry,” he said. During his presentation, Newell asked collision repairers and insurers if they recalled the last significant 36

Newell advised attendees to focus their time and energy on preparing so that both parties are more apt to come to an agreement. At the same time, he cautioned against finalizing a negotiation without careful consideration of the cost. “Maybe the agreement isn’t going to work, and that’s ok,” he said.

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advised Newell. Next, you’ll want to define your target and ensure it is precise, laserfocused and strategic. “If your part discount is 1 percent and you want to go to 1.25, that’s your target,” explained Newell.

cial media platforms, employees and vendors.

After gathering information and doing research, Newell said to decide on what he referred to as the “circuit breaker” and the BATNA (Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement). The circuit breaker is the number that the decision-maker is comfortable

Targets need to be achievable and realistic to achieve the negotiation. “Remove all emotion from your target,” advised Newell. “Targets need to be based within the business and based on numbers or an end result.” After defining the target, Newell said it’s time to gather the necessary information. “The reason we gather information is so that we can understand both sides of the process, maybe make it a little smoother and communicate that based on factual knowledge,” said Newell. “Information is the foundation of creating value and without it, it is almost impossible to establish any factual negotiating points.”

again. Newell recommended reflecting on what was negotiated, the result of the negotiation and if anything could have been done differently.

walking away from, and the BATNA is the middle ground or ZOPA (zone of possible agreement) that the decision-maker is willing to accept. “Don’t agree just to agree,” advised Newell. “Look at the long-term picture; look past next month’s bills.”

He recommended asking the following seven questions: 1) What kind of information do we want to know? There are three types of information that Newell said are essential to find out: financial, services and operational. First, he said to find out how well the opposition is doing financially to determine if they can afford to give you a better deal. Next, learn who they currently service and what type of service(s) they provide. Last, determine how long they have been operating and their past record.

2) Where can we get this information? A variety of sources can be helpful when gathering information, including business records, the Internet, so38

3) Is there anything we can learn from previous negotiations? Many times, a business will negotiate with the same person again and

4) How much business, if any, are we doing with them? Part of the information-gathering process is being realistic about how much business has been conducted and for how long with the other party and if it is feasible to negotiate any added-value services.

What Type of Negotiation is Best Newell talked about two types of ne-

5) How well is the company doing? Newell recommended looking at the business’s market share, growth and reputation to learn as much as possible and help formulate a negotiation strategy. 6) What don’t you want them to know about you? IF there are issues within the business that create some exposure, Newell said to be aware of them and ensure you have the answers to address them.

7) Who is the decision-maker? Determining and working with the decision-maker is a critical component of the process. “You need to determine if they are even capable of coming to a deal—very rarely do I negotiate with someone who can’t come to a deal,” said Newell. He also stressed the importance of negotiating at the table, face-to-face rather than by phone, email, text, social media or mail.

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gotiations: positional and principled. Positional negotiations involve arguing based on an extreme position regarding wants, needs and limitations. The positions are almost always on the opposite side of the spectrum; therefore, it becomes necessary to make concessions to reach an agreement, according to Newell. These negotiations tend to last longer and can often end in a stalemate. A principled negotiation, also known as an integrative negotiation, is where both parties work together to achieve a value-created agreement. In theory, this leaves them satisfied with the outcome and status of the relationship. Rather than having different positions, Newell explained that the parties think in terms of their similar interests. He stressed the importance of building a relationship during the negotiation process and how valuable that can be. “This is where the magic happens,” he said. He shared a statistic from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in regard to the benefits of having excellent negotiation skills. “Eighty-five percent of your financial success is due to your per-

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sonality and ability to communicate, negotiate and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge,” he said. Newell also discussed different negotiation styles, which include competition, accommodation, collaboration, avoidance and compromise. A competition style of negotiation is more than likely to be adversarial. Negotiations are seen as a competition with a winner and a loser. Newell said it can be used in fast-paced circumstances. “When two of these same styles come together, there is a greater risk for a stalemate,” observed Newell. The accommodation approach is a more submissive style in which a party is ready and willing to offer information and make concessions. The individual most likely places the relationship as a top priority. “This is a successful approach when mending or maintaining relationships,” said Newell. “If a company is in the midst of crisis, it’s a great strategy to avoid litigation and appease the other party.” Otherwise, he recommends using this strategy sparingly.

Where an accommodating style is submissive, avoidance is passive aggressive. “It skirts the issue rather than attacking it head-on,” explained Newell. Many view it as less transparent and honest because communication lines can be weak. Newell said it’s a great tactic to use in a highly emotional negotiation when focusing solely on the facts and to avoid emotional issues. With collaboration, both parties brainstorm and create mutual value. While this is often time-consuming and requires the most skills, Newell said both parties’ needs are typically met, and strong relationships can be the end result. Compromise, also called “positional negotiating,” involves splitting the difference, which usually results in a decision that is halfway between both parties’ opening positions. Newell recommended using this approach when pushed for time and dealing with someone you trust. “Both parties win and lose,” he said. “Meeting halfway reduces strain on the relationship but usually leaves something on the table.”

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from the measurements that both the hardness and weight of these parts are different, specifically the pro-

NCACAR compared a multitude of brand-new OEM parts to their alternative counterparts to demonstrate to the DOI that they do not have equal performance

gression of the hardness of the radiator support. The North Carolina Statute states, ‘Parts are required to have equal performance,’ and the differences were shown and explained

to the DOI representatives in order to demonstrate how the parts may not meet the ‘like kind and quality’ requirement of the North Carolina law. We also shared a video produced by Honda that demonstrated when parts that have such glaring physical differences from original parts are used, the airbag timing is negatively affected to the detriment of the occupants.” As the meeting drew to a close, Rogers shared his insights on the privacy concerns with telematics as they relate to steering, personal injury and automatic accident notifications, along with driving habits. Additionally, NCACAR sponsored and shared a several-hundred-page color binder with a multitude of industry information to serve as a resource to all the DOI representatives. Davies concluded, “My hope is for this type of collaboration to continue with all the Departments of Insurance throughout the United States, so that we, as an industry along with our government, can continue to grow, advance and ensure consumer safety.”


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Performance benchmarking, sharing best practices and customized training were all part of a recent AkzoNobel performance group meeting in San Diego, CA. Held in September, the AkzoNobel Acoat Selected North American Performance Group (NAPG) provided an opportunity for body shop owners and managers to work on their businesses instead of in their businesses. The ultimate goal during the three-day event was to enhance the performance of both the individuals and companies through peer-topeer networking.

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“Imagine being with a group of 100 shop owners for the sole purpose of exchanging business growth ideas. That is exactly what happens at Acoat Selected Performance Group meetings,” said Rick Fifer, North American services manager. “Acoat Selected Performance Group members meet to share successes, find solutions to problems and make new relationships with like-minded shop owners from across North America. The wealth of knowledge and experience present at these meetings is nothing short of awe-inspiring.” There are two main components to the meetings for the body shops, distributors and AkzoNobel employees who attend. The first involves group activities, which consist of keynote speakers, idea contests, panel discussions, classes and other activities. Fifer said that many of those who attend mention how much they value the conversations that take place. “With so many people in attendance, you are sure to find someone who has solved the problems you face or has a great business improvement 40

idea you can implement,” he said. Sub-group sessions are the other focus of the meetings. Similar to a conventional 20 group, Fifer said members analyze financial data, formulate improvement strategies, assist one another in problem-solving and share experiences. “The close friendships—both personal and professional—created at the meetings are immensely valuable to the members,” said Fifer. “They know that anytime during the year, they can contact a known, trusted shop owner for advice. That is a good feeling.” “The performance group meetings have been outstanding. I find that just getting away from the business twice a year to attend the meetings improves my perspective significantly,” said Van Takemoto, owner of Island Fender in Hawaii. “The opportunity to benchmark, to collaborate with my peers in the industry and to set new goals has really sharpened my skills as a businessman. It’s made a difference to the bottom line!” Prior to the two days of individual performance group meetings, a variety of early-bird training sessions were offered the first day of the event.

Presentation Highlights First-time attendees were given an overview of what to expect during a presentation by Sam Sherrill of AkzoNobel Coatings.

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“This session was designed to prepare new NAPG attendees to effectively engage in performance group financial discussions,” said Fifer. Some of the topics Sherrill highlighted included income statements and balance sheets, body shop key performance indicators and comparative benchmarks. Jeff Peevy, president of the Auto-

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motive Management Institute (AMi), discussed the importance of “soft skills,” which include listening, communication and interpersonal skills, and the impact they have on collision repair facilities. AMi is currently fo-

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cused on supporting the development of soft skills throughout the industry. Peevy also talked about the value of industry-based professional designations and said they not only increase professionalism, but also minimize the risk when hiring new employees. Tyler Brunatti from Podium Corp. shared tips on helping potential customers locate a body shop while searching online. He pointed out how difficult it can often be to attract new customers and recommended being actively involved in managing a company’s online reputation in order to stand out from the competition. Two representatives from I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair), Jason Bartanen and Josh McFarlin, talked about some of the significant changes the organization has undergone. These include the Reparability Technical Support (RTS) initiative, I-CAR’s new vehicle and technology curriculum, the expansion of hands-on skills development and an overview of the new Professional Development Program (PDP) and Gold Class programs. Body shops also learned how to leverage OE certification during a presentation by Robb Young of Assured Performance Network. Young provided tips to those in attendance on how to capitalize on being an OE Certified Collision Repair Provider (OE-CRP) and become a “five-star business performer.” Those unfamiliar with data analysis and net mining had the opportunity to hear from Don and Diane

Miller of Body Shop Nation. The Millers explained how net mining can help shops better identify their target audience and “find their perfect customer.” They said the approach enables businesses to deliver a stronger message to potential customers. Nick Schoolcraft of Phoenix Solutions Group shared insight on optimizing customer and employee experiences. Considering that many of today’s customers are becoming increasingly skeptical about collision repair facilities, Schoolcraft stressed the importance of having front-line employees focus on great customer interactions. He also talked about the key elements necessary to deliver great employee and customer experiences, which he said will lead to higher sales and growth. Kevin Wolfe of LeadersWay talked about a collaboration between his company and AkzoNobel that involves leadership training for a limited number of performance group members.

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The final presentation during the early-bird training sessions was led by Dave Luehr of Elite Body Shop Solutions. Luehr, co-author of “The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops,” talked about the six secrets he recommends body shops consider in order to be successful. Based on information from his book, which was released in 2017, the session included advice on how to “bust old beliefs” and stay out of what he referred to as “the victim zone.” He also talked about how to build a sustainable business model and provided tips on modern leadership. The next AkzoNobel North American Performance meeting will be held in Palm Beach, FL, on Feb. 20–22, 2019. For more information, contact Rick Fifer at Richard.Fifer @akzonobel.com or your local AkzoNobel representative or distributor.

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Chasidy Rae Sisk is a freelance technical writer from Wilmington, Delaware, who writes on a variety of fields and subjects, and grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. She can be contacted at crsisk@chasidyraesisk.com.

ARA Hosts Magical 75th Annual Convention and Exposition From Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) held its 75th Annual Convention and Exposition at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL.

Blalock explained. “Networking opportunities are one of the main reasons that automotive recyclers and industry suppliers attend year after year. These opportunities are priceless and allow automotive recyclers to benchmark themselves and their peers in the industry in order to learn from each other. The automotive recycling industry is unique in that a large percentage of businesses are family-owned and multi-generational, which really brings a family atmosFourteen countries were repre- phere to this annual gathering. sented, with industry professionals “Speakers ranged from fellow traveling from as far away as the recyclers, governmental officials and United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, industry experts. ARA debuted new Canada, France, Germany, Hong peer-to-peer panels for both full-serKong, Japan, Netherlands, New vice and self-service operations, Zealand, Peru, Poland and South which proved to be among the most Korea. popular sessions. Our members need According to Sandy Blalock, to stay informed on the latest develexecutive director for ARA, “Nearly opments and trends in the automo900 professional automotive recy- tive repair industry. ARA’s Annual clers, industry vendors, suppliers and Convention, as well as ARA affiliate supporters made the trip to celebrate chapter association events, serve as a the association’s 75th anniversary at means of providing this type of vital the happiest place on Earth: Walt Dis- information. The networking and inney World.” formation-sharing that take place at these events also provide insight to our association leaders and staff that helps determine the direction of current and future ARA initiatives—it’s where we take the pulse of the industry.” The convention and exposition also provides ARA leaders with an opportunity to showcase member benefits and promote the associIncoming ARA President Jonathan Morrow (right) poses ation’s value by highlighting with outgoing President David Gold (left) the products and services The largest annual meeting of only offered by ARA. Talking to the professional automotive recy- members also provides the associacling industry in the world, ARA’s tion’s staff with a better understandAnnual Convention and Exposition ing of their members’ needs. provides a unique opportunity for atDuring the convention, Jonathan tendees to network with one another Morrow of M&M Auto Parts in Virand obtain top tier training. ginia succeeded David Gold from “Association-sponsored events Standard Auto Wreckers as the associlike the ARA Convention provide ation’s president. Additionally, ARA significant education and network- recognized some of the industry’s best ing opportunities, two of the most by distributing several awards. The beneficial reasons that attendees Automotive Recyclers Association of [keep] coming back year after year,” Rhode Island received the Affiliate


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Chapter of the Year award, and Shan McMillon of Cocoa Auto Salvage in Florida was recognized as Regional Director of the Year. Nordstrom’s Automotive in South Dakota re-

Roger Schroder was honored as Member of the Year, and the coveted President’s Award was bestowed upon Jeff Schroder of Car-Part. Blalock added, “Many new programming features were debuted this year, including a Big Beach Bash that automotive recyclers and their entire families could enjoy. Attendees enjoyed the event, and the feedback has been positive. We have many volunteers, including recyclers and vendors, who work colAutomotive recyclers Lawrie Beacham (Australia), Ed MacDonald (Canada), Ted Taya (Japan) and Andy laboratively all year to plan a Latham (U.K). Standing is Steve Fletcher, executive program that meets the needs director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada of our dynamic industry. I ceived the CAR Member of the Year believe the event measured up to all of award, while Gold Seal Member of our expectations.” ARA’s 76th Annual Convention the Year was awarded to Counselman’s Automotive Recycling in Al- & Exposition will take place Oct. 10– abama. CIECA’S Fred Iantorno 13, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. For more received the Apple Award, Car-Part’s information about ARA, visit a-r-a.org.

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Are You Forgetting About Half Your Customers by Not Catering to Women? In the U.S., there are half a million women actively looking to buy a new car at any given time. They have a serious influence on all automotive purchases (85 percent), from the showroom to the service lane. Yet, 74 percent of women feel misunderstood by the automotive industry. So, how as a body shop owner or manager do you cater to this significant percentage of your customer base? Shops all over the country have had great success thinking outside of the box. Many have produced series of how-to videos, sponsored networking/educational sessions at their facilities on a quarterly basis, embraced social media because women use sites such as Facebook and Instagram more than men do, and promoted community nonprofit organizations that appeal to women, such as Mothers Against Drunk

Drivers (MADD) and Toys for Tots. We interviewed several female body shop owners to find out how they’re getting 5-star Yelp reviews from female customers and getting recommended to their female customers’ friends and colleagues. Kathy Mello is the owner of TGIF Auto Body in Fremont, CA. She is the president of the California Autobody Association (CAA), a member of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) and well-known for championing women who strive to enter the industry. An incident she encountered prior to working in the collision repair industry many years ago opened her eyes and taught her a valuable lesson. “I had the first-time experience of getting an estimate after backing into a basketball pole at my child’s school,” she said. “There were no

rear-view cameras on Volkswagens back then. I went to the shop that my insurance company recommended (this was prior to DRPs). I announced myself to two ladies who were sitting at their desks in a halfway-decent office. One of the ladies called an estimator, who walked out to my vehicle without a word. I swear, he grunted several times and then wrote some things on a clipboard as I followed him. “I sat in my original waiting spot as he did his thing. The two ladies talked with each other as they worked. I was basically invisible. The estimator completed his work and handed me a copy without a word. I said thank you and exited. “When I began playing a role in the company my husband founded, I vowed that we would never treat anyone like that, no less a woman. As a result, we have a pleasant office

with unisex decor. There are fresh flowers on most days provided by a local florist and a refreshment bar. We start by asking questions right away, not only about the claim and the vehicle, but about the people involved. Another important question is, ‘What is your greatest concern?’ We want to remove any anxiety if we can.” Tiffany Silva, owner of Accurate Auto Body in Richmond, CA, is president of the CAA’s East Bay chapter and is also on the organization’s board. “I don’t feel that we necessarily cater only to women,” she said. “I feel that we cater to each customer who walks through the door. Perhaps because I am a woman, I know how important it is to make sure that each customer feels that we are providing exceptional customer service and See Not Catering to Women?, Page 48


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National Events with Stacey Phillips

Stacey Phillips is a freelance writer and editor for the automotive industry. She has 20 years of experience writing for a variety of publications, and is co-author of “The Secrets of America’s Greatest Body Shops.” She can be reached at sphillips.autobodynews@gmail.com.

SCRS Red Carpet Awards Breakfast at SEMA Recognizes Collision Industry The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) hosted the second annual Red Carpet Awards Breakfast during SEMA on Oct. 31. During the special event, individuals and businesses in the collision repair industry were recognized for their outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment. “It’s always a pleasure to bring up new faces and new voices to help this industry recognize greatness,” said Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS. “This isn’t an SCRS event. This is a collision industry event for every organization that wants to recognize greatness in this industry.” Awards were given out by the Automotive Management Institute (AMi), Automotive Service Association (ASA), BodyShop Business, CIECA, I-CAR, National Auto Body Council (NABC) and SCRS. “Today is about recognizing and celebrating the greatness within our industry,” said Rissa Matsumoto of Auto Body Hawaii, who emceed the event.

water, president of AEII. This year, Peevy said there were close to 100 individuals who graduated from the AMi program. In addition to holding a graduation ceremony earlier this year, 11 individuals were recognized during the breakfast for earning a professional designation: Ken Brown, Bruce Burrow, Maria Carrillo, Robert Byron Gottfred, Wesley Jackson, Kandie JenningsMolloy, Scott Kaboos, Tony Passwater, Carl Preston Riggenbach, John Shoemaker and Kenneth Thayer. “Learning may be defined as a transformative process of taking in information that when internalized and mixed with our experiences, changes what we know and builds on what we do. It is based on input, process and reflection,” said Peevy. “It is what changes us. I’m a strong believer and advocate that learning is the only source of a sustainable competitive advantage.”

Automotive Service Association (ASA) Roy Schnepper, president of ASA, announced the recipient of the association’s Phoenix Award, Chuck Automotive Management Institute Sulkala. The award is given by the (AMi) ASA Collision Operations Committee Mark Claypool, Optima Worldwide, in honor of an individual in the colliwas presented with AMi’s Collision sion repair industry who has devoted Repair Training Provider of the Year his or her career to advancing profesaward. Jeff Peevy, president of AMi, sionalism with leadership, integrity said the well-known industry leader and personal strength. For many has been a big supporter of the organ- years, Sulkala has been an active ization and leads many AMi-ap- participant in industry associations proved courses that have been well including ASA, I-CAR, Collision received. Industry Conference (CIC) and NABC. “This is quite nice,” said Sulkala. “It’s part of why we’re all here and why we work together.” He said that regardless of what side you’re on, where you’re from, what you do or AMi recognized 11 individuals during the Red Carpet what association you belong Awards breakfast for earning a professional designation to, everyone is part of this Two former board of trustees industry. members received an award for Out“I would hope that when you go standing Dedication, Commitment home, you give a special hug to your and Personal Leadership: Bob Keith, family because they are the ones Assured Performance, and Tony Pass- who allow you to do this, come to 44

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these meetings and do the things we do together,” said Sulkala.

tion to mobile data standards. The Outstanding Contribution award was given to Joanna Cohen, Car-Part.com, who has primarily foBodyShop Business Sean Donohue, publisher of cused on procurement and estimatBodyShop Business, announced the ing messages. Two individuals were named for magazine’s Multi-Shop (MSO) Executive of the Year winner: Vartan Outstanding Leadership. Leslie RedJerian Jr., director of operations for field from Genpact received the Caliber Collision/H&V Collision award for her work on the photo esCenter. The MSO has been involved timating committee, and Darrell Amberson from LaMettry’s Collision was recognized for his involvement with the scanning committee. NuGen IT was named the Electronic Commerce Company of the Year. Pete Tagliapietra, business development manager, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Marlow explained that CIECA’s board (l to r) Clint Marlow, CIECA chairman of the board; Pete of trustees extends this Tagliapietra of NuGen IT, recipient of the Electronic Commerce Company of the Year award; and Fred Iantorno, award every year to a comCIECA’s executive director pany in recognition of its in numerous charitable activities over outstanding leadership, contribution the years and was one of the first in and dedication to furthering CIECA’s the Albany, NY, capital region to in- mission in the collision industry. troduce the lean production process, which drastically improved the busi- I-CAR ness’s KPIs. Tim O’Day, I-CAR’s chairman of Louis Giordano, Giordano’s the board of directors, announced the Collision, received the Single-Shop I-CAR Chairman’s Award, which is Executive of the Year award. A mem- presented to the individual or organber of the Long Island Auto Body ization that has made a significant or Repairmen’s Association since 1970, extraordinary contribution to the IGiordano has owned three shops and CAR organization. I-CAR honored worked in both collision repair and Clark Plucinski, who has nearly 50 insurance. years of experience in the collision “The winners of these presti- repair industry. Plucinski is curgious awards are true collision repair rently the executive director of the visionaries who have experienced Collision Repair Education Foungreat success or innovative thinking, dation (CREF) and chairman of the overcome challenges and perse- Certified Automotive Parts Associvered,” said Donohue. ation (CAPA). “Our wonderful industry is filled with many success stories by people CIECA Clint Marlow, director at Allstate who have not only made their marks, Insurance and CIECA’s 2018 chair- but also have fulfilled their commitman of the board of trustees, an- ment to helping others establish their nounced CIECA’s award winners own careers,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-CAR. this year. Jeff and Jeanne Silver, Andy Bober, ARMS Business Solutions, received an Outstanding CARSTAR Mundelein, were preDedication award for his contribu- sented with the Russ Verona Memo-


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rial Award, which recognizes a business that demonstrates a strong dedication to training and reinforces the positive image of the collision repair industry. CARSTAR Mundelein has held a Gold Class designation since 1996 and was chosen based on the owners’ extensive industry involvement, their dedication to training and the promotion of career opportunities at schools in and around their local community. Van Alstyne then shared information about the Jeff Silver Award. Silver served as the CEO of I-CAR and is considered a pioneer of the I-CAR Gold Class and Platinum recognition programs. The award, presented to Rick Cope, Cope Collision, was established “to maintain Jeff’s amazing

John Mosley (left) and the Mississippi Collision Repair Association received the SCRS Affiliate Association Award. Aaron Schulenburg, SCRS executive director, is pictured on right

legacy, a true and deep passion for training and professional growth,” said Van Alstyne. He said Cope is a strong proponent of continuing education, and his shop has been I-CAR Gold Class since 2007. National Auto Body Council (NABC) NABC Awards Committee Co-chairs Marie Peevy, owner of Automotive Training Coordinators, and Debbie Teter, Garmat’s director of sales and marketing, presented the NABC awards. Peevy said the Body Image Award, which was given to Moppert Brothers Collision, recognizes a positive, attractive and well-designed facility. “Harry and his brother Steve continually work to certify their shops and repair vehicles to OEM procedures,” she said. Kevin Thomas, Town East AUTOBODY


Ford, received the NABC Award of Distinction, which celebrates extraordinary efforts by individuals who give of themselves to others. As a result of the business’s strong culture, Teter said Town East Ford has very little turnover and the shop’s CSI is continually over 95 percent. Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Schulenburg announced the recipient of the SCRS Affiliate Association Award, which is given very infrequently to associations that stand out amongst others. “Normally it is reserved in instances where other associations look up to one of their peers for the work they have done or for the stage they have set in the industry,” explained Schulenburg. John Mosley and the Mississippi Collision Repair Association were recognized. “This particular organization worked with state regulatory bodies and with other industry groups to develop a consumer guide to insurance and auto body repair through a very collaborative effort that ended in a product,” said Schulenburg. “I think all in the industry can look to and utilize it as a reference book for their own states.” Jeff Hendler, SCRS historian, then presented the March Taylor Memorial Fund Kina’ole Award to “Collisionista” Petra Schroeder, who retired from Axalta and remains very active in the industry. Hendler said the award honors the name and spirit of March Taylor. The Hawaiian word “Kina’ole” means “Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling, the first time.” Hendler is an administrator of the March Taylor Memorial Fund, which was created when Taylor suddenly passed away after a scuba diving accident. “He was a mentor to many and friend to all of us,” said Hendler. “The award was not for March, but it’s about the spirit of March. It’s an award that is presented to people who absolutely embrace March’s spirit—Kina’ole.”



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He said Schroeder has that same spirit and is a mentor to many in the industry. “I had the pleasure to know March much too late in my life, but in the short time I had the pleasure

The March Taylor Memorial Fund Kina’ole Award was given to Petra Schroeder. She is pictured with Gary Wano (l), who received the award in 2017, and industry veteran Jeff Hendler

of knowing him, it was just amazing,” said Schroeder. “It means a ton to me to receive this today and to be able to be in front of you. Thank you so much—you have no idea what it means to me.”

Gerber Collision Acquires TX MSO

Gerber Collision & Glass recently announced the Dec. 14 acquisition of a multi-store operation consisting of nine collision repair centers located in Texas. The centers had operated as Paceline Collision Centers since 1998. The centers are located in Abilene, Copperas Cove, Killeen (2), Lampasas, Lubbock (3) and Marble Falls. “This significant acquisition strengthens our presence in Texas and allows us to introduce our brand and leading service model to new markets and better assist our insurance clients,” said Tim O’Day, president and COO of Gerber Collision & Glass. “We look forward to these new teams maintaining the high level of service provided at these locations.” Gerber Collision & Glass is continuously looking to add new collision repair locations to its existing network in Canada and the U.S. Interested collision repair center owners are asked to contact Stephen Boyd at (204) 594-1776 or stephen.boyd@boydgroup.com.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Mike Anderson of Collision Advice presented the sixth webinar in his “Learn to Research, Research to Learn” series, during which he explored “Using the Subaru Technical Information System (STIS) – Part 1.” He was joined by Nicole Riedel, whole sale parts specialists for Subaru of America, as well as Subaru technical service representative J. J. Marino and director of parts Dave Zastrow. The webinar was created by Collision Advice in collaboration with Subaru. After reading the antitrust guidelines, Anderson reiterated that he decided to host these webinars because the results of his annual “Who Pays for What?” surveys, conducted in conjunction with the Crash Network, led him to determine that shops are not researching OEM repair procedures 100 percent of the time as they should be. As a result of this finding, Collision Advice has been hosting monthly webinars, each one focusing

on a different OEM, to raise awareness of the resources each OEM offers to research repair procedures. Anderson plans to guide attendees on a step-by-step tour of each specific OEM’s website and advise on how to improve search results. He will also demonstrate how to research some common procedures needed by collision repairers, explore the differences between an OEM scan tool and

of Subaru’s certification program. Anderson began by explaining that Subaru’s position statements are available at oemonestop.com and crashrepairinfo.com, but they are not available within STIS. He emphasized the importance of looking at the OEM position statements before each repair, showing Subaru’s position statements on pre- and postscanning and the use of aftermarket

aftermarket scan tool and investigate OEM parts information and support tools. In addition to an explanation of how to register, log in and use the STIS website, the first part of the Subaru webinar series included a review of the additional features offered on the Subaru STIS website, a discussion of Subaru’s requirements pertaining to scanning and an exploration

windshield glass for Subaru vehicles equipped with Eyesight. Moving on to how to access Subaru repair procedures, Anderson directed attendees to Techinfo.Subaru.com, pointing out that it’s important to use Internet Explorer (IE) 11 or newer for all website features to work optimally. Users can register by clicking “purchase and create subscription,” which will take them

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to the registration page to complete the process. Subscriptions are available for three days at $34.95, 30 days at $299.95, or one year at $2,499.95. Two experiences are available: the online reference or the service diagnostics, which is available by PDF versus HTML. Once you click on Information, you can select Special Tool Information, which takes you to information about purchasing Subaru’s scan tool, Subaru Select Monitor (SSM), as well as the minimum computer operating requirements. Anderson advised, “When I was in the OEM repair procedures and I was trying to find documentation to educate an insurer about why I needed to scan a vehicle or utilize a scan tool, sometimes I would just use the term Subaru Select Monitor or SSM as a key search term.” Under Information, the Immobilizer Key Access area of the website is only available to NASTF members and authorized dealers, but at the bottom of the page, you can click on Technical Information System to access STIS. After logging into the website, the upper left-hand quadrant shows the five most recently posted documents on STIS; clicking “show more” will provide an extended list of the past 90 days. In the upper right-hand quadrant, the Quick Reference Search allows you to use an advanced search (using the vehicle’s VIN number) or a quick search. At the bottom left side, users can see their five most recently viewed items. On the bottom right side, you can access your five most recently saved reference links, but an extended list is available by clicking “show more,” though Anderson warned that the number of saved reference links is limited. If you get maxed out, you will need to delete some to make room for the new ones you want to save. Exploring the icons used on STIS, Anderson explained that the downward-pointing arrow is for viewing and downloading. Hovering over the icon allows you to view the description, while clicking on it launches a new window as a PDF that you can download, print or save. He noted that the Chrome PDF viewer plug-in must be enabled to launch in a new window

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and reminded attendees that IE is the preferred browser. The star icon allows users to save frequently used documents to the Saved Reference Links for easy access, while the X icon removes items from Saved Reference Links. Under Online Reference, users can select the type of publication they want to view, including owner manual, service manual, bulletins and more. Using the VIN number is most accurate, but if that’s not available, using the model year, carline and trim is another option for searching. When performing a keyword search, Anderson sarcastically quipped that “only the first 500 relevant documents will return, so I recommend selecting a publication type or model to narrow down the search.” Noting that all OEM websites’ search features work differently, Anderson explained how to narrow down search results by using “and,” “or,” “not” and “minus” to specify the query. Subaru’s coolest feature, according to Anderson, is the wildcard (%) operator, which returns documents with zero or more characters in the wildcard. “Subaru has some really amazing search features [that are] probably more advanced than any other OEM that we’ve so far done a webinar for,” Anderson noted as he demonstrated searching the STIS website and how to download documents. Navigating the Technician Reference Booklet, Anderson explored Subaru’s implied restrictions on rear bumper repairs for certain vehicles, stressing the need to scan a vehicle. He also showed where the booklet forbade painting of the sonar sensors

because doing so can prevent the sensors from functioning properly. “I found this technician reference booklet to be invaluable to me from a collision repair perspective,” Anderson said. He then moved on to the body repair manual, found under the Service Manual tab. There are two different types of formats and layouts for the body repair manuals, depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle. Marino explained that some of the differences for the BRZ model are related to Subaru’s collaboration with Toyota on this model, which means this manual has a different feel. Scanning through the BRZ body repair manual, Anderson looked at work notices and precautions to show that Subaru requires repair of panels related to weld burn damage and warned that they are “not-included” operations. Showing where the document instructs technicians to check for diagnostic trouble codes as a precaution for using an electric welder, Anderson reemphasized, “I really saw something that blew my mind … The only way I can check the vehicle for diagnostic trouble codes is to use a scan tool, ladies and gentlemen. This was an amazing document to me.” Under structural outline, Subaru identifies which parts are aluminum, and the damage diagnosis document illustrates how the specific vehicle is designed to divert the inertial forces and also identifies where to look for possible hidden damage. Anderson showed an example of another body repair manual to

show the differences between most of these manuals and the BRZ manual. He demonstrated how to use the table of contents to link to the specific section of the document. The foreword section provides an introduction to the symbols that will be used in the manual as well as precautions about specific substrates of materials used. Highlighting a section of the manual that stated to “avoid previously welded locations,” Anderson noted that this would preclude the use of a LKQ quarter panel in the repair since it would require disregarding this caution from Subaru. Anderson continued exploring the body repair manual, looking at use of foam, the body construction section, body reference points and panel replacement, which identifies how Subaru wants each specific component repaired. As Anderson explored the body sealing portion of the document, he reminded attendees, “Keep in mind, when you want to get paid from an insurance company, the four negotiation questions are: Is it required? Is it included? Is there a pre-determined time, and if not, what is it worth? On the first basis, you have to prove that what you’re asking for is required, and what I love about this is that it shows me that on this specific vehicle make and model, it’s telling me where it’s seam sealed at… I found this to be a really valuable document and critical to my success with getting reimbursed from an insurer for a not-included operation.” The webinar continued with Anderson identifying the OEM’s requirements related to anticorrosion wax, undercoating, damping seat, in-

sulators and plastic parts and materials. Because Anderson had received feedback that previous webinars ran too long, he announced that he was cutting off the first webinar at 45 minutes but provided an overview of what will be covered in the second part of the Subaru webinar series, including but not limited to: what to do if you can’t find what you are looking for in STIS, symbols used for one-time use parts, how Subaru’s Star Link impacts collision repairers, what collision repairers need to know from the owner’s manual, an in-depth look at the Service Diagnostics tab and an update on the Subaru certification program. Riedel then provided a brief update on the Subaru certification program. “We will be sending out an e-blast this week announcing to everyone when we will be opening to independent collision centers,” she said. “We want to thank everyone for their patience. We’ve wanted to give our retailers a good running start on being part of the network since they’ve been so loyal, and now we’re ready to open up to everyone else and will be announcing that date this week.” Anderson and Riedel fielded some questions and feedback from attendees as the webinar drew to a close. This webinar is available on the Collision Advice website and YouTube channel. The second part of Collision Advice’s Subaru webinar series took place on Thursday, Dec.13 at 2 p.m. EST. Anderson concluded, “We look forward to seeing you next month. Make it a great day!”

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portant thing is to take the time to explain and educate not only about the claims process, but exactly what is required to repair the vehicle properly. We make sure that no questions or concerns go unaddressed. Although these are standard procedures, they may be more pertinent with a woman, particularly if she is doing this for the first time.” Nancy Friedman, president of Telephone Doctor Customer Service, trains automotive companies on how to enhance the customer experience and cited several main ways to achieve it.

“First, we want to be listened to and valued,” she said. “Making eye contact is important, so don’t keep looking at your watch and other people when you’re talking to me. Smile—because we’re suckers for that, and use the same handshake you do with a man. We don’t want a wet fish handshake that offers three fingers; we hate that. And one last thing: Put a hook in the ladies’ room so that we can hang up our bags. It sounds like a little thing, but the little things add up. “In short, how can you make your shop more attractive to female

customers? For one, women care about the cleanliness of your facility and like shops that cater to children because they’re usually in tow. If you have a little kiddie section with toys and books, that also goes a long way with the ladies.”

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treating everyone equally. “My office staff asks each customer if they would like us to go over their estimate with them line by line. We strive to make sure every customer understands the repairs needed to their vehicle. We don’t just simply hand them paperwork and expect that they’ll understand the terminology in the estimate. I believe this is the most important element in providing excellent customer service. Another im48

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A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace in the U.S. and Canada by The Romans Group LLC

The 13th annual white paper, A 2017 Profile of the Evolving U.S. and Canadian Collision Repair Marketplace, is now available. The four industry constructs or pillars that we identified over a decade ago, Consolidation, Contraction, Convergence, and Constructive Transformation, remain in place and are now stronger than ever. They continue to influence the collision repair industry’s long-term structural transformation within the entire auto physical damage landscape, affecting numerous dynamic macro market changes. However, the context of what they represent has evolved in ways that broaden their influence and impact on the future of the collision repair industry.

A summary of the current state of the four pillars underlying the continuation of the collision repair industry’s structural transformation:

Consolidation ▪ Slowing – strategic clusters, tuckin platforms ▪ Segment market share continues to grow-scale matters ▪ Scale as a competitive advantage or scale is fail

Contraction ▪ Stabilizing - temporary equilibrium ▪ Simple and complex alliances and partnerships ▪ Differentiation and diversification

Convergence ▪ Omnipresent – moving at extreme 50

speed ▪ Confluence of prevailing conditions driving industry transformation ▪ Repairers are at the intersection of a traditional business model and practices and the innovative, disruptive technology driving change

32.8 percent of revenue processed in the U.S. in 2016. From 2006 to 2017, the Top 4 MLO consolidators

MLOs in Canada, the combined larger segment has a significant 78.4 percent of all the private passenger in-

have experienced robust growth due to continued incremental organic growth, multiple-location platform acquisitions, an increasing number of single-location acquisitions, and a brownfield and Greenfield build strategy. The following chart reflects the ranking of the Top 10 multiple-location operators and networks for 2017. When ABRA’s franchise revenue is excluded, Boyd/Gerber moves into the third position. Canadian Collision Repair Market The Canadian market continues to consolidate with the franchise and banner segment now representing a

surer and consumer-paid market. Under the All Repairers column, we see a combination of banner, franchise and independent groups represented in the Top 10 ranking category. Although the U.S. has seen an increase in consolidation within the multiple-location operator segments, Canada remains significantly more consolidated in the revenue generated by the combined franchise and banner and ≥$10 million MLOs. In Canada, this combined segment group represents a 78.4 percent market share versus the combined 35.9 percent share for the same U.S. segments.

significant 58.1 percent share of the Canadian private insurance auto market. When you add the ≥$10 million

Within the U.S. market, the ≥$20 million independent and dealer MLO segment is the largest while

Constructive Transformation ▪ Long-term, multi-faceted, multisegment integration within various auto physical damage segments ▪ More complex, slower than anticipated, integration challenges, unintentional consequences U.S. Collision Repair Industry Collision repair revenue in all key market segments has increased since 2006. This growth is reflected most significantly in the sustained expan-

sion progress by the four large independent consolidators and in the remaining ≥$20 MLO independent and dealer repair segment. The 96 ≥$20 million MLOs represent 26.9 percent of the industry’s market size which has grown from 24.6 percent in 2016 and is significantly higher than their 2006 share of 9.1 percent. Revenue trends in the multiple-location network franchisors, MLNs, and in the $10-$19 million independent and dealer segments have been essentially flat. Together, the four segments of top consolidators, ≥$20 million independents and dealers, multiplelocation franchise networks, and $10-$19M MLOs represent annual revenue of 35.9 percent of the total addressable market, as compared to

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the franchise and banner network MLOs remain the dominate business model in Canada. When ranking all repairers for the U.S. and Canada, and consolidating those that operate in both countries, four operate in both the U.S and Canada while five are in the U.S. only and one is solely in Canada. These Top 10 U.S. and Canada combined repair organizations represent 22.6 percent of the combined collision repair revenue, an increase since 2012. This revenue is managed through significantly more locations than in 2012, representing 10.1 percent of combined collision repair locations for the U.S. and Canada for 2017. Since 2010, Canada has lost a significant number of its collision repair locations. Compared to the U.S., Canadian average annual repair revenue in 2016 was 54.7 percent lower than the U.S. average. As a sign of ongoing consolidation, the average revenue per repair facility for both Canada and the U.S. has been steadily increasing over the last few years. As we discuss in this edition of

our annual paper, there are a broad base of prevailing market conditions simultaneously impacting the transformation taking place within the wide-ranging collision repair ecosys-

the past 15 months. MSO consolidators will continue to grow and will do so in the immediate future through single shop or smaller MLO platform acquisitions, brownfields, and Green-

tem. Five secular trends are causing more immediated challenges and opportunities for repairers and many other relevant constituent groups including auto insurance companies: telematics, 5G and the connected car; ADAS and the evolving autonomous vehicles; OE certification programs, and the technician shortage. The pace of collision industry consolidation and contraction has shown signs of slowing down over

fields. Larger MLO market share and scale are now a clear competitive advantage that is also viewed today as a competitive asset. Our future view remains consistent that the collision repair industry over the next decade will involve the continued long-term, multi-segmented structural transformation which will impact the entire auto physical damage ecosystem for all existing and many new compa-

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Subaru of America Prepares to Launch Its Certified Collision Center Network Program Enrollment opens Jan. 1, 2019 Subaru of America is currently preparing to launch the Subaru Certified Collision Center Network to independent shops across the country. Nicole Riedel, wholesale parts specialist for Subaru of America, recently shared information about the program requirements and what collision repair facilities should expect. Riedel reviewed the program and all its onboarding elements during a recent webinar hosted by Dave Luehr’s Elite Body Shop Academy. This included information about tools and equipment, facility standards and the training and technician requirements. “We’re excited to begin offering our certified collision network to independents across the country,” said Riedel. “For the last few months, we have been conducting a pilot program and initial launch with our retailers, and now we are preparing to

launch the program to the public. On Nov. 28, we announced to our waitlist that enrollment will open on Jan. 1, 2019.”

What are the main goals of the Subaru Certified Collision Network?


The goals of the Subaru Certified Collision Network are a little different than what some people think. Rather than it being about selling parts or going after aftermarket companies about the parts they sell, we’re not trying to go against anything negative. Instead, the program centers around proper and safe repairs. We at Subaru really care about our owners; we consider the Subaru family one big happy family. We love dogs, we love kids, we love the outdoors and we just want to spread the



love to the collision industry. One of the ways Subaru has set out to serve vehicle owners better is to make sure that at the time of an accident they are getting treated the same way they would throughout

health, community, environment and animal organizations—to set Subaru apart through our deeds and the deeds of our partners and to be unlike any other car company by doing what is right and good, just for the sake of doing it. We’re asking our collision partners to make this commitment as well. The Subaru Love Promise is supported by five different initiatives focused on the Environment (Subaru Loves the Earth), Health & Wellness (Subaru Loves to Care), Community (Subaru Loves to Help), Education Subaru of America is preparing to launch its certified (Subaru Loves Learning) collision center network program and Animal Welfare (Subany Subaru experience: with love, aru Loves Pets), where we partner respect and integrity. We also want with charitable organizations to do to ensure that the collision centers in- philanthropy, volunteerism, etc. terested in doing the right thing for As part of the terms and conditheir owners are being elevated to a tions for our Subaru Certified Collipoint where everyone can know that sion Network, we are mandating that about them. collision centers complete at least Not all collision centers are cre- one volunteer effort throughout the ated equally, and we want to raise the year with a 501(c)(3) organization to flag and provide awareness of the fa- make sure they are reaching out and cilities out there that are doing a re- doing what they can for their comally good job.

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Who should join the Subaru Certified Collision Network?

We encourage anyone who believes in the same values as Subaru to jump on board with our network, and we can fulfill the Subaru Love Promise together. Non-Subaru dealers can take part as well, as long as they have the required equipment and follow our processes. How would you explain Subaru’s Love Promise, and what does it entail?


The Subaru Love Promise is a commitment that we share with our retailers and Subaru of America employees. It is a promise to do right by our community by partnering with nonprofit education,


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Who is handling most of the administration for Subaru’s program?


The core of our program is done in partnership with Wadsworth International. They are handling most of the administration, all of the onsite audits and customer service. They are doing a great job with retailers and pilot shops. In addition, we elected to use the Enterprise Rent-A-Car ARMS® (Automated Rental Management System) Automotive Suite to upload all of the collision center profiles. If a collision center already has an ARMS profile, the facility can link up to it.


What is the cost of the program and what does that fee include?


There is a $3,200 annual fee that covers a one-year subscription to the AutoWatch web portal where a facility uploads its documents. An annual quality repair production audit is also included, as well as access to Subaru Technical Information System (STIS), which includes details about all of our repair procedures. Included in the cost of the program, Subaru will also manage a facility’s KPIs, such as cycle time. If a shop is struggling in any area, we’ll work closely with employees to help them improve. All participants will reNicole Riedel, wholesale parts specialist for Subaru of ceive an initial welcome kit, America, recently shared information about the program a certification plaque, an inrequirements door/outdoor banner, winmunities and fulfilling that Love dow clings, estimate sleeves and Promise in every regard. Donations access to profit boosters, a website are accepted, but they will not fulfill with downloadable marketing matethe requirement. Actual outreach and rials such as fliers, email/digital ma(volunteer) time are required. terials and logos. Collision centers We believe this sets Subaru’s will also be featured on www.Subaru certified program apart from others. It .com and the ARMS profiles. is the heart and soul of Subaru, and What is the importance of upit’s very important to us that we carry loading documentation to Auit out through every initiative we take.




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We feel it reduces some of a shop’s liability. A lot of the liability falls on the collision centers to prove that these repairs were done properly. That can be a huge burden. When all of the information is uploaded into AutoWatch, shops have some evidence to prove that they were really doing the right thing. AutoWatch also provides real-time updates on vehicles for customers, which builds trust and helps them feel like a part of the process and secure in the work that the collision center is doing. It also offers the capability to track Customer Service Index (CSI). At the end of a repair, customers will receive a survey through AutoWatch where they can rate their experience and we can ensure the brand experience is being met.


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Does a shop need to be I-CAR Gold Class-certified?

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As an independent shop, when can I register for the program and what should I expect?



that helps collision centers do the right thing, then by all means, we are happy to help out. The other aspect we are requiring What is Subaru’s position on with scanning is that shops can either use the Subaru-specific SSM4 diagscanning? nostic tool and update the software on their own, or use the asTech system, which is a great tool for people who are working on all different makes and models. Either of those is accepted. No other equipment is approved. The only reason we are requiring those tools is that we can measure them and make The program is open to all Subaru retailers and independent sure they are up-to-date to collision centers ensure a safe and proper repair. We recently changed our scanning position statement to say Are there any other tooling that pre- and post-scanning are rerequirements? quired. Previously, it said they were Rather than requiring specific recommended. We believe that this is brands and models, the reintegral since there are so many things that can happen in an accident. We quired tools are based on specificaknow that collision centers often have tions. If shops have a welder that a hard time pushing this through with meets the specs for a safe and proper insurance providers, and if changing repair based on STIS, we are happy scanning to ‘required’ is something to have them use that.


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CIECA Welcomes Podium as New Corporate Member Podium recently joined CIECA as a Corporate Member. The privately held technology company, headquartered in Lehi, UT, provides a communication platform that enables collision centers to connect with customers and

help grow their businesses. Serving more than 26,000 small businesses in the USA, Canada and Australia, Podium is backed by Google Ventures and has been recognized by Inc. magazine, Forbes and others as one of the fastest-growing software companies worldwide. Jim Bauman, Podium’s product partnership manager, said the company helps shop owners build a shop’s online reputation on Google,



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Currently, the program is open to all Subaru retailers and independent collision centers. We are opening this program to anyone who is a hand-raiser right now. We gave retailers about six months to jump on board and secure their place in their area, and those that were interested have done that. There is no referral or sponsorship needed from a retailer to enroll. Positions will be assigned in order of inquiry and based on market demand. We’re using many metrics in each area, such as units in operation (UIO), insurance claims data and Subaru sales to determine market demand and how many collision centers we can have in a given geographical area. We’re not using the typical retailer area responsibility model because the UIO for aging vehicles are very different than a sales area. We are trying to do what’s fair because we don’t want to oversaturate the market. We want to make sure that the business and the work



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“As the collision repair industry evolves, the national organizations with strong franchise partners who have the scale and expertise to adapt to advanced repair standards, changing technology and insurance carrier needs will be the ones with the best opportunities for success,” said Michael Macaluso, president of CARSTAR. “We are focused on growing strategically in target markets with excellent franchise partners and providing these franchise partners the operations and marketing support to help them perform and grow with the most trusted

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I-CAR, CREF Award TX Auto Collision Program With Laptops Auto collision and management technology at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, TX, was recently awarded a Progressive Insurance laptop grant by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) and the Collision Repair Education Foundation during the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The SEMA Show is the world’s premier automotive specialty products trade event. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one location and provides educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities. With this grant, TSTC’s auto collision and management technology department will receive 10 laptops by the end of the year to use for

training purposes. “Every student in our program will benefit from these laptops,” said TSTC auto collision technology lead instructor Jose Vasquez. “This is a huge upgrade and a big deal for our program. We are very grateful to have received this award.” Vasquez said this award is part of a group effort within departments at TSTC. “Everyone from administration [to] statewide leads to the marketing department helped make this award possible,” said Vasquez. “And we are so thankful that everyone was able to do his/her part to help prove our need.” The laptops will be implemented for training in the program’s estimating/shop management course. Vasquez said these laptops, which will be equipped with estimating and management programs used in the industry, will allow his students to quickly research auto body parts and write up repair estimates for class assignments and live projects in which students will research damage, parts and estimate repairs for vehicles brought in by folks from the surrounding communities.

ASA Partners With Advance Auto Parts, TxDOT’s Drive Clean TX Campaign Three Texas youths harnessed their artistic skills to help spread the word about keeping Texas skies free of harmful car emissions. They created winning posters for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Drive Clean Texas campaign’s first Live & Breathe Texas Kids Poster Contest. Sponsored by Automotive Service Association (ASA), in conjunction with its affiliate, ASA-Texas, and Advance Auto Parts, the contest was open to K-12 students statewide. Students were asked to submit a poster that encourages Texas drivers to “do your part” to help keep emissions out of the beautiful Texas skies. Posters also could show how Texans “live and breathe” Texas air. “We needed help raising awareness about the importance of clean air in Texas, so we turned to our state’s most valuable resource—its youth,” said Beth Risch, chief operating officer of ASA. “The three winning entries do a spectacular job of illustrating why we should all do our part to protect our state’s air quality.” 56

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“Our priority is to prepare our students for the industry, and these laptops will allow them to experience firsthand what they will see when they begin working. This is industry-recommended training,” said

Vasquez. “This will improve students’ training and will make their research and estimates instant instead of the manual way we’re doing things now.” TSTC auto collision and management technology and I-CAR, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs, have a long-running partnership. I-CAR has provided students from TSTC’s auto collision program with scholarships, tool grants, U.S.

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NABC F.R.E.E. Program, BASF Provide Education for TX First Responders More than 60 first responders from around Texas recently gathered for a demonstration of the latest techniques in emergency vehicle extrication. The demonstration was provided by the National Auto Body Council First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) program and BASF. In crashes where minutes can spell the difference between life and death, first responders to the accident scene need up-to-date information so they can act quickly and safely. Knowing specifically where and how to efficiently cut, pry and extricate can save precious minutes and lives. Having such knowledge also benefits the safety of the first responders. Keeping first responders up-todate on the latest technology in vehicles is a challenge for every local fire department. The F.R.E.E. program helps first responders stay abreast of the rapid changes in vehicle design. High-strength steel, airbags, advanced restraint systems, onboard technology and safety around alternative fuel vehicles are all covered in

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Phoenix Solutions Group Unveils Digital Presence Management Solution With more and more consumers searching for body shops’ information online, it has become increasingly important for shops to clean up their digital presence. That’s one of the reasons why Phoenix Solutions Group (PSG) recently announced its new Digital Presence Management product. One purpose of its new product is to monitor and help shops revise incorrect listings about their site across all the listing sources that Google values the most. PSG President Nick Schoolcraft developed a system that cleans up online listings and generates first-party reviews that drive digital and voice search optimization—-the method that is now used for performing over 50 percent of search queries, according to Comscore. Delivered on a single platform, PSG’s system provides a shop with the first 360-degree view of its

presence in both traditional and online interactions. The numbers tell the story: 86 percent of all businesses have either missing or inconsistent company name information across all listing sources; 72 percent have either missing or incorrect information; and 71 percent have missing or incorrect phone numbers. In a recent product demonstration of PSG’s new Digital Presence Management product, Schoolcraft discussed how the company’s new collision customer research drove them to develop this product. “What we have found is that on average, the majority of a body shop’s organic search traffic comes from customers searching some form of the body shop’s name,” he said. “So if that basic information is not accurate and customers can’t find you easily, they may end up going elsewhere. If your phone number or address is

wrong, they could abandon the search and contact the next shop on their list, for example.” Schoolcraft also discussed how these types of searches, known as branded keyword searches, are not driven by any type of search engine optimization (SEO) programs. “Think about it: If people are typing in the shop’s name online, then you’d have to assume that they are already aware of the shop,” he said. “They’re not really searching for you, but simply finding you online, so you’ve already done the heavy lifting, and SEO is really not playing a role. Your name is in the front of their minds, so it’s important not to drop the ball at that point, and wrong information can do exactly that.” Schoolcraft also discussed how these statistics align with body shop customers’ traditional buying behavior. “Shopping for a body shop is not

The United States will not raise the rate of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products to 25 percent on Jan. 1, 2019, as previously planned, according to a statement from the White House.

Tariffs will remain at the current 10 percent rate imposed on Sept. 24, 2018, for at least another 90 days. The update came after a sideline meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit over the weekend of Dec. 1–2 in Buenos Aires. President Trump called the meeting “highly successful.” In return for the halt on a tariff rate increase, President Xi has agreed to purchase a yet-to-be-decided-upon, “very substantial” 58

amount of products from the U.S. According to the White House statement, the purchases will “reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries.” The two leaders agreed to begin negotiations on forced technology transfers, intellectual property protections, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft. President Trump cited forced technology transfers and a lack of intellectual property protections as reasons for the tariffs. Both parties agreed to try to complete the negotiations within the next 90 days, otherwise the 10 percent tariffs will be increased to 25 percent, according to the White House. Auto glass-related materials on the list of products subject to the tariff include: • • • •

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like shopping for a restaurant,” he said. “Restaurants have a sense of desire and interest, but unfortunately, shopping for a body shop is the exact opposite. In most cases, collision customers are already in the late stages of the buying cycle when they go online. They’ve consulted with people they trust about where to go and typically use the Internet to validate the relevant facts about the shop—-its address, phone number, hours, etc.—and perhaps check out a couple of reviews, but mostly they go directly to the shop’s website.” These industry-specific insights, along with his previous digital experience with Accenture, a global consulting firm specializing in digital transformation, helped PSG develop a digital marketing solution that was built specifically for the collision industry while incorporating relevant

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David Rogers Is the 2018 BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician David Rogers, an ASE-certified collision repair technician from New York Mills, MN, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year.

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Fifty-two automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 14 at the Fall 2018 Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification tests from among the ranks of the approximately quarter-million ASE-certified professionals

nationwide. “Dave, who is the body shop manager at Nyhus Chevrolet-Buick in Staples, is one of the outstanding ASE-certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry,” said Timothy Zilke, ASE president & CEO. “Each of these elite technicians is presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement.” “ASE has honored extraordinary industry professionals from across the nation for more than 40 years. This is made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. We are proud to partner with BodyShop Business to recognize Dave’s commitment to excellence in providing the very best in vehicle repair services to his extended community. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year, and Dave represents the best of the best.” We thank Pioneer Journal for reprint permission.

Collision Industry Leader Shelly Jones Launches Performance Sales Solutions by Chasidy Rae Sisk

Shelly Jones’ dedication and desire to positively impact the collision repair industry are apparent in everything she does. She serves as chair of the St. Louis I-CAR Committee and as president of Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC). “I have met great people through participating in these organizations. I have a lot of connections that have helped open doors for me. Whether I’m chairing a meeting or participating in an advisory board meeting, I am always a brand ambassador for the company that I work for,” she said. She believes that her experiences with these organizations will serve her and her customers well in her new business venture. She recently launched Performance Sales Solutions (PSS) with the goal of establishing the company as “the most recognized and respected sales solution for suppliers and buyers in the automotive industry.” In her new role, she represents the top parts suppliers, equipment suppliers and service providers as she strives to

connect them with buyers in the St. Louis, MO, metro area. PSS provides a sales and marketing service for suppliers in the automotive industry that sell to collision and automotive repair shops. The suppliers that team up with PSS are listed on the company’s website, receive social media presence on the PSS Instagram and Facebook pages and have sales representation in the field. According to Jones, “PSS provides a cost effective way to increase sales and online marketing, and I’ll only work with one client per category of service or product. For instance, PSS represents Quick Dent in the PDR category, so we would not represent any other PDR company. “We hope to be the most recognized and respected sales solution for suppliers and buyers in the automotive industry. My reputation is important to me, so I am driven to do a good job for my clients and their customers.” For more information on PSS, visit Performance SalesSolutions.com or contact Jones at 314-920-6710.

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As part of a restructuring, General Motors will stop production at five plants and cut its salaried work force by 15 percent (an estimated 14,000 workers, reported AP). Assembly plants in Ontario, Canada; Detroit, MI; and Warren, OH, and propulsion plants in White Marsh, MD, and Warren, MI, will stop operations. GM will cease the operations of two additional plants outside North America by the end of 2019. The locations of these plants have not been disclosed yet. “The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success.”

GM now intends to prioritize future vehicle investments in its next-generation battery-electric architectures. As the current vehicle portfolio is optimized, it is expected that more than 75 percent of GM”s global sales volume will come from five vehicle architectures by early in the next decade. The company plans to stop building several models now assembled at those plants, including the Chevrolet Cruze, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse, reported Reuters. In the midst of announcing a cut of roughly 14,000 jobs, GM confirmed it will add a third vehicle—a Cadillac crossover—to its production line-up at its Spring Hill plant in 2019, reported CBS. We thank Williamson Source for reprint permission.


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future digital trends. PSG’s Digital Presence Management product features 17 distinct solutions built to help body shops market themselves online more effectively, including the ability to generate first-party reviews through SMS or email and optimize their website for both voice and local search. The product also features a full suite of digital analytics, Schoolcraft explained. “We are so excited about this new product,” he said. “Using the help of artificial intelligence, we are finally able to marry our traditional collision customer research with a shop’s online sentiment to provide a shop everything it requires all in one place. We want to help shops realize that they don’t have to spend a significant amount of money to drive traffic to their website, especially since the majority of people already know who they are. We have eliminated all of the guesswork and can now help a shop optimize its online presence while gaining a better understanding of how to market its business to ensure the highest level of ROI.”

AASP National Elects New Executive Board During SEMA

tional Board had confidence in me to fill the position. I would like to work to see all trade associations work During the AASP National Board’s more closely together and provide semi-annual meeting in Las Vegas more benefits to members.” during the SEMA show, AASP Elder stated, “I look forward to elected its executive board. being a part of the board and The executive board inworking to make a difference cluded well-known industry for our member shops throughprofessionals from around the out the country.” country. AASP/MA President Adams shared, “I am honMolly Brodeur was elected as ored to be elected the new secretary/treasurer, and Bob president of AASP. I look Pulverenti, executive director forward to working with the of the Independent Garage board and their members to Owners of North Carolina provide them with my 30(IGONC), will serve as execplus years of business experiutive director chair of the naence in the automotive repair tional organization. industry. One of my main The role of vice president AASP National elected its new executive board during SEMA goals is to facilitate a dialogue will be filled by AASP/NJ’s in Las Vegas. (l to r) Bill Adams, Bob Pulverenti, Tom with our affiliates across the Tom Elder, and Bill Adams Elder, Molly Brodeur. Credit: Thomas Greco Publishing country to see what works of New York will serve as and what doesn’t as to how president of the board. Brodeur said, “I am honored their associations relate to individAASP National’s administrator, Judell Anderson, CAE, shared, to serve as an executive board ual members. Along with that, I “The new executive committee is member of AASP National. My would like to expand the membermade up of stellar individuals with goal is to support the board as we ship from areas around the country extensive experience and a commit- provide information, educational that currently do not have represenment to advancing the industry. I opportunities and resources to our tation. The more ideas that we can bring to the table, the more of a posam eager to work with them to affiliates.” Pulverenti shared, “I am thrilled itive impact we can have to grow strengthen AASP affiliates’ capacity to better serve the auto service and that the members of the AASP Na- business.” by Chasidy Rae Sisk

collision repair shops that we represent.” The newly appointed executive board members shared their reactions to being elected as well as their goals.

AkzoNobel Turns Over Keys for Refurbished Car Program to NABC Recycled Rides

This holiday season, even more people in need and the organizations that help them are getting support for getting around, thanks to the merger of two recycled car programs. AkzoNobel is handing over the keys for its Acoat® Selected Benevolence Program to combine it with the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides™ initiative. The latter has its roots in the AkzoNobel program. “Our program has enabled collision repair professionals across the nation to help thousands of their neighbors in need during the holiday season by presenting them with reconditioned cars,” said Rick Fifer, AkzoNobel central business services manager for automotive and specialty coatings. “By combining our customers’ efforts with the NABC Recycled Rides program, our industry will now be able to kick its community support into even higher gear.” The Original Driver The recycled car initiative started in the late 1990s, when Dave Adams, owner of Dave Adams Classic Collision in Orem, UT, saw mechanically 60

sound vehicles with minor body damage go to salvage yards. Looking to turn the corner for disadvantaged neighbors, Adams and his technicians decided to donate their skills to recondition these vehicles

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and gift them to community members in need. The program took off. Adams and his team found it rewarding to help others, vehicles were saved from the scrapyard, community members gained transportation, and Adams’ shop received positive attention. In 1999, Adams shared his success story at the AkzoNobel Acoat Selected North American Performance Group conference, a semi-annual event that brings together collision repair professionals. AkzoNobel decided to help and announced that it would sponsor any group member following in Adams’

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Inspiring Others In 2006, the National Auto Body Council took notice of the positive impact the Benevolence program made and asked for AkzoNobel’s guidance to help create its renowned NABC Recycled Rides program. Since launching it in 2007, NABC members have donated nearly 2,000 vehicles to individuals and nonprofit organizations. This year, AkzoNobel and the

NABC are merging their programs, so even more community members will get access to the transportation they need for their daily lives. “Our NABC Recycled Rides program is the perfect way to exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision repair industry,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the National Auto Body Council. “By bringing AkzoNobel’s Benevolence program participants into the NABC Recycled Rides program, we are uniquely positioned to provide the gift of transportation to even more deserving people in need.” “We are incredibly proud of our Acoat Selected members who have helped others through our Benevolence program, which has come a long way over the past 19 years,” added Fifer. “Now, we’re just as proud to officially transition it to the NABC Recycled Rides program and help even more people.” How To Participate Collision repair shops interested in participating in the NABC Recycled Rides program can find more information at https://www.nationalauto bodycouncil.org/recycled-rides/.


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