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AAPEXedu To Highlight Top Trends in Automotive Aftermarket The 2018 AAPEXedu program is offering 18 sessions on the top trends, challenges and opportunities in the automotive aftermarket industry and how attendees can position themselves to stay ahead of the curve and grow their businesses. AAPEX represents the $740 billion global automotive aftermarket industry and will take place Tuesday, Oct. 30 through Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. During the “2019 Aftermarket Outlook” sessions, NPD Group Inc. will once again unveil the results of its latest Consumer Outlook Survey— now in its 13th annual edition—exclusively to AAPEX attendees. IHS Markit will return with its information-packed “Five Trends in Five Minutes: Key Trends Impacting the North American Automotive Aftermarket” session to reveal the hottest trends shaping the industry. The additional sessions will cover the impact of the latest industry trends and developments, including emerging vehicle technologies, shifts in vehicle ownership and fleet management, autonomous vehicles and ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negoti-

manufacturers and professionals under 40. Sessions are organized in the following tracks: Technology, Industry Trends, Service Professionals Program, Business Management, Import/Export, Heating/Cooling, Heavy Duty, Paint & Body, and a Young Professionals Program. AAPEXedu sessions are accredited by the University of the Aftermarket toward the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) AAPEX 2018 attendees will learn how the top trends in designations. the automotive aftermarket will impact their businesses All AAPEXedu sesand how to prepare for the future sions are included in the part failure, advanced driver assis- AAPEX online registration fee, tance systems (ADAS), as well as which is $40 (U.S.) through Friday, Transportation as a Service (TaaS) Oct. 12. To register, visit: www .aapex and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). The AAPEXedu 2018 program will comprise approximately 50 sessions. While many are suitable for all SUBSCRIBE TO OUR automotive aftermarket audiences, the program offers specific sessions YOUTUBE CHANNEL: designated for automotive service professionals and repair shops, parts suppliers, national service chains, ations. AAPEXedu sessions also will address enabling the connected future and the secure vehicle impact, the digital transformation of China’s automotive aftermarket, predictive

CIF Disaster Relief for 2018 Hurricane Season

On Sept. 12, the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) announced its Disaster Relief Task Force is continually poised to render assistance to industry members who may be impacted by natural disasters. As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the East Coast and the 2018 hurricane season goes in full swing, the CIF wants to bring awareness of its mission and seek support for this cause. “It’s comforting to know the Collision Industry Foundation exists to assist our fellow brothers and sisters impacted by natural disasters,” stated Dale Matsumoto of Auto Body Hawaii and board member of ABPAH. “If you or others you know are impacted by any storms or other natural disasters, please go to the CIF website and request aid,” said Michael Quinn, CIF Disaster Relief Task Force chairman.

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A&B Collision Owners Discuss AB 1679 With Cecilia Aguiar-Curry in CA by John Jensen, Lake County News

Assemblymember Cecilia AguiarCurry recently traveled to Clearlake, CA, and met with Bill Stone and Alvaro Valencia, co-owners of A&B Collision, before attending the Clearlake Oaks Business Association meeting later that day. Stone and Valencia had previously met Aguiar-Curry at a legislative day event earlier this year and wanted to talk about Assembly Bill 1679, which would have handed more control to insurance companies than auto body repairers, according to Valencia. During the meeting, AguiarCurry spoke with both business owners about the potential impacts of the legislation over a front bumper that was approved by insurance but re-

quired retooling to actually fit on a vehicle. Opposed by auto body shop owners, including Stone and Valencia, as well as the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog, the bill failed to clear its appropriations committee by the deadline of January 2018, effectively killing the legislation. If the bill is renewed and defeated, body shops will have more impact on auto body repairs, Valencia told Lake County News. Should AB 1679 pass in the future, Valencia said, “insurance companies will have more impact on repairs. They don’t know all the repairs that have to be done [to] a vehicle.” We thank Lake County News for reprint permission.

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