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With donations way down, CREF recognizes insurer aid, announces Chip Foose fundraiser

The Collision Repair Education Foundation on Tuesday announced its mission to help needy auto body vo-tech programs had been jeopardized a lack of resources on its own part. There are a couple of bright spots [...]

2020-09-18T16:08:45-04:00September 18th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

State Farm to buy minimum-lines auto insurer GAINSCO for $400M

State Farm on Thursday announced its first purchase of a fellow carrier in its 98-year-old history: a $400 million cash deal for nonstandard auto insurer GAINSCO. “We believe this acquisition positions both our company and [...]

2020-09-17T14:23:28-04:00September 17th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Fix Network World CEO says talks underway with U.S. ProColor prospects, explains target states

Fix Network World CEO Steve Leal on Wednesday shared more details about his plans for a U.S. arm of ProColor Collision, including that the company had already begun talks with American body shops. “We’re already [...]

2020-09-17T07:20:21-04:00September 17th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Mitchell: 50% estimates have scans; calibration rates rise to 8.51% on newer models

Mitchell this week reported internal data showing “nearly 50% of vehicles repaired include a charge on the estimate for Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) scanning” in the second quarter of 2020. That’s up from “less than [...]

2020-09-16T18:09:02-04:00September 16th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

I-CAR-Ford presentation highlights connection between ADAS, F-150 taillight

I-CAR and Ford last month taught repairers about using Ford’s official OEM repair instruction website MotorcraftService.com with a look at a repair procedure some estimators, technicians and insurers might have overlooked. The joint I-CAR and [...]

2020-09-16T07:09:53-04:00September 16th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Fix Network World to launch ProColor Collision in U.S. with focus on 4 states

Global collision repair franchisor Mondofix announced Tuesday it would expand its major Canadian ProColor Collision franchise brand into the United States. “It offers independent body shops in the US an opportunity to join one of [...]

2020-09-16T07:09:22-04:00September 16th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Airplane repairer shows collision audience another industry valuing OEM procedures

An aviation technician last month told a VeriFacts Guild 21 call that aerospace repairers risked noncompliance by using anything other than that day’s repair procedures. The Aug. 13 webinar by aviation and power plant technician [...]

2020-09-15T07:08:55-04:00September 15th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

DOL clarifies rules on small-biz paid sick leave for COVID-19 illness, childcare

Rewritten Department of Labor guidance issued Friday might offer auto body shop employers, employees, and managers greater clarity on the federal COVID-19 paid sick leave rules for small businesses. The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” [...]

2020-09-14T16:54:07-04:00September 14th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

DOI clarifies rules on small-biz paid sick leave for COVID-19 illness, childcare

Rewritten Department of Labor guidance issued Friday might offer auto body shop employers, employees, and managers greater clarity on the federal COVID-19 paid sick leave rules for small businesses. The “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” [...]

2020-09-14T15:53:55-04:00September 14th, 2020|RDN News Feed|
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