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RAE: Dealer relationship crucial to make OEM certification work

Failure to develop a dealer relationship might be a significant roadblock to earning a return on investment for OEM certification, according to a supplier of the equipment OEMs require for such networks. Many collision repairers [...]

2020-11-27T11:08:34-05:00November 27th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Clearcover: Snapsheet partnership, AI means auto claims in ‘industry-leading turnaround time’

Auto insurer Clearcover last month announced that its Clear Claims software can with Snapsheet’s support review a claim and issue initial payment in as little as 13 minutes. Clearcover called this “an industry-leading claim adjustment [...]

2020-11-26T11:09:35-05:00November 26th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

SEMA guest column: Case studies in modifying ADAS-equipped vehicles

Editor’s note: For a collision repairer, the goal is to restore a vehicle to proper OEM tolerances. Failure to do so might alter the effectiveness of advanced driver assistance systems. But what happens when an [...]

2020-11-25T11:08:36-05:00November 25th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Electric BMW iX’s body features includes ‘Carbon Cage,’ optimized aerodynamics

BMW last week unveiled a fully electric iX “Sports Activity Vehicle” sporting a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic “Carbon Cage” paired with an “aluminum spaceframe.” “The aluminum spaceframe body structure of the BMW iX is a first [...]

2020-11-24T11:09:08-05:00November 24th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

BMW iX has special ‘self-healing’ sensor-friendly grille, high-tech roof

The upcoming BMW iX will feature a grille whose “role has turned digital,” creating potentially new considerations for the common collision repair surface. BMW doesn’t need a grille to cool the iX’s fully electric powertrain, [...]

2020-11-24T11:08:37-05:00November 24th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Gerber Collision parent company Boyd seeks to double again in five years

Boyd Group Services last week announced a goal to double in size from 2019 levels — executives described 2020 as a throwaway year — between 2021 and 2025. The pledge to investors echoes the company’s [...]

2020-11-23T11:10:27-05:00November 23rd, 2020|RDN News Feed|

National General, J.D. Power: Give customer clarity on virtual inspection limits

A Top 20 insurer and J.D. Power this month said customers have embraced virtual claims processes but agreed a failure to explain its limitations could sour them on the experience. National General claims process and [...]

2020-11-23T11:09:56-05:00November 23rd, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Ark., Calif., Iowa, Mo., Okla.: MSO auto body chains expanding into new states

A slew of expansion announcements between Sept. 1 and Friday bring superregional MSOs and two national chains into new states, suggesting a potentially more difficult competitive landscape for both DRP and non-DRP independents there. Focus [...]

2020-11-23T07:08:31-05:00November 23rd, 2020|RDN News Feed|
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