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DuckerFrontier: Aluminum has grown in skeleton of cars; spike in bumpers expected

Aluminum growth in vehicles isn’t just skin deep. DuckerFrontier this summer estimated vehicles are displaying greater percentages of nonferrous chassis and crash management parts than a few years ago. On the whole, DuckerFrontier projected vehicles [...]

2020-10-20T07:23:36-04:00October 20th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Calif. shop: State Farm refuses new BMW steering gear despite evidence of issue

Despite alignment data, OEM instructions and a “notchy and heavy” vehicle feel, State Farm this summer refused to cover a new steering gear assembly on a late-model BMW, a California shop said. “I had to [...]

2020-10-19T17:38:30-04:00October 19th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

SCRS, RAE to give $19,500+ in equipment to lucky virtual RDE student

Undeterred by 2020’s virtual format, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists announced it would continue its tradition of big-ticket SEMA Week raffles. This year, the organization will give away more than $19,500 in equipment from [...]

2020-10-19T13:53:28-04:00October 19th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

DuckerFrontier: Auto aluminum content to grow 12% by 2026, expect more closures, fenders

A new study by DuckerFrontier for the Aluminum Association estimates automakers will incorporate 514 pounds of aluminum into the average vehicle by 2026, a 12 percent increase from today. The expansion has significant ramifications for [...]

2020-10-16T17:53:28-04:00October 16th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Quality Collision Group growth plan includes building new sites, long-term PE partner

Susquehanna Private Capital’s plans for the new Quality Collision Group MSO differ from the traditional private equity collision playbook. Perhaps the most obvious is its launch of a consolidator emphasizing what Quality Collision Group CEO Jerod [...]

2020-10-16T07:08:38-04:00October 16th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

‘Who Pays?’: Major auto insurers more likely to OK repairs without reinspections; fewer quick desk reviews

About 68 percent of collision repairers surveyed reported “always” or “usually” encountering insurer approval without coming out to their shops to reinspect. Last year, this only proved true for 52 percent of the respondents polled [...]

2020-10-15T14:09:16-04:00October 15th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

CCC: Repairable auto claims down 22.7 percent in September

Collision repairers saw worse business conditions in September than they did in August, with CCC reporting Wednesday repairable claims last month were down 22.7 percent compared to September 2019. By contrast, August repairable claims were [...]

2020-10-15T11:08:29-04:00October 15th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

PE-backed Quality Collision Group talks strategy of ‘OE-centric approach’

Quality Collision Group CEO Jerod Guerin said Wednesday his newly formed national MSO’s “OE-centric approach” wouldn’t preclude direct repair programs, but the company wouldn’t solely hinge their business model upon them either. Guerin said the [...]

2020-10-15T07:09:10-04:00October 15th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Free Ford resources for body shops include parts diagrams, owner’s manuals

I-CAR and Ford recently highlighted how a collision repair professional could leverage the OEM’s free consumer-facing parts website and owner’s manuals for valuable information. I-CAR also reemphasized the value of the free fordcrashparts.com informational portal [...]

2020-10-14T15:11:24-04:00October 14th, 2020|RDN News Feed|
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