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Premiere Services wins LKQ reman infotainment exclusivity, stresses data protection

Premiere Services last month announced it would be LKQ’s exclusive provider of remanufactured infotainment systems in the U.S. and Canada. The July 1 news release stressed that the company would return the previously owned parts [...]

2019-08-13T07:07:21-04:00August 13th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Repairer: Test-driving vehicle with ADAS should be ‘mandatory’

It’s “mandatory” that collision repairers test-drive a vehicle following ADAS calibration, LaMettry’s Collision operations President Darrell Amberson argued before the Collision Industry Conference last month. Amberson, whose regional MSO handles many calibrations in-house, recalled a [...]

2019-08-12T11:07:37-04:00August 12th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

DOJ proposes to terminate 1963 auto repair consent decree between U.S., insurer groups

The U.S. Department of Justice last week proposed terminating the 1963 consent decree reached between the government and auto insurance trade groups over collision repair business practices. Collision repairers, insurers and other interested parties have [...]

2019-08-09T16:53:25-04:00August 9th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

‘OES’ service, ‘OE Second Line’ parts still vetted, warrantied by Toyota

As the collision ecosystem debates what to call various “Opt-OE” categories of parts, a Toyota auto body repair expert last month offered perspective into how one OEM oversees and classified its official parts. Toyota only [...]

2019-08-09T11:09:51-04:00August 9th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Toyota defines authorized supply chain, ‘Toyota part,’ says warranties don’t carry downstream

One automaker’s recent description of its service parts supply chain and warranty might help the industry resolve some of the controversy over what to call new OEM parts sold by a third-party vendor rather than [...]

2019-08-09T11:09:20-04:00August 9th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Volkswagen says ‘nearly all’ 2020 VWs to have autobraking, blind spot checks

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced “nearly all” of its 2020 model year vehicles would carry standard front autobraking — including for pedestrians — rear-cross-traffic AEB and blind spot monitoring. Consumer Reports research reported by the Insurance [...]

2019-08-09T07:08:16-04:00August 9th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

I-CAR white paper: In-Shop Knowledge Assessment program can halve time to Gold Class

There’s still time for a shop to squeak in before I-CAR dumps the old Gold Class rules in favor of a stricter threshold, and one way to accomplish this might be an “In-Shop Knowledge Assessment” [...]

2019-08-08T13:52:17-04:00August 8th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Auto-Owners: Honor OEM position statements on scans; estimates to start at 2 hours mechanical

Auto-Owners has advised insurance adjusters that diagnostic checks are “integral” and might be needed even if an OEM doesn’t have a position statement. “Auto-Owners Insurance Company believes pre and post scans are integral operations needed [...]

2019-08-07T19:23:12-04:00August 7th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

IIHS: Knee airbags don’t do much for belted occupants

Collision repairers, insurers and consumers might see repairs get slightly easier and more affordable soon, based on new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety research finding knee airbags have a “negligible” safety effect. In fact, it’s [...]

2019-08-07T12:37:19-04:00August 7th, 2019|RDN News Feed|