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|

SCRS, other groups urge easier PPP forgiveness, express concern on SBA loan necessity reviews

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists partnered with separate coalitions of trade groups this week to seek two pieces of relief related to the Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness process. SCRS and the two assortments of [...]

2020-11-20T13:53:44-05:00November 20th, 2020|RDN News Feed|
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