Nationwide’s Spire spinoff uses phone telematics, offers quote in 60 sec., will examine auto claims next

Nationwide last month announced the launch of Spire, a spinoff carrier which can deliver a quote in 60 seconds and will predominantly base rates on the policyholder’s driving. Nationwide said in a Sept. 24 news [...]

2019-10-18T13:53:55-04:00October 18th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Podium: Auto body shops offering texting might capture more keys, cut cycle time

Text messaging can help a body shop catch and keep customers and move them through the process faster, a Podium executive said Wednesday. “More and more people are putting the priority of convenience higher … [...]

2019-10-18T07:23:39-04:00October 18th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Ford to offer EV buyers largest charging network; Volvo gives free juice for XC40 plug-in hybrids

Ford on Thursday announced its electric vehicle customers could access more than 35,000 plugs at 12,000 charging stations across North America, a move designed to reassure consumers considering buying a battery-powered cars, trucks or SUV. [...]

2019-10-17T14:22:20-04:00October 17th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Chief: ‘Control’ matters more than revenue for auto body shops aligning wheels in-house

Collision repairers buying the equipment to bring alignment in-house don’t seem to be doing it for the revenue stream, according to a Chief manager. Instead, “it’s a control thing, and a quality thing,” Chief global [...]

2019-10-17T11:37:48-04:00October 17th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

CCC: ADAS might be starting to eat into auto repair frequency

A CCC analyst on Tuesday said market data appears to show later-model vehicles getting into fewer crashes because of advanced driver assistance systems. CCC lead analyst and director Susanna Gotsch showed a Collision Industry Electronic [...]

2019-10-16T15:23:05-04:00October 16th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

SCRS: Velodyne, ‘Smart Steel’ maker MSC, DEKRA, SEMA panelists to help shops prep for future tech

Two cutting-edge OEM suppliers, a leading global safety testing and inspection firm, and SEMA’s vice president of vehicle technology will help auto body shops prepare for emerging automotive trends during the OEM Collision Repair Technology [...]

2019-10-16T12:52:20-04:00October 16th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

SEMA Week CIC agenda features interview with Seebachans, ‘Cost of Quality’ panel

Though an appearance by the couple injured in the Honda Fit fixed by John Eagle Collision is likely to be the most riveting part of the summit, repairers, insurers, vendors and others should find plenty [...]

2019-10-16T07:24:14-04:00October 16th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Sign up now to meet with SCRS 401(k) advisers at SEMA

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists on Tuesday invited all collision repairers attending SEMA to meet with financial advisers on the trade group’s multiple-employer 401(k) plan. The plan offers SCRS members the opportunity to leverage [...]

2019-10-15T17:37:35-04:00October 15th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

GM teases new ‘Electronic Minimum Resale Price’ policy coming Jan. 1

General Motors on Tuesday announced it would institute an “Electronic Minimum Resale Price” on “certain products” at the beginning of 2020. The OEM said more information would be coming Nov. 1. It said only a [...]

2019-10-15T15:24:18-04:00October 15th, 2019|RDN News Feed|