Registration open for 10th SCRS Repairer Driven Education series at SEMA

Early registration is underway for the 10th annual Society of Collision Repair Specialists Repairer Driven Education series at SEMA, and attendees should take care not to arrive too late or leave too early that week. [...]

2019-08-16T11:37:18-04:00August 16th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

FCA talks higher-strength steel repair restrictions on 2019 Ram 1500

Various higher-strength steel components on the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 must be replaced as complete assemblies, not sectioned, a collision repair expert confirmed earlier this month. FCA in 2018 said that the 2019 Ram 1500 [...]

2019-08-16T11:07:33-04:00August 16th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Sales at LKQ, Gerber parent company Boyd, other repairers beat out market of fewer claims

Earnings reports and a survey of the collision repair ecosystem found auto body shops and LKQ able to grow sales last quarter despite what CCC reported was a decline in collision and liability claims. LKQ [...]

2019-08-15T11:37:42-04:00August 15th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Bloomberg: CARSTAR, Maaco parent Driven Brands might be offered for sale

Bloomberg on Tuesday cited unidentified sources to report that Roark Capital is considering selling Driven Brands next quarter for up to $2 billion. Driven Brands franchises the CARSTAR and Maaco brands to collision repairers and [...]

2019-08-15T11:08:04-04:00August 15th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

O’Day to take over as CEO of Gerber parent Boyd Group in 2020

Boyd Group Chief Operating Officer Tim O’Day will succeed longtime CEO Brock Bulbuck effective Jan. 2, 2020, the company announced Tuesday. Bulbuck will remain as executive chairman of the company, whose portfolio includes Gerber Collision [...]

2019-08-14T16:52:48-04:00August 14th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Preparation, conversation up front might help shops encountering ADAS calibration

Identifying the need for calibration and blocking out the timing of repair procedures up front might help avoid uncomfortable situations with consumers and insurers, based on lessons from the July 25 Collision Industry Conference. Insurer-Repairer [...]

2019-08-14T11:07:19-04:00August 14th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Attorney: Subtle ‘material difference’ can open up imported OEM part to Lanham Act lawsuit

Lack of OEM warranty on a grey-market part could constitute a “material difference” that would be grounds for trademark infringement litigation, an intellectual property attorney said this month. The comments by Boston-based Burns & Levinson [...]

2019-08-14T07:07:19-04:00August 14th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

CIC session shows need for calibration training, OEM procedures

Collision repairers should get on top of calibration by reviewing OEM procedures and obtaining sufficient training, based on a joint Collision Industry Conference Emerging Technologies and Insurer-Repairer Relations Committee session July 25. Emerging Technologies Chairman [...]

2019-08-13T11:07:47-04:00August 13th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

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|