BMW: 2020 M2 CS, M8 Coupe and Gran Coupe use carbon fiber; special-edition MINI does too

BMW last year described three 2020 M models and a limited-run MINI which indicate the OEM continues to be a fan of carbon fiber. 2020 M2 CS The 2020 M2 CS Coupe, which starts at [...]

2020-01-17T11:09:01-05:00January 17th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

CIC panelists: Battle on auto body scan necessity mostly over

Collision Industry Conference panelists on Thursday described insurers and repairers largely in agreement on the issue of diagnostic scanning. Fountain Valley Auto Body Works operations manager Michael Marsh, whose company’s two locations handle more than [...]

2020-01-17T07:08:21-05:00January 17th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Gerber Collision enters Calif. with purchase of 9 SoCal auto body facilities

Southern California auto body shops might face steeper competition following what Gerber Collision on Monday announced was its acquisition of nine locations in the area. The deal involves six-shop International Auto Crafters and three-shop Centre [...]

2020-01-16T11:07:58-05:00January 16th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

SCRS: Not-included operation ‘Blueprint Optimization Tool’ software still targeted for 1Q

Society of Collision Repair Specialists Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg said Wednesday that the organization still anticipates launching its electronic “Guide to Complete Repair Planning – Blueprint Optimization Tool” this quarter despite an unexpected snag. – [...]

2020-01-16T00:52:21-05:00January 16th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

CREF, I-CAR committees, others give nearly $500K to vo-tech; Mitchell donates $3.4M in software

The Collision Repair Education Foundation last month said it and other donors provided nearly $500,000 worth of assistance to 102 schools in 29 states. Hopefully, the awards will help make a dent in the tech [...]

2020-01-15T14:38:48-05:00January 15th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

CREF, I-CAR, others give nearly $500K to vo-tech; Mitchell donates $3.4M in software

The Collision Repair Education Foundation last month said it and other donors provided nearly $500,000 worth of assistance to 102 schools in 29 states. Hopefully, the awards will help make a dent in the tech [...]

2020-01-15T11:22:22-05:00January 15th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

GM lists parts, terms of ‘Electronic Minimum Resale Price’ initiative

General Motors’ “Electronic Minimum Resale Price” policy launched Jan. 1, affecting more than 30 air conditioning compressor, fuel pump module and oxygen sensor SKUs combined as of Tuesday. The policy might prevent GM parts vendors from [...]

2020-01-14T20:52:30-05:00January 14th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Assured Performance: New system, directors to help certified body shops document repairs

Recent Assured Performance announcements should help certified body shops compile the documentation proving they’ve delivered a quality repair, according to CEO Scott Biggs. Biggs said Thursday that Assured Performance was engaged in a “massive initiative” [...]

2020-01-14T18:37:29-05:00January 14th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

‘Who Pays?’: 80+% of auto body shops say insurers paying scans ‘most,’ ‘all’ of the time

A fall survey of several hundred collision repairers found virtually all of them seeking payment for pre- and post-repair scans and insurers frequently agreeing to cover that bill. More than eighty percent of the shops [...]

2020-01-13T14:52:32-05:00January 13th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Scanning, calibration key Collision Industry Conference topics this week

Going to the Collision Industry Conference on Thursday? Get ready to debate your colleagues and to dive deeper into some of the sector’s hottest topics with our breakdown of the agenda highlights. It’s probably a [...]

2020-01-13T13:07:24-05:00January 13th, 2020|RDN News Feed|