CIC Emerging Tech head explains FCA SGW, says other OEM firewalls coming

The head of the Collision Industry Conference Emerging Technologies Committee on Thursday gave the audience a brief rundown on the Secure Gateway Modules they’re likely encountering on FCA vehicles. Mitchell auto physical damage solutions Senior [...]

2020-01-20T14:52:18-05:00January 20th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

‘We’re drowning’: At CIC, calls for industry to wake up and improve

Both Collision Industry Conference Chairman Jeff Peevy and the CIC Estimating Committee on Thursday demanded better of the industry, with Peevy promising to challenge CIC committees to produce different conversations at the summits. Peevy said [...]

2020-01-20T07:08:00-05:00January 20th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

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|