Category: Collision

TechForce Announces Griffin Howland FutureTechs Rock Grand Prize Winner

April 24th, 2020 by

The TechForce Foundation announced the 2020 FutureTechs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner is Griffin Howland, a senior in high school attending Pickens County Career and Technology College, in Liberty, S.C. TechForce the award to honor our student community and recognize those who have a promising future and will shape the transportation industry. Griffin’s nominator stated, […]

Absent Traffic Jams, Many Drivers Getting More Reckless

April 24th, 2020 by

Emptier streets may be encouraging some drivers to flaunt traffic safety laws, including speed limits. Despite there being far fewer vehicles on the road due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, state highway safety officials across the country are seeing a severe spike in speeding. Many states have reported alarming speed increases, with some noting a significant […]

Driven Brands Announces Acquisition of Fix Auto USA Collision Repair Franchisor and Auto Center Auto Body

April 24th, 2020 by

Driven Brands Announces Acquisition of Fix Auto USA Collision Repair Franchisor and Auto Center Auto Body Franchise operator adds 150 franchise collision repair centers to its network and 10 company owned stores. Driven Brands today officially announced its acquisition of Fix Auto USA (FUSA) and Auto Center Auto Body, Inc. (ACAB). The addition adds nearly […]

Estimate Tips

April 24th, 2020 by

Estimating Tip: Mitchell – Additional related refinish material calculations Auto Paint Materials Calculation: De-nib & Finesse, Finish Sand and Buff and Mask for Overspray, while coming on the estimate as a “Refinish” Labor Type, do not contribute to the materials calculation when using the “Rates” method. While those operations use materials, it is not at […]

DEG Estimating Tips

March 23rd, 2020 by

Estimating Tips Audatex: Frame Rack Equipment Set-up Times – Audatex DBRM Page 44, Section 4-2 states, “Setup of a vehicle on a frame machine, dedicated bench, or other measuring/straightening devices. Pulling time is not included (Standard Manual Entry M31 is available).“ Because of all the various types of equipment for repair vehicle structures, Audatex does […]

NHTSA Grants Low-Speed Driverless Delivery Vehicle Safety Exemption to Test Up to 5000 Vehicles on Public Roads

February 18th, 2020 by

Nuro plans to begin public testing in Houston, Texas within weeks. NHTSA announced February 6 that it granted Nuro’s request for a temporary exemption from some low-speed vehicle standard requirements. The exemption will allow the company to deploy up to 5,000 of its 2nd generation low-speed, occupantless electric delivery vehicle, the “R2.” Unlike a conventional […]

February DEG Estimating Tips

February 18th, 2020 by

Estimating Tips All Three Systems: Safety Inspections – Required inspections after a collision are manufacturer and vehicle specific down to the type of impact the vehicle has sustained. Information on what components need to be inspected and/or replaced after a collision can be found in all the OEM technical websites or using a 3rd party […]

DEG Update

January 30th, 2020 by

CCC: Included/Not Included Headliner Update – In November, CCC/MOTORS updated the “HEADLINER” section of the Guide to Estimating p pages specifically calling out “Interior lower moldings/trim” and “weatherstrip r/i” being NOT INCLUDED. Scenarios where this would apply are when the lower trims overlap the upper trims touching the headliner. Additionally, some surround weather strips around […]

Va. Governor Aims to Eliminate Vehicle Safety Inspections

January 30th, 2020 by

In his budget briefing, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled plans to eliminate the state’s motor vehicle safety inspection program. The ASA opposes the elimination of state vehicle safety inspections. Northam, however, would like to eliminate the vehicle safety inspection program and reduce vehicle registration fees by half. According to Northam, “data shows that there is […]

OEConnection Announces Agreements with Lexus North America and Gulf States Toyota

January 30th, 2020 by

Parts suppliers will use CollisionLink for collision repair parts marketing. OEConnection (OEC) today announced agreements with two collision repair parts suppliers to use the company’s marketing solutions. OEConnection logoOEC will provide Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., (Lexus) with CollisionLink, the Lexus Collision Parts Marketing Program. CollisionLink enables the dealer network to […]