Collision Feature

Tugging Back at the Big 4’s Pull

Shop owners wrestling with the large MSOs tell how they’re surviving and thriving despite the competition. Almost-weekly announcements of new acquisitions and growth by the “Big 4” collision industry consolidators might seem scary for single-location or smaller multi-shop operations (MSOs). Given the marketing strength, insurer contacts and other potential advantages large MSOs bring to the […]

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Damage Control

Check out these nine expert tips for streamlining your collision estimating process and learn how to apply them in your shop. Estimating the cost of repairs in a collision shop is one of the most important steps in the repair process. According to industry professionals, the way we estimate hasn’t changed in about 30 years. […]

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Aluminum Foiled?

Use these expert tips to avoid the pitfalls of converting your shop to ‘advanced material’ repairs. Aluminum repair is more a business challenge for collision repairers than a technical one. Aluminum hoods 1have been in use for years, and even shops that years ago geared up to repair more “aluminum-intensive,” high-end vehicles say the material […]

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Civic Improvements

How Honda’s new steels and safety systems will impact collision repairs. The 2016 Honda Civic, available since November 2015, was recently named AutoGuide.com 2016 Car of the Year. According to Colum Wood, AutoGuide group editorial director, “A car that’s this good, with Honda’s reputation for quality, reliability and durability, just doesn’t come along every day.” […]

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The Road to Refinement

How to recognize and implement process efficiencies in your auto body shop that promote profitability. What’s the fastest way to make more money in the collision industry? Enable your labor pool to become more efficient. Cost cutting can yield some improvement to your bottom line, but increasing your facility output (assuming sufficient volume is available) […]

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In Need of Repair?

Since State Farm’s national PartsTrader program went into effect, shops and others in the industry have adapted. But it’s been a bumpy road, and changes may be just around the corner if pending legislation gains support. Since the implementation of PartsTraders’ national mandate by State Farm, reviews have been mixed. Although collision repair shops and […]

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Passing the Torch

As aluminum gains on steel in auto-body structure, these 10 tips will transform you into a shop superhero for the brave new world of welding. No spoiler alert here: Aluminum is the auto industry’s new super metal. Its strength is exceptional for a lightweight metal, and its flexibility in usage for vehicle bodies, structural components, […]

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Cadillac CT6: A Game Changer

As a collision repairer, what will you need to know to work on this vehicle’s advanced mixed material structure? Cadillac will expand and elevate its portfolio with the upcoming launch of its new top-of-the-range model, the 2016 Cadillac CT6. A new, high-tech formula for the luxury sedan, this car also represents a new milestone for […]

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Waterborne Paint: What’s New

An update from some of the leading paint companies on the latest technology and innovations. Cars are changing. So is the paint that covers them. What’s new? For the answer to that question, AutoInc. reached out to the paint companies and to ASA-member shops that specialize in collision repair. And it zeroed in on waterborne […]

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That New Car Is All Bent Out of Shape;
Can You Fix It?

Why frame machines are more needed than ever. The customer’s nearly new car is all bent out of shape and he has brought it to your collision repair shop to be mended. Can you fix it? After all, cars have changed. High-strength steels, aluminum and other alloys are increasingly being used in vehicles to reduce […]

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Partners in Customer Satisfaction

How providers of Green Recycled Parts® are helping collision repairers put green in their repairs and their pockets. As a busy collision repair shop owner or manager, when the word “green” is mentioned, your first thought might be “show me the profits!” You might also think of new procedures to reduce shop hazards or waste. […]

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Get Ready for Aluminum – Is your shop repair-ready?

With Ford’s introduction of the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150, aluminum has become this year’s collision repair industry buzzword. Not just for high-end imports anymore, aluminum is going mainstream, and a growing number of shops are gearing up so that they are repair-ready. Repairing collision-damaged aluminum vehicles requires different procedures, techniques and equipment than are necessary to […]

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