This Week In Auto Body and Collision Repair News

Membership Discount through I-CAR and NABC Partnership

The National Auto Body Council (NBAC) and I-CAR have come to an agreement via a partnership to offer a discount on both of their memberships.  The agreement was announced on May 21st and will include a discount on I-CAR Gold Class businesses all the way through the end of 2014.

Additionally, NABC will be providing prospective members with a 30% discount to their Bronze Membership.  The reason behind this is because of the shared goals that both NABC and I-CAR share in the auto body and collision repair industry.  Jeff Peevy, the senior director of field operations at I-CAR stated, “I-CAR and NABC have complementary goals of encouraging professionalism and promoting a positive image of our industry.”  He went on to say, “One of the best ways to achieve this is to support and enable the growth of an organization designed for this purpose.”

Once a business has obtained an NABC membership, they will be afforded opportunities to develop and sustain a prominent leadership position in the auto body and collision repair industry.  There are also various events that member businesses will be invited to attend such as First Responders Emergency Extraction, Distracted Driving Initiative and Recycled Rides.  The overall goal that both these companies share is to help promote a networking positive industry and to benefit off of each other’s successes, while helping to deal with failures.

Auto Sales Fall Short Of Automaker Recalls 

 

graphYear over year we have seen that recalls for manufactured vehicles have out-paced sales in the industry.  This data, provided by the Certified Automotive Parts Association (or CAPA) has caused quite a stir and an increase in discussions amongst auto manufacturers.  CAPA is challenging the major players in the manufacturing industry to reconsider their prevailing ideas about parts.

According to CAPA, due to more than 21 million cars being recalled in the past 5 months, we will experience the 5th year in a row where recalls outperformed total sales in the industry.  CAPA warns that this must be corrected for the automobile industry to remain liquid and to keep providing quality cars for affordable prices.

At Sanford Paint & Body and Martin’s Collision Center, you can rest assured that we are members of both I-CAR Gold as well as the NBAC.  Our customers and quality of work are our number one priority from start to finish.  We even offer to tow your car 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you have been involved in an accident and organize a rental car on your behalf.  Visit our home page for more information on our services, hours and contact information!

This Week In Auto Body and Collision News

I-CAR To Launch New Interactive Training Course

I-CAR, the industry standard for repairing the technologically advanced vehicles that we drive today, has announced that it will soon be launching a new interactive training course.  This new course will specifically focus on the steering and suspension systems on today’s cars.  The new course, called Advanced Steering and Suspension Systems Damage Analysis, or DAM15 for short, will be released on June 9th 2014.  This new course will actually take the place of an outdated training module called Electronically Controlled Steering and Suspension Systems (or STE05).

The replacement of the old training system is being done in order to keep up with the ever-evolving automotive repair industry.  As technology continues to influence and modify the vehicles that we drive, we also have to adapt the standards that auto body repair shops abide by.  If the advanced steering and suspension systems are not repaired property there is a good chance that the vehicle could be severed compromised from functioning properly, ultimately leading to more accidents, injuries and deaths.  It is always I-CAR’s goal to continuously modify, update and replace out of date practices that do not apply to the types of automobiles being manufactured in this day and age.

This new training module will also be considered a 3 credits, one-hour course and it does meet the requirements for auto damage appraisers, estimators and mechanical/electrical technicians in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program.  Martin’s Collision Center and Sanford Paint & Body have been certified I-CAR Gold since our inception years ago, and we continue to participate in the updated training courses they release each year.

Valspar Automotive Joins NABC as Diamond Member

Valspar Automotive, one of the largest suppliers of automotive paints in the industry, as recently achieved Diamond level membership with the National Auto Body Council.  Peter Willman, General Manager of Valspar Automotive North America, stated that since the first time they met with NABC reps that their ultimate goal was to achieve a Diamond level membership with the council.  Only 8 months later, they have proven they have what it takes to join the other 31 auto body companies that lay claim to this prestigious membership status. Along with NABC, they will be joining a host of over 200 member companies that also help support this important council.

When asked about the newest edition to their diamond level membership, Chuck Sulkala, Executive Director of the NABC had these words to offer: “We applaud and welcome Valspar’s leadership commitment to the National Auto Body Council.  Valspar’s membership at our highest Diamond level represents a strong endorsement of the value and important work by our entire membership as we continue to strengthen and build a positive image of our collision industry.”

Auto Body News Update – 5/14/14

I-CAR CEO Will Present Study Results in Nashville

John Van Alstyne, CEO of I-CAR, will be in Nashville, Tennessee on May 22nd to give a two-hour presentation at the One Century Place Conference Center.  Beyond the normal updates about business at I-CAR and any new procedures that they will be introducing to the marketplace, John also plans on releasing the results of a study that was conducted to test return on investment for auto boy shops before and after I-CAR training systems were implemented.

Additionally, Mr. Van Alstyne will cover all of the key steps required in order to create an environment of learning at an auto body shop, along with additional facts that were uncovered during the study.  In an I-CAR release, it was stated, “You will receive practical advice designed to help you increase market share, keep your best employees, and grow your bottom line”.  So, if increasing profitability is on your list of to-dos for 2014, this might be a seminar worth attending.  The presentation is slated to begin at 9 a.m. on May 22nd.

OmniVision To Release Automotive Image Sensor

OmniVision has long been the industry leader in development of advanced digital solutions for various industries and marketplaces.  They have now announced and released the first of its kind illumination device on the rear of vehicles in attempt to shed light on that area and help avoid potential hazards to vehicles.

The details of the chip and technology itself are cumbersome and difficult to decipher.  All in all, this technology goes above and beyond the current ‘back up cameras’ that are installed in cars today.  This new technology will provide a much higher resolution picture with less ‘noise’ or interference in the picture.  It will also help to provide light to dim or poorly lit areas at the rear of vehicles.  It has also been stated that this technology can be installed at auto body shops as an after market device that will work with current electrical systems on most cars that currently have a back up camera built in.

What does this all mean?  Well, OmniVision hopes that it means fewer accidents while backing out of a parking spot or your driveway, but only time will tell whether or not the results will actually be achieved.

For now, you will have to rely on the experts at Martin’s Collision Center and Sanford Paint & Body for all of your auto body needs and wants.  We specialize in auto bodywork, collision damage and body repainting.  With two I-CAR certified and convenient locations in Sanford, FL, we are just a phone call away to help you with any auto body issue that you might have!

Auto Body News This Week!

This week in the news associated with the auto body industry, we will take a look at why the average period of time which a consumer has a rental vehicle is at its highest in five years, along with why the estimated time for a repair is not in line with insurer expectations.  Check back every week for new updates about what is going on in the auto body industry around the state, country and world!

Average Rental Time Continues to Increase

In an industry trends report issued by Mitchell on Tuesday, it was reveled that the average industry length of rental continued its trend to become longer and longer.  One of the subjects that the information was released on was for collision losses, which was responsible for the longest rental periods of all incidents listed in the report.  On average, quarter 1 of this year saw an average length of rental (or LOR) at 11.6 days, up from 11 days during the same period in time last year.

The reason this statistic is so important is that it is generally a good indicator of what the current cycle time is from the actual incident to the time the car is returned to the owner.  Also included in this report was the fact that the country’s four largest insurance carriers continue to gain ground in the automotive insurance industry.  The largest, according to this report, was State Farm – which dominated with 18.52% of the current market share.  It should be of no surprise that GEICO, Allstate and Progressive were also included amongst the top 4 car insurance companies in the nation.

Average Repair Time

SCRS

Another study was released this week, but this time from the Society of Collision Repair Specialists or (SCRS).  This study revealed that the estimated time for repair by collision specialists did not live up to expectations of insurance carriers. Data from CCC Information Services Inc. and Mitchell International was analyzed to compare with data on average length of rental from Hertz and Enterprise.  From this, experts were able to conclude that the time spent on a damaged vehicle did not meet their standard of 3 hours per day (or 10 days to finish a 30 hour job).  Instead, it showed that only 1.5 hours per day were spent on repairing the damaged vehicle, thus taking twice as long to complete the repair project.  This report revealed a huge disparity between the expectations of repair time to the reality of how long repairs were actually taking.

At Sanford Paint and Body and Martin’s Collision Center, we always give a realistic timeframe in which we expect to complete the repairs to your vehicle.  This helps to eliminate unnecessary waste and additional days that a rental vehicle is required.  Our personal relationship with the local Hertz and Enterprise has been ongoing since we opened for business and we have established a great line of communication with both of them.  This is one of the many reasons why Sanford Paint and Body or Martin’s Collision Center should always be your first call when it comes to auto body repair work in the Orlando or Sanford, Florida area!