Auto Body News Update

As always, it has been an extremely busy and eventful week in the world of auto-body news.  This week, I-CAR released a new course for it’s members to train on, CARSTAR reports record revenue in 2013, and I-CAR has appointed a new OEM Development Director.

I-CAR’s New Course

On Monday of this week, I-CAR released a statement to announce that its new class is now open for registration – Advanced Steering and Suspension Damage Analysis or DAM15 for short.  This class aims at better training I-CAR certified technicians in ways to analyze damage done during auto collisions to the suspension and steering mechanisms in todays new, high-tech cars.  As always, the aim with this program is to reduce costs, increase productivity while maintaining the level of quality craftsmanship that is associated with the I-CAR brand.  This course was released in order to replace Electronically Controlled Steering and Suspensions Systems, or STE05.  The class has been updated to meet the standards of today’s vehicles and provides the training necessary to be proficient with these new types of systems.  This course will also meet all the training requirements for electrical/mechanical technicians, estimators and auto physical damage appraisers.

CARSTAR Record Profits

On Wednesday of this week, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts released a statement that showed the company generated record revenue in 2013 due in part to an improving economy, technology and weather related events.  Across country there are a total of 440 CARSTAR shops, and in 2013 those shops generated $641 million, up from $603 million the year prior.  At this pace, CARSTAR is estimating that their record will again be broken this year with over $650 million in revenue for fiscal year 2014.

New OEM Development Director

Finally, Wednesday was also the day that I-CAR announced that they were appointing a new OEM Development Director.  John Bosin was tapped for the position and looks forward to face the challenges that await him.  He will oversee strategic activity and business development for the OEM segment of the company, which also encompasses training and Gold Class programs.

Martin’s Collision and Sanford Paint & Body have been I-CAR gold certified for over a decade.  We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship and dedication to customer service.  Quality work is no accident at either one of our two locations and we will even provide you with a free estimate if you have a need for bodywork on your car.