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  This new course will actually take the place of an outdated training module called Electronically Controlled Steering and Suspension Systems (or STE05).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  It is always I-CAR’s goal to continuously modify, update and replace out of date practices that do not apply to the types of automobiles being manufactured in this day and age.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.”