Auto Collision Repair Events

PARTS Act Hearing

From Repairer Driven News – RDN

The Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee last week was weighing the PARTS Act, sponsored by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. The latest iteration of the law would prevent automakers from enforcing design patents on the appearance — but not the function — of replacement parts after only 30 months instead of the 15 years available today.

Click here to read more on the hearing

SCRS Announces Featured Experts for OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit

Prosser, Washington, October 20, 2015 – The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is one of the most unique networking and learning opportunities available to the collision repair industry, designed to put SEMA Show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology. The Summit’s focus is on emerging trends in vehicle construction and technology, and how both of those aspects influence vehicle repairability and collision industry preparation.
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has compiled a slate of the industry’s most respected subject matter experts who bring rich histories of involvement in the sophisticated advancements seen in the automotive and collision repair fields. The presenters, moderators and panelists will highlight architectural and technological developments in modern vehicles, and how those advancements intersect with the repair process. Every participant in this industry can benefit from better insight into how vehicles and materials are evolving, what that means in the repair process and what will be expected of those who are performing these repairs.

The day will be broken into three segments, and attendees can register for all three as a complete series, or for each independently. All three segments of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit are included in the RDE Full Series Pass.

Onsite registrations can be secured in the main Show registration area, or outside the session rooms.

The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will be held between 9:30am – 5:00pm on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 in room N241 found on the upper level of the North Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The upper level can be accessed by the escalator next to the food court in the North Hall Lobby.

OEM1 | Advanced Automotive Technology:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Structural Connectivity – Understanding the Future of Automaker Joining Techniques


Steve Marks | Industry Technical Support Manager, I-CAR (Moderator)

Doug Craig | Technical Application Engineer, LORD Corporation

Klaus Reitzig | Chief Engineer and Director, Wielander + Schill Engineering

Oliver Woelfel | President, Advanced Collision Repair Solutions

Shawn Collins | Senior Technical Service Engineer, 3M

A panel of specialists with backgrounds in automotive joining will discuss the advanced structural joining approaches being used in modern automotive architecture. The panelists will have expertise in riveting, bonding and welding of aluminum, steel and mixed materials.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tech Crunch -The Role of Programming and Diagnostics in Post-Repair Road Worthiness


Aaron Clark | Vice President of Technical Compliance, Assured Performance Network (Moderator)

Chuck Olsen |Director of Diagnostics and Technical Support, Collision Diagnostic Services

Eric Mendoza | Collision Repair & Refinish Training Assistant Manager, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

John Ellis | Managing Director, Ellis & Associates

John Waraniak | Vice President Vehicle Technology, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

A panel of automakers and technology specialists discuss the real world application of vehicle scans, diagnostics and calibrations. These subject matter experts will bring a focus on technical aspects of vehicle scan code requirements and the role that diagnostic testing plays in repairing vehicles and restoring roadworthiness.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

OEM2 | The Future of Aluminum in the Automotive Industry

Presented by:

Doug Richman | Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Kaiser Aluminum

Also featuring:

Brandin Benson | Service Engineer, Product Technical Support, Mercedes-Benz USA

Mark Allen | Specialist, Collision Programs & Workshop Equipment, Audi of America

Mark Szlachta | Advanced Service of Design Engineer, GM

A fascinating presentation on technological advancements in aluminum manufacturing, construction and engineering, joining and other advancements that are predicted to impact how frequently aluminum will be present in your repair facility, and how it will be used on automotive bodies. The presentation will include perspectives on how light weighting is driving innovation, and the role repairability plays in aluminum development.

Following the presentation, a panel of automakers will join the presenter on stage to further discuss the real world application of aluminum structures in vehicle design, vehicle safety and vehicle repairability.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

OEM3 | The Continuing Evolution of Advanced Steels in Automotive Bodies 

Presented by:

Dr. Blake Zuidema | Director of Automotive Product Applications, ArcelorMittal

Also featuring:

Chris Tobie | Instructional Designer, American Honda Motor Co.

Joe DiDonato | Technical Training Administrator, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

John Hughes | Collision Repair Responsible, FCA

Robert Hartman | Team Leader – North American Structures & Closures, GM

Automotive light weighting and looming governmental expectations relative to emissions standards are driving major changes and innovations in the steel industry. Aluminum may have been all the rage in collision industry information, but steel continues to be poised to play the most significant role in the automotive footprint for the foreseeable future; although, not necessarily the same steel that that the industry is accustomed to. This program will elaborate on technological advancements in steel manufacturing that have driven changed in automotive structural designs, and to make parts that meet the expectations of safer, lighter and more advanced automobiles.

Following the presentation, a panel of automakers will join onstage to further discuss the real world application of steel structures in vehicle design, vehicle safety and vehicle repairability.

You can register for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and other RDE sessions at

About SEMA and the SEMA Show: The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details available at or, (909) 396-0289.

About SCRS’ RDE Series: REPAIRER DRIVEN EDUCATION (RDE) series will feature 4 days of seminar offerings, many of which are uniquely designed and being offered only at the 2015 SEMA Show. Each of the courses has been individually selected or crafted by SCRS because the content specifically focuses on information that is relevant to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives within the collision repair industry. More information is available at

About SCRS: Through its direct members and 45 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS website: You can e-mail SCRS at the following address:

3rd Quarter Collision Advice Survey “Who Pays For What? Available


FOR MORE INFORMATION: John Yoswick,, (503) 335-0393

Third survey now open, asking ‘who pays for what’ in terms of aluminum repair, other items

The third of Collision Advice’s quarterly “Who Pays For What? surveys is taking place throughout October, asking shops about their billing practices (and insurer payment practices) related to aluminum repair, shop materials (like panel bonding adhesive) and shop (or sublet) services and fees.

“Our previous two surveys earlier this year, looking at refinish and structural repair operations, had great participation and are providing the industry with what I think is the most comprehensive data ever on ‘who pays for what,’” Mike Anderson of Collision Advice said. “This latest one looks at a variety of important topics, so while I’m intrigued to see what we learn about aluminum repair rates, there are also just as many questions in the survey for shops not yet offering aluminum repair.”

Every shop that completes the survey (and provide optional contact information) receives the survey findings at no charge.

Shops can take the survey (during the month of October) by clicking here:

Anderson said the survey, which will take about 15-30 minutes, should be completed by the shop owner, manager or estimator who is most familiar with the shop’s billing practices and the payment practices of the largest national insurers. Each individual shop location (whether a stand-alone business or part of a multi-shop operation) may submit one response to the survey. Each shop’s individual responses are held in the strictest confidence and are not released in any way; only cumulative data is released.

More details about the quarterly “Who Pays for What?” surveys, including the findings of the previous two surveys, are available here (

A 62-page report on the first survey, for example, details shop billing and insurer payment practices related to 26 refinish-related “not-included” items. The most-recently published report focuses on 20 “not-included” repair procedures related to structural/frame and mechanical operations. The results are broken down by insurance company and region. The reports also each include a set of resources shops can use to help put the data to use in their shop.

“The surveys will help shops understand what these operations are, and whether other shops seek and receive compensation for them – or if they truly are ‘the only one,’” Anderson said.

Collision Advice ( is an independent training and consulting firm featuring some of the most respected and experienced experts in the collision repair industry. Mike Anderson and his team offer real-world, cutting edge training and guidance both in the classroom and one-on-one in the shop.


SCRS Launches Repairer Driven News Website

Last week SCRS announced at CIC that we have worked on developing a news and information source for the industry that is focused on providing content from a vantage point catered to those in the collision repair business. You can find the site at

The headline selection will be based on putting relevant information in the hands of repairers, and it is our goal to provide fresh perspective on issues and topics that matter. A well-informed industry is a more viable industry, and we want to empower those in our trade through better awareness. It is our hope that you view this as YOUR resource to help broaden awareness of things you are working on, or that may be happening at a local level that should be seen nationally.

If there is activity or news in your marketplace that need to be reported on, we want you to reach out to our Editorial Content Director, John Huetter, at Think about memos released to the marketplace, regulatory or legislative initiatives (both from you, or from the opposition), documented trends in settlement practices, etc. We want to be timely and responsive in getting information in the hands of the industry, and are really excited about the potential we have to focus attention on news and stories that matter.

There are a couple of ways that you can make sure you stay on top of the headlines and analysis:

  • Sign up for our daily, weekly, or monthly email newsletter by visiting Put your email address in the subscribe field at the very bottom of the page.
  • Follow us on Twitter (@repairerdriven).
  • Like us on Facebook. (Also a good place to comment on the news of the day).
  • Follow us on Google+.

Also, there is a new iPhone app coming very soon, allowing alerts of stories as they happen. Stay tuned, and tell all your friends and associates about it!

Aaron Schulenburg
Executive Director | Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS)

Job Costing Management Seminar August 16th


Plan to attend this 1 day workshop/seminar for assistance in tackling these issues.
SATURDAY AUGUST 16, 2014 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Ron is President and owner of Professionals Auto Body Inc with two locations along with a full mechanical facility in Central Pennsylvania ( Ron has provided business management training as a collision repair industry consultant since 1995.

Working together to get Ron to Birmingham to present this workshop/seminar is a joint effort of groups working together to move the collision repair industry forward through education and awareness.

Sponsors of this event are:

Rozar’s Paint Supply and PPG
Overnight Parts Alliance
Edwards Chevrolet
National Coatings Supply
Alabama Automotive Repair Industry Society of Excellence

Register today (only 100 seats available). $25.00 per person registration includes lunch and refreshments for the day. Download info sheet and registration form in PDF – Click here.

SCRS 2014 Affiliate Leadership Conference

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2014 Affiliate Leadership Conference! The conference will be held 8:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 in Denver, CO. SCRS has also been working closely with I-CAR on a number of issues and have arranged to hold the next I-CAR Repairability Summit from 8:00 – noon on Thursday, October 2nd. Please RSVP to to confirm participation at your earliest convenience, and see reservation information below. Reservations must be made by August 15th 2014 to receive the discounted pricing. We encourage you to make your reservations now. To book via phone, call: (303)321-3333 and reference Society of Collision Repair Specialists, or To book via the internet: Click here.

For those who have not attended, the Affiliate Conference before, it is a day-long roundtable discussion that features candid exchange of ideas, information and activity review from the leaders of state and regional collision repair associations across North America. It serves as the opportunity for associations to help exemplify efforts that have made positive impacts on represented marketplaces, and to share warnings of efforts that had unsatisfactory results. The object of the conversation is to actively learn from each other’s’ experiences, and to expand the level of communication and networking within the national network of associations.

The I-CAR Repairability Summit is to identify and prioritize the top 5–10 structural repairability issues & gaps facing the collision repair inter-industry & identify processes to resolve. The outcome of this I CAR led meeting may:

  • Shape future Repairability Summits
  • Provide direction for I-CAR Repairability Technical Support staff
  • Identify potential collaboration projects to optimize structural repair methods
  • Identify future best practice development opportunities
  • Provide a mechanism for OEM linking pin project identification
  • Provide inputs for future OEM ISAC discussions

Both events are being held at:

DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
3203 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
To book via phone, call: (303)321-3333 and reference Society of Collision Repair Specialists, or
To book via the internet: Click here

We have negotiated a discounted room rate of $109.00/night that includes breakfast, and features a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.

Please RSVP to to confirm participation at your earliest convenience, and secure your room prior to August 15th 2014.

We hope that you can join us.

Aaron Schulenburg
Executive Director | Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS)

877.435.6028 Fax

Online Attendee Registration Opens for NACE and CARS

Both online attendee registration and housing reservations are now open for NACE and CARS 2014, part of Industry Week starting July 27 in Detroit. These include many board and association meetings Monday, July 28; the CIC summer meeting on Tuesday, July 29; the I-CAR Conference and Gala 35th Anniversary Networking Event on Wednesday, July 30; and features the NACE | CARS 2014 Conference + Expo, Wednesday – Saturday, July 30 – August 2 The Expo will be held Thursday and Friday at the COBO Convention Center.


Expo Passes to access the show floor only can be purchased for $35/each; individual, 90-minute conference sessions are available for $75/session or individual 3 or 4 hour conference sessions are available for $150/session; a Day Pass is $250, and Saturday Mechanical Sessions are $150; a full-access Super Pass is $315 for members and $365 for non-members. All prices noted reflect Early Bird pricing, which is in effect through June 14th. Add-On Education from I-CAR, as well as the CRES/MSO Collision Repair Executive Symposium and TTF Technology & Telematics Forum events are available at an additional charge.

New this year, all registration options include the NACE and CARS Show Floor Receptions on Thursday and Friday evening, the Opening General Session Thursday morning and The Assembly – Industry Forum on Wednesday afternoon. Additional details on these events will be released in the near future.

“As the automotive collision and mechanical industry’s premier networking and training event, we are so pleased to include the Show Floor Receptions, Opening General Session and The Assembly – Industry Forum in every registration this year, as it reflects our desire to create an event that fosters networking and community interaction among our attendees,” stated Dan Risley, Automotive Service Association President.

I-CAR Introduces Updated Full Frame Partial Replacement Course

From CollisionWeek

I-CAR has added a new Live, instructor-led course to its catalog, Full-Frame Partial Replacement (FFR01). This course provides information on OEM repair procedures and welding requirements for full-frame vehicles.

The three credit hour course meets training requirements for Steel Structural Technicians, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Estimators in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program. FFR01 replaces I-CAR’s Steel Full-Frame Sectioning (SPS03) and Steel Full-Frame Technologies and Repair (SPS08) courses, resulting in the need for three less credit hours of training for certain repair professionals. Anyone who has previously taken either SPS03 or SPS08 will not lose training credit that has been earned.

“Properly repairing today’s full-frame vehicles requires a command of an array of considerations. The content in this course can be applied on the job immediately following completion, resulting in increased savings for the shop and the vehicle owner alike,” explained Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

Technicians will learn how to identify full-frame designs, partial replacement options and repair considerations for full-frame attachments during the course. They will also have access to HD-quality videos on full-frame partial replacement procedures for some of today’s most popular full-frame vehicles, including Ford F-150, General Motors 1500 frames, RAM 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.

AL Conference Saturday March 15th

Collision Industry Meeting – Georgia Collision Repairers Invited

Saturday March 15 9:30 – 12:00 meeting at the Hampton Inn and Suites located at 4520 Galleria Blvd, Hoover, AL, 35244 – across the street from the Galleria and Patton Creek shopping area. 

With the changes continuing to occur in the collision repair industry from companies refusing to compensate for required procedures and processes, to the continuing issues on what are fair and reasonable rates, to steering/redirecting customers, to mandated programs [PartsTrader] the industry is indeed at a crossroads and industry members must decide to stand and fight for what is right, for the principles of freedom in operating a business.


  • John Mosley, owner of Clinton Body Shops in Clinton and Richland, Mississippi. In addition to owning Clinton Body Shops John Mosley is also the current President of the Mississippi Collision Repair Association and has been very involved in leading the fight within our industry.
  • Attorney John Eaves Jr of the Eaves Law Firm in Jackson, Mississippi. Represents repair facilities in Mississippi and has filed an injunction in Mississippi against the implementation of PartsTrader in the state of Mississippi.

Both John Mosley and John Eaves Jr have been actively traveling across the United States speaking to repair collision industry members through association meetings and in other gatherings about the problems facing the collision industry today.

The meeting will focus on the subjects of: Customer Retention, addressing the dilemma of steering/redirecting and documentation needs and requirements in your collision repair facility.

For attendees wishing to learn more about the legal challenges and lawsuits concerning PartsTrader, short pays (refusal to pay by insurers, the 1963 Consent Decree and more a discussion will follow at the end of the meeting on the subjects noted.

This meeting is open to anyone in the Collision Repair Industry (repairers and suppliers) as the issues facing the industry involve everyone in some fashion or form. You do not have to be a member of ALARISE to attend this meeting.

Southern Automotive Repair Conference

And be sure to visit the Southern Automotive Repair Conference website. Coming April 11-12.

If you are concerned with the direction of the collision repair industry and want to stand up for your principles of fairness and freedom of choice and if you want to see the collision industry move forward with change and working with technical schools to get people interested in becoming members of the workforce of tomorrow for this industry, we need your attendance and participation. If you care for the collision repair industry and want to see this industry grow and prosper then come and be a part of a group that wants the same. Everyone is different, everyone has opinions that will differ on some items but if any of these items mean something to you and are a concern for you and your business going forward you need to get involved.

Collision Industry Foundation Raises $32,000

From CollisionWeek ©2014

On January, 16, the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) held its 4th Annual Gala Fundraiser in Palm Springs Calif. The foundation hosted a cocktail party at the Lulu California Bistro.

Approximately 100 people from the industry attended the event and were able to participate in a raffle and silent auction featuring many donated items including high-end electronics and an Indy Race Car Package.

The gala was the foundation’s most successful event yet, raising an unprecedented $32,000.

The major focus of the foundation’s support has been the Collision Industry Relief Fund. The fund helps collision repair professionals who have lost their livelihoods from a natural disaster or other catastrophe.

Cheryl Boswell, CIF’s Treasurer said that, “We could not have done this without the help of those who donated silent auction items and sponsored the event. We are excited about the momentum we are building and being able to help more collision professionals in the future.”