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SCRS To Present Awards At Collision Industry Red Carpet Awards Breakfast During SEMA Show

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has announced the first annual Collision Industry Red Carpet Awards Breakfast at the 2017 SEMA Show. This event will be free to attend, and will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Ballrooms D-E in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

To RSVP, click here: http://conta.cc/2u4wrEM.

The event will feature some of the most prestigious awards and recognitions from industry organizations, highlighting standout individuals and businesses in the collision repair industry.

As part of the morning ceremony, SCRS will deliver the first-ever March Taylor Kina’ole Award. The Hawaiian word Kina’ole is the embodiment of excellence in the highest form. It is often defined as “Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling, the first time.”

Many within SCRS and the collision repair industry learned life lessons about Kina’ole from March Taylor, then owner of Auto Body Hawaii in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and SCRS board member. Ten years ago, on Aug. 26, 2007, Taylor passed away.

“We all lost an invaluable man, friend, mentor and ally that day,” said SCRS Past Chairman Barry Dorn. “March would be the first to tell you that he did nothing ‘significant’ and he was humble beyond belief but he could bridge gaps, change peoples’ minds and move progress forward by simply being who he was. That is the legacy that we all must continue. Individuals like March do not come around often, and it is so important to recognize it when they do, encourage it, and to carry on with what he has started and grow it for future generations.”

Event awards will include:

BodyShop Business Executive of the Year Awards
CIECA Electronic Commerce of the Year Award;

Outstanding Achievement Awards

I-CAR Russ Verona Memorial Award;Jeff Silver Award;

Board of Directors Chairman’s Award

National Auto Body Council Award of Distinction;Body Image Award
Society of Collision Repair Specialists Inaugural presentation of the March Taylor Kina’ole Award

The Collision Industry Red Carpet Awards Breakfast places a priority on encouraging and recognizing greatness in individuals, companies and actions in the collision repair industry in a place where the excitement and energy of the SEMA Show provides the perfect backdrop for such distinguished presentations.

Seating for breakfast will be on a first come, first serve basis, and will be limited to 200 available seats. Organizers request attendees RSVP no later than Sept. 30.

For more information about SCRS, or to join as a member, visit scrs.com, call toll free 1-877-841-0660 or email info@scrs.com.

SCRS Announces Details on OEM Summit Sessions

Prosser, Washington, August 28, 2017 – The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announces session details outlining the content of the upcoming OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit (Summit) at the 2017 SEMA Show (Show.)

The Summit, held on Thursday, November 2nd, was first launched by SCRS four years ago to put Show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology that can create context around sophisticated advancements in vehicles and emerging technology, and the impact it will have specifically on collision repair businesses.

This year’s three sessions will address the impact that automotive research has on vehicle construction and functionality, the impact that construction and functionality has on performing once-commonplace repair procedures, and the impact that those OEM procedures – or failure to implement them – have on liability and safety.

The sessions will include:

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

OEM1 | N241 | OEM Session I:

How Automotive Research is Driving Change in Vehicle Design, Technology and Function

The automotive industry has proven to be a ripe landscape for revolutionary technology intended to address everything from autonomy and connectivity to structural developments for advanced vehicle light weighting. These technological advancements rely heavily on innovative research for developing and testing complex solutions to be deployed to the motoring public. This research often stems from collaborations between automakers, in the aftermarket, and through educational institutions; all looking to advance safe, efficient and groundbreaking transportation solutions. Moderated by John Waraniak, Vice President Vehicle Technology for SEMA, this distinguished panel will share  insight into the research going on today that has the potential to reshape how you repair vehicles tomorrow.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

OEM2 | N241 | OEM Session II:

The Impact of Advanced Vehicle Systems on Routine Repair Process and Procedure

New technology is rapidly advancing on vehicles today, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are becoming increasingly more popular on new vehicles and can have significant effect on how you perform previously routine services in your collision repair facility. While those on the road benefit from ADAS, the repair industry must change how they approach traditional services as many OEMs require additional procedures, calibrations and tools to ensure restoration of vehicle functionality. Kaleb Silver, Senior Product Manager for Hunter Engineering will present on challenges facing the industry, and the impact of advanced systems on routine services such as wheel alignments. After the presentation he will welcome the following panel to discuss the growing complexities facing the repair marketplaces.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

OEM3 | N241 | OEM Session III:

The Hidden Dangers of Vehicle Technology, Improper Repair Methodology and Your Liabilities

Those operating within the collision repair industry find themselves in tumultuous times. While the functional and structural technologies in modern-day vehicles are evolving at a breakneck pace (and expected to evolve even faster on our way to autonomous vehicles), the collision repair industry faces a growing gap in skilled workers, and continual downward pressure to mitigate repair expenses and operations performed. In an industry culture that seemingly rewards those who charge the least, rather than those who perform the best, it is an increasing challenge for businesses committed to repairs that are fully compliant with OEM methodologies. In 2017 the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) reaffirmed its longstanding position that “if an OEM documents a repair procedure as required, recommended or otherwise necessary as a result of damage or repair, that those published procedures would be the standard of repair until such time the documentation changes. Disregarding a documented procedure that is made available to the industry creates undue and avoidable liability on the repair facility performing the repair.”

This panel, moderated by John Ellis, Managing Director of Ellis & Associates, will address an industry grappling to reconcile how to move forward for the consumer when certain automotive manufacturer requirements are expected to be performed on every occasion, but insurance claims positioning leans towards “case-by-case” approval. The participants will feature litigators, technology experts, and those with experience in facing liability and safety implications with performing repairs in today’s environment. As current litigation exposes flaws in the rationale for deviating from OEM repair procedures, there isn’t a more critical discussion to participate in for today’s collision repair operator.

Panelists will be announced in a forthcoming release, but registration for these sessions is open. Space will be limited and early registration is encouraged.

Sessions can be selected individually at www.scrs.com/rde or as part of the RDE Full Series Pass.

The 2017 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is made possible with support from PPG Automotive Refinish; AkzoNobel; BASF; CCC Information Services, Inc.; DeBeer Refinish; Reliable Automotive Equipment, Inc.; Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.; and SEMA.

For more information about SCRS, or to join as a member, please visit www.scrs.com, call toll free 1-877-841-0660 or email us at info@scrs.com.

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About SCRS: 

Through its direct members and 39 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: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com.

SEMA Event: Talking Shop with Chip Foose

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and Capital One® Spark Business® will be hosting a special event from 3:00 – 5:00pm, on Tuesday, November 1st at the 2016 SEMA Show.  This exclusive event will be a conversation titled “A Business Fueled by Passion – Talking Shop with Chip Foose,” and will be held in the North Hall, Upper Level, Room N258.

During the session, legendary automotive designer and entrepreneur Chip Foose will talk about growing a business, finding and leveraging resources to drive success, and lessons he learned along the way. Chip will be joined onstage by Buck Stinson, head of Small Business Credit Card at Capital One. The event will be limited to 300 participants.

To attend this exclusive event and interact first hand with Chip Foose, here is what you need to do:

  1. Click here to register yourself to pre-qualify for a ticket.
  2. Be one of the first 150 people on the pre-qualification list to show up to the SCRS booth at the SEMA Show (North Hall, Booth #11173) between 9:00am and 2:00pm on opening day, Tuesday, November 1st.

There is no charge to attend this event; however, it will be limited to 300 participants. Tickets will be provided on a first-come, first served basis, and are limited to one per individual. We do anticipate that this event will reach maximum capacity, so we encourage you to come to the booth early in the day Tuesday to collect your pass. For those who do not receive a VIP pass, the panel will be live-streamed via Periscope – follow @CapitalOne on Periscope to learn from Chip first-hand about creative ways to maximize business potential and to accelerate growth.

Capital One® Spark Business® is a corporate member of SCRS and a top-level sponsor of the 2016 Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series at the SEMA Show.

About Spark Business:

Capital One® offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients. Spark Business from Capital One comprises a suite of innovative products and services specifically designed for small business, including credit cards with unlimited rewards, no-fee checking and savings, and secure and flexible merchant service offerings. Spark Business provides tips, resources, and inspiration to help your business thrive at www.SparkBusinessIQ.com. For more information, visit www.CapitalOne.com/smallbusiness.

About SCRS:

Through its direct members and 40 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: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com.

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 2016 SEMA Show, including the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit. Each session has been individually selected or crafted by SCRS because the content focus on information that is relevant to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives within the collision repair industry. Better your business, and register at www.semashow.com/scrs.

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

Featuring:

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

Featuring:

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 www.scrs.com/rde.

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 www.semashow.com or www.sema.org, (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 www.semashow.com/scrs.

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: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com.

Education Foundation Invites Industry to Attend School Grant Reception

From CollisionWeek News

Collision industry members are invited to join the Collision Repair Education Foundation during their annual reception the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd from 9:00 p.m.-10:15 p.m. (Local Time) in the N259-N261 rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center during SEMA 2015.

During the reception, attendees will hear about the organization’s efforts to support high school and post-secondary collision students, 2015 donors and supporters will be highlighted, and winners of the annual 2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant will be announced. Industry members will also have an opportunity to meet and greet attending collision school instructors and students.

Additional details of the event will be made available as the date approaches however industry members are asked to RSVP for the reception by emailing attendee information to info@ed-foundation.org.

Registration for RDE at SEMA is Open

From CollisionWeek News

Registration for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) education programs at the SEMA Show is open. The 2015 Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series and OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will feature more than 30 educational sessions delivered November 3-6 during show hours. Each session has been individually selected or suggested by SCRS for content that specifically focuses on issues and information of relevance to collision repair professionals operating in today’s marketplace.

Registering early not only ensures that you have your week planned out and a spot reserved in all education classes, but it can save you money on both the pass into the show as well as the cost of the educational programs. Badges for approved on-line registration begin mailing in this month.

The education sessions can be selected individually, or accessed with a $375 Full Series Pass which includes admission to one regular RDE session in each available time slot, access to all three segments of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, and admission for one to the SCRS Sky Villa After-party on Thursday night in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

More information is available online.

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

Paying for a high-quality education can be a challenge. Since 1984, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has been helping students who exhibit a passion for cars and trucks reduce the financial burden of tuition.

Scholarship assistance is available for students pursuing careers in the automotive industry, with financial awards of up to $5,000.

Students coming through the SEMA Scholarship Program have demonstrated great potential and share the enthusiasm and passion that have fueled our industry. The hope is that we’ll continue to attract highly qualified students who will contribute and make strong, positive impacts in our industry.

Encourage your students to apply now at www.sema.org/scholarships and complete their online applications by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Details regarding scholarships and loan forgiveness awards are available at www.SEMA.org/scholarships.

Please contact Juliet Marshall (909-978-6655) for assistance with your application.

Sincerely,

Zane Clark | SEMA Director of Education

Recap of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit

John Yoswick has done a great job picking up on some of the important points made during the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit at the SEMA Show. This first caption is especially important to our members. This is exactly why manufacturers may differ in their recommended repair procedures, and why it is critical to follow them and not rely on experience on other brands.

OTHER CAUTIONS WHEN WORKING WITH ALUMINUM: The potential explosion hazard posed by aluminum dust (CRASH 11/17/14) was not the only cautionary note for shops shared by Kaiser Aluminum’s Doug Richman at the “OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit” hosted last month by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). Richman said following automaker recommended repair procedures is crucial. Car companies can choose from a wide variety of aluminum materials, each with its own tempers and characteristics, he said. Even knowing the “number” designating a type of aluminum isn’t enough. “When you see a number like ‘6061,’ what you need to understand is every manufacturer of 6061 has a different formulation – or in fact multiple formulations – that are 6061 materials,” Richman said. “Just because it says ‘6061’ doesn’t mean it acts like the ‘6061’ on the next vehicle you see. They are very different. Be certain that you consult the OEM recommended repair practices for the specific model, because even within a manufacturer, they have varying practices depending on the specific design or model.” Following manufacturer guidelines for rivets and adhesives is also critical, he said. Use of the incorrect adhesive, for example, may not ensure the necessary gap for that adhesive is maintained between the pieces being joined, Richman said.

MORE SPECIALTY MATERIALS COMING: Automakers discussing changing vehicle technology at the SCRS-hosted summit shared Richman’s emphasis on the need to review OEM procedures regularly. “Check them for every repair because you never know when there’s going to be a change in a repair procedure that may be a better way of doing things,” Mark Allen of Audi of America said. Though none of the automakers at the summit revealed specific vehicles under development, many said to watch for more widespread use of currently less-common materials. “Carbon fiber is something you’re going to see not only in the new BMW i3, but in mass-produced BMWs as well in the future,” Tom Brizuela, body and paint technical team leader for BMW of North America, said. “We have an aluminum product coming, and we are experimenting with carbon fiber as well,” Leo Gruzas, manager of body/exterior service engineering for General Motors, said. Whether or not a shop chooses to specialize in certain types of vehicles or get OEM certifications, Allen said, the increasing complexity of vehicle design and materials means the days of shops repairing virtually any car that comes in should be over. “You need to put the American spirit of, ‘I can fix anything’ aside,” Allen said, comparing the need for specialization by shops to specialization in the medical profession. “You are better off stepping away from a job and helping that customer be safe and get to the right repairer who has the training, than to selfishly go at that job. That’s a level of maturity we have to come to as a collision repair industry.”

RATE OF RETURN ON CERTIFICATION INVESTMENT: As reported in a previous issue of CRASH Network, automakers at the summit also discussed various changes coming to their shop certification programs (CRASH 11/24/14). (To clarify that previous story, Toyota was the only automaker that said post-repair inspections would become part of its shop certification program.) Such evolution in the programs is something shops should consider when deciding whether to invest in meeting the requirements for certification; if the program changes and requires additional expense before a shop has achieved a return on its original investment, it will only further delay a full return on the shop’s investment. A panel of shops with OEM certifications was asked at the summit how long it took them to see a return on investment on their first OEM shop certification. “It’s probably going to take about seven years, given the latest requirements of the Mercedes aluminum program, to give us a return on our investment,” Rodney Antepenko, owner of Westmont Body Werks in Westmont, Ill., said. Others said it took as long as 10 years or as little as five years, but all agreed it’s a difficult thing to predict or measure. Kye Yeung of European Motor Car Works in Santa Ana, Calif., said he had projected a 5-year return on investment. “But what I didn’t realize was that being associated with that particular certification brought other business in,” he said. That sped up the return on investment even though some of that return was based on work on other makes of vehicles, Yeung said. Paul Sgro, owner of Lee’s Garage in West Long Branch, N.J., agreed. “When you have a customer that has an exotic automobile you’re repairing, and the rest of his family is driving something else, you’re also taking care of their cars,” Sgro said.

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

302.423.3537
877.435.6028 Fax
aaron@scrs.com

Hertz Introduces HIRS for Repair Shops

PRESS RELEASE

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world’s largest general use car rental brand, announces its participation in this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show. At the show, Hertz will be providing in booth demonstrations of its new web-based portal, HIRS for Repair Shops, and will once again be sponsoring the Society of Collision Repair Specialist’s (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE) Series and the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit.

“Hertz is committed to growing its network of neighborhood locations that service the collision repair industry,” said Hertz Senior Vice President, John Holt. “Our new HIRS web portal was developed to assist shops in managing their performance and to provide real time Hertz rental reporting. Hertz’s attendance at SEMA and our sponsorship of SCRS’ RDE educational series will be instrumental in growing the Hertz business, especially in the insurance replacement market, while educating attendees on the products and services Hertz offers to provide customers with the fastest and easiest car rental experience in the industry.”

HIRS for Repair Shops, developed in conjunction with Information Builders, is a web based tool that assists shops in managing their key performance indicators and provides real time rental reporting. The tool will help repair shops reduce in-coming phone calls, give real time access to customizable reporting and manage Hertz rentals all in one place. Set to launch in the first quarter of 2015, shops can demo the product and sign up for service during SEMA at Hertz Booth #11381.

Read the Full Press Release Here

 

SCRS Will Offer Chance to Win Car-O-Liner Aluminum Workstation at 2014 SEMA Show

One lucky winner will win over $10,000 of tools and equipment needed to perform aluminum repair

SCRS Ultimate SEMA 2014 Giveaway with Car-O-Liner

For the fourth consecutive year, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has orchestrated the opportunity for SEMA Show attendees to win remarkable prizes from the association. This year’s prizes have been provided exclusively by Car-O-Liner, and feature the newly launched Aluminum Workstation (MSRP $10,049) and QP-1 Steel Dent Puller (MSRP $994). The drawing will be held from the SCRS booth (North Hall #10849) at 12:00pm on Friday, November 7th.

To be entered into the drawing, attendees who visit the SCRS booth will be provided with a report card that features the locations of companies which have generously supported the SCRS Repairer Driven Education series at the SEMA Show. Attendees who visit each sponsor listed and ask about their products and services will receive a stamp on the card from the company. Once a stamp from each sponsor company has been collected, the completed card can be returned to the SCRS booth to be entered into the drawing. All cards must be returned by 11:59am on Friday, November 7th to be eligible.

“New vehicle advancements have captivated the industry’s attention regarding the investments in training and equipment necessary to enter into aluminum repair,” states SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg. “We have had such great success in past years by putting great quality prizes into our attendee businesses, and this year it was really important to everyone involved that the prize packages be aimed at opening up opportunities that connect with our education programs and the focus of that industry discussion. Car-O-Liner really shared our vision, and provided us with some amazing, highly sought after products to help some very lucky attendees equip their business!”

Car-O-Liner’s mobile Aluminum Workstation is included in the Ford F-150 Collision Repair Program and comes complete with tools and equipment to repair aluminum damage. Separation is critical with aluminum to avoid galvanic corrosion and the workstation provides dedicated tool storage to reduce the possibility of cross-contamination with steel particles, and a built-in work area to work efficiently in one location. The state-of-the-art dent pulling bars are constructed of ultra-light carbon fiber, making them lighter, easier to work with and three times stronger than steel! The workstation is accompanied by an industry-leading lifetime guarantee from Car-O-Liner and will include:

• Mobile cart with shelving, tool board & work area
• Aluminum Spotter, 220V
• Carbon Fiber Pull Bar Dent Pulling System with 6 Jaws
• Hand Puller
• Four Professional Grade Aluminum Hammers
• Heat Gun
• Heat Barrier Cool Gel
• Digital Pyrometer
• 4 mm studs
• Threaded pull washers

The Car-O-Liner QP-1 Dent Puller is a high-performance tool that pulls out dents on steel body panels. It is a portable spotter that offers a high-frequency inverter for rapid welding and pulling. It contains a built-in ground rod with automatic contact which requires minimal paint removal (as small as 20mm in diameter.)

Repair businesses who are interested in winning these tools should come to SCRS’ booth #10849. SCRS would also like to encourage attendees to register for SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series and the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit being held on Wednesday at the SEMA Show. Both programs will focus on delivering information to your business relative to maintaining pace with the rapid advancement of vehicle technology, to solution-oriented ways to address other marketplace challenges. To stay ahead of the curve and join the thousands of repairers who have already registered to attend these market-leading education programs, visit www.semashow.com/scrs.

The 2014 Repairer Driven Education series is currently sponsored by supportive industry organizations such as PPG Refinish Products; AudaExplore, a Solera Company; BASF; General Motors Company; The Hertz Corporation; Ford Motor Co.; Alliance of Automotive Service Providers; AkzoNobel Coatings; LKQ Corporation; Paint Body & Equipment Specialists (a division of the Auto Care Association); SATA; Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, Inc. and Spanesi Americas Inc.
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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 www.semashow.com or www.sema.org, (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 2014 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. Register at www.semashow.com/scrs.

About SCRS: Through its direct members and 44 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: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com.

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