SCRS Reviews Association Initiatives During Open Meeting at SEMA

From CollisionWeek ©

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) provided updates on the association’s work initiatives and activities during an open meeting on October 30 held from the Collision Repair and Refinish Stage on the SEMA Show floor.

Among the presentations was an update on a program known as “predictive estimating,” (Read more at the BSB article Toyota Unveils “Predictive Estimating” Concept at SEMA Show)  an initiative being developed by Toyota. Rick Leos, Toyota Motor Sales Collision Business Development Consultant, gave an overview of the advancements the vehicle manufacturer is making to provide comprehensive estimate data to aid in the preparation of repair blueprints that reflect the OEM-recommended procedures.

The program is being designed to provide repairers with a convenient way to get all the information they need for a proper repair. “You simply click on a button to pull up a PDF file that provides all the documented detail you need to repair the vehicle,” Leos explained, “which happens to be the exact same information that you can retrieve from the information provider databases. We’re in the process of trying to get our fellow vehicle manufacturers on board with this approach, so we can provide a comprehensive, industry-wide solution that ensures quality and safe repairs, our number one priority.”

Paul Hulsebusch of Sonora Insurance Group outlined plans to utilize the buying power of SCRS members to negotiate favorable terms on the business insurance each repairer needs. “We’ll be using an independent broker model,” Hulsebusch explained. “That way we can incorporate multiple carriers in order that we may address member needs on an individual basis instead of going for a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We intend to work with SCRS to ensure the high level of member participation we need to effectively discuss terms with insurance carriers.”

SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg updated the audience on the Society’s efforts to prevent insurance mandates and outside company policies from eroding independent choice when it comes to parts procurement. “Technology is great, but when choice is stripped away from collision repair businesses efficiency gains are diluted and the process becomes problematic for everyone in the parts supply chain,” stated Schulenburg. “We continue to work on this issue, and are looking at how the Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand markets have handled similar situations to help us formulate a strategy here in the U.S.”

Toby Chess led a presentation by the SCRS Education Committee that addressed critical safety information regarding glass installation. The committee covered the importance of correct windshield bonding procedures and training necessary to address the structural nature of today’s glass installations.

Chess said SCRS is looking into identifying and promoting existing safety standards, including those published by the government, on an industry-wide scale. “Currently there is no accepted standard for the installation of aftermarket glass,” Chess emphasized, “which is far from ideal when you consider how integral the windshield is to vehicle safety in a collision.

“I never cease to be amazed by the time, passion and drive that our board puts into advocating for collision repairers without thought of financial gain,” SCRS Chairman Aaron Clark noted in his opening remarks, a sentiment that set the tone for the evening. “This group has a lot of heart; that’s why SCRS is experiencing its greatest success right now.”

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