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Education | Market Trends | Technology

As you sit on the beach, wait for the barbecue to get ready or stand in line for blockbuster movie tickets, why not brush up on some of the interesting developments related to the collision repair industry that Repairer Driven News has covered over the past month?

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Here’s some highlights by category:


Ford: Auto-braking coming in 2016 to U.S.; self-driving cars ‘another step closer to production’2016 Honda HR-V is ultra-popular — and 27 percent ultra-high-strength steel2016 Honda Pilot only 34.5% mild steel, has very specific repair dos and don’tsAnderson: OEM ‘virtual steering’ will be ‘OnStar on steroids’2016 Chevrolet Malibu lost 300 lbs. through HS steel; GM calls it lightest in class

Repair Operations

Survey: No major insurer blanket-rejects ‘not-included’ procedures — so ask!

Growth of aftermarket parts raises potential for recycler error (Send us your photos)

Welders get pop quiz on 1 mm aluminum joining ahead of I-CAR testing


Honda’s cautionary tale of a total-loss Civic with a pretty paint jobDebating need for sensor scans, calibration with insurer? Here’s some OEM, expert guidelinesDEG: 5 tips for using CCC, Audatex estimating databases

Business practices

CIC releases snapshot of parts procurement process for ‘call and fax’ shop, seeks feedback

Guest column: AASP-NJ ‘basically given up hope’ on N.J. Insurance Department, but willing to work with nominee

Nissan-Liberty Mutual insurance program to guarantee OEM parts


Shop outlines reasons for leaving Liberty Mutual DRP, alleged retaliation in new Utah suit

Tenn. lawsuit: Insurer employee states rate ‘whatever State Farm wants it to be’

Market trends

Growth in loans, leases could be good news for auto body shops

Which auto body parts are being lightweighted — and which ones might be in the future


SkillsUSA collision repair, refinishing champions named, win $1,250 March Taylor tool grantsSCRS OEM Tech Summit at SEMA to feature joining, diagnostics, aluminum, steel speakersEarly registration suggested for SCRS Repairer Driven Education SEMA series; see schedule


Pro-OEM parts website “Genuine Is Best” launches in Australia