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The SATA booth is shown Nov. 4, 2016, at SEMA. (John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)

SEMA recap: See show coverage from past week at CIC, Repairer Driven Education

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Didn’t make it out to Las Vegas last week for SEMA and the final Collision Industry Conference of the year? Too busy networking, learning and checking out the show floor to hit all of the activities you wanted?

Catch up on what you missed with our coverage highlights below, and keep checking Repairer Driven News for more articles about the issues and developments at both events.

“FCA, Honda, Toyota, Nissan: Scan need dates back years, dash lights don’t show all codes:”

Representatives of FCA, Honda, Toyota and Nissan all confirmed Thursday that malfunction indicator lights are not triggered by every diagnostic trouble code.

Chris Tobie of Honda, Justin Miller of Nissan, John Hughes of FCA and Eric Mendoza of Toyota also all confirmed that scanning requirements were already present in repair procedures prior to the four OEMs’ diagnostics position statements this summer.

All four men said DTCs can be encountered on models from their companies dating at least as far as the 1990s. Continue Reading …

“CIC open mic segment gives new chairman plenty of material; body urged to embrace controversy, action”

A frank assessment of the Collision Industry Conference from J&E Auto Body owner Joe Lubrano launched what outgoing Chairman Randy Stabler called the best open mic session in his two years leading the gathering.

The comments should give incoming Chairman Guy Bargnes plenty of fodder for his two-year term. Continue Reading …

“Videos: Chip Foose at SEMA SCRS-Capital One Spark Business event”

Auto design star Chip Foose discussed his own career and small business decisions before a SEMA audience Tuesday as part of a Society of Collision Repair Specialists-Capital One Spark Business event.

Find some video highlights. Continue Reading …

“I-CAR launches collision repair calibration database on RTS portal”

I-CAR announced Tuesday a new resource for collision repairers, glass shops and insurers trying to keep up with all the sensors and cameras on vehicles.

Director of industry technical relations Jason Bartanen shared the latest Repairability Technical Support portal feature with the Collision Industry Conference on Tuesday. The new calibration matrix, available here, allows the nearly 110,000 RTS users to look up all the options that might be found on nearly all 2016 vehicles, what they’re called and how to calibrate them. Continue Reading …

“Bargnes: Goal as CIC chairman will be to create ‘information winners”

Incoming Chairman Guy Bargnes, the first supplier to lead the Collision Industry Conference, highlighted the conference’s unique nature and value as a means of communication.

“I believe in CIC,” he said, pointing out its unusual format as a largely self-directed gathering with a four-point mission statement centered around civil discussion. Continue Reading …

Featured image: The SATA booth is shown Nov. 4, 2016, at SEMA. (John Huetter/Repairer Driven News)