AutoPro Network How-To Instructions
Defuse the ticking time bomb of open recalls
It was November 7, 2014 when The New York Times published a shocking article that revealed exactly how unsafe our roads are. The subject? Takata's airbag recall crisis. Called "the largest and most complex safety recall in US history," it affected vehicles made by 19 automakers and 85 million American airbags. Major companies, from Honda to Mercedes-Benz, were forced to issue recalls for their vehicles. And, although the problem started 3 years ago, it's tripled in size over the past year. Read more.
How insurers are responding to vehicle tech and repairability challenges
The MSO Symposium is the premier executive event for the collision repair industry. The 6th annual event, co-located with NACE Automechanika in Chicago, takes place on Wednesday, July 26 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Be sure to reserve your spot at this exclusive event as soon as possible, as this is a limited seating and a quick-to-sell-out event. Read more.
Confirming repair quality, accuracy ensures safety for drivers
Our industry at times suffers from a poor consumer image. We don’t like to admit it and everyone thinks their work is good. But the reality is we have some shops doing a less-than-quality repair.
While some shops love post-repair inspections, other shops dread them. They can be done in-house for quality control, throughout the repair process, or after the vehicle is back in the owner’s hand, often by a third party. Read more.
Steel Market Development Institute updates Bar Steel Fatigue database
The Long Products Market Development Group (LPMDG) of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), announced the sixth update of its online Bar Steel Fatigue Database. The total publically available grade/process combinations are now at 164 iterations, which can be found online at the Bar Steel Fatigue Database. SMDI is a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
Photo-based estimating, claims app clears service way for insurer
Snapsheet, the auto-insurance industry’s largest provider of virtual claims solutions, comments on Allstate Insurance Company’s commitment to improved customer service through the use of technology with plans to close drive-in estimating facilities in favor of their proprietary mobile claims settlement.
SPRING SALE ON BEST LASER MEASURING SYSTEM IN THE INDUSTRY-ECLIPSE™!
SPRING SALE IS ON - CALL YOUR DISTRIBUTOR FOR MORE INFO! Eclipse™ provides fast, accurate measurements for estimating, blueprinting and repair on any surface from lifts to benches. Its collision repair console shows a real-time visual display of the structural damage in an easy to understand, full-color, 3D graphic model. The easy to use Eclipse™ software reduces cycle time and expense, while supporting profitable estimates and reports.
ECLIPSE™ PLAYS CRITICAL ROLE IN SOP-SPRING SALE!
Wasting time with faulty equipment is one of the largest drains on busy shops so establishing best practices involves sourcing the most effective equipment. Developing Standards of Practice (SOP’s) requires careful blueprinting of your shop processes. In order to make those SOP’s valuable, you need to analyze all key components of your repair process. When creating that procedure for your process, equipment function and integrity of results are critical. Scanning and measuring the damage requires accuracy and continual calibration. Eclipse™ by AMS is the only Laser Measuring system that can guarantee you accuracy every time.
Eclipse™ by AMS features a bright, 3D graphic screen making for a quick visualization of the depiction of the damage, and changes colors to reflect progress as it is being repaired. The patented Autocal feature of the Eclipse™ ensures you get the right answer…first time, every time. Eclipse™ literally helps you get more accurate diagnostics more quickly, helping ... Read More
Stop Watching Paint Dry – Symach is Ready to Show You How
Don’t wait for paint to dry in your collision repair shop. Spend a few minutes with Symach at NACE Automechanika Chicago this summer and find out how paint can cure in seconds!
Assured Performance announces 2017 OEM Certified Collision Care Provider Conference
Assured Performance, the largest Certified Collision Repair Network in the world, announced that registration is open for their 2017 OEM Certified Collision Care Provider Conference, October 4-7, 2017 to be held in Phoenix, AZ. This year’s conference theme is titled; “OEM Certification 2.0: Reaching the Next Frontier.” Early registration is strongly advised as last year’s conference sold out in less than 2 weeks. Registration is available at http://www.assuredperformance.net/conference.
Performing a diagnostic scan before repair work begins can save unnecessary delays
When a complete diagnostic scan is conducted on a vehicle after a collision, not only can it accurately determine which repairs need to made, but it also can reduce the completion time the vehicle has to remain in the repair shop. The quicker the vehicle can be accurately diagnosed and repaired, the quicker the vehicle can be returned to the owner in pre-collision condition.