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Gary Ledoux

gary ledouxGary Ledoux is a freelance writer with 48 years in the automotive industry.  He can be reached at

Recently, Collision Safety Consultants (CSC), based in Belmont, NC, announced the opening of eight new locations.

This month, we’re looking at the Assured Performance Certification Network, representing Ford, Nissan, FCA, Infiniti, Hyundai and Kia (Ford was handled in a previous profile.)

The 1930s ushered in the biggest financial calamity of all time: the Great Depression.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:17

OE Shop Certification Programs: Audi

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For this month’s OE certification profile, we spoke with industry icon Mark Allen, Manager of Collision Programs/Collision Training and EV After Sales for Audi.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:24

In Reverse: John Loftus – The Dragon Slayer

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“In the early 1980s, body shops had it tough,” said industry veteran John Loftus in a January 2018 interview.

Friday, 05 January 2018 18:59

OE Shop Certification Programs: Ford

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For this month’s OE certification profile, we spoke with Ford’s Lisa Fournier, Collision Product Manager, and Dean Bruce, Collision Marketing Manager.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:57

OE Shop Certification Programs: American Honda

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Welcome to the first of what will be a series of articles on one of the hottest topics in the collision industry today: OE shop certification programs. 

Training: Providing a steady stream of automotive technicians, both mechanical and body, is a challenge today---not unlike the 1920’s. 

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 22:03

Post-Repair Inspectors: Their Past and Possible Future

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Post repair inspectors (PRI) are a relatively new part of the industry being “officially” a little over 25 years old and still a niche part of the business.  

The John Eagle verdict that occurred back in October, and the $42M judgement for the plaintiffs, Matthew and Marcia Seebachan, who were severely injured in an incorrectly repaired Honda Fit, was, no doubt, the biggest collision industry story of the year---if not the decade.