The Auto Care Association recently announced the formation of the Emerging Technologies Committee---a new standing committee composed of staff, member volunteers and external stakeholders who will spearhead research and development for vehicle network interfaces, vehicle connectivity and connected aftermarket devices, all on behalf of the independent auto care industry.

Estimating is often said to be one of the most important components of running a successful body shop.

When Victoria Adams’ life took a turn for the worst, she lost everything---her job, her home and her vehicle. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:51

New Labor Rate Survey Website from NABR

National AutoBody Research (NABR) recently announced the launch of its new Labor Rate Survey website,, making its VRS Labor Rate Surveys available to all collision repairers nationwide.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2017 are 1 percent lower than they were during the same six-month period in 2016.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) announced it is now accepting nominations for seven open seats for its Board of Directors. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 1.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:37

Long-Running Federal Circuit Results in Victory for Mitchell in IP Dispute with Audatex

Written by Autobody News staff

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's (PTAB) February 2016 decision invalidating all three patents in Audatex's patent infringement lawsuit asserted against Mitchell, agreeing that the Audatex patents are abstract and not inventive.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:13

National Organization Promotes Independent Jobbers

Written by Autobody News staff

Discounted purchasing power, industry networking, business training, marketing support and an exclusive brand of collision repair products. 

Women in Automotive (WIA) held its 2017 Summer Conference July 9--11 at the Omni Orlando Resort in Championsgate, FL. 

State legislation on disclosure and consumer consent involving the use of non-OEM parts has been proposed – or challenged – in a number of states this year. Panelists on both sides of the issue squared off at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Chicago this summer.

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