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John Yoswick

John Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit

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20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (January 1998)

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20 Years Ago in the Collision Repair Industry (December 1997)

Shortly after gaining notoriety within the collision repair industry in 2013 for suing State Farm over its mandated use of PartsTrader, Mississippi attorney John Eaves was speaking to shops during SEMA week in Las Vegas, recruiting participants for lawsuits against insurers that he said would revolutionize the industry.

New challenges posed for collision repairers by increasingly complex vehicle technology were discussed during several presentations at the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) held in Las Vegas during SEMA week.

The Advanced Technology and Diagnostic Repair Forum held last summer during NACE Automechanika in Chicago offered more evidence that the lines between “collision repair” and processes more traditionally considered “mechanical repair” continue to blur.

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OR Association Conducting Labor Rate Survey

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The Oregon-based Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA) is conducting a collision repair labor rate survey this fall.

20 years ago in the collision repair industry (November 1997)

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Mike Anderson of Collision Advice said his “Who Pays for What?” surveys continue to show that even when a significant percentage---or even a majority---of shops report routinely being paid for a particular "not included" operation, there can be many other shops not even putting it on their estimates. 

This summer, CCC Information Services defended the dramatic changes that the shift to CCC’s “Secure Share” system will bring to the industry, calling it necessary for data security, a step forward for the industry, and reasonably priced.

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20 Years ago in the Collision Repair Industry (October 1997)


In a meeting with the Automotive Service Association (ASA) earlier this year, Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) Executive Director Jack Gillis outlined CAPA’s new standards and additional testing that will help ensure the quality of CAPA-certified crash parts. Gillis reviewed the plans with ASA in response to ASA’s dissatisfaction with CAPA’s performance.

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