On September 17, members of the Collision Division met at Ray’s CARSTAR in Bristol for Part 2 of an Estimatics workshop; Part 1 was hosted in the spring.
According to Siembab, “Members discussed the need for improved documentation on estimates. The importance of starting the process with a thorough disassembly was addressed – with the ultimate goal of lessening supplements. The open forum discussion was received very well by all attendees.”
The meeting also featured special guest Frank Pegnato from OE Connection who updated members on recent enhancements to the program. Finally, ASA-CT announced a value-added member benefit to attendees – the association will purchase copies of national quarterly surveys conducted by Collision Advice and CRASH Network regarding which insurance companies pay for specific repair procedures.
On September 30, ASA-CT hosted an informal Dinner Reception to welcome the Mechanical Division to the new ASA affiliate.
“Members discussed the challenges they face within the state, such as employee recruitment, availability of parts, educational opportunities and legislative issues,” Siembab recounted. “The shop owners all share a concern regarding consumer safety inspections of vehicles – it isn’t mandated in Connecticut anymore. Members agreed that this should be addressed for the consumers’ safety.”