The meeting was held at Verdi’s catering facility in Westbury, NY and hosted by Eagle Auto Parts Center.
The meeting began at 8PM with LIABRA Executive Director Ed Kizenberger Sr. providing association news and announcements. LIABRA will hold its Annual Lobby Day on May 16 in Albany, and Kizenberger Sr. discussed the association’s introduction of four new bills that will be included in their lobbying efforts, one of which is a parts restrictions bill that will require the use of OEM parts on current model year vehicles up to three years old.
On June 20, LIABRA and ABCG will hold their annual 500 club raffle drawing in conjunction with Regulation 64 review and seminar. The association’s Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 26 at the Baiting Hollow Country Club.
Next, Kizenberger Sr. introduced Mike Migliore, Parts Manager at Eagle Parts Center and the group’s host for the evening. Migliore shared that Eagle now offers Repair Link, which provides access to dealership pricing and inventory. A valuable resource, Repair Link allows shops to view illustrations and technical diagrams from 22 OEMs. For more information, visit RepairLinkShop.com or call 888-776-5792.
Eagle Chevrolet is also now offering the Bump 2.0 program through which shops can submit an insurance estimate to Eagle, who will try to price match non-OEM parts with GM original OEM parts. For more information, contact the Eagle Parts Team at 631-727-1900.
Reminding attendees that LIABRA is a major supporter of I-CAR and that I-CAR’s training schedule is published monthly in LIABRA NEWS, Kizenberger Sr. introduced I-CAR Instructor Bill Vallely, who discussed the various training programs available through I-CAR. Local college-level automotive collision technical courses use I-CAR training, and it is now being integrated into the curriculum at local high school trade programs. Now serving as Technical Repair Advisor for LIABRA, Vallely is available for members’ technical repair questions on any vehicle at 646-208-2730.
Kizenberger Sr. then introduced GM Technical Training Instructor Christopher Piece, who has 30 years of industry experience and serves as an I-CAR instructor and ASE-certified master truck and auto technician. Piece began his presentation by discouraging attendees from using non-OEM radiators or air-conditioning condensers on new GM vehicles due to the introduction of GM’s new microtube technology, which requires replacement of these components with OEM parts only.
Piece then distributed Advanced Safety Systems and Post Collision Service and Repair manuals to attendees, explaining that the two-hour course would cover necessary procedures to ensure the safety of the vehicle post-accident. During the seminar, Piece addressed how to identify and repair the following: side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert systems and components, the lane departure warning and forward collision alert systems, the haptic safety driver seat and components, the rearview driver information camera and components, the front and rear parking assist systems, and the adaptive cruise control systems.
According to Kizenberger Sr., “Throughout the course, Chris interacted with our members who had numerous questions and comments about the material. His presentation was excellent as well as entertaining, and he managed to squeeze a great deal of very technical information into a short period of time.” For more information or questions, Piece can be reached at Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-251-9980.
The meeting concluded at 10PM with coffee, dessert and raffle drawings. New LIABRA Board of Directors member Chris Menichetti of Hempstead Auto Collision won the 50/50, and Ralph of Big City Auto Body won a tablet, courtesy of Eagle Auto Parts Center. Kizenberger Sr. added, “LIABRA would like to thank our host, Eagle Auto Parts Center for their gracious hospitality, the venue, meeting material and instructor as well as the dinner, dessert and raffle prizes.”