The North Carolina Association of Collision and Autobody Repair (NCACAR) delivered exceptional value to its members in May with two highly anticipated training sessions, one on Structural Steel Repair and another focused on asTech and the importance of pre and post repair scanning.
NCACAR President Brian Davies ardently believes that educating collision repair professionals is one of the most valuable and important things an association can do.
The “GM Structural Steel Repair” seminar was held on May 16 at the Hendrick Operation Center in Charlotte, NC and was sponsored by Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet. The training session attracted around 30 attendees, including shop owners, technicians and several new association members who joined that evening.
Keith Glasgow of GM and ACDelco provided an in-depth presentation on the material, integrating the GM website along with late model design changes. He also discussed examples of what not to do and how liability falls on the repairer. According to Davies, “Keith did a nice job of presenting things in a way everyone could follow. He gave great examples, one of which was the paint code search by VIN number which makes it much simpler to confirm the paint code without having to search it inside the vehicle which met with great enthusiasm from the attendees. He spent a good portion of time towards the end of the class showing everyone how to navigate the website and where to look for the information which is available at no charge. The vibe was good, and everyone seemed to understand the information and asked several questions throughout the event – they were somewhat more engaged than I’ve seen at previous training events.”
The meeting concluded with Davies stressing the importance of everyone being engaged in the industry and urging collision repair professionals to join NCACAR so the group can combine resources and perform safe repairs for their customers and their families. He also thanked the organizations that support the association, stating “Hendrick Automotive and GM have been very consistent in their efforts to help the association and ultimately our members benefit by the education given. Organizing these types of training events is essential to our main focus which is correct repairs and sustainability. The OEMs realize that quality repairs support brand loyalty so it’s in all of our best interest to repair vehicles correctly. We are very appreciative to have the support of such great leaders in the industry.”