On April 25th, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) hosted a face-to-face meeting of national repair associations, I-CAR, the OEM Roundtable and the vast majority of the top automakers in Oklahoma City prior to the start of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC).
The meeting was a continuation of the major step more than two dozen additional state, regional, national and international collision repair organizations took last November, recognizing OEM repair procedures as the industry’s official repair “standard” for collision repair. This meeting further advanced the unified efforts and served as an opportunity to take significant next actions in a coordinated effort by all parties by establishing a tangible working agenda and actionable items.
“A clear takeaway from each of the meetings we have held is that the group indeed is powered with a clearly defined sense of purpose,” stated SCRS Chairman Aaron Clark. “There is complete consensus that our task at hand is to ensure that collision repairers across the nation are able to easily access and attain the technical information that has been recognized as the standard of repair for our industry.”
The work group established key contacts, further refined the communications strategy and developed agenda items and tasks which were assigned as internal action items. Participants exchanged reports from each of the organizations involved, including a report from I-CAR on the progress of their consideration to facilitate an industry council as request by the repair community in November of 2011. Future meetings, timelines and work product were discussed as the groups came to consensus on the next steps to presenting easily attainable technical standards of care for collision repair.
Through its direct members and 39 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS website: www.scrs.com . You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org