Is the frequency of ‘extreme’ weather increasing?

Extreme weather events seem to have increased in frequency over the last few years. Do collision repairers need a plan to deal with a potential bump in business?

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — November 25, 2015 — A surprise wind storm in BC. Massive hailstorms. More intensive thunder storms. The frequency and intensity of weather events seems to be increasing. It just might be time to give the subject of extreme weather a bit of thought. It’s common knowledge that weather conditions […]

In Memoriam: Mike Moffat

Mike Moffat of Liberty Tire Recycling passed away recently after a battle with cancer.

Brantford, Ontario — November 25, 2015 — It is with deep regret that we must report the passing of Mike Moffat. Many in the Canadian automotive recycling industry from his work with Liberty Tire Recycling. Moffat passed away on Friday evening in Brantford, Ontario, after a year long battle with cancer. He was a great […]

CCIF First Notice of Loss assignment achieves major milestone

CCIF logo

Ottawa, Ontario — November 25, 2015 — Throughout 2015, the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) has led the first ever collaborative project of auto insurers and repairers focused on advances for the industry and consumers. The initiative will streamline a portion of the pre-repair claim process to improve customer experience and industry productivity. With a […]

PPG steps up as gold-level sponsor of Women’s Industry Network

WIN 10th anniversary logo

Mississauga, Ontario — November 25, 2015 — PPG has become a gold-level sponsor of the Women”s Industry Network (WIN). The announcement was made by Greg DeCamp, General Manager—Collision, US and Canada, PPG Automotive Refinish. WIN is dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to the collision repair industry. The organization offers mentorship […]

UK government considers scrappage fees in twist on the VW emissions saga

The government of the UK is considering a scrappage scheme to encourage motorists to trade in higher-polluting vehicles.

By Jeff Sanford London, United Kingdom — November 25, 2015 — The UK House of Commons environment committee recently urged its government to consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars. The call came in the wake of the VW emissions scandal. The thinking was that the government should consider ways of encouraging drivers to trade […]

Richmond-area collision facility suffers serious fire

Richmond Continental Auto was the scene of a fire recently, with one eyewitness saying flames had come from the back of the facility.

Richmond, British Columbia — November 24, 2015 — The cause of the blaze that engulfed a collision repair facility in flames recently has yet to be determined. Richmond Fire-Rescue responded to the fire that took place at Richmond Continental Auto on Vanguard Rd. in Richmond, British Columbia, with several trucks,  including one vehicle with extensions […]

Under the hood: Inside the numbers at Fenix Parts

Financial insight into Fenix Parts

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — November 24, 2015 — Newly minted publicly-traded recycling conglomerate Fenix Parts has been having a bit of a time convincing investors to get into the stock. The company went public in May at $11 a share. But over the past several months the price of shares has swooned, settling […]