Majority of midsize SUVs headlights rated ‘marginal’ or ‘poor’

Testing conducted by IIHS shows that most midsize SUV headlights are simply not very good. Only two models tested had headlights that earned a "good" rating, the 2017 Volvo XC60 (shown here) and the 2017 Hyundai Sante Fe.

Arlington, Virginia — June 22, 2017 — The US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released results that indicate headlights are improving overall, but many are still not performing adequately. The latest tests conducted by IIHS focused on midsize SUVs. This is the fourth group of vehicles IIHS has evaluated since launching headlight ratings […]

360 Fabrication to carry House of Kolor products

The 360 Fabrication master paint team with the team from House of Kolor. 

Abbotsford, British Columbia — June 22, 2017 — In the custom automotive world, there is likely no bigger brand than the legendary House of Kolor. The company, founded in 1956 by Jon Kosmoski, is often held up as the pinnacle of automotive paint for collectors. Equally as legendary is House of Kolor’s rigorous vetting process, which […]

CARSTAR and Axalta raises $4,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

David Foster (CARSTAR), Darren Roche (Axalta) and Michael Macaluso (CARSTAR), holding a cheque to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Hamilton, Ontario – June 23, 2017 — Axalta and CARSTAR joined together to host its first ever Nine and Dine, an event that includes nine holes of golf and a dinner. Nine and Dine took place at Southbrook Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario.  CARSTAR is celebrating its 20 anniversary of partnership with Cystic Fibrosis […]

Friday Fun: Watch out for deer; the dirty secret behind EV batteries

It's always deer season somewhere. A shop in Wisconsin has noticed an increase in deer collisions lately, but the owner notes they usually don't see these until the fall.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — June 22, 2017 — In this week’s edition of Friday Fun, we look at a warning on deer, BASF’s prediction on the most popular vehicle colours of the coming years, a whitepaper on new car materials, the truth about electric cars and much, much more! – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation […]

Insurance professionals get an inside view at Toyota event

Toyota Canada hosted a large group of top-level claims professionals at its manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ontario. The intent was to highlight the importance of scanning, calibration and OEM repair procedures.

By Mike Davey Cambridge, Ontario — June 22, 2017 — Scanning, calibration and strict adherence to OEM procedures are of extreme importance to modern collision repair processes, but the message is still making its way from the OEMs to the insurance industry. An event hosted by Toyota Canada at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) in Cambridge, […]

Registration opens for 74th Annual ARA Convention and Exposition

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the ARA Convention and Exposition in 2016. This year's event will feature more than 20 educational sessions and over 100 exhibitors.

Manassas, Virginia — June 21, 2017 — Registration is now open for the 74th Annual ARA Convention and Exposition taking place November 1 to 4, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. A statement from ARA says this year’s event is expected to draw auto recyclers and vendors from around the world. The Automotive Recyclers of Canada is […]

OARA creates community through scholarship program

Rob Heslop from Andy’s Auto Wreckers with his daughter Lindsay, receiving her OARA scholarship cheque from Steve Fletcher of OARA. Heslop’s daughter Lauren received an OARA Scholarship this year, being the fourth of his children to do so.

By Josh White London, Ontario — June 22, 2017 — The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) has chosen 23 recipients for its annual scholarship program. Since 2010, OARA has provided scholarships for individuals planning on pursuing a full-time post-secondary education program. The program has offered financial aid for hundreds of students over its eight years, […]

ARPAC launches 3RV initiative to support investment

ARPAC logo

Saint-Jérôme, Quebec — June 22, 2017 — ARPAC, Quebec’s provincial auto recycling association, has announced a new initiative to support the ongoing investments required to reduce the environmental footprint of end-of-life vehicles.    The initiative takes the form of a small surcharge added to all invoices at the association’s 34 member facilities. The charges are […]