The Industry, Online: Registration for Virtual AAPEX Experience now open

Las Vegas, Nevada – Registration is now open for the Virtual AAPEX Experience, where at no cost, automotive service and repair professionals can sharpen their skills with technical and management training, watch new product and equipment demos and conduct business with exhibitors during pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings.  The Virtual AAPEX Experience will take place Tuesday, Nov. […]

EV/AV Report: September 7, 2020

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— In this week’s EV/AV Report, Canada’s electric vehicle sales see a second-quarter downturn, B.C. introduces new EV rebates and a Toronto-based autonomous trucking startup scoops up an environmental award. EV downturn Canada’s zero-emissions vehicle sales saw a marked decline in the second quarter of 2020, with only 9,069 units sold between April […]

Taking a Breather: Ford, GM end U.S. ventilator production

Detroit, Michigan — Both Ford and General Motors are ceasing the production of ventilators, turning its focuses back to the automotive business. Ford ceased its ventilator production upon the completed delivery of 50,000 breathing machines to the U.S. government. The Michigan factory is now returning to full-time parts output. The automaker produced the ventilators in […]

AMi Ascension: Former Nissan trainer Chuck Searles named AMi president

Toronto, Ontario — The U.S.-based Automotive Management Institute (AMi) board of trustees welcomes Chuck Searles as the organization’s new president, effective immediately.  Searles is succeeding Jeff Peevy, who left the company to rejoin I-Car as VP of technical products, programs and services in late July.  With almost 28 years of automotive service and industry training […]

Being There: Communication is a multifaceted tool

By Jay Perry Every piece of research on what to do as a leader during tough times seems to contain this one common thread—communication. It cannot be overstated as to how the proper communication is critical to the wellbeing of your company—the challenge is the ‘proper’ part Many think communications are restricted to sharing how […]

Can you believe this?!: September 4, 2020

Toronto, Ontario — Check out Collision Repair‘s weekly Can you believe this?! for construction route dance-offs, a turf-adorned SmartCar, the world’s most thorough car wash and much more!

Salon Signed: CSN adds new collision repair centre to Calgary network

Calgary, Alberta — The newest addition to CSN’s Calgary network is CSN Car Salon, owned by Gary Thomsen. Featuring services such as mechanical repairs and tire service, window tinting and graphics, accessories, detailing, and audio services, and now certified collision repair Thomsen boasts that he hasn’t seen a facility offering such a robust service list […]

Insurance Illiteracy: Poll finds Canadians fail to understand auto insurance

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— RATESDOTCA, a company that compares Canadian insurance rates, recently polled 1,513 Canadians to analyze their knowledge of auto insurance, finding that the majority of our nation’s drivers scored an ‘F-grade’ when it comes to insurance literacy.  The survey consisted of seven common questions drivers may ask themselves before selecting vehicle insurance, with […]

Coming Out Stronger: AIA’s JF Champagne to be featured in Sept. 24 webinar

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— Automotive Diaries: Coming Out Stronger Post COVID-19, to be held on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. EST, will feature the Automotive Industries Association of Canada president J.F. Champagne; Karina Daukaeva, director of user experience design for and Stephen Popiel, vice president and managing director for Phoenix Marketing International’s Canadian division this […]

United Front: Dented Paintless Repairs acquires Dent Force

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— Effective May 1, 2020, Dented Paintless Repairs has acquired Alberta-based Dent Force.  This union will provide streamline operational and administrative efficiencies allowing better service through a more extensive repair network across Canada. Founded in 2005, Dent Force has been a leading Alberta-based hail damage repair company servicing insurance companies, collision and repair […]