A week in review – March 29, 2019

By CRM staff

Toronto, Ontario – March 29, 2019 — What really happened this week? What were some of the big headlines? Don’t worry, Collision Repair has recapped the five biggest car-collision-related headlines of the week.

A Repairers Responsibility

Collision Repair caught up with Volkswagen Group Canada collision manager Scott Wideman, about his presentation during the Guild 21 call. Wideman announced that the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be launched in Canada in April but the autonomous features of the vehicle will be coming to our roads at a later date. This brought him to his main point that repairers have a new responsibility with fixing complex vehicles. “Repairers almost have to be research analysts.”


Lyft has repair shops?

The ride-sharing service announced earlier this week that it had opened up its first repair shop in the U.S. and plans to open up more all over the nation. Collision Repair reached out to Lyft to see if this announcement would apply to Canada as well. “We’ll have more updates on the Lyft Driver Services program for drivers in Canada soon,” a Lyft representative said.


A Canadian First

CHC Paint & Body Shop Supplies in Toronto, Ont. is the first Canadian shop to be named PPG’s 2018 Platinum Distributor of the Year. The annual award honours the distributor that demonstrates outstanding performance, loyalty, product knowledge, and customer service and support. The award was given out at the annual PPG Platinum Distributor Conference on Feb. 21- 24.


CCIAP expands in Quebec after merging with CCPQ

More than 300 collision shops in the province of Quebec have registered with the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP) since the announcement of its merger with the Corporation des Carrossiers Professionnels du Quebec (CCPQ) in October of 2018.


Grote Canada wins 2018 NAPA Supplier Excellence Award

Grote Canada, a supplier of aftermarket lighting accessories was awarded the 2018 NAPA Supplier Excellence Award from UAP. The company was identified in each of NAPA’s regions across the country for meeting all of NAPA’s strict measurements and expectations and was unanimously selected for the Supplier Excellence Award. Along with this award, the company is also a part of the Club 95 Award for the year. This award is given to NAPA Canada suppliers that deliver a 95 percent or higher filler rate.



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