HOLD STRONG, FORGE ON

We are amid a technical tsunami, of which only the most powerful collision centres will survive BY ALLISON ROGERS We are all more than aware of how fast this industry progresses. Procedures can change overnight, models become more complex by the months, coatings change like chameleons and top-of-the-line tools rotate annually. Just last Fall, the […]

TOWING NEWS – CRM 20#2

TOW THE LINE Four sections of highways in the GTA will become restricted tow zones that allow only a single company to operate within those areas, according to new towing industry rules announced by the Ontario government in late February. The pilot project will run for two years initially, with the potential for one-year extensions […]

RECYCLING NEWS – CRM 20#2

UNITED WE STAND The Automotive Recyclers Association of Canada (ARC) has joined the Your Data. Your Choice campaign as an industry champion, uniting recyclers in the auto industry’s efforts for consumer ownership of vehicle data. The Your Data. Your Choice campaign, fostered by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada), the AutoCare Association and […]

CONFIRMED BY COVID

Rob Rainwater, Mike Kunkel and Lee Worman of Profit Team Consulting will be hosting bi-weekly virtual training sessions for the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association now through June 3. Recyclers look back on lessons learned in 2020 BY ALLISON ROGERS As an essential business amid COVID-19, the strength of the North American automotive recycling sector has […]

HER OWN WAY

The drivers behind Dara Carpenter’s success BY JULIA LLOYD “Mistakes have the power to make a great leader,” — Dara Carpenter, CEO and founder of E.L.C. Dispatch Solutions Dara Carpenter has made a name for herself as a leading voice in the field of automotive tow and storage. In 2015, Dara founded E.L.C Dispatch Solutions […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ATLANTIC

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RENEWABLE REBATES Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin has announced $9.5 million in rebates to help people purchase electric vehicles. According to a news release, the $9.5 million will be used for the rebate program for new and used electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and e-bikes. Rebates will be $3,000 per new vehicle and $2,000 for used […]

REGIONAL NEWS | QUEBEC

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BIENVENUE, CSN MARTIN CSN Collision Centres has officially made their first moves into the Quebec collision repair market, as the nationwide collision banner welcomes CSN Martin of Quebec City into the fold. CSN’s sales manager for Quebec, Charles Boivin, who was instrumental in bringing CSN Martin under the banner, says he is excited to kick […]

ONTARIO | REGIONAL NEWS

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ACCIDENT INSIGHTS The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have released collision and fatality data for 2020, showing a decline in total collisions for the province but an increase in fatalities. Last year saw 26 percent fewer collisions than 2019, though the fatality rate was 22 percent higher. A large number of deaths were deemed preventable and […]

REGIONAL NEWS | MANITOBA

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THE MPI FADEAWAY Like feet at your mom’s house, the repair rate terms presented to Manitoba Public Insurance by provincial repairer associations are officially off the table after negotiations broke down. MPI has given a 90-day notice announcing the termination of the current industry agreement with the automotive trades on repair rates. Talks between the […]

SASKATCHEWAN | REGIONAL NEWS

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COMING SOON FROM SGI Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) delivered an update on its collision industry services during last week’s Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) meeting, detailing its incoming paint material rate changes as well as current endeavours alongside software management companies and OEMs. The first SGI announcement to take effect will come April 1 […]