BRITISH COLUMBIA | REGIONAL NEWS

KEEPING RECORD British Columbia has introduced regulations around the sale of catalytic converters in effort to curb the crime that reportedly costs the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) millions every year. As of March 14, the province now requires buyers to report each transaction, including seller information, straight to police. Catalytic converters thefts in […]

BLIND SPOTS

Does your inner circle have your back? Column by JAY PERRY As humans we are all subject to certain effects that limit ourselves in achieving our potential. One such effect is the bias that we are more competent in areas where we, in reality are not, thus over-estimating our abilities. Another effect is called ‘hindsight […]

HIRE AWAY

Deciphering the secrets to successful job postings Column by VENESSA DI VITO Have you been posting your automotive job openings across various HR job posting sites, only to find that there are few to NO applications showing up for the positions you are recruiting for? Does anyone know what has happened to all the applicants? […]

THE PEOPLE- ORIENTED PIVOT

How to maximize your most valuable asset Column by NANCY ROLLAND What is the most valuable asset of your business? Believe it or not, it’s not your real estate or your equipment—although those items cost you plenty. The most valuable assets of your business are the people you employ. The individuals you trust each day […]

ON THE HUNT

What the kids are saying about collision repair Story by KATE NG Two dozen people file into the school hall, clipboards at the ready. They take their assigned seats; some nervously tap their pens while others nonchalantly count the planks in the ceiling. Except they’re not students—they’re employers in the autobody industry, looking for their […]

2021 CANADIAN BENCHMARK REPORT

AutoHouse Technologies delivers the details Collision Repair magazine is thrilled to yet again share AutoHouse Technologies annual Benchmark Report. Compiled by the Vancouver, B.C.-based company, the annual report takes a comprehensive look at key performance indicators (KPIs) across Canada’s collision repir facilities, including insights on average cycle times, touch time and gross profits for facilities […]

THE PRIDE OF PARR AUTO BODY

Sorting mess in the name of success Column by TOM BISSONNETTE … CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS ISSUE Ah! The year 2000 was amazing! I realized I had lived in two different centuries and two different millenniums! Growing up as a kid we had no cell phones and no computers—we played outdoors and hunted gophers and rabbits. […]

TAKE CONTROL OF CALIBRATIONS

Hunter’s equipment follows the OEM service procedures, references the vehicle direction of travel—the thrust line—for target placement, integrates with the Hunter Aligner for Wheel Alignment verification before the calibration is completed, and integrates with HunterNet for online results storage. Hunter Engineering says it’s a popular misconception that ADAS calibration tools require huge amounts of floor […]

RIGHT TO REPAIR

United States introduces legislation—what now? In early February, a U.S. bill labelled H.R. 6570 or the “Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair,” or the REPAIR Act, was filed by Democratic Representative Bobby Rush. United States lawmakers introduced “Right to Repair” legislation in February, marking the first steps in what could be a transformative […]

BUSINESS AT BUDDS

Budds’ Collision Services grows even bigger Story by ALLISON ROGERS The team at Budds’ Collision has been busy, to say the least. Amid pandemic slowdowns, Oakville, Ontario Budds’ Collision Services took time to complete long-planned renovations to its already-massive collision centre, adding a drive-thru estimate centre and plenty of square footage for breathing room. But […]