Ask Aviva: Aviva auto claims v-p delves into details on ‘AutoCare Centre’ network

Toronto, Ontario — Rosallie Papa-Reid, v-p of national auto claims at Aviva Canada, recently sat for a one-on-one interview with Insurance Business Magazine, during which the insurer’s newly launched “AutoCare Centres” were discussed at length. The opening of Aviva’s first AutoCare Centre in North York turned some heads in the collision repair industry back in […]

Superior Steel: GM to use recycled, renewably-produced steel from Hamilton’s Dofasco plant

Hamilton, Ontario — General Motors announced last week plans to shift its North American production lines toward more recycled and sustainably-produced steel, courtesy of Hamilton’s long-standing ArcelorMittal Dofasco steel plant. This steel, which is sold under the brand name of XCarb, is ArcelorMittal’s way of contributing to the reduction of carbon in steel production, which […]

Tighter Living: Average auto insurance premium in Ontario grows by 12 percent in 2023

Toronto, Ontario — Insurance research firm, Rates.ca has released its list of cities that pay the highest auto insurance premiums in Ontario, with the average estimated premium growing by 12 percent in 2023, compared to 2021. This is the largest increase recorded by the Insuramap survey, with the average estimated premium sitting at $1,744, compared to […]

Community Service: CARSTAR Campbellford donates $2k to Campbellford Memorial Hospital

Hamilton, Ontario – CARSTAR Campbellford has made a $2,000 contribution to the Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundation, with shop leadership connecting with members of the Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundation at a cheque presentation ceremony. According to a company press release, this donation will support the hospital by funding purchases of necessary medical equipment, as well as […]

Welcome of the Week: ProColor Collision expands into Hamilton East

Milton, Ontario — ProColor Collision has opened its new Hamilton East outlet, part of a Taylor Chrysler Dodge dealership that has served the Hamilton and Stoney Creek communities for more than four decades. Peter Grosvenor, dealer principal at Taylor Chrysler Dodge, says the addition of ProColor Collision to the dealership’s services means quicker turnarounds on […]

Welcomes of the Week: UniglassPlus Rymal opens new location on Hamilton Mountain

Hamilton, Ontario — One of CARSTAR’s most long-standing locations has undergone an exciting new expansion as CARSTAR Hamilton Rymal welcomes the addition of a dedicated UniglassPlus storefront within its historic Hamilton Mountain facility. UniglassPlus Rymal will occupy a newly renovated section of the facility that manager Jose Florez says will help his shop more fully […]

In Memoriam: Guerino Mercanti, founder of Mercanti Bros. Auto Body Repair

Hamilton, Ontario — Collision Repair magazine is saddened to hear that Guerino Mercanti, founder of CARSTAR Canada, has died following a six-year battle with dementia. Mercanti grew up with his two brothers and nephew in Hamilton, founding Mercanti Bros Auto Body Repair, the predecessor to CARSTAR Collision and Ontario Auto Collision. He regularly came by […]

Uniban-d Together: Uniban added 24 shops to network since 2021

Hamilton, Ontario — Uniban Canada is taking a moment for some self-care, announcing that the company has been deep in store orientation training sessions with new and existing shop owners over the past year. The company welcomed 24 new shops into the network since 2021 and has been hard at work getting new franchisees, as […]