Fancy Fees: Federal luxury tax on $100,000+ cars, coming this fall

Ottawa, Ontario – Details on an incoming luxury tax by the Government of Canada were released July 15. The new rules will affect manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and importers. As of Sept. 1, the Select Luxury Items Tax Act proposed in Budget 2021 will come into effect, targeting certain vehicles and aircraft above $100,000 and some […]

The Price of Pedaling: ICBC will no longer charge injured cyclists for repairs

Vancouver, British Columbia — Following a wave of public condemnation after a Vancouver-area cyclist was struck by a vehicle running a red light and asked to pay for its repairs, ICBC has announced major changes to the way claims for passive road users are managed. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia will no longer require […]

Reeling in the Net: MPI reports claims costs down, net income $115.5 million

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Auto claims costs are down in Manitoba as the provincial insurer reported a 27.3 percent drop in the first quarter of 2021. “The first quarter of 2021/22 saw a continuation of the favourable claims experience of 2020/21 with the frequency of collisions occurring at a rate approximately 20 percent lower than generally […]

Price for Progress: CCC report lays out EV repair costs, post-crash drivability

Toronto, Ontario — According to a new report from CCC Intelligent Solutions, drivers aren’t the only ones putting up big bucks for electric vehicles as the report showed that the average EV repair is 3 percent more expensive than on an ICE. It was also found that replacement parts are generally more expensive on EVs […]

Urban Slalom: CAA report shows that poor roads cost Canadian drivers $3B annually

Ottawa, Ontario — Canadians from all over are paying double for the potholes in their communities—once through their taxes to get them fixed—and again after no one follows through and they go unfilled. In fact, a new study from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) shows that Canadians are paying about $3 billion a year in […]

Greg Horn of Mitchell on communicating repair costs to your customer

Greg Horn of Mitchell discussed how shop owners can better communicate rising repair costs in a recent interview.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — February 22, 2016 — Mitchell International recently published its quarterly Industry Trends Report. In the latest edition, Greg Horn, Vice President of Industry Relations at Mitchell, focused on the inflation rate driving car repair prices. The results reflect what any shop owner knows intimately—the costs of repair are rising […]