Saskatchewan offers abundant opportunities When you think of Saskatchewan, you probably think of vast grasslands, agriculture and friendly people; but did you know the province is home to some of the most progressive collision repair centres in Canada? Saskatchewan has its own association of automotive repairers, dubbed SAAR, which goes to great lengths to advocate […]

Conference Convenience: SAAR Fall Conference cut by one day to account for travel

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — They asked, you answered, and now it is official—this year’s SAAR will be packed into two days, with the originally scheduled third day left open to allow attendees to travel home. The always accommodating Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) will now be meeting from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, with the […]

Finding Your Dream Cart: Sask. considering expanding use of golf carts on local roads

Regina, Saskatchewan — “Sorry I was late. There was a golf cart blocking up the left lane,” is a phrase some Saskatchewan residents may have to get used to saying now that the province’s Urban Municipalities Association recently passed a resolution considering them for public roadways. The resolution passed last week at the Saskatchewan Urban […]



BOOSTS WITH BETAG Saskatchewan Polytechnic will host another BETAG Outer Panel Repair Specialist (OPRS) course at its Saskatoon campus from April 3 to June 23, the institution told attendees at the recent Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers event. The only school in North America to offer the program, BETAG’s OPRS course at Sask Polytech is […]

A Just Adjustment: Sask. labour rates to increase 3 percent on Saturday, SGI says

Regina, Saskatchewan — Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) will be updating compensation rates for all its accredited auto repair partners, increasing the labour rate by 3 percent from $92.68 to $95.46, effective Saturday. This increase will be reflected on all shop profiles on April 1, potentially resulting in system disruptions for repair shops according to SGI. […]

Welcomes of the Week: CARDIFF CARSTAR Regina

Regina, Saskatchewan — CARSTAR has a shiny new shop under its wing, announcing Thursday the opening of CARDIFF CARSTAR Regina, located at 2330 7th Ave., Regina. Owner and namesake of the new facility, Joe Cardiff has been a collision industry professional for more than 36 years, boasting six-pillar platinum I-CAR certification, journeyperson status, as well […]



HELPING OUT In the first government-funded initiative of its kind in Canada, Saskatchewan announced that it is now accepting applications for fire departments that would like to take part in the debut Transportation Rescue Extrication (TREX) program. Run through Saskatchewan’s Public Safety Agency (SPSA), this program aims to train the province’s firefighters to extract people […]


Your next opportunity is waiting for you The Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers (SAAR) are as passionate about their province as they are about the bodywork business. In this second installment of Collision Repair’s Saskatchewan Shop Spotlight, we’re looking at Tisdale’s Twisted Metal Custom Collision and Cruisers CARSTAR in Moose Jaw—right where your next opportunity […]