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When Randy Bollander, President of Empire Auto Parts, one of the country’s largest aftermarket parts distributors, sat down to breakfast on the final day of the recent ABPA annual meeting, he was eager to learn more about parts certification and the legal wrangling with OEMs. But after hearing Brandon Eckenrode of the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Read more…


According to John Yoswick at the CRASH Network, a Louisiana aftermarket parts distributor will continue its legal challenge of General Motor’s “Bump the Competition” price-matching program. The suit brought by Felder’s Collision Parts, which held that the GM program was “predatory and anti-competitive,” was dismissed by a federal appeals court in January. Felder’s has petitioned the Supreme Read more…


Fender Bender magazine has reported that General Motors announced that it will perform market tests of its long delayed MyPriceLink collision parts initiative in select cities this summer, prior to its official launch. GM did not reveal which cities or how many would be included in the test. According to Fender Bender, GM said it is taking this Read more…


The ABPA depends on the hard work of its members to help strengthen our organization, represent our industry, and move our agenda forward. It is a great pleasure to recognize those members, both individual and corporate, who stand out for their dedication, leadership and long term commitment to the ABPA in our annual awards. Industry Award In Read more…


By Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director At the conclusion of this year’s ABPA annual meeting in Chicago, our organizations’ Chairman, Dan Morrissey, proclaimed that, “Our association is stronger than it’s ever been.” That sentiment seemed to echo throughout the week, as leading aftermarket parts manufacturers and distributors came together to assess the state of the industry, to Read more…


The 2015 ABPA annual meeting held in Chicago on April 21-24 was a rousing success. Attendance was up significantly, the number of exhibitors at the concurrent trade show was at an all time high, and the information presented was timely, broadminded and held the attention of attendees throughout the event. Discussion was vigorous, as old acquaintances renewed, Read more…


Attendees of the ABPA’s annual meeting and their guests enjoyed a relaxing dinner in the elegant surroundings of the Drake Hotel’s Club International room. Many old friendships were renewed and new connections made during the evening.


To generate support in Congress for the pending PARTS legislation that is working its way through both the House and Senate, the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) is asking industry leaders to contact their U.S. Representatives and Senators to urge them to vote in favor of the bill. The QPC has developed template letters for members of the Read more…


The 2015 Automotive Body Parts annual meeting and trade show is in progress at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago. Record attendance and the largest number of exhibitors in recent memory are enjoying the benefits of the latest information and industry news in a great setting. Look for more reports and photos as the meeting progresses, and Read more…


Randy Hanson Claim Director, Plan & Change Allstate Insurance Thursday, April 23 11:20 am – 12:00 pm Insurance and the Aftermarket – The Allstate Story Randy will help make sense of the new cycle of change as the insurance, repair and related industries are on a collision course with innovation and technology advancements that will significantly transform Read more…

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