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Las Vegas, Nevada was once again the location for this year’s SEMA / AAPEX show. There are few industry events where ABPA members can meet with their piers, insurers, body shop leaders, and the manufacturers. Every year many ABPA members make this annual trek to the desert to meet with business colleagues and vendors, and to have some Read more…


As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, imports of Parts, Engines, Bodies & Chassis in the United States decreased to US$12,021.19 million in September of 2014 from US$12,225.68 million in August of 2014. Imports of Parts, Engines, Bodies & Chassis in the United States averaged US$6,002.53 million from 1989 until 2014, reaching an all time Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language By now collision repair shops in the U.S. were supposed to be using General Motor’s proprietary MyPriceLink parts ordering system, which originally had a December 1 launch date. But, citing “workflow pressures on outside parties,” the automaker has pushed the introduction of MyPriceLink until early 2015. The MyPriceLink program is designed Read more…


Shippers in the Asia-U.S. trade lanes are being told to expect a new approach to pricing and increased rates, as container shipping lines deal with higher costs and the logjam created by limited inland rail and truck capacity. In the meantime, member container lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are ready to implement a further $1,000-per-40-foot Read more…


If you are reading this you have discovered the new format for our Body Language newsletter. After many years of a print version we have taken a big step forward to move Body Language to an online publication. This has several significant advantages. We will be able to provide more frequent updates and news about our industry Read more…


The battle to gain recognition and acceptance of aftermarket parts continues in state houses across the country. And the news is good! In states from New England to the Midwest we have won some important victories against attempts to limit or restrict the use of aftermarket parts in collision repair. Here are some recent highlights. These wins Read more…


Although Swedish automaker Saab shipped its last car to North America three years ago, the business of supplying parts for the estimated 450,000 Saabs on American roads goes on, and is actually growing. Saab Automobile Parts North America, which emerged from the Swedish automaker’s bankrupt U.S. operations, has 200 authorized service centers in the United States, up Read more…


Oral arguments have been scheduled for December 1 in the appeal of a lawsuit filed by Felder’s Collision Parts against General Motors. According to John Yoswick of the CRASH Network, “the Louisiana-based non-OEM parts supplier sued the automaker, arguing that GM’s ‘Bump the Competition’ parts price-matching program provides no benefit to the consumer, but ‘serves the sole Read more…


LKQ Corporation and Chrysler Group LLC entered into a Patent License Agreement whereby LKQ has been granted a license under certain Chrysler design patents in connection with LKQ’s distribution and sale of aftermarket collision parts in the United States. As part of the agreement, Chrysler will dismiss the complaint it filed in January 2014 against LKQ alleging Read more…

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