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A recent “5 Things” article in the Wall Street Journal (September 18, 2105) portrays the automotive parts industry in the U.S. as “solidly profitable, developing increasingly sophisticated components aimed at making cars tech savvy.” The article makes five points about the industry and its recovery from the recent recession. You can read the full article here.


Rep. Darrell Issa, a representative from California, told CNBC today that he is considering a run for the soon to be vacant Republican Speaker of the House position. Issa told CNBC he would support House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan for the Speaker’s position, but Ryan has been reluctant to take on the job. “To be honest, Read more…


General Motors Corp., apparently pleased with the results of regional testing of their new MyPartsLink program, will roll out the dynamic pricing program nationwide on December 1, 2015. When MyPriceLink goes live, GM will no longer provide up front pricing information on its parts to insurers, estimating systems and collision repair shops. Instead it will deliver real-time Read more…


Brad Mewes, publisher of an insightful blog on the collision repair industry called “Supplement,” recently wrote a thought-provoking article on collision industry consolidation trends. Brad believes the recent spate of mergers and acquisitions has not run its course, but will continue as the number of multi-shop operators (MSOs) will shrink as they are acquired by large consolidators. Read more…


In addition to its heavy schedule of parts testing as the nation’s leading independent testing and certifying authority for automotive replacement parts, CAPA has also been busy behind the scenes updating and upgrading its web presence. CAPA’s website, capacertified.org has been completely updated with a totally new look, increased functionality, and more information than ever before. Collision Read more…


by Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language It is an unfortunate fact that the automobile collision repair industry owes its continued existence to difficult driving conditions and poor driving habits. If everybody on the roads were a careful and sensible driver, there would be far fewer accidents and little need for replacement fenders, new bumpers, and new headlight Read more…


Should consumers have the right to choose which parts are used to repair their vehicles? That’s the question behind an on-line petition being sponsored by PCI PAC, a political action committee representing the property and casualty industry, and a member of the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC). PCI PAC is seeking grassroots support for their efforts in support Read more…


Austin was huge. Chicago was even bigger. But the “Windy City” was a little cold for some, so for our next annual meeting we decided to seek out the sun. Therefore… We are pleased to announce that the 2016 ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention will be held in sunny Miami, Florida! The meeting will be held from Read more…


ABPA sued Ford Global Technologies LLC (FGTL) in the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) for a declaration that FGTL’s design patents are invalid and unenforceable. FGTL moved to dismiss the case, claiming that ABPA lacked associational standing to challenge the patents. ABPA won the motion and became the first association ever to win an associational standing challenge Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The annual Car-Part.com Industry Conference was held August 6-8 at the Holiday Inn in Erlanger, KY, just a stone’s throw away from the Cincinnati airport. Our friends at Car-Part.com, in particular Jeff and Janice Schroder, hosted a great convention that was not only educational, but entertaining. Many ABPA members know the Schroders Read more…

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