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Source: Gopal Ratnam, Roll Call Computers on wheels raise thorny questions about data privacy If you’re driving a late model car or truck, chances are that the vehicle is mostly computers on wheels, collecting and wirelessly transmitting vast quantities of data to the car manufacturer not just on vehicle performance but personal information, too, such as your Read more…


Source: The New York Times Editorial Board When the tools of modern life stop working, people should be able to shop for the best price on repairs. A giant John Deere tractor and a pocket-size Apple iPhone have something important in common: The cost of repairing either one is too high. The two companies, and many of Read more…


Effective 4/15/2019, new Partslink data is available for download for existing subscribers. For information on the Partslink program, including market intelligence, and how to subscribe to Partslink, please visit www.autobpa.com/partslink. Partslink Monthly Statistics Partslink is more than just a database of part numbers. Information pertaining to part pricing and supersession are also available to subscribers.


Source: United Recyclers Group (URG) The United Recyclers Group (URG) and PartsTrader announced the availability of a new integration that allows member yards to automatically see their inventory for each part and reduce manual data entry. These factors speed up quote response time by yard personnel. By using this integration, the sales team can focus more time Read more…


LKQ Corporation announced that it has acquired all assets of Elite Electronics. Elite, based in Richardson, TX, specializes in various automotive diagnostic and repair services. This acquisition launches LKQ into the vehicle services market, converging LKQ’s industry leading parts and distribution business with Elite’s services to further facilitate customers’ needs. Elite Electronics’ technical solutions are both mobile Read more…


Source: Ryan Beene, Bloomberg The U.S. auto industry is escalating a lobbying push to keep President Donald Trump from imposing steep new tariffs on imported cars and parts that executives warn could cripple a sector already facing a slowdown. Groups representing many arms of the industry — automakers, dealers, parts suppliers and aftermarket companies alike — are Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek Legislation would require appraisers and insurers to disclose that consumers are not required to submit photos to obtain an appraisal. Bill also requires insurers to secure a signed aftermarket crash part disclosure. Legislation pre-filed in Louisiana seeks to prohibit appraisers from preparing repair estimates using photographs or telephone calls and require a personal inspection. House Read more…


Source: Collision Repair Education Foundation Hoffman Estates, IL – KSI Auto Parts has contributed over $250,000 in financial and in-kind support for collision repair schools through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. KSI contributed $25,000 to support the Foundation last year and initiated a program to donate parts to collision school programs. Through the parts donation program, they Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek Information provider details increased claim cost due to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and how they are influencing estimating process and repair information access. As the share of newer vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) installed has grown each year, collision repair facility operators have had to invest in the latest technology to repair these Read more…


Source: Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) The AASP-MN proposal to make it an unfair claims practice for an insurance company to refuse payment for a repair procedure that is called for by an original vehicle manufacturer was pulled from the Minnesota House Commerce Committee Agenda last week, effectively ending prospects for passage this Legislative Read more…

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