Auto Parts Locating System: Allied vs Car-Part

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) conducted an industry survey on locating and purchasing recycled parts. The survey results are below. In September of 2021, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced that it will begin phasing out the Allied Recyclers Parts Locating (APL) system and replacing it with Car-Part.com. The announcement caught everyone off-guard, …

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What Is New with Collision Repair Programs in B.C.

With the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP) shutting down its program, the collision repair industry can be assured that the ARA’s Certified Collision Repair (CCR) program, which accounts for approximately 50 percent of the entire national program members, continues. In 2017, the ARA announced its partnership with the Canadian Collision Industry Accreditation Program (CCIAP). …

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ICBC Announces a New Compensation Package for Glass & Collision Repair

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) is disappointed in today’s announcement by ICBC to maintain the status quo regarding compensation increases to the glass & collision sectors of the automotive industry. The ARA has a long history of campaigning for systemic changes to compensation in the industry and finds this decision unsatisfactory in moving our industry …

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The ARA Meets with the Minister

The Hon. Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and MLA Andrew Mercier, recently met with the ARA to discuss ICBC’s terms of service and skilled trades certification. On March 31, 2022, ARA President and CEO Adrian Scovell, and ARA executives Rick Hatswell and Ron Tremblay, attended a meeting with Minister Farnworth and …

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New Vehicle Inspection Testing Requirements

The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE)  Branch of the B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has introduced a new testing requirement for all authorized inspectors (AI) who wish to add the salvage vehicle endorsement to their certificate. Effective March 31, 2022, all AIs seeking this endorsement are required to take and pass a knowledge …

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