Collision Repair

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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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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Certified Collision Repair (CCR): Program Evolution

Another ARA certification program evolves, raising the level of industry professionalism. Just as experienced in other sub-sectors, industry consolidation and technological advancement pose many challenges for collision repair independents as they attempt to remain profitable and/or competitive. The ARA’s Certified Collision Repair program was one of the first to be introduced as an industry standard …

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EVfriendly electric vehicle online training and certification now open

EVfriendly Certification Registration Now Open

Register now to become an EVfriendly certified provider.  If you are not yet familiar with EVfriendly, in short, it is an industry-led program, powered by the Automotive Retailers Association, sponsored by the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, designed to cultivate a higher degree of confidence in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) ownership. The program …

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