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Colleyville, Texas -- May 15, 2014 -- NACE | CARS 2014 has released the full training and education conference program that promises to have shop owners, technicians and industry stakeholders covered from A to Z when it comes to training, education and unbeatable new sessions. In addition to the largest conference offering in NACE | CARS history, the show will also have many of the industry’s leading experts speaking at this year’s event.
The Schedule-At-A-Glance is available on the NACE | CARS website or at this link.
Now in its 32nd year, NACE | CARS 2014 features numerous opportunities for technical training, business and management education, demonstrations, networking and technology showcases for stakeholders, owners, managers and technicians in the collision and mechanical repair industries.
The complexity of today’s vehicle from a collision- and mechanical-repair perspective is eliminating competition and reducing the number of shops in the country. Cars manufactured today require specialized tooling, training and equipment, and the use of aluminum and high-strength steels are changing the dynamics of the collision repair industry. These are just some of the challenges that will be addressed with real world solutions at NACE.
CARS is also on track to be better than ever with a specific focus on telematics. Today’s “connected car” can communicate information to the car in front of you, behind you, a streetlight, a stop sign or a satellite as you drive down the road. Telematics is a hot issue and CARS is fortunate to exclusively offer a six-hour dedicated program, the Technology & Telematics Forum, on Friday, August 1, sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
The full Conference Program is available here
“Investing in training to ensure a proper repair and remain current with today’s technology is a requirement. Your customers and the success of your business are dependent upon your commitment to ongoing education. We’ve spent countless hours developing this years program to ensure we deliver upon our goal to assist collision and mechanical repair professionals in performing a safe and proper repair while improving efficiency and profitability,” said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director.
NACE | CARS 2014 welcomes students and educators focused on the automotive repair industry; special discounts are available to both. In addition, shops dedicated to ongoing education may be eligible for a 50 percent discount. To qualify, shops, owners, technicians or staff must be I-CAR Gold, I-CAR Platinum, ASE Blue Seal or an ASE Master Technician.
Registration is now open and available here
All NACE | CARS participants are encouraged to book their hotel reservations at their earliest convenience, as the rooms are filling fast. Attendees can review the hotels within the official housing block and reserve rooms online through this link or by calling 800-221-3531, Monday to Friday from 9 7 p.m. EST.
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- April 8, 2014 -- I-CAR has announced that its popular Steering and Suspension Damage Analysis (DAM06) course has been completely revamped. The course now includes up-to-date information on damage analysis procedures on the range of steering and suspension systems and parts featured in vehicles being repaired today. The course also includes a series of interactive classroom activities designed to engage the student and enrich their learning experience to further prepare them to apply their knowledge on the job.

“This course provides an understanding of steering and suspension repair considerations that can help eliminate the chance of compromising the vehicle’s integrity during the repair and reduce comebacks,” says Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development. “Content included in this course is beneficial to repairers, business owners and ultimately consumers.”
During the course students will gain a detailed overview of steering and suspension systems and parts. They will also have the opportunity to analyze certain issues such as caster, camber and toe. Other content, including understanding ride height difference and additional inspection methods, plus how to use alignment angle readings are covered in DAM06. Students will participle in multiple activities throughout the course, including an interactive alignment activity where they will determine alignment angles. 
This instructor-led, Live 3-credit hour course meets training requirements for Estimators and Auto Physical Damage Appraisers in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP). 
To register for Steering and Suspension Damage Analysis (DAM06), visit the I-CAR website at
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- March 26, 2014 -- In a groundbreaking collaboration, collision repair training experts at I-CAR worked alongside Ford Motor Company engineers during the 2015 Ford F-150 design and development process, leveraging I-CAR’s expertise to create a training solution for collision repair professionals who will work on the next generation of Ford’s extremely popular truck.
“This is a game-changer in the way the collision repair industry approaches training; to be fully prepared with the knowledge, skills and solutions needed before the vehicle debuts,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO & President of I-CAR. “Traditionally, repair solutions are not developed until after a vehicle is publicly launched, leaving a gap in repair readiness. I-CAR commends Ford for its proactive approach, working together with I-CAR to develop a repair solution that addresses complete, safe and quality repairs for the new F-150, and doing so before the vehicle enters production.”
Added Jason Bartanen, I-CAR’s Director of Industry and Technical Relations, “For a revolutionary vehicle like the 2015 Ford F-150, material-specific training that highlights the unique processes associated with aluminum repair is critical for the front-line professionals faced with safely repairing these vehicles. I-CAR’s proven track record of aluminum repair technical expertise and training development solidified Ford’s interest in an early partnership to formulate a vehicle-specific training program for the F-150.”
Two years of development culminates in I-CAR’s new six (6)-credit hour 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course (FOR06) that covers all topics on aluminum, and dives deep into vehicle-specific repair information. This instructor-led course uses discussion, education, and decision-making exercises to equip technicians to properly repair this game-changing vehicle. Industry training for FOR06 will open June 1.
The soon-to-be-launched 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course, combined with I-CAR Aluminum Welding Training & Certification creates a robust training program to properly and efficiently repair the new F-150 vehicle. I-CAR will deliver this training to the Ford dealer network and independent repairers across the market prior to vehicle launch, ensuring a new level of industry preparedness. 
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By Mike Davey

Toronto, Ontario -- March 31, 2014 -- The season for skills competitions is upon us once again, and Toronto District School Board kicked things off with its municipal competition on March 26. The event took place at Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute, located at 800 Greenwood Ave. in Toronto, Ont. 

While skills competitions often have a wide array of events, there are really only two we have our eyes on: Collision Repair and Car Painting. The judges for those competitions were Kirk Edwards of BASF, Peter Wrong of 3M, Jack Martino of Martino Brothers Collision~CSN and Tony Teng of Prochilo Brothers Auto Collision. 
Sheldon Cruckshank took home the Gold medal for Collision Repair, followed by Clare Allin (Silver) and Nicolas St. Marie (Bronze). In Car Painting, the Gold medal went to Catherine Mathewson, with Evan Kyriakidis taking the Silver medal. 
As Gold medalists in their respective competitions, Cruckshank and Mathewson will represent Toronto at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, taking place May 6, 2014 at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ont. 
Winners of the provincial competition will go on to the Canada Skills National Competition, set to run June 4 to 7, 2014 at the International Centre in Toronto. 
For more information on skills competitions in Ontario, please click here
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- March 19, 2014 -- I-CAR has announced its 2014 International Board of Directors and Executive Committee meeting, following its strategic planning session and annual membership meeting in March.

The Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from each of the following six industry segments:

  • collision repair
  • insurance
  • OEM vehicle manufacturers
  • equipment, tools, and supplies
  • education, training, and research
  • related industry services.

CARSTAR's Bob Keith will lead as Chair of the Executive Committee. In addition, the following will serve on the Executive Committee:

  • Joe Laurentino, Esurance (Vice Chair)
  • Chris Evans, State Farm Insurance Co. (Treasurer)
  • Mark Woirol, Tech-Cor (Secretary)
  • James Roach (Member-At-Large)
  • Eugene Scambray, Copart (Member-At-Large)
  • William Brower, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Click to read moreBob Keith named I-CAR executive committee chair

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