Prosser, Washington, November 5, 2013 - The success of today's collision repairer rests on being able to make informed repair decisions that will provide safe, quality repairs to best serve the customer, many of which focus on possessing and utilizing the appropriate knowledge of repair practices and operations. In an effort to educate repairers on the vast amount of technical information available as well as the importance of understanding innovations in vehicle technology, safety features and proper procedures, I-CAR instructor and training expert Toby Chess was on hand to present "Accessing OEM Repair Information" on Tuesday, November 5 from the Collision Repair & Refinish stage on the SEMA Show floor of the North Hall. The two-hour session was the first of several free educational opportunities being offered free of charge through the Society of Collision Repair Specialists' (SCRS) 2013 Repairer Driven Education series.
Throughout the two-hour-long interactive discussion, Chess provided a number of real-world scenarios showcasing the importance of knowing the correct OEM-approved information and procedures when performing a repair, as well as sobering looks at what can happen if these procedures are not followed. Attendees learned about various safety measures being implemented in today's vehicles, as well as their impact on collision repairers today and in the future. Updates to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards, for example, will require that passenger vehicles increase their fuel efficiency from 27.5 mpg to 35.7 mpg, while light trucks will increase their fuel efficiency from 23.5 mpg to 28.6mpg. This means repairers will be seeing an increase in vehicles that are lighter, smaller and safer, but that also contain more aluminum than their older counterparts. Chess offered an overview of what repairers can expect in future repairs, as well as various tips and tricks repairers should consider when taking on aluminum repair. "You'll see [aluminum] on every car," Chess advised. "Are you prepared to work on more aluminum in the future? You'd better be."
When performing quality, safe repairs, there is no better resource for manufacturer-approved repair information than the automakers themselves. Chess provided details on the clarity that use of technical data like Toyota's Technical Information System (TIS) and Collision Repair Information Bulletins (CRIBs) can provide to the repair process. "This information shows you exactly where to place MIG weld brazing, for example," he said. "If you don't have that data and your tech hits the wrong spot, you're going to have a problem." Additional discussion focused on the use of scan tools to properly diagnose vehicles, as well as emerging remote diagnostics technology from tools like the ASTech tool by Collision Diagnostic Services (www.collisiondiagnosticservices.com). Above all, Chess urged attendees to be thorough in every job they do, while paying careful attention to using the data out there as a tool in their arsenal.
Additional education sessions being presented throughout the week of the 2013 SEMA Show include "Dispelling Collision Repair Technical Myths" on Wednesday, November 6, "How Did They Do That?! Secrets of the Refinish Masters" on Thursday, November 7 and "Equipping Yourself for Industry Certifications" on Friday, November 8. These free sessions will occur at 10am on the Collision Repair & Refinish Stage of the North Hall. The free sessions offered by SCRS on the Collision Repair & Refinish stage are made possible with funding and support provided by PPG Automotive Refinish, GM Genuine Parts, BASF Refinish, Ford Motor Company and SEMA.
For more information about SCRS' Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series, please visit www.semashow.com/scrs.
About SCRS' RDE Series: REPAIRER DRIVEN EDUCATION (RDE) series will feature over 21 seminar offerings, many of which are uniquely designed and being offered only at the 2013 SEMA Show. The series will be offered either as individual sessions, or as a package, and registrants will have the option to attend seven regular session seminars which will be delivered each day of the show. Each of the courses has been individually selected or crafted by SCRS because the content specifically focuses on information that is relevant to collision repair professionals and appeals to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives within the collision repair industry. Register at www.semashow.com/scrs.
About SCRS: Through its direct members and 40 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS website: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About SEMA and the SEMA Show:
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details available at www.semashow.com or www.sema.org
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