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Iowa Collision Repair Association Membership

Strength in numbers is a winning strategy for you! Join the ICRA Today
ICRA Successes
1. Revised Iowa Sales Tax – retaining an average of 10% on shops bottom line
2. Legislative Representation at the Iowa State Capital
3. First State in America to pass legislation to stop counterfeit air bags
4. Education – Up To Date and Critical Education –
‘were you at this important meeting with Mitch Becker Oct. 18th?’
5. Midwest Auto Body Trade Show February 2 and 3rd, 2018
6. Networking – Communication – Top Minds IN This Industry Working Together
Be Part Of your Industry – Or Not, Which Could Be a Dangerous Choice

 

 

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http://iowacra.com/join-icra/ 

 

ICRA 2017 Fall Meeting “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”

This  ICRA Fall Meeting will be at Prairie Meadows, October 18th.  Happy Hour – no host bar 5:30 – 6:00.  Dinner Meeting   6:00-8:30.

We are calling this meeting “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” because  so much change and information is being hurled at our industry, we have to put our stake in the ground and start to get the proper training and be the best at repairing the new automobile.   As I-CAR reminds us, it is a “tsunami of change.”  

Mitch Becker will be bringing a comprehensive overview  of the training we need to focus on.  Pre-scan, Post-scan, diagnostics, welding new material, calibration and post repair inspection  will be part of this presentation.  

ICRA Legislative Affairs, Scott Weiser will update the association about what is happening in Des Moines and what legislative issues we will address. 

 

Register Here 

ICRA Fall Dinner 2017

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Iowa Collision Industry Golf Tournament

Have  You Signed Up yet for the ‘World Famous Iowa Collision Industry Golf Tournament”.  August 18th at Riverside Golf and Country Club-   Riverside Iowa   

  Sign ups are rolling in and we still have some room left.

This is a best ball, shot gun start , with lots and lots of prizes at the 19th Hole after the tournament.  Join Your Friends!!

August 18th at Riverside Golf and Country Club-   Riverside Iowa    –   Don’t Miss It

Sign Up Today  –   Click On The Event Tab – and Sign up For Golf Tournament

 

 

 

Iowa Scan Updates

It is safe to say that our industry is in a time of challenging transition.    It is difficult to define next moves to do the right thing.  There is one definite that we all are aware of : many times  new vehicles need a  pre and post scan  and re- calibration to facilitate a safe repair. We have more questions than answers at this time.

A Step In The Right Direction

ICRA Member Precision Collision in Manchester, Iowa  is doing the right thing for his customers.    They were in a disagreement with IMT Insurance regarding payment of this new process.   The discussion was at an impasse.  The ICRA found out about this situation through a detailed story in Repairer Drive News, the Society of Collision Repair Specialist daily news feed. 

We contacted Mark Jaeger and Jeff Domeyer at Precision Collision and talked about next steps.  Scott Wieser, ICRA Government Affairs, became very involved with this story.     Weiser met with the Iowa Department of Insurance and was told they could not act on this.   (We hear that often from them) At that time, Scott called Jim Todd, Claims Manager at IMT Insurance and requested a meeting.  

Mr. Todd was very receptive and the meeting was set up with IMT and the Iowa Collision Repair Association.    This was the second industry meeting as they had already met with Precision Collision.

It was a candid meeting with honest discussion regarding the challenges that this entire industry faces. The end result is we will continue dialog with IMT Insurance and on June 1st, IMT issued an updated memo regarding their policy on “Vehicle Health Diagnostic Scans For Collision Repairs”.  

thumbnail of 06.01.17 Memo to Shops RE Vehicle Health Diagnostic Scans
 Click here to download Memo

This is moving forward.  It isn’t exactly what shops may be looking for, however, it is progress. We thank IMT Insurance for the meeting and the opening to continue dialog.

What is apparent is the near future is a BIG Challenge and question mark for collision repairers, consumers and the insurance industry.   There is NO easy answer.  However, there is no debate about what needs to be done.  These cars HAVE to be diagnosed and repaired properly.   We will continue to work through these issues one at a time.  The ICRA is looking forward to becoming more engaged with this process and meet with more insurance companies. BIG topics we need to pay attention to: Repairer Recommended Procedures, OE Position Statements, Scan, Calibration,  New Materials, New Equipment  OE Parts , Used and A/M parts  and so much more. 

If you have something to say, or want to be involved  -CALL. Don’t be alone out there.

Please contact Janet Chaney  cell 480-720-2565  email: janet_chaney@iowacra.com

  Here are  some relevant important tools  to use in your daily business.

·      OEM 1 stop     Manufacturer Recommended Repair Procedures  and Current Position Statemen

http://www.oem1stop.com

 

·       Mitchell Clarifies Labor Hour Times for Diagnostic Scanning

Fender Bender Story Here

DEG – Database Enhancement Gateway  – File an inquiry for database resolution

Mike Anderson – Collision Advice  pre and post – repair diagnostic – work authorization

Iowa Collision Repair Association
114 NW 5th St, Ste 201
Ankeny, IA 50023-1742