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2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show a SUCCESS!

2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

Midwest Auto Body Trade Show A Success!

Over 500 people attended the show and education classes.

Stay Tuned for More to come! 

Click Here For Todd Tracy’s Midwest 2018 Presentation

2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show Updates

2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Janet Chaney
Phone:  480-720-2565
Email: jchaney.cavecreek@gmail.com

 

February 16th and 17th, the collision repair industry is showing up to attend the 2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show in Des Moines, Iowa. There is a huge demand for education, and the Iowa Collision Repair Association is making sure 2018’s Trade Show is focusing on the current climate of the industry. In addition to a full slate of education and a packed trade show floor, there will be two notable guest speakers at this event.  Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen will speak at the Saturday General Session, and Texas Attorney, Todd Tracy, who won the $42 Million John Eagle lawsuit in Dallas, Texas will be the Keynote Speaker.  Tracy’s ‘Anatomy of a Lawsuit’ explains the Texas lawsuit and how shops can be proactive to “keep sharks like me out of your business,” Tracy states.   

 

Over 70 booths will fill the trade show floor to bring new technology, new products and new opportunities to the collision repair industry.  The educational line up concentrates, with laser vision, the importance of doing proper repairs.  The seminars and panel discussion start Friday afternoon.  Education for technicians and management continues Saturday morning.  This multi- faceted educational line up brings clarity and opens up the pathway for the collision repairer next steps.  These classes are designed to help shops and industry stakeholders work together to integrate positive change in the industry. See our website for a complete listing of classes, http://iowacra.com/education.

 

Amongst the education and trade show, seven community colleges will compete in the Midwest Community College Refinish Contest.  LKQ Corporation generously donates car hoods to colleges for the contest. This has become an important tradition, welcoming colleges to bring their students and to experience the entire show. 

 

Friday night will be the perfect time for the Midwest Collision Industry to meet, catch up and network with all speakers and industry stakeholders at the Trade Show Welcome Reception.

 

For more information, please go to www.iowacra.com or call Janet Chaney 480-720-2565.

 

 

2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show
DOWNLOAD FLIER: CLICK HERE

2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

Welcome to the
2018 Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

 

Featuring Todd Tracy,

the Texas Attorney who won the Lawsuit due to improper repairs.

 

“ A Texas jury has awarded a couple $42 million for a fiery crash that the couple blamed in part on the improper replacement of the used car’s roof using adhesive rather than welding.” Davie Hinshaw The Charlotte Observer file

That Is 42 million reasons to fill the Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

 

We want to thank you for participation in this great regional show and look forward to working with you to make it even better in 2018!

We anticipate greater crowds this year and with your assistance and enthusiasm we will exceed expectations!

Remember – 42 Million Reasons

Vendor Registration is OPEN:

See 2018 Booth Registration Information below

Attendee Registration is OPEN:

Midwest is Shaking It Up in 2018

  • Texas Attorney Todd Tracy who won the $42M lawsuit due to improper repairs, and Keynote Speaker for this years event
  • Trade Show Open Friday and Saturday (Set Up Friday Morning – Tear Down Saturday Evening)
  • Collision Repair Education Foundation Bringing Students in Friday For The Show
  • Collision repairers to meet students and potential hiring opportunities – show them a bright future
  • “There Is No Free Lunch” is no more. Hot Dog Stands In Trade Show – Working Lunch (still not free)
  • More Educational Break Out Sessions Focused on: Proper Repairs, Liability In Your Shop, Calibration Hands On Demonstration AND MORE
  • Community College Refinish Contest

Location:

Prairie Meadows
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009

~Trade Show Rate $109.00~

~ Group Code02052018MID ~

February 16 & 17, 2018 

Feb 16:
Exhibit and Tradeshow Hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm 
Welcome Party in Trade Show: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Feb 17:
Exhibit and Trade Show Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE

VENDOR BOOTH SIGN UP: CLICK HERE

DOWNLOAD FLIER: CLICK HERE

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
P.O. Box 1577
Iowa City, IA 52244