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SCRS reports growing industry support for OEM-based repair standards

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Dec. 8, 2011—More than 20 additional collision repair industry organizations—which represent 22 states—have expressed support of the repair standards position declared by several national industry associations, according to a recent statement issued by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS).

During the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting in November, the SCRS, Automotive Service Association (ASA), Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) and Assured Performance Network (APN) release_notesd a joint statement declaring that the collision repair industry should recognize automotive original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) repair procedures as the official basis for repair standards.

Those organizations also asked I-CAR to consider forming a council within its organizational structure to act as a liaison with OEMs, and address deficiencies in the current repair procedures, according to the SCRS.

To date, the SCRS said the following organizations have officially endorsed the effort:

• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers—MA (AASP-MA)                                
• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers—PA (AASP-PA)
• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers—NJ (AASP-NJ)
• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers—MN (AASP-MN)
• Alliance of Automotive Service Providers—MO (AASP-MO)
• Automotive Service Council of Kentucky (ASCKY)
• Auto Body and Painting Association of Hawaii (ABPAH)
• California Autobody Association (CAA)
• Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA)
• Florida Auto Collision Alliance (FACA)
• Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA)
• Houston Auto Body Association (HABA)
• Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC)
• Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA)
• Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA)
• Long Island Auto Body Repair Association (LIABRA)
• Missouri/Kansas Chapter of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS MO/KAN)
• Montana Collision Repair Specialists (MCRS)
• New York State Auto Collision Technicians (NYSACT)
• Oregon Collision Repair Specialists (OCRS)
• South Dakota Auto Body Association (SDABA)
• U.S. Alliance of Collision Professionals (USACP)
• Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA)

The SCRS said the OEM-based repair standards declaration has also received support from international groups, such as the National Automotive Trades Association (NATA)—which represents the Canadian automotive trades industry, and the Collision Repair Specialists of Australia (CRSA).

"The National Automotive Trades Association is very encouraged by the positive actions of our sister organizations in the United States. We agree that original equipment manufacturers' repair standards are the officially recognized standards for the auto body, collision repair and auto refinish industry in Canada,” said Rob Lang, president of the NATA.

"It is great to see the responses from the various bodies and associations around the USA following the statement made at the Collision Industry Conference meeting held during the 2011 SEMA Show," said David Newton-Ross, convenor of the CRSA. "We certainly support your action on standards in the USA."

The SCRS said the increased support of OEM-based repair standards nationwide clearly demonstrates a uniform voice within the industry.

For more information, or to endorse the repair standards statement, visit scrs.com.

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