Embracing Change

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Jake Weyer

At the January Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting, a comment was made during the Parts and Materials Committee's segment that once upon a time the group couldn't talk enough about parts and materials challenges. It's kind of remarkable to look back, even in my short time covering the collision repair industry, at the various hot-button items that have come and gone. Well, some have not gone entirely, but they've been replaced in importance with other changes.

Recent CIC surveys of attendees, both at the January meeting and in a separate effort before the meeting, showed that as we move into 2017, repair procedures are the No. 1 item in need of addressing. A major piece of that issue is pre- and post-repair scanning, the topic that took the industry by storm in 2016.

You'll find several pieces on the topic in this issue, from the case study on page 76, Darrell Amberson's column on page 111 and Mike Anderson's column on page 91. We're not trying to overdo it, but it's clear that scanning has become an important part of producing quality, safe repairs. And we aim to guide you through this complex subject until all stakeholders have worked together to address the many issues preventing it from becoming standard practice.At the January Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting, a comment was made during the Parts and Materials Committee's segment that once upon a time the group couldn't talk enough about parts and materials challenges. It's kind of remarkable to look back, even in my short time covering the collision repair industry, at the various hot-button items that have come and gone. Well, some have not gone entirely, but they've been replaced in importance with other changes.

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