News & Views

American Honda will, from time to time, place collision industry magazine articles at this site addressing news, issues, and trends that could be of interest to consumers.

These articles are offered as informational only, reprinted as found in various collision industry magazines, and do not necessarily represent the position or opinion of American Honda.

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation

The most recent government figures on inflation through December 2013, show the cost of auto insurance increased 3.34 percent versus 2012. Auto insurance prices started the year 4.93 percent higher in January 2013 than 2012 and increased to 5.22 perc...

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Women’s Industry Network Calls For 2014 Board Applicants

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) is now accepting applications for seats on the organization’s Board of Directors. WIN’s motto of “Driving the Future for Women in Collision Repair” continues to be championed by an all ...

Thursday, January 16, 2014


IHS Automotive Forecasts 54 million Self-Driving Cars Used Globally by 2035

Self-driving cars (SDC) that include driver control are expected to hit highways around the globe before 2025 and self-driving “only” cars are anticipated around 2030, according to an emerging technologies study on Autonomous Cars from IH...

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Distracted Driving Survey Shows Mature Drivers Catching Up on Phone Usage

State Farm released its annual research report on distracted driving, with troubling findings according to the largest auto insurer in the U.S. Though cell phone use and texting while driving remain a serious concern on the nation’s highways, w...

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Survey: Drivers Are Receptive to Usage-Based Auto Insurance

U.S. drivers are open-minded to purchasing usage-based auto insurance (UBI) policies, or “pay as you drive” insurance, according to a new survey by Towers Watson, a global professional services company. And, they say they would change the...

Friday, September 6, 2013


Alcoa Breaks Ground on $275 Million Auto Aluminum Expansion

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman John Duncan and other local and state officials joined Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld to break ground on a $275 million expansion of Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations ...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


NY Governor Signs Counterfeit Airbag Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Counterfeit Airbag Prevention Act into law. The legislation, sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, Senator Lee M. Zeldin, and the Chairman of the Assembly Consumer Affai...

Monday, August 5, 2013


Study: No Matter How You Slice it, Americans Driving Less

Miles driven by U.S. motorists in light-duty vehicles are down about five percent since its peak in 2006, says a University of Michigan researcher. Following up his recent research that showed that the number of registered vehicles reached a maximu...

Friday, July 26, 2013


Rhode Island Governor Signs Total Loss Bills

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chaffee signed H-5263 and S-465 into law on July 17. The bills, which took effect upon passage, require an insurance company to obtain the owner's consent before declaring a vehicle a total loss if the cost to repair ...

Friday, July 19, 2013


Automaker Poll Shows Consumer Concerns About Self-Driving Cars

Consumers value new technological safety innovations in automobiles like driver assists, but remain cool to the idea of self-driving cars, according to new public opinion polling conducted on behalf of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto A...

Monday, June 10, 2013


Rear View Mirror — Historical Fun Facts

The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

These items are offered as informational only, and do not necessarily represent the position or opinion of American Honda.

July, 1983

An interesting article in an industry trade magazine of this month discussed the pros and cons of working on “foreign” cars – how some shops still did not want to deal with them due to difficulty matching paint, parts that were hard...

Saturday, July 5, 2014


July 1963

In 2014, use of aluminum body parts is seen as something relatively new and innovative. Today, aluminum is used to save vehicle weight and thus increase fuel economy. Fifty years ago, in 1963, the Dodge Polara was available in a special package with ...

Friday, July 4, 2014


July 19, 1899

Mr. and Mrs John D. Davis leave New York City driving a Duryea bound for Chicago. After many breakdowns and parts delays, they finally reached their destination four and a half months later. By today’s standards, it was a horrific trip. But in ...

Thursday, July 3, 2014



The Erie Canal is under construction. One particularly rocky section will require 14 tons of gunpowder, most of it from the DuPont Company, at the time, a major producer of gunpowder in the U.S. It would take almost 100 years, but DuPont would turn f...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014



The first tin can made its debut around 1810. It was a convenient way to move products of all types, especially liquids from factory to consumer. The only problem was, it was not re-sealable. This was one of the first logistical problems paint-produc...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014



Sherwin-Williams, known to most consumers as a provider of quality paint for home and industry initiates an automotive paint division and automotive paint begins production in Kentucky. Today, Sherwin-Williams is a major producer of automotive refini...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Circa 1969

Founded in the Netherlands in 1792, the Sikkens paint company is a name most people outside the collision repair industry would not be familiar with, but they are one of the oldest paint companies in the world. Around 1969, Sikkens expanded from the ...

Friday, June 20, 2014


June 30, 1965

The United States General Services Administration publishes a list of 17 safety standards required by all vehicles sold to the federal government. Automakers try to block the initiative stating that the items are impractical, and based on the 1956 Fo...

Sunday, June 15, 2014



The first car with 4-wheel hydraulic brakes is introduced, the Duesenberg Model A. All other cars at that time used cable-operated mechanical brakes. In fact, despite the obvious advantages of hydraulic versus mechanical brake systems, it took almost...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014



Ford’s Model T is being built using what was then conventional means (sans assembly line) at a rate of 7 cars per hour. Five years later, with the advent of the assembly line, production would rise to an astonishing 146 cars per hour. One of pr...

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Hall of Fame — Industry Good Guys

Collision repair is about people helping people

who find themselves in a difficult situation, often through no fault of their own. It’s not just about putting cars back together — it’s about making people whole again. The collision repair community — including body shops, paint, parts, equipment and insurance companies — has been doing this for a long time.

And sometimes, the collision industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to make things a little bit brighter for those less fortunate. This section honors the shops and suppliers that take that additional step.

These items are offered as informational only, and do not necessarily represent the position or opinion of American Honda.


Las Vegas Families Leave SEMA with Gifts of Transportation

Four formerly homeless Las Vegas families visited the SEMA Show last week and left proud owners of practically brand new cars presented by members of the National Auto Body Council at its annual Recycled Rides Luncheon. The four families were select...

Friday, November 14, 2014


BASF hosts fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project during SEMA

The team from BASF’s Automotive Refinish business hosted a fundraiser in Las Vegas this week as part of its participation at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The fundraiser raised $3,500 to help support wounded servi...

Friday, November 7, 2014


Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Grant Winners

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s announced winners of its 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winners as well as grants supported by CCC and GEICO, last night at the organization’s annual industry reception ...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


NABC and Progressive to Donate 117 Vehicles on Veterans Day

In the largest, single-day car giveaway ever, members of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) are partnering with the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and others in the collision industry to present 117 military vetera...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Service King Raises $112,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation

Service King Collision Repair Centers and its teammates joined together to raise more than $112,000 in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) during the month of October. Service King pledged to match teammate donations to NBCF duri...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Hertz Contributes $30,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation

The Hertz Corporation has donated $30,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation to assist the charitable organization’s efforts to support high school and college collision school programs, instructors, and students across the country. H...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Over $300,000 Raised at Dallas Education Foundation Fundraiser

The collision industry came together on August 16th in Dallas, Texas during the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s inaugural Cars, Careers & Celebrities Expo to elevate awareness for local high school and college collision students. Th...

Friday, September 19, 2014


Long Island Veterans to Receive 10 Vehicles

The Long Island Auto Body Repairmen's Association will present the 6th Annual Recycles Rides Give-A-Way at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall, 31 Horseblock Road, in Centereach, N.Y. at 9 a.m., September 20. Refreshments will be sponsored by Ent...

Friday, September 19, 2014


CARSTAR Cincinnati Raises $14,000 for Fisher House

The CARSTAR Cincinnati Business Group hosted its 12th annual Golf Outing at TPC River’s Bend on Monday, August 25th, with the proceeds benefiting the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families ...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Spanesi Americas Donates MultiBench to Support Education Foundation Grant Program

Spanesi Americas has donated a Multibench 12, valued at $25,000 to Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill., the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2013 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover winning college school. In addition to t...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014