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.

Maryland Bills Would Make Deductible Rebates Insurance Fraud

The Maryland legislature is considering two bills that would expand the definition of insurance fraud to include rebating deductibles to consumers. House Bill 763 and its companion Senate Bill 736 define rebating deductibles, either directly or ind...

Monday, February 25, 2013


NICB Reports Sandy Damaged Vehicles Surpass 250,000 Mark

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) announced revised estimates for the number of vehicles damaged as a result of Sandy. The current estimate of vehicles damaged is now set at 250,500 based on claims processed by insurance companies. New York'...

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Rhode Island Bill Proposes Minimum Damage Before Total Loss

A newly introduced bill in the Rhode Island General Assembly would make it an unfair claims settlement practice for an insurance company to declare a vehicle a total loss unless the damage exceeds 75 percent of the vehicle's pre-accident value. Unde...

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Bill Proposes Minimum Damage Before Total Loss

Newly appointed New York Assembly Insurance Committee Chair Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) says there will be no "pay to play" on his watch, though legislators who control insurance bills are powerful magnets for campaign donors. That according to a recen...

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Iowa Senator Introduces Bill Proposing Study of Direct Repair Programs

The Automotive Service Association reported that Iowa state Sen. Brad Zaun (R-20) recently introduced Iowa Senate Bill 42 requesting an interim study committee on automobile insurance direct repair programs (DRPs). Under the legislation, a committee ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


IIHS Study Shows Red Light Cameras Reduce Accidents

In the latest study confirming the benefits of red light cameras, researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that red light running rates declined at Arlington, Va., intersections equipped with cameras. The decreases were ...

Friday, January 25, 2013


U.S. DOT Proposes Broader Use of Vehicle Event Data Recorders

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new standard that require automakers to install event data recorders (EDRs) in all light passenger vehicles beginning September 1, 2014. NH...

Monday, December 10, 2012


Study Shows High-Strength Steel Most Cost-Effective for Lightweighting

The Steel Market Development Institute is touting a new government study that shows advanced high-strength steel is the most affordable material for the reduction of mass in automobiles. A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ...

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Enterprise Brand Entering Retail Car-Sharing Market

Initially targeting the Boston and New York markets, Enterprise Holdings announced that the company will be putting its flagship brand name Enterprise behind its entire car-sharing operation. Enterprise already has begun transitioning the new Enterp...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


PA Governor Signs Strong New Chop Shop Law

The Pennsylvania governor signed into law a bill that significantly strengthens the state's laws targeting chop shops and other auto crimes. Senate Bill 86, which takes effect the end of December, gives law enforcement the ability to inspect body sho...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


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