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.

Roadways May Soon Glow in the Dark to Reduce Accidents

Dutch inventor Daan Roosegaarde and road construction company Heijmans, will team up to complete an experimental road next year that glows in the dark using a concept designed to reduce accidents caused by dark or inclement weather conditions. The n...

Friday, November 9, 2012

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Progressive Expects Most Hurricane Sandy Cars to be Total Losses

In an investor conference call on Friday, Progressive CEO Glenn Renwick said that the company had received about 6,000 auto claims so far related to Hurricane Sandy and that those claims are "probably going to be, more often than not, total losses." ...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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Deer Hit Frequency up Almost 8 Percent, Cost Up 4.4 Percent

The number of deer-related collisions in the U.S. has increased by 7.7 percent over the last year. This jump comes after a three year period during which these collisions dropped 2.2 percent, according to an analysis conducted by State Farm. Using i...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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NY Appellate Court Issues 'Monumental' Steering Decision

A unanimous New York State Appellate Division decision issued this month will change the way NY courts view insurers, collision repairers and the practice of steering in the state. An October 17 decision in the case of North State Custom v. Progress...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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U.S. DOT Looking for Answers to Enforce Texting Laws

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it is providing $550,000 for programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts that will explore options for the successful enforcement of texting while ...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Safety Advisory: NHTSA Counterfeit Air Bag Consumer Alert

Wednesday, October 10, 2012Traffic safety agency urges vehicle owners and repair professionals to use only certified, original equipment replacement parts.WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safet...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Honda Develops New Welding Technology, UHSS Structure for New Accord

Honda has developed some new technology for vehicle construction, and they have applied it for the first time in the world to a mass-production vehicle; and not just any mass-production vehicle, the Honda Accord, one of the top-five selling vehicles ...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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BASF Says Automotive Color Trend Moving Towards Nature

In the foreseeable future, natural colors will be playing a more powerful role for cars. These are the results of the current trend forecast presented by the BASF Coatings' design team. Knowing what colors will be a hit with car buyers in three to fi...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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End of Session Attack on Auto Insurance Regulations

junSeptember 1 Update: The California legislature has adjourned for the year. Our coalition blocked insurance industry efforts to introduce a last minute bill weakening regulations that protect consumers against imitation aftermarket crash parts. We ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Washington DC Drivers Most Accident Prone

If you want to open a new collision repair facility, perhaps you should consider Washington, DC. Drivers in that city have accidents at nearly three times the rate of drivers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota according to the eighth annual Allstate Americ...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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1823

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

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1810

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

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1976

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

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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

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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

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1921

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

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1909

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

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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.

2013

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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