PARS Paintless Dent Removal Blog

INDUSTRY TRENDS: Claims shifting to larger players

In the past decade, the percentage of claims handled by dealership and single-location independent body shops has declined, while the percentage handled by multi-shop operations (MSOs) has doubled. In 2000, according to CCC Information Services, independent shops processed about 85… Read More

UPCOMING EVENT: PDR TechConnect offers opportunity to learn, network

We’re just weeks away from the inaugural PDR TechConnect Conference, your chance to get information, ideas and connections to succeed as a PDR technician. The event will offer the latest PDR tips and techniques as well as a chance to… Read More

LATEST LINKS: Interesting vehicle-related reading and video

An article in a BBC news magazine asks, “How close are we to a crash-proof car?” It quotes a Volvo technical adviser who says the automaker has pledged that after 2020, no one will be killed or seriously injured in… Read More

TRAINING: I-CAR training helping PDR techs and building PARS’ image

Auto insurance companies and collision repair shops have long recognized the importance and value of ongoing training through I-CAR. Allstate Insurance, for example, has required its adjusting staff to maintain the Gold Class Professionals designation, earned by having a high… Read More

BROADER TRENDS: Used vehicle prices helping prevent totals

Because strong used car values allow for higher repair costs before a damaged vehicle hits the total loss threshold, the steep rise in used car prices since early 2009 has been good news for those working on vehicles. Manheim Consulting… Read More

PARS Presents: PDR TechConnect 2012 – Feb. 12-13th, in Dallas, TX

Join Us February 12-13th in Arlington, TX PARS is proud to host the inaugural PDR TechConnect Conference. Our mission is to connect PDR professionals in an open educational forum/symposium to heighten awareness of current and future changes in the PDR… Read More

CLAIMS SERVICES NEWS: CSP chooses Audatex

Claims Service Professionals (CSP), a PARS company and a national provider of multi-line claims adjustment services for insurance companies, has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement to use the Audatex suite of dispatch, estimating and compliance software. “The features offered by… Read More

REPAIR INDUSTRY STATS: Larger repair chains capturing larger market share

In the past decade, the percentage of claims handled by dealership and single-location independent body shops has declined, while the percentage handled by multi-shop operations (MSOs) has doubled. In 2000, according to CCC Information Services, independent shops processed about 85… Read More

RESEARCH: Retention rates dropped last year

J.D. Power and Associates reports that 87 percent of consumers stuck with their auto insurer in 2008, but that climbed to 90 percent in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, it dipped back down to 87 percent, according to the research… Read More

GOVERNMENT: Study on future of insurance regulation due

The new Federal Insurance Office (FIO) (has been seeking comments on how insurance should be regulated in the future, and two viewpoints are clearly emerging. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is among those saying the current state regulatory system… Read More