PARS Paintless Dent Removal Blog

TRENDS: Alternative parts gain ground–but not as much as some measures indicate

The non-OEM parts industry continues to chip away at automakers’ collision parts marketshare. As a percentage of total dollars spent on parts, according to Mitchell International, OEM parts slid from 73.4 percent in the third quarter of 2008 to 68.1… Read More

TRENDS: Fleet of vehicles continues to age

One factor in the rise of total losses over the last decade is that, overall, vehicles on the road today are older than they were a decade ago. In 1991, the average passenger car was 9.1 years old (8.8 years… Read More

TRENDS: Study finds consumers work to reduce insurance costs

A new study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners found that the economy has led 1 in 6 drivers to reduce or cancel their car insurance coverage in the past year. The study asked about 1,000 people in April… Read More

TRENDS: Fuel-ecnomy requirements changing vehicle mix

Speaking at an industry event this month, Greg Horn, vice president of industry relations for Mitchell International, discussed the impact that increases to federal fuel economy standards are having on automakers. In late 2009, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)… Read More

INSURANCE INDUSTRY TRENDS: Fewer vehicles are totaling

After three years of increases, the percentage of vehicles declared total losses dipped slightly last year to 13.9 percent (compared to 14.2 percent in 2009), according to CCC Information Services. Audatex predicts that slight downward trend could continue this year… Read More

TRENDS: Good news on vehicle leases

Because leased vehicles tend to be insured and repaired, a recent uptick in vehicle leasing is good news for collision repairers. Only about 13 percent of new vehicle transactions in 2009 were leased; last year that rebounded to 19 percent.… Read More