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Saskatchewan Polytechnic first post-secondary institution to receive OEM certification in North America

Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatchewan Polytechnic first post-secondary institution to receive OEM certification in North America Certified Collision Care OEM certification recognizes organizations that have made investments in tools, equipment and training required to ensure vehicles are properly repaired to auto manufacturer specifications September 25, 2018 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the first and only post-secondary institution recognized as a Certified Collision Care Provider in North America. Certified Collision Care recognizes Sask Polytech’s Auto Body Technician programs as market leaders that train students to repair vehicles to auto manufacturer specifications. “As vehicle construction and design rapidly evolve, it is challenging for educational facilities to keep pace with change,” says Leanne Jefferies, vice-president of Canadian Operations at Assured Performance Certified Collision Care. “I am thrilled to have Saskatchewan Polytechnic be the first institution to achieve OEM certification…

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CARSTAR and Assured Performance Announce Agreement to Provide OEM Certification Program for CARSTAR Store Owners

Initiative Designed to Accelerate OEM Certification Adoption and Compliance CHARLOTTE (May 14, 2018) — CARSTAR and Assured Performance jointly announced today they will provide a special OEM certification initiative and bundled services to CARSTAR locations across North America. The new initiative leverages Assured Performance tools and resources for CARSTAR store owners to help accelerate adoption and compliance to OEM certification requirements and business improvement milestones.  CARSTAR corporate will also have access to optics across their network to manage business development, certification compliance and market coverage. “As OEM certifications and repair standards continue to grow in importance, we want to ensure CARSTAR store owners have the resources, tools and training to restore customers’ vehicles to the OEM’s pre-accident condition,” said Michael Macaluso, President of CARSTAR.  “Not only do these OEM certifications provide an additional level of…


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Kia Canada improves Certified Collision Repair Facility program through strategic agreement with Certified Collision Care

(Mississauga, ON) November 20, 2017 – Kia Canada announced today they are entering into a strategic agreement with Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network, to develop, launch and manage its Certified Collision Repair Facility program.  Kia Canada will be an integral strategic partner, leveraging the joint-effort collision repair facility certification services, infrastructure, and turnkey program offered by Certified Collision Care. The Certified Collision Care program allows independent and dealer-owned collision repair facilities to meet the qualifications necessary to be recognized by Kia Canada as a collision repair facility of choice for its customers.  The program will ensure that Kia owners can choose a Certified collision repair provider that has the proper tools, equipment, training and facility required to repair their vehicle to OEM specifications while maintaining the vehicle’s fit, finish, durability,…


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Manitoba Public Insurance earns certification by Certified Collision Care

Manitoba Public Insurance’s new centre for automotive research and training ─ located at the J.W. Zacharias Physical Damage Research Centre in Winnipeg ─ has been officially certified by Certified Collision Care which has strategic partnerships with Fiat Chrysler Canada, Ford Motor Company of Canada and Nissan Canada for OEM Certification. “This certification ensures proper and safe repair is being conducted to manufacturer’s specifications within our new facility,” said Ward Keith, vice-president Business Development & Communications and CAO of Manitoba Public Insurance. “Certification of our new physical damage and research centre validates our commitment to Manitoba’s collision repair industry.” To become Certified, Manitoba Public Insurance passed the rigorous Certification process essential to help ensure a proper and safe repair of the new generation of advanced vehicles. Less than five per cent of collision repair facilities in…


STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD

Innovation and continuous improvement are hallmarks of Birchwood Collision Centres’ success. Since 1963, the Birchwood Automotive Group has been keeping Manitobans moving and serving the community.  Birchwood opened the doors to Manitoba’s largest state-of-the-art collision centre in the fall of 1999, Birchwood Collision Centre at Pointe West.  In January 2006, a second location was opened, Birchwood Collision Centre on Regent.  Since then, the Collision Centres have grown to over 100 team members, with further expansion planned in September 2017. During this rapid period of industry change, they have made significant investment in tools, equipment, training and technology and have made OEM Certification an important part of their business. Their facilities hold OEM Certifications with BMW/MINI, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota/Lexus, Volvo, Pro-First Honda Acura, and Nissan, FCA and Ford through Certified Collision Care. Advanced repair capabilities…


Groupe Rivest CarrXpert Joliette Earns Official Certification

Montreal, QC – Certified Collision Care announced today that Groupe Rivest CarrXpert Joliette has achieved official Certified status with Certified Collision Care. The first in Quebec to achieve this goal, Groupe Rivest CarrXpert Joliette is now officially OEM Certified by Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, and Ford. Groupe Rivest CarrXpert Joliette is a family owned collision repair center founded in the 1950’s by Raoul Rivest, and is now owned and operated by two generations. Raoul’s son Luc and his grandson Simon operate the business, which is a member of CarrXpert. These OEM certifications demonstrate Luc and Simon’s commitment to stay at the forefront of change in the industry, by making the needed investments in tools, equipment and training. “We are very proud to be a part of the Certified Collision Care program, and to achieve official OEM Certification…


CARSTAR 360 Abbotsford achieves OEM Certification by Ford and Fiat Chrysler

Hamilton, ON – Certified Collision Care announced today that CARSTAR 360 Abbotsford has achieved official OEM Certification by FCA Canada as a Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands, and by Ford, with Ford National Body Shop Network Certification. CARSTAR 360 Abbotsford is a family owned business owned by brothers Rick and Daryl Francoeur. They have been in business for nearly 11 years, with 8 of those years as CARSTAR 360 Abbotsford. As part of their custom shop, 360 Fabrication, they employ 35 staff at their state-of-the-art facility, and do business globally. They are highly committed to giving back to their community, hosting 15 fund-raising events each year for charities such as Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer, Abbotsford Hospice, Make-a-Wish and local sport teams. “We are very proud to be a…


Nissan selects Certified Collision Care as Strategic Partner

Nissan Canada has selected Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network, as their exclusive strategic partner to administer and manage their new collision repair certification program and national network. The Nissan Certified Collision Repair Network program will identify, Certify, and promote dealership and independent collision repair providers across all of Canada. Participation in the Nissan Certified Collision Repair Network will be limited, and there will be a market lock-out restricting the number of Nissan certified facilities in each market area. Nissan program enrollment will begin April 19th and details will be available online at www.certifiedcollisioncare.ca. For Certified Collision Care Providers that gain Nissan Dealer sponsorship and are not in a locked-out market, there is no additional fee to add Nissan Certification to their Certified Collision Care credentials. Certified shops will receive special…


Prochilo Brothers Auto Collision achieves OEM Certification by FCA Canada and Certified Collision Care

HAMILTON, ON – Certified Collision Care announced today that all three locations of Prochilo Brothers Auto Collision has achieved official OEM Certification as a Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands, and as a Certified Collision Care Provider. “We are very excited to be recognized as a Certified Collision Care Facility, and to gain OEM Certifications by FCA Canada. We have made the investment to ensure that our highly trained technicians have the tools and equipment needed to repair vehicles safely and to OEM specifications”, shares Paul Prochilo, Director, Corporate Strategy for Prochilo Brothers Auto Collision. “We are focused on providing world class service and a simplified repair experience for our customers and insurance partners. Achieving OEM Certification demonstrates our commitment to excellence, and we are proud to…


Ford Motor Company of Canada Launches Body Shop Certification Program with Certified Collision Care

HAMILTON, ON – Ford Motor Company of Canada announced today they have launched the Ford National Body Shop Network to identify, Certify, and promote dealership and independent collision repair providers across all of Canada. Ford has selected Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network, as their strategic partner to administer and manage their body shop certification program and national network. Ford Motor Company of Canada will be an integral strategic partner leveraging the joint-effort collision repair facility certification services, infrastructure and turn-key program offered by Certified Collision Care. By leveraging the existing Certification process, Ford is able to eliminate redundant costs, making certification more affordable for their dealerships and independently owned repair businesses that can meet their requirements. The Ford National Body Shop Network program was created to promote Certified dealership and…


WD Co-Auto Endorses Certified Collision Care

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – WD Co-Auto announced today, their strategic partnership with Certified Collision Care for OEM Certification and business improvement. WD-Co Auto sell and support both dealership and independent collision repair facilities throughout Western Canada offering products, services, and benefits to help their customers grow strong, profitable businesses. Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network and the largest North American OEM Certified Collision Repair Network, now offers the 5-Star Business Performance Program to the collision repair industry as a bridge to OEM Certification. Certified Collision Care created the online service to assist shops that want to develop and chart an improvement plan to achieve the requirements for OEM Certification. The program allows shops to see exactly how they stack up against OEM Certification requirements and how they compare with a proprietary list of…


Certified Collision Care Launches 5-Star Business Performance Program

Certified Collision Care has announced the launch of its 5-Star Business Performance Program to the collision repair industry as a bridge to OEM Certification. HAMILTON, ON – Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network and the largest North American OEM Certified Collision Repair Network, has announced the launch of their 5-Star Business Performance Program to the collision repair industry as a bridge to OEM Certification. Certified Collision Care created the online service to assist shops that want to develop and chart an improvement plan to achieve the requirements for OEM Certification in a timely manner. The 5-Star Business Performance Program allows shops to see exactly how they stack up against the listing of OEM Certification requirements, and how they compare with a proprietary list of industry best practices in the areas of finance,…


CSN CARS Collision Centre achieves OEM Certification by FCA Canada and Certified Collision Care

HAMILTON, ON – Certified Collision Care announced today that CSN CARS Collision Centre has achieved their official OEM Certification as a Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands, and as a Certified Collision Care provider. Founded in 1987 by Nick DiLuca, CSN CARS Collision Centre is a family owned business that has continued to expand, now with three locations in the Burlington, Ontario area. Nick DiLuca is a founding member of the CSN group of collision repair facilities.  “As vehicles continue to rapidly evolve with new technology and advanced materials, collision repairs are more complex than ever. We have made significant investments in our facility, equipment and training to ensure we remain the leaders in our market”, explains Nick. CSN CARS Auto Collision was the first in North…


CarrXpert Announces Partnership with Certified Collision Care

QUÉBEC, October 19th 2016 /CNW Telbec/ –Mr. Jean-François Gargya, Director General of the CarrXpert banner, a subsidiary of the Corporation des concessionnaires automobiles du Québec, is pleased to announce an exciting partnership. Quebec’s largest network of body shops has joined efforts with Certified Collision Care to certify FCA body shops associated with Quebec’s dealership network. CarrXpert is expanding across Canada, and will be working to certify body shops with Certified Collision Care across the country. Certified Collision Care is the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network and represents the largest OEM Certification program in North America. Certified Collision Care has an exclusive agreement with FCA Canada (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat brands) to manage and administer their Mopar Certified Collsion Repair Facility program in Canada. In order to qualify, repairers must have the proper…


Speedy Collision Weston Garyray achieves OEM Certification by FCA Canada and Certified Collision Care

HAMILTON, ON, October 6, 2016 – Certified Collision Care announced today that Speedy Collision Weston Garyray has achieved their official OEM Certification as a Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands, and as a Certified Collision Care provider. Garyray Auto Collision Ltd. has been a family owned and operated repair facility since 1981. Their management team has over 100 years experience in the collision industry, and takes pride in the relationships they have with their repeat customer base, insurance companies, dealerships and fleet accounts. Sandro Perruzza who owns and operates the business today, is the founder’s son and a licensed mechanic with 28 years experience in the industry. “Our industry is changing at a very quick pace, and keeping up to date is essential to ensure that vehicles…


Windsor CARSTAR achieves OEM Certification by FCA Canada and Certified Collision Care

WINDSOR, ON, October 5, 2016 – Certified Collision Care announced today that Windsor CARSTAR Collision has achieved their official OEM Certification as a Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility for the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands, and as a Certified Collision Care provider. Windsor CARSTAR Collision opened in 2004, as brand new 7,000 sq ft facility with staff of 5, and has rapidly grown since then. Today the business occupies 9,000 sq ft, with 20 staff repairing over 100 vehicles per month. Owner Dennis Carlini shares, “Our goal has always been to be the leaders in the collision repair business in our area by making the investments in our business that are needed to properly look after our customers. As vehicles are changing, our goal is to continue to be leaders by educating our…


Certified Collision Care and TenPoint Complete Announce Advanced and Customized CSI Services for OEM Certified Collision Care Providers

Hamilton, Ontario – Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network, North America’s largest OEM Certified Collision Repair Network, announced today they have entered into an agreement with TenPoint Complete to provide special services and pricing to their Certified Repair Provider network. Through this alliance, Certified Collision Care shops will be able to track their CSI performance and access, measure and manage all aspects of their collision repair business through a newly developed KPI feature. The newly developed services delivered by TenPoint Complete also features custom dashboards and electronic and phone-based CSI surveying. This exclusive tool-set will provide Collision Care Providers with an advanced approach to CSI that is also cost effective. “Our alliance with Assured Performance’s Certified Collision Care demonstrates a collaborative effort that provides services to multiple stakeholders – including repairers,…


CCIF reveals speakers for Vancouver meeting

Ottawa, Ontario — August 29, 2016 — The next meeting of the Canadian Collision Industry Forum (CCIF) will take place September 29 to 30 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. Industry experts will share insight into the latest collision repair industry trends including diagnostic scanning, industry accreditation and OEM certification programs. The Vancouver meeting will also include an update on the First-Notice-Of-Loss project, and a information on a new initiative focused on reconnecting industry and education.  CCIF has also revealed the speaker list for the Vancouver meeting. The presenters represent various sectors in the automotive claims economy. Larry Jefferies, President, Jefferies Consulting Jefferies provides consulting services to a variety of collision industry stakeholders focusing on developing opportunities that enhance strategic business growth. A co-founder of CARSTAR Automotive Canada, Jefferies has also served on the executive…


Shop Certification At 2016 NACE/CARS

Assured Performance CEO/President Scott Biggs, at NACE/CARS 2016, explaining why shop certification programs are meeting a demand, which is to raise the quality of collision repair services. August 11, 2016 – Assured Performance covered one of the hottest topics in the world of collision repair, shop certification, at the 2016 NACE/CARS Conference in Anaheim California. Assured Performance representatives shared the microphone to discuss the latest shop certification program developments. Shop owners and managers from businesses already involved in a shop certification process, and those getting ready to do so, shared insight and information regarding the best tools and ways to achieve their goals. Assured Performance Founder and President Scott Biggs discussed the recent Canadian launch of the Assured Performance program. Biggs shared some very interesting data and statistics, including the fact that 35% of collision…


Assured Performance Network’s new Certified Collision Care program will provide many benefits.

Certified Once, Recognized by Many OEM (original equipment manufacturer) certification is a growing trend in the collision repair industry, and in Canada, programs are just starting to develop. Given the complexity of the collision repair business, any program that simplifies the certification process and unifies industry stakeholders is a good thing. This is why the time is right for a new national program. Leanne Jefferies, vice president, Canadian Operations at Assured Performance Network, has just launched the “Certified Collision Care” program in Canada. The program has a long history of success with the company’s U.S.- based parent company. Assured Performance Network has certified over 2,000 collision repair facilities in the U.S. and had that certification recognized by U.S. OEMs. Certification is given only to repairers that meet or exceed OEM standards for tools, equipment, training, and…


CERTIFIED COLLISION CARE AWARDS FIRST CANADIAN CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Collision Care is working with best-in-class collision repair businesses that have met or exceeded the advanced technical requirements to become officially certified. In order to qualify, repairers must have the proper tools, equipment, training and facilities required to repair vehicles to OEM specifications and ensure a vehicle’s fit, finish, durability, functionality, value, and safety are preserved. Supreme Collision Centre in Bolton, Ont. and Thornhill, Ont. are the first collision repair facilities to be awarded this Certification in Canada and will have their Aurora location certified shortly. Marty Reddick, President of Supreme Collision Centre says, “we work very hard to stay ahead of the curve in the collision repair industry and to be leaders in every community that we operate in. This official certification demonstrates our commitment to our respective business partners, to develop and…


PARR AUTO BODY AWARDED CERTIFIED COLLISION CARE STATUS

Parr Auto Body, located in Saskatoon, Sask., has been awarded Certified Collision Care status. In order to qualify for Certified Collision Care status, repairers must have the proper tools, equipment, training and facilities required to repair vehicles to OEM specifications and ensure a vehicle’s fit, finish, durability, function. Parr Auto Body has been a strong leader in the Saskatoon collision repair market since 1952. “We are committed to providing our customers with excellence in all areas—our equipment and tooling, our technical skill levels, and our customer experience”, said Tom Bissonnette, owner of Parr Auto Body. “Our team at Parr Auto Body has worked hard to achieve this goal of becoming a Certified Collision Care provider.  With the constant changes in vehicle technology, aluminum, high strength steel and more, we are focused on ensuring that our customers’…


SPEEDY COLLISION PARTNERS WITH CERTIFIED COLLISION CARE

Speedy Collision has announced a partnership with Certified Collision Care for all of its locations across Canada. Certified Collision Care is working with best-in-class collision repair businesses that have met or exceeded the advanced technical requirements to become officially certified. In order to qualify, repairers must have the proper tools, equipment, training and facilities required to repair vehicles to OEM specifications and ensure a vehicle’s fit, finish, durability and functionality. Speedy Collision is a rapidly growing collision repair franchise with 26 facilities located across Canada. Speedy Collision saw the value in participating in the Certified Collision Care program when it launched in Canada, and has made participation in the program mandatory for all locations. Two Speedy facilities have already earned their credentials. “OE Certification is the way of the future, and when I learned about…


FCA Canada launches Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility Program with Certified Collision Care

May 18, 2016 — Hamilton, Ontario — FCA Canada has entered into an exclusive strategic agreement with Certified Collision Care to develop, launch and manage the company’s Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility program. FCA Canada owns the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands. According to an official statement, FCA Canada will be an integral strategic partner leveraging the joint-effort collision repair facility certification services, infrastructure and turnkey program offered by Certified Collision Care. This new program allows dealers and independent collision repair facilities to meet the qualifications necessary to be certified by FCA Canada as a collision repair facility of choice for its vehicle owners. According to Certified Collision Care, the program will ensure that FCA Canada vehicle owners can choose a certified collision repair provider, that has the proper tools, equipment, training and…


Color Compass hosts information session

Edmonton, Alberta — May 19, 2016 — Color Compass recently held an informal breakfast networking session at its Carlson Body Shop Supply training centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The main topic of discussion was OEM certifications. Dave Swenson is the General Manager of Carlson Body Shop Supply. He noted that there was a lot of interest in the event, judging by the turnout from local shop owners and other industry stakeholders. “It was a pleasure to welcome Leanne Jefferies to our training centre in Edmonton to discuss Certified Collision Care and their unique approach to OEM certifications in Canada,” said Swenson. “We couldn’t be happier with the turnout from the Edmonton area.” For more information, please visit colorcompass.com.


FCA CANADA, CERTIFIED COLLISION CARE, ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Canada Inc. (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat brands) has announced an exclusive strategic agreement with Certified Collision Care, the Canadian division of Assured Performance Network. The new partnership will see the development, launch, and management of the Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility program. FCA Canada will be an integral strategic partner leveraging the joint-effort collision repair facility certification services, infrastructure and turnkey program offered by Certified Collision Care. This new program allows dealers and independent collision repair facilities to meet the qualifications necessary to be certified by FCA Canada Inc. as a collision repair facility of choice for its vehicle owners. The program will ensure that FCA Canada vehicle owners can choose a Certified collision repair provider, that has the proper tools, equipment, training and facility required to repair their…


CROSSTOWN AUTOBODY EARNS CERTIFIED COLLISION CARE AND MOPAR ACCREDITED STATUS

Crosstown Autobody, located in Edmonton, Alta., is the first franchise dealer-owned collision centre to earn both Certified Collision Care and Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility credentials. The facility has been operating for more than 40 years. Certified Collision Care is working with best-in-class collision repair businesses that have met or exceeded the advanced technical requirements to become officially certified. In order to qualify, repairers must have the proper tools, equipment, training and facilities required to repair vehicles to OEM specifications and ensure a vehicle’s fit, finish, durability, functionality, value, and safety are preserved. FCA Canada partnered with Certified Collision Care to launch the Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facility program. All Certified Collision Care providers are recognized by FCA Canada for having the qualifications necessary to be a collision repair facility of choice for its Chrysler,…


CARSTAR London East & CARSTAR London West achieve Mopar Canada OEM Certification and Certified Collision Care Credentials

CARSTAR London East & CARSTAR London West achieve Mopar Canada OEM Certification and Certified Collision Care Credentials July 18, 2016, Hamilton, ON – Certified Collision Care announced today that CARSTAR London East, and CARSTAR London West have achieved their official OEM Certification as Mopar Certified Collision Repair Facilities, and recognition as Certified Collision Care Providers. Both facilities are state-of-the-art, and owner Wayne Minogue has invested heavily in both businesses. CARSTAR London West is a 6,500 sq. ft. Facility, and CARSTAR London East is 30,000 sq. ft. “I’ve spent about $300,000 on equipment,” says Minogue. “We’ve invested in two resistance spot welders, two aluminum MIG brazing welders, and we’re putting in a second spray booth.” “We are focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience, and that means repairing vehicles to OEM specifications”, says Wayne Minogue, owner of…