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News   August 23, 2010   by CARS Magazine

New Town Hall Further Explores Pressing Collision Industry Issue

Created especially for collision repair professionals, an official NACE Town Hall meeting will be held during ...


Created especially for collision repair professionals, an official NACE Town Hall meeting will be held during Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 from 11:30-1:00 p.m. Sponsored by ASA, this event will be a platform to discuss the use of aftermarket parts. ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas and includes NACE and CARS.

The panel discussion, titled “Is Certification the Best Aftermarket Parts Policy for Consumers and Repairers?” will include various industry segments and entities that have (or plan to) establish parts certification programs. The program will focus on these key questions:

  • What does parts certification mean to consumers and repairers?
  • Has parts certification been effective to date?
  • What should determine whether a parts certification program works or not?
  • With multiple parts certification programs in place and more in the developmental stage, does this hurt or enhance the effectiveness of certification? Where does the proliferation of these programs stop?
  • Would consumers and repairers benefit from a single parts certification program versus multiple programs?

• Should state governments and/or the federal government be involved in parts certification? Why or why not?

Tickets are US$40, include a box lunch and are available in the online attendee registration systems for NACE and CARS.

“There’s no bigger debate in collision repair right now, than aftermarket parts,” says ASA president and chief staff executive Ron Pyle. “As the pulse of the industry, we realized we needed to allot extra time for this important discussion at NACE.”

ASRW includes NACE, CARS, Auto Glass Week, and the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) which makes it the industry’s leading event for true professionals to conduct business, network and engage in industry issues. ASRW is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.


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