AutoWorks International Limited has announced that its Parts Direct subsidiary’s PartScan collision repair on-line parts purchasing system is now ready for market. The company says that it has fully designed, developed, and tested the PartScan software and it is now available for installation and network systems integration with potential insurance company clients. The software has been extensively tested, to ensure efficient functionality at the automobile repair facility and wholesale parts distributor levels. “Detailed discussions regarding Parts Directs’ on-line parts purchasing program have been very successful,” stated Brad Brock, president. “Live, in house product and services demonstrations have been requested by several automobile insurance companies and a provincially operated mutual automobile insurer in Canada which are keenly interest in implementing Parts Directs’ software and services.” As a result, Parts Direct effectively becomes an on-line automated service bureau that allows insurance companies to benefit financially through the use of the PartScan technology and related services by purchasing the replacement parts from the company, at a significantly lower cost than otherwise available, through automotive repair facilities. The replacement parts are ordered by PartScan directly from the wholesale parts distributor for the insurer and ‘drop shipped’ to the appropriate automobile repairer. PartScan’s accounting system then invoices the automobile insurer directly for parts purchased and services provided. This procedure contrasts significantly with current industry standard practices, where each individual automotive repairer purchases and invoices the insurance companies for the full retail value of these parts.