I-CAR Best Practices

I-CAR and subject matter experts from vehicle makers, collision repairers, insurers, product makers, and tool and equipment makers hold meetings throughout the year, to develop, update, and publish I-CAR Best Practices.

The published I-CAR Best Practices are inter-industry developed and vetted guidelines to be used if there are no vehicle-specific repair information and no OEM published position statements or general procedures.


I-CAR and subject matter experts from vehicle makers, collision repairers, insurers, and tool and equipment makers held a meeting in May, to develop, update, and publish an I-CAR best practice on Sectioning A Part In The Same Location Twice.


I-CAR and subject matter experts from vehicle makers, collision repairers, insurers, and tool and equipment makers held a meeting in May, to develop, update, and publish an I-CAR best practice on Full-Body Sectioning Should Not Be Done.


I-CAR and subject matter experts from vehicle makers, collision repairers, insurers, and tool and equipment makers held a meeting in May, to develop, update, and publish an I-CAR best practice on Recycled Outer Quarter Panels w/Rolled Hem Flanges.


Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can include a rear camera, rear parking sensors, 360° camera system, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and other forms of collision warning. Not only is it important to be able to be able to identify these systems, but it is also important to understand the calibration requirements.

For the past several months, I-CAR and subject matter experts from vehicle makers, collision repairers, insurers, and tool and equipment makers have been meeting to develop, update, and publish an I-CAR best practice on Damage Analysis for ADAS Identification and Calibration Requirements.


For the past several months, I-CAR and subject matter experts from vehicle makers, collision repairers, insurers, and tool and equipment makers have been meeting to develop, update, and publish an I-CAR best practice on Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) Collision Repair Diagnostic Processes. This best practice is designed to be used in conjunction with the "I-CAR Best Practice: Collision Repair Diagnostics Definitions," published in October 2016.


When it comes to the various restraint system parts, whether it be the airbags, parts for seat belt system, or wiring, we are often asked, “What does I-CAR recommend?”

First and foremost, we recommend to Always Follow Vehicle Maker Procedures. Now let’s take a look at what I-CAR specifically states as a best practice.


In order to develop a best practice around MIG brazing panel preparation, I-CAR gathered a number of subject matter experts (SME) from vehicle makers, collision repairers, and insurance personnel. Now that the industry has completed the final review of the best practice, let’s take a look.


In order to develop a best practice around disassembly of a steel service part at a factory seam, I-CAR gathered a number of subject matter experts (SME) from vehicle makers, collision repairers, and insurance personnel. Now that the industry has completed the final review of the best practice, let’s take a look.


As collision repair diagnostics continues to take center stage in the collision repair industry, there has been a level of confusion over some common terms. In an effort to publish inter-industry developed and vetted definitions on three common terms (pre-repair scan, post-repair scan, and post-repair calibration), I-CAR gathered a number of subject matter experts (SME) from vehicle manufactures, collision repairers, insurance personnel, and scan tool manufactures. This group of SMEs met in early August, during the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE), to develop and review the following definitions.