Collision Repair News

Your job requires that you keep on top of the latest in vehicle, tool and equipment technology – I-CAR is committed to helping you do so in one convenient place. We’ll be regularly publishing new articles with the latest and greatest collision repair information.

So check back often and follow us on Twitter @Tech_Briefs to ensure you’re equipped with the most up-to-date collision repair technical information available in the industry.


Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that is applied to the mating surfaces prior to welding. When the weld is performed, the zinc liquefies and flows into the weld-pool, protecting the weld from corrosion. Many OEMs have a position on when and how to use weld-through primer or when it shouldn’t be utilized. Let’s see what General Motors (GM) recommends and where this information can be found.


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.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if we have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


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.


Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that is applied to the mating surfaces prior to welding. When the weld is performed, the zinc liquefies and flows into the weld-pool, protecting the weld from corrosion. Many OEMs have a position on when and how to use weld-through primer or when it shouldn’t be utilized. Let’s see what BMW recommends and where this information can be found.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if we have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


If you have replaced a grille on a light-duty GMC or Chevrolet truck, you might have noticed something different. In the December 2016 GM Repair Insights Magazine the new product improvement is explained. Let’s take a look at what this means during repairs.


Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that is applied to the mating surfaces prior to welding. When the weld is performed, the zinc liquefies and flows into the weld-pool, protecting the weld from corrosion. Many OEMs have a position on when and how to use weld-through primer or when it shouldn’t be utilized. Let’s see what Honda/Acura recommends and where this information can be found.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if we have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


With all of the advancements in vehicle technology in recent years, it brings the need for new equipment and new training to repair modern vehicles. It also, brings the question “Is your shop ready?” Let’s take a look at some of the equipment needed for now and the future.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if we have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


The steering system on a vehicle could be considered one of the most important and necessary systems on a vehicle. After all, without steering the driver couldn’t control the vehicle. This makes it important to know what the OEM recommends when it comes to this system. Let’s take a look at what MBUSA has to say.


Here at I-CAR we receive a lot of question about the use of aftermarket and recycled parts, when repairing a vehicle after a collision. We are not in the position to tell you what parts you can and cannot use. However, some OEMs publish position statements to give guidance as to what they do and do not permit when selecting which parts to use to restore the vehicle to its pre-collision state. Mercedes-Benz (MBUSA) has released an updated position statement to help answer these question. Let’s see what MBUSA has to say in their revised position statement.


Since its launch in July 2014, the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal continues to be an ever-evolving source of features designed to aid all of those involved in the Collision Repair Industry. Here’s an updated breakdown of the features on the portal.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if we have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.