Collision Repair News

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As a follow-up to the previous article on Paint Friendly Service Parts Coming From GM, General Motors has already begun supplying the part kits for some of their paint-to-match assemblies. The parts initially include door mirrors, headlamps, and door handles for some vehicles in 2015. For the 2016 model year, they will become available for most models, and for more than just these parts.

There has been some confusion around the term "synergic" welding machines in the industry and we wanted to add some clarity to the subject.

FCA/Stellantis has updated the web address of the repair information website to This new website changes how to find the collision repair information you need.

The method for replacing the outer box side on the 2015-2020 Ford F-150 has been a popular area of discussion, and many people are asking, "What are my options and is one missing?"

Rivet bonding is a standard repair method for aluminum-intensive vehicles like the 2015 Ford F-150, Jaguar XJ, and Audi A8 whether it's replacing welded or rivet bonded parts. You may be thinking that aluminum vehicles are the only ones that require rivet bonding. Are they? There's a vehicle maker that has been requiring rivet bonding even on their steel body vehicles.

There's some confusion in the industry about the term "pulse" welding - so let's take a closer look at it.

In case you missed it, Wendy Malone from General Motors presented The All New 2015 Chevrolet Colorado And GMC Canyon Cab Structure, at Great Designs in Steel 2015.

There's a new addition to the Volkswagen OEM Information page. An icon has been added that will link you to a page containing Volkswagen Position Statements.

The I-CAR developed OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search has been updated to include all General Motors makes including Buick, Cadilla, Chevrolet, and GMC hybrid vehicles through the 2015 model year.

In case you missed it, John Reed from Ford Motor Company presented "Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2015 Ford Edge" at Great Designs in Steel 2015.

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The National Safety Council and The University of Iowa have put together a consumer-based site that provides the basics of many vehicle safety systems and features available today. They are calling it

In case you missed it, David Coakley and Jonathan Zischke from Nissan North America presented" Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2016 Nissan Maxima" at Great Designs in Steel 2015.

While you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Ford F-150 and its aluminum-intensive unitized body, did you know that the frame construction material remains steel? Similar to its aluminum body, the frame has also been redesigned.