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.

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When it comes to terminology in repair procedures, there is often a great deal of confusion as to what type of sectioning joint is called out in a specific repair procedure. To help end some of that confusion, let's look at the three basic sectioning joints.

When it comes to anchoring with pinchweld clamps, there are a few best practices that will help prevent problems during the repair process. Let's take a look at a few of them.

In case you missed it, there are now step-by-step instructions on how to access OEM repair information websites. These step-by-step instructions complement our how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages.

There's a new addition to the OEM Information pages for Toyota, Lexus, and Scion. An icon has been added linking you to a page on Toyota's website that allows technicians to take Toyota collision repair training.

There's a new addition to the OEM Information pages for Toyota, Lexus, and Scion. An icon has been added linking you to a page on Toyota's website that contains Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), Collision Pros Magazine, and Quick Training Guides.

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new video concept and we’re looking for your feedback. The concept videos provide a 360 tour around a late model, popular vehicle; the first being the 2015 Ford F-150. The videos are designed to inform collision repair professionals of potential items you may encounter when an unfamiliar, new vehicle arrives at your facility. The goal of the videos is not to teach 'how' to repair, but to heighten your awareness that special tools, equipment, and training may be required.

What is the difference between sectioning and partial replacement? Let's take a look and add some clarification.

The adoption of a strong learning culture within a business, as well as sound production management principles, will not only help improve bottom line results, but will also bring additional value in understanding a technician’s abilities or inabilities and knowing how to close any knowledge gaps a shop may uncover among its staff.

Recently, two collision repair diagnostic experts suggested that 70% of today’s collision damaged vehicles require some type of diagnostic work. That’s a lot of vehicles! So it comes as no surprise that I-CAR has received a number of Ask I-CAR inquiries asking when collision repair diagnostics are required.

Whenever refinishing parts, especially plastic parts, static electricity has always been a problem. There are many products and techniques in the industry to help eliminate or reduce static electricity; however there may be one you haven’t heard of before.

When it comes to MIG welders, the term "inverter" is often being used to describe the new MIG welders, but what is it and why does it matter to you? Let's find out.

Through our efforts to bring you the collision repair information that matters, I-CAR Repairability Technical Support has partnered with DEG News Blog and Repairer Driven News.

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.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has updated the web address of the TechAuthority repair information website to This new website changes how to find the collision repair information you need.