The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) recently hosted two meetings in New Jersey to better educate professionals on “what’s new at I-CAR.” Both meetings – one held in Mt. Laurel, the other in Saddle Brook – were designed to not only inform collision repairers as well as insurers of new innovations and procedures at I-CAR, but also to answer any questions from the auto repair industry.
I-CAR’s Northeast Regional Manager David Coffey, who was on hand at both meetings (in addition to Larry Montanez) emphasized the importance of continuous training. “With the constantly increasing complexity of vehicles on the road today, it is imperative that the repairers of today receive up-to-the-minute training. At I-CAR, we are proud to provide collision repairers with information and education that is valuable not only in its applicability, but also in its timeliness.”
AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant was one of over 50 AASP/NJ members and industry supporters that attended the meeting held for Northern New Jersey. “We feel that I-CAR is a vital organization with a strong commitment to bringing our industry the training and information it desperately needs. We are proud to support I-CAR in its mission to provide our members with information they need to do their jobs safely and properly.
Among the many highlights of I-CAR’s presentation was an announcement from Coffey explaining a future decision that could stand to greatly benefit AASP/NJ members. “We realize that training is a great expense to our membership,” said AASP/NJ President Tom Elder, who attended the meeting held for Southern New Jersey. “In an effort to help ease the financial burden of continuing education, AASP/NJ is currently in talks with I-CAR to provide discounted training for members of our association, as well as other trade organizations who provide I-CAR training as a benefit to their members. Our request has been met with a positive response, and the possibility of I-CAR accepting our proposal looks promising. We are currently awaiting further information, but we are anxious to further solidify our already strong relationship with I-CAR in providing this additional, valuable benefit to our members.”