Why Chevrolet Only Approves New Genuine GM Parts for Use with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Why You Should Care

  Your Chevrolet's ADAS requires new OEM replacement parts in order to function as intended by GM. When you take your Chevy to a shop for repairs, it’s imperative that the shop follows the guidelines specified in General Motors’ Position Statement.  Every shop has access to this information, but not...

Why Chevrolet Recommends Only New GM Air Bag Components and Why That’s Important for Your Repair

  GM wants to maximize your safety with properly functioning air bags in your Chevy. In the auto body repair industry, we are provided with manufacturers’ Position Statements that describe each auto maker’s recommendations for how those repairs should be done.  General Motors has released a detailed statement explaining why...

Why Volvo Doesn’t Approve of Reconditioned Wheels and How This Can Affect Your Collision Repair

    Reconditioning can threaten the structural integrity of your Volvo's wheels. Volvo is very clear that the company does not approve of any wheel repair that involves reconditioning.  If you are not familiar with wheel reconditioning, it is a process of using various tools and methods to try to...

Ford Approves Only OEM Parts on Structural Repairs—Here’s Why That’s Important

  Structural components offer additional protection in the event of a collision and require the right parts to work properly. It is common practice in our industry for each vehicle manufacturer to provide “Position Statements” that explain the best methods for repairing their makes and models.  In the event of...

Why You Should Care That Cadillac Only Approves New Genuine GM Parts for Use with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

  Cadillac wants your sophisticated ADAS to continue to function properly. When you take your Cadillac to a shop for repairs, it’s imperative that the shop follows the guidelines specified in General Motors’ Position Statement.  Every shop has access to this information, but not every shop follows what the manufacturer...

Why Cadillac Recommends Only New GM Air Bag Components and Why That Should Matter to You

  Preserve the integrity of your air bags so that they can deliver the utmost protection. In the auto body repair industry, we are provided with manufacturers’ Position Statements that describe each auto maker’s recommendations for how those repairs should be done.  General Motors has released a detailed statement explaining...

Reconditioned Wheels Are Not Approved by Volkswagen—Here’s How That Affects You

  Volkswagen says that it's dangerous for you to drive on reconditioned wheels. If you are not familiar with wheel reconditioning, it is a process of using various tools and methods to try to repair a damaged wheel, instead of replacing it entirely.  Some methods include welding, re-plating, or reshaping...

Volkswagen Approves Only OEM Parts on Structural Repairs—Here’s Why You Should Care

    Volkswagen is wary of aftermarket, recycled, and salvage replacement parts in structural repairs. It is common practice in our industry for each vehicle manufacturer to provide “Position Statements” that explain the best methods for repairing their makes and models.  In the event of structural repairs, Volkswagen has released...

Why It Matters That Nissan Doesn’t Approve of Reconditioned Wheels

  Wheel reconditioning is a dangerous practice in collision repair. Nissan is very clear that the company does not approve of any wheel repair that involves reconditioning.  If you are not familiar with wheel reconditioning, it is a process of using various tools and methods to try to repair a...

Nissan Discourages the Use of Salvage or Recycled Parts—Why This Is Important for Your Repair

Nissan is concerned about the reliability of salvage and recycled parts in collision repair. Nearly every car manufacturer releases “Position Statements” that instruct body shops in how to perform repairs on their vehicles to the highest standard.  While all body shops should have access to this vital information, not all...