September-October 2015

Leading News

NWRA to Offer Training Course and Certification Exam in Reno
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) will hold a technician training course in just a few weeks in Reno, Nev., during Auto Glass Week™. The training course will be held on Friday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the certification exam will be given from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rich Campfield, immediate past president of the NWRA and a member of the association’s board of directors, will lead the training.

Windshield Quality, Other ANSI Committees, Slated to Meet at Auto Glass Week™
A number of ANSI committee meetings will be held just prior to Auto Glass Week™ 2015 on September 28 to 29, 2015. One of these meetings will address the National Windshield Repair Association’s (NWRA) development of a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard that relates to the identification in quality differences of windshields.

Member News

NWRA New and Returning Members
Several new members have joined the NWRA and several have renewed their membership.

Event News

Auto Glass Week™ Pre-Registration Deals End Today
Time has almost run out for those who wish to take advantage of the pre-registration discounts being offered for this year’s Auto Glass Week™. Attendees who pre-register by the end of the day today, September 8, could save up to $40 per person for a full registration.

Marketing to Millennials: Social Media Expert to Speak at Auto Glass Week™
This year’s Auto Glass Week™ will feature a number of experts hand-picked to speak on areas to help increase your knowledge and provide an unsurpassed experience for all in attendance. Among these is Amber Joy Fiedler, an account executive at Warner Communications who specializes in social media and creative thinking.

Insurance News

Connecticut Supreme Court Reverses $35 Million Judgment Against Insurer
The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s judgment against Hartford for $35 million. Approximately 1,000 state auto collision repair companies had alleged the insurer violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) by working to establish “price fixing” or artificially low labor rates.

Auto Insurers Are Using the Internet of Things to Monitor Drivers and Cut Costs
Auto insurers like Progressive, Allstate, and State Farm are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor drivers' habits, including changes in speed, how often they drive, and the time of day they drive. For insurance firms, the expectation is that this will lead to lower costs through a better ability to assess clients' risk levels. For consumers, this means better premium rates — assuming they drive well.

This Could Be the Beginning of the End for the Car-Insurance Business
In 25 years, technological advances may render car ownership as we know it obsolete. The car-insurance industry may be buried right beside it.
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