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Who will fix cars in 2025?

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Your mechanic, no?

Well, maybe not.

It’s 2018, and while 2025 may sound like a futuristic number, seven years is not all that far way. Seven years ago, Prince George was born, The Toronto Star broke the Rob Ford fiasco(s), and there was a blackout at the Super Bowl. Those things don’t feel that far in the past—and 2025 will be upon us before you know it.

It’s coming fast, and there’s a huge problem facing the Canadian auto aftermarket, attacking on two fronts: rapidly advancing vehicle technology and a shortage of skilled tradespeople.


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AudaVision 2017 takeaways

This year saw the pilot revival of Solera Canada’s event series: AudaVision. These half-day forums deliver high-level insight into industry trends, through the unique lens of Solera’s technical platforms and solutions. We visited Winnipeg, Toronto and Quebec, and have our eyes on other locations for next year.


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Supplement costs and rates analysis

We asked the question: “Is the supplement rate changing and are supplement costs improving?” Using Audatex Insight as well as recently published industry data, we analyzed supplement rates over the past few years and found modest, but positive changes in our own rates and across the wider Canadian estimating market.


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New Canadian releases: Enservio ContentsExpress and GoTime Inspection (coming soon)

On the property side, Audatex has recently released Enservio ContentsExpress, which has a self-service module that allows insureds to document their household items online and submit their claim.

And coming soon to Canada: GoTime Inspection (GTI)—a mobile app that makes it easier for appraisers and shops alike to capture images and provide remarks on a damaged vehicle.


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Data dive: seasonal trends in replace versus repair decisions

Are busy times (e.g. the winter) more likely to see replace versus repair choices? In short: yes. Examining Audatex Insight data shows that ‘repair to replace’ ratios are lowest in the first quarter of every year. This aligns with the busiest time of the year for body shops.


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AudaVIN is an important tool for the accurate interpretation of scan codes

Learn how AudaVIN’s integration with pre/post scanners can smooth out the process for over 19 manufacturers—Including Toyota, Ford, Mercedes—which represent over half of all Canadian vehicles sold today.


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Lien Search Made Easier with Autosource®

Lien Search: a Critical Part of the Total Loss Claims Process

With 37 percent of vehicles in Canada having an existing lien, conducting a lien search during a total loss claim is an ever-important task in every insurer’s workflow.


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enservio: It’s Solera’s Expansion from the Garage to the Home

And it’s in Canada….

Last year, Solera announced the acquisition of enservio, the market leader in property contents software and services for the insurance and homeowner marketplace.

enservio helps claims professionals work smarter and faster.


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Future Thinking: What Parts Trends are Impacting Estimate Costs

What’s keeping automotive industry claims professionals up at night?  One topic might be, “what parts trends will impact estimate costs?”

To answer that, our data scientists have taken a look back at the industry data and market intelligence we’ve gathered from the past year in an attempt to provide some insight on what parts trends we should be on the lookout for, and to perhaps offer a jumpstart to facing the challenges that these trends will pose. Read our key findings.


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Parts Availability and Procurement Options in Seconds: Pioneering a New Frontier for Body Shops

Parts Availability and Procurement Options in Seconds: Pioneering a New Frontier for Body Shops

For many independent body shop owners and MSOs, the automation benefits from using APU as part of the Direct Repair Program with their insurance partners has helped them to save time, automate the parts procurement process, and conform to each insurance company’s compliance guidelines. After so much success in streamlining the repair workflow and reducing cycle time, one question needed to be asked: why would APU be limited to only the repairs within a DRP?


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