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Collision RepairClass A Certified Collision Center

What does it mean to be certified by the CIC (Collision Industry Conference) as a Class A Collision Center? The criteria below is provided by the Collision Industry Conference as a way to ensure that auto body shops and collision centers maintain high standards for their employees, equipment and business in general. Not every auto body shop meets these criteria, which is why it's important to make sure the shop you choose is certified by the CIC. Grand Sport Auto Body is proud to maintain a Class A Certification at all of our 8 Chester County and Montgomery County locations.

  • 1) Have an established business location that is in compliance with local zoning laws and acceptable retail standards.
  • 2) Have all local, state, and federal licenses and permits and operate in accordance with regulations. Examples:
    • a. Sales Tax ID Number
    • b. Federal Tax ID Number
    • c. Fire, Electrical Code, and Waste Water Codes
    • d. Workers’ Compensation Insurance
    • e. Meet or exceed all federal/state/local safety and environmental standards
    • f. EPA Number
  • 3) Have proof of garage keeper’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance or equivalent.
  • 4) Have the ability to produce computer generated estimates with digital imaging and electronic estimate transfer.
  • 5) Management personnel will have evidence of current and ongoing training in relevant management subjects and have transcripts or certificate.
  • 6) Belong to and participate in auto collision trade industry association(s) and subscribe to the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) “Best Practices.” “Best Practices” can be viewed on the CIC website at www.ciclink.com.
  • 7) Have evidence of current and ongoing employee technical training and certification programs with a certified refinish technician on staff.
  • 8) Have a gas metal arc (GMA/MIG) welder and technicians qualified or certified in proper welding techniques.**
  • 9) Have the ability to hoist a vehicle for inspection.
  • 10) Subscribe to a provider of structural specifications with periodic updates covering the vehicle structure for the make, model and year of the vehicle(s) being repaired and wheel alignment specifications for the make, model and year of the vehicle(s) being repaired.
  • 11) Have a measuring device capable of measuring in three dimensions (symmetrical or asymmetrical unibody and full frame structures) for the type of vehicle repaired and provide structural documentation such as a computer printout, or have a fixture system. All operators must have evidence of current training available for viewing for the type of measuring device being used.
  • 12) Have a four-point anchoring system capable of holding a vehicle in a stationary position during frame and/or unibody pulls which is suitable for the specific type of vehicle being repaired.
  • 13) Have electrical or hydraulic equipment capable of making simultaneous multiple body or structural pulls. All operators must have evidence of current technical training on the type of equipment being used.**
  • 14) Have pressurized spray booth equipped with a fresh air-supplied respirator system that meets current federal, state and local requirements.
  • 15) Have the ability to complete and verify four-wheel alignment through computer printout either from an in-house alignment system with at least one technician that is certified or qualified or utilize a qualified sublet provider.**
  • 16) Offer a written limited lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship.
  • 17) Have the ability to remove and reinstall frame, suspension, engine and drive train components.
  • 18) Have a forced drying and curing paint application system that will produce an original equipment manufacturer-type finish.
  • 19) Demonstrate a concern for the environment by using high transfer efficiency spray equipment, gun cleaners and other emission reducing equipment.
  • 20) Properly dispose spray booth filters and hazardous waste.
  • 21) Provide proper safety equipment and work environment for all employees.
  • 22) Have employees that are qualified to diagnose the condition of airbags and other occupant restraint systems and capable of completing OE-specified repairs using in-house equipment with certified technicians or use a qualified sublet provider with certified technicians.
  • 23) Have the ability to evacuate, reclaim and recharge vehicles air conditioning system using EPA compliant in-house equipment and certified technicians or use a qualified sublet provider.**
  • 24) Have a documented on-going system for measuring, tracking and reporting customer satisfaction.
  • **See appendix at www.ciclink.com for a list of possible certification or qualification programs
  • Courtesy of the Collision Industry Conference