Independent Garage Owners
Of North Carolina
Supporting North Carolina Independent
Garage Owners Since 1959
Vendor of the Month
Connected Automotive Systems
CAS is the premiere provider of OEM Tools. Their focus is on providing OEM level scanners, technical support information, Laptops and re-programming to the independent automotive repair shop.
Congrats Connected Automated Systems!
Member of the Month
Garriss Body Shop LLC
Family owned and operated for over 30 years, Garriss Body Shop has set the standard in the collision repair. Garriss Body Shop is located in Kinston, NC and has been a member since 2009! Give them a like on Facebook! Congratulations Locke Performance!
December Collision News
IGONC Delivers Value to Members Through Series of Educational Webinars
By: Chasidy Sisk, Autobody News

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) offered more than a half dozen educational opportunities in October for the local automotive and collision repair industries.
GEICO Reports Collision Claims Severity Up 7-9% in First Nine Months of 2020

Frequency remained down 24-26% so far this year compared to 2019.On November 7, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported its third quarter earnings, including details about its GEICO subsidiary, the second largest auto insurer in the U.S. 
Collision Claims Declined Over 35% in Second Quarter Compared to 2019

Coronavirus lockdowns in the U.S. dramatically impacted quarterly claims and losses in the first half of 2020. Earned car years, however, continued to grow.
Missed some events? Recap here!
November Triangle Chapter Meeting:
We were joined by Aaron Lowe of the Auto Care Association to discuss the Right to Repair Act victory in Massachusetts.
November Tireside Chat:
This month's topic is "politics, guns, religion and other things you should never talk about in your shop” and why, hosted by IGONC Member Mike Allen, owner of Carfix..
Keep up with us on Facebook! Join our IGONC Members Only Facebook Group and participate in meaningful discussions, receive event alerts, and build your network and automotive community. Catch up on webinars that were for members only anytime. This group is for IGONC members only.
Upcoming Events
DEG Presents: Estimators Toolbox: Utilizing FREE Resources for Repair Planning
December 29, 1:00-2:00PM EST

In this presentation we will dive into FREE resources available to help build and develop a strong repair plan. Open to all. Must register to receive a link to join the webinar.
Giving Tuesday with Wheels4Hope
December 1, 12:00-1:00PM EST
Join us and Wheels4Hope on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Wheels4Hope will be doing a brief overview of their organization and ways to get involved. Open to all. Please register to receive the link in advance.
December Triangle Chapter Meeting
December 1, 6:00-7:00PM EST
Join us for our monthly Triangle Chapter Meeting held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7PM EST. This month our speaker is Advance Auto Parts on the supply chain challenges auto shops face during the pandemic. Sponsored by: Advance Auto Parts, Autoshop Solutions, and Walker Auto Stores.
Rick White Presents:
December 3, 12:00-1:00PM EST
Advisors and owners are struggling to make sales even when the phone is ringing off the hook. I am asked over and over, “How can I improve my closing skills?” My response? “You’re focused on the right issue but asking the wrong questions.” It’s about the questions you ask your customer, your focus, your poor assumptions and your disconnect. Open to all. Please register to receive the link in advance.
Jacksonville Chapter Meeting
December 3, 6:00-7:00PM EST
In-Person at Logan's Roadhouse
Join us for our monthly Jacksonville Chapter Meeting at Logan's in Jacksonville, NC. Open to all. Hosted by Chapter President, Kayo Jenkins of Kayo's Auto Service in Jacksonville.
Asheville Chapter Meeting
December 8, 6:30-7:30PM EST
Join us for our monthly Asheville/Western Chapter Meeting. Open to all. Register to receive the zoom link.
Everything You Need to Know About Your PPP Loan with Hunt Demarest
December 9, 12:00-1:00PM EST
Join us as Hunt Demarest of Paar, Melis and Associates gives us an update on the PPP, as well as discusses year-end tax implications and planning on a federal and state prospective. Free and Open to all. Must register to attend.
For a full list of our upcoming events, visit our website!
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