CCC News & Insights

April 12, 2021

Your Collision Repair Shop’s Leftover Parts Can Impact the Future

For many collision repair professionals, the focus on day-to-day business operations doesn’t leave much time to consider the future of the industry. The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) offers some easy ways for shops to support up-and-coming technicians and the schools that train them. One way is through the Part of the Solution initiative. The program converts leftover parts — that would otherwise be discarded — into training tools for collision students.Collision repair education programs around the country report parts as their most frequent need, especially fenders, hoods, and bumper covers. Impacted by budget constraints, instructors are also always seeking tools, equipment, and materials to provide students with hands-on experience. Most programs rely on older vehicle parts to train students. Without these generous donations, it can be challenging to offer these learning opportunities. And as quickly as technology in collision repair advances, it’s critical for students to have access to newer parts.

“By becoming Part of the Solution, shops help ensure the technicians entering the industry are well-trained,” stated Melissa Marscin, director of operations and administration for the Foundation. “This initiative provides an easy way for collision professionals to invest in the industry’s future by elevating the quality of the collision education programs. A high-quality educational program attracts a higher caliber student who could ultimately become one of your valued team members.”

Being Part of the Solution is easy. The Foundation has compiled a list of over 500 collision repair educational programs in need of scrap parts, which can be donated with little to no cost for your shop. Simply email the Foundation at to find a school in your area. Learn more about CREF and the various ways that collision repair professionals can invest in the industry’s future at