As a result of the UK Government’s 2030 net-zero target along with people’s commitment to a cleaner environment, sales of high voltage vehicles, Hybrid (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) are increasing at an incredible rate.
2021 will see no less than 28 new BEV models alone.
Electric vehicle sales within the Fleet market are growing rapidly with over 1-in-4 ordered vehicles being pure electric (BEV). Benefit in kind (BIK) taxes are dramatically reduced and charging port anxiety is becoming a thing of the past due to the growth of nationwide charge points.
Retail sales are also growing as manufacturers are producing more affordable vehicles.
Here at National Accident Repair Group, we are committed to ensuring that our network of repairers can provide our clients with UK cover for these specialist vehicles. National already have 183 locations with either IMI, City & Guilds level 3, or Manufacturer qualifications for high voltage vehicle repairs, providing our clients with full UK postcode cover. To fulfil our EV commitment, National work with Thatcham Research to offer our network a comprehensive training program to make all staff ‘high voltage aware’.
Dean Lander, head of repair services at Thatcham Research comments:
“We recognise the immense challenges facing repair networks with the growth of electric vehicles and are working closely with the industry to develop guidance, awareness and training on how to manage and repair EVs. It is great to see this commitment by National to develop a repair network with trained and qualified technicians that will ensure both the safety of technicians, and safe and effective repairs.”
Malcolm Banner, National’s MD commented:
“National has an ongoing commitment to our clients to provide a comprehensive service level ensuring all customers receive a first-class service. National along with Thatcham will offer our network a comprehensive training program ensuring that all staff are high voltage aware. National’s Intelligent Deployment System (IDS) has the ability to identify and deploy these vehicles to the appropriate repair site.”
Within 2021, National are ready to lead the way in the electric vehicle repairs, making a significant investment into this area of repair expertise.
“Receiving the news that we have been selected as finalists for the 2020 Insurance Claims Excellence Award is an incredible achievement. We’re looking forward to celebrating our recent nominations for technology and further sharing our new system features throughout the rest of 2020. We are constantly driving for the ultimate digital experience.
National’s team looks forward to seeing everyone at the awards in the near future. We hope everyone stays safe and we’re pleased our technology is keeping our clients’ operations running smoothly.”
Malcolm Banner, National Accident Repair Group
This week in December 2009, National Accident Repair Group was launched. As we reach this important milestone in our corporate history, now is a better time than any to reflect on how far we have come.
Born of an idea to bring an innovative and highly customer focussed approach to UK wide accident repair, the company was registered in 2009 and joined shortly after by now Managing Director Malcolm Banner in 2010.
From the origins of ten regional repair groups joining forces to tender nationally, we have adapted to change, and expanded steadily and effectively over the years, meeting our ongoing aspirations along the way. With operations lead from our high-tech Doncaster offices and marketing communications based in Northampton, we have grown organically to be able to evolve and widen our service offerings, with yet more room to flourish.
Developing our award-winning software, delivering drastically improved customer and client journeys, and uniquely providing the flexibility of self-serve, regional repair deployment has elevated our business. These improvements and bringing together over 450 bodyshops and repair centres across the UK to work with National, have given us some of our proudest moments to date.
Fast forward to now and National is so much more than accident repair. We are a dedicated services and solutions provider with some of the industries’ leading blue- chip insurance clients partnering with us. Having expanded into HGV, LCV and electric/hybrid in line with demand, the work doesn’t stop here. We firmly believe the key to giving our clients and their subsequent customers the best experience is innovation and progress, ahead of market need, and this is something we will always strive to deliver on.
The industry has a whole is changing, the future is technology and highly eco-conscious and so with this we adapt. We plan to grow; in size, knowledge, experience and expertise and if the last 10 years are anything to go by, the next decade looks set to be a very exciting one indeed.
See Managing Director, Malcolm Banner’s interview on 10 years in business in the Winter 2019 edition of Auto Body Professional (ABP) publication out next week.
The electric car debate is ramping up, with a number of announcements made recently around the number owned, electric vs. petrol/diesel, maintenance, and how our infrastructures can adapt to a boost in take up of vehicles.
Groupe PSA are the most recent to pledge that their Peugeot Expert, Citroen Dispatch and Vauxhall Vivaro will be available in all-electric variants from 2020. Having already made all new models launched in 2019 all-electric and or plug-in hybrids, they have made significant steps to becoming all electric and have set a relatively short time frame of 2025, within which to have all passenger cars and LCV’s electrified by 2025.
So, what does this all mean for the accident repair industry?
We are already in a competitive market and work tirelessly to keep pushing progress and development, from improving the customer experience to software and technology, continually bettering the process. With the vast array of brand and age range of cars on the roads, and as more auto brands follow suit of PSA, repair centres need to be ready for anything that comes through the door. National know this and have quickly boosted the knowledge and experience of their network, with over 300 repair centres fully equipped with electric and hybrid capabilities. With strict minimum standards in place for technicians, repairers that offer this service must have level 2 electric vehicle and ATA qualifications to be able to work on these vehicles.
By doing this, National are able to extend electric and hybrid repair services out to their insurer clients too, further expanding their reach, and with the unique position of being able to deploy a job to any postcode and repair centre across the UK, customer experience is kept positive, cycle times are kept down and overall disruption is reduced; regardless of the type of engine involved.
October 31st saw the return of the annual Business Car Awards, hosted at the Hilton Tower Bridge in London.
Judged by panels made up of experts from the fleet industry, including car manufacturers, fleet managers and fleet suppliers, the awards are a key fixture in the automotive industry awards calendar, and we are very proud to have been highly commended for the Innovation Award for our weDeploy technology.
weDeploy is a cloud-based software solution used by fleet operators to instantly deploy a damaged vehicle into the National repair network. From First-Notification-of-Loss (FNOL), a completed deployment can be made in less than 2 minutes by the client. Furthermore, once a deployment has been confirmed, the weDeploy system will send the right claim information to the chosen repairer often based on location. The application is fully customisable by the client, from branding the screens, to integrating weDeploy into any other software application the client has.
The application harnesses the power of the ‘Intelligent Deployment System’ (IDS) module within National’s system, with real- time information on each of its 400+ BS 10125 accredited repairers across the UK. This is perfect for when National control the deployment and repair of the vehicle.
Our system successfully deploys vehicle repairs to any given network in an automated and efficient way, digitalising the deployment journey and saving manual call-centre tasks.
As one of the five categories awarded in the Techies classification, the Innovation Award recognises advances in innovation from apps to vehicles, and with award-winning software at the heart of what National do, being honoured for representing this is an accolade we will always strive for.
With 2020 on the horizon, National are looking forward to launching new software, and the drive to make accident repair easier, safer and more accessible will continue to take centre stage in our operations; to be the repairer of choice.
We look forward to the Business Car Awards 2020, watch this space!
National are pleased to announce the award of a Tier B Plus contract with Direct Line Group (DLG).
National will be supporting the 20 DLG Auto Services centres across the UK. This appointment follows the renewal of a Tier B contract earlier this year with National.
David Mills, Head of Motor Vehicle Fulfilment, said:
“We’re very pleased to continue working with National Accident Repair Group for vehicle repairs. We all share the same ethos of offering our customers excellent service, quality in repair and fast repair cycle times.
The Tier B Plus network is new to DLG and key to our Auto Services Centres achieving even lower cycle times”
Malcolm Banner, Managing Director at National, added:
“We’re delighted that National have been selected to support DLG with their desire to minimise cycle times. The National network model, with multiple sites in urban areas and automated repair progression management is fundamental in providing minimal key to key repair times, particularly at times of work surge.”
National, one of the leading accident repair networks in the UK has expanded its relationship with LV= General Insurance (LV= GI).
For some time, National has been the sole supplier to LV= GI for HGV and Motorhome repairs. Building on this success, LV= GI has now chosen National to be one of its providers of car repair solutions and commencing with conducting on all repairs in Northern Ireland.
Chris Ryder, Commercial Director for National, said:
“LV= GI has for some time been a key client partner for us in the HGV and Motorhome repair sector. Through robust performance this has provided us a solid foundation and we are delighted that LV= wish to expand our relationship to car repair. We will continue our obsession to deliver value within the repair cycle and customer service excellence to LV= into the future.”
Michal Golding, LV= GI Network Manager, said:
“We are pleased to extend our relationship with the National Accident Repair Group and allow our customers to benefit from their high levels of service in Northern Ireland. Our values and shared ambitions are fully aligned, and their performance driven network fits our focus for delivering the very best in service for our customers.”
National is one of the largest networks in the UK with in excess of 415 repair locations and 500 manufacturers approvals covering car, LCV, HGV and specialist vehicle repairs.
National Accident Repair Group is delighted to announce that they will be attending Fleet Live from 9th – 10th October 2018 at Birmingham’s NEC (Stand P14). The show, which is regarded as the UK’s biggest fleet management show, features over 150+ exhibitors and over 20+ expert speakers.
National would like to invite its clients and suppliers to the event, where the team will demo National’s leading fleet deployment software including iDeploy (mobile app) and weDeploy (self-service software). There is also a prize draw to win a signed ‘Lewis Hamilton’ framed World-Champion photograph for anyone that enters.
Barry Nyblen, National’s Sales Director, commented;
“We plan to discuss the latest industry hot topics that included ‘self-service software’, ‘the future of accident management’ and ‘mobile repairs’. Furthermore, our latest software will be available for demo purposes to show how we deploy vehicles to our network of over 300+ BSI kitemark Bodyshops.”
The National team look forward to meeting new people, exhibitors, suppliers and clients at the show and showcasing why they are the ‘repairer of choice’.
National Accident Repair Group winner of Technology & Innovation Award
National Accident Repair Group has been announced as the winner of the Technology and Innovation Award at the Business Car Awards 2018 held in London recently for their iDeploy product.
Business Car is one of the UK’s largest fleet publications and competition was fierce from revered technology companies such as Jarmma and Trakm8, but iDeploy, the new digital self-serve app scooped the award.
iDeploy allows customers to book their own repairs online, with just a few simple clicks allowing fleet drivers to conveniently and quickly choose when and where their vehicle is repaired, 24 hours per day, seven days per week from their phone, tablet or laptop providing real time access to National’s network of more than 300 body shops.
Malcolm Banner, Managing Director for National Accident Repair Group said;
“It’s a fantastic honour to win the Technology and Innovation Award and is an outstanding achievement for National. It’s fantastic to get the recognition for our efforts over the last year and beyond.”
Barry Nyblen, Sales Director for National who collected the award said;
“It’s an exciting time here at National and we look forward to coming back to the Business Car Awards next year with our latest innovations. We’d like to thank our team and everyone who has supported us, from our clients to our network partners.”
Recently, National Accident Repair Group held their annual ‘On The Road’ roadshow where the event was very well received among the Bodyshop network.
National would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the repairer network who visited the 6 venues across the UK. Furthermore, National would also like to extend their thanks to our supplier partners PPG and ActiveWeb who also presented in partnership with National, discussing growth and automation opportunities to streamline procurement and the repair processes.
The roadshows achieved a great attendance across all the locations with the repairer network genuinely impressed with the topics discussed in the presentations. One Bodyshop expressed their thoughts by saying…
“Very professional and very supplier focussed, which was a real pleasure to experience.”
The 2018 National Roadshow covered topics including a review of the repair industry, supplier partner information, repairer auditing, GDPR, IT security training and procurement opportunities.
Malcolm Banner, Managing Director of National Accident Repair Group, commented…
“We are delighted with the feedback from our Bodyshops and the attendance was fantastic at every UK venue. 95% of network stated they would attend next year’s roadshow from the feedback we received and 100% found the event useful. We really appreciate the positive feedback from our repairers and are very pleased that our events were so well received and attended. We look forward to working even closer with our network of repairers throughout the rest of this year, unveiling the latest technologies and keeping regular communications flowing.”
National have already started planning 2019’s roadshow and look forward to seeing the network develop for the rest of 2018.