Subaru of America is the latest car company to launch an automaker- certified collision repair program, working with its dealerships as well as select independent body shops.
Subaru developed its plan with Wadsworth International, a consultancy in suburban Philadelphia that will administer the program. Wadsworth also provides administrative support to Jaguar Land Rover's collision certification program.
Subaru plans to expand its pilot program into a national network this year, certifying 400 body shops by 2019. The automaker has 630 U.S. franchises.
Various car companies certify body shops that meet the repair standards they set, recommending these facilities to vehicle owners. Some collision programs, notably Toyota's, are tightly controlled and open only to the company's dealerships. Other factory-certified programs are administered by third parties and include dealerships and independent shops.