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Tuesday October 9

OEConnection Releases CollisionLink(TM) 1.4

RICHFIELD, Ohio -- OEConnection, LLC, the Internet-based original equipment parts and service portal, has announced a capability advancement for its CollisionLink(TM) product serving the automotive dealership and collision shop OE parts procurement supply chain. CollisionLink(TM) release 1.4 is live via the www.OEConnection.com website and is in use by parts departments and collision shops across the country.

CollisionLink(TM) 1.4's most significant advancement is in new and improved vehicle identification number (VIN) scrubbing of parts estimates. CollisionLink(TM) enables collision shops to send parts orders to their parts supplying automotive dealerships electronically and scrubs the data for accuracy and completeness, helping the dealership to respond more quickly and comprehensively in providing parts for collision repairs. CollisionLink(TM) scrubbing helps the dealership parts specifier by reducing the amount of time required to validate parts on a collision estimate.

"CollisionLink(TM) scrubs a collision parts order to ensure accuracy and saves time for the dealership re-specifying parts in the wholesale operation," explains Ken Satz, Vice President of Product and Marketing. "This leads to increased productivity and the opportunity to sell more Original Equipment parts," continued Satz. "Collision shops are delighted to receive order confirmation from the dealer much quicker, because less time is spent correcting the order and more time is spent servicing customers."

Also included in CollisionLink(TM) 1.4 are additional product advancements such as a new member site with parts order transaction summary information and related news and events, expanded collision estimate importing capabilities, and a new dealership-to-collision shop invitation wizard. OEConnection's product development model incorporates on-going software improvements based on continuous customer and end-user feedback. CollisionLink(TM) is now available nationally to dealerships and collision shops, and will be demonstrated at the upcoming NACE (International Auto Body Congress & Exhibition) and NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) tradeshows.

OEConnection was formed in December 2000 with the backing of DaimlerChrysler, Ford, GM and technology partner Bell & Howell. Recently, Saturn Corporation, Volvo Cars of North America and Isuzu Motors America, Inc. agreed to participate in the online portal, adding their vehicles to existing product lines from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Plymouth.

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