Why Is I-Car Certification Important?

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Automotive Specialties is proud to announce that we are a Gold and Platinum I-Car certified shop.  If you’re not in the automotive world, you may not have heard of these achievements before, but they reflect our team’s commitment to being the best at what we do.  If you’re not familiar, here is a quick run-down of what each certification means and why it’s important.


I-Car Professional Development Program

The I-Car program provides professional development for the collision repair industry.  Depending on your role (technician, insurance, etc.) your training is tailored to fit what an individual would need to do their job to the best of his/her ability.  Training is designed to build upon existing knowledge and skills, and is updated to reflect the latest in collision repair techniques.


Gold Class Professionals Business Recognition

Gold Class is the highest achievement in training recognized by the auto collision industry.  It’s estimated that only 20% of repair shops currently meet this standard, and Automotive Specialties is a part of that elite group.  Maintaining this certification means that the automotive staff has to undergo continuous training, staying up-to-date on the latest technology and repair techniques in the industry.


Platinum Individual Recognition

I-Car’s Platinum recognition offers a clear path for automotive professionals to continue their professional skill development.  This industry recognized certification keeps our technicians trained on current vehicle technology and safety that translates into faster, safer, more efficient repairs for you.


When you trust your luxury car to Automotive Specialties, you trust it to the best!  We are constantly working to exceed your expectations and provide the best in collision repair.  Call us at 617-364-1722, or click here to see our services.

4 of the Best Luxury Cars of 2018


For many, owning a luxury car represents the “I’ve finally made it” moment—when you feel secure enough to indulge in all-leather seats, the most advanced technology, and an ultra-smooth ride. The rising popularity of leased vehicles has made driving a luxury car easier than ever before; according to Statistica, luxury cars purchases account for about 6% of the current U.S. car market.

In the market for a luxury car? Here are some of the best models in 2018:

1) 2018 Porsche Cayenne

If you’re looking for a sports car that comes ready for adventure, turn to the new Porsche Cayenne. With a new, dynamic design, this model sports a new generation of engine redeveloped completely from scratch, going from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds with a top track speed of 152 mph.

The Cayenne also offers outstanding digital connectivity with range of helpful services and smartphone apps that simplify your drive, such as the new Porsche Connect app, Apple CarPlay, My Porsche and the Porsche Connect Store.

2) 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz continues to pave the way forward when it comes to innovative luxury design with the newly redesigned 2018 S-Class. More majestic and more athletic than its predecessors, the extensive hand-tailoring of the interior leather shows the thoughtful attention to detail and topclass quality that Mercedes is known for.

With radar-based technology, the system will alert you to an impending accident or collision and automatically provide an appropriate level of braking to help prevent a collision. And with their new, patented PRE-SAFE technology, a special “pink noise” tone will be emitted just before an accident, reducing the effects of a collision on occupants’ hearing.

3) 2018 Jaguar I-Pace

The legendary luxury car brand’s first all-electric car, this Jaguar has the acceleration of a sports car, reaching 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds. With near perfect weight distribution offering instant torque and an elegant, highly aerodynamic design, this electric car is not your ordinary electric car. And the 90 kWh battery allows a very impressive 240 mile driving range, giving you peace of mind for long trips and everyday adventures.

4) 2018 Lexus ES

The most advanced ES yet, the 2018 Lexus ES offers first-of-its-kind technology and a more powerful engine, convincing Kelly Blue Book to call it “about the closest thing to a sure bet.” If you like those odds, this may be the car for you. It’s a premium sedan rates high for safety and reliability and is roomier than some of its close competitors. When it comes to getting a bang for your buck, this car is capable of 40 mpg in the city.


2018 has seen a wide range of top luxury vehicle offerings from all of our favorite brands, and competition between them continues to drive the pace of innovation. It’s tough to say which are “best,” but we certainly have our favorites. What model would you list as the number one luxury car for 2018? Call Automotive Specialties Inc. today to find out more about the industry’s top offerings, and to figure out which car would be the right fit for your lifestyle.

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