Good morning!

SAAR recently signed a deal with a company called First Data that supplies Point Of Sale (POS) debit machines to businesses for a better price than what your bank would charge while at the same time providing you with additional features:

  • Real time transaction history and business analytics
  • Customizable rule sets around which employees have access to which features or functions
  • Redundant connection types so you are always able to process payments
  • Included barcode scanner and POS functionality
  • Included employee scheduling and time clock functionality
  • Included customer database tools
  • Secure card storage for re-billing of frequent customers
  • A robust web portal that has features such as a virtual terminal and the ability to send payable invoices to your customers by email.
  • Integration with most accounting platforms
  • A waitlist feature that can allow businesses to let their customers know when their spot in line is ready or their work is complete. 

FIServ has provided SAAR with a very aggressive pricing structure that reflects our association membership as a whole, and is guaranteeing to save our members money or they will give them a $1000 prepaid Visa gift card for their time.

Please contact their regional sales director Brandon Mather at for more information on their service, or to get a free no obligation quote today.


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For those of you still looking for equipment at the last minute I have been contacted by Spanesi and they all the equipment in stock for you to meet SGI’s new SQARP Accreditation. You can contact the following suppliers for more info:

Donna Claypool – Autobody  Specialties –  Saskatoon –  (306) 242-1128

Keith Korol – Ideal  Auto Paint Solutions – Saskatoon – (306) 934-4404

Rondex – Free (877) 766-3392 in Winnipeg

Warren S. Johnson

If anyone is looking for a good man to help either in the office or the back shop Warren Johnson is looking for work.

I have known Warren for a number of years and I believe he is a good guy, always was ready to help out with auto body projects and most recently was a body shop instructor at Sask Polytech until COVID hit.

If you are looking for help check out Warren’s resume here.

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ADAS: What Are Your Senses Telling You?

From Bodyshop Business Mitch Becker January 28th, 2021

Wow! just wow! Probably one of the best articles I’ve read on ADAS and how important our job is to get it right! This is a must read!

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Online webinar for SAAR members only!

Wednesday March 10th at 6 pm

Scanning – It’s Not Just About DTC’s with Mike Anderson of Collision Advice and Jake Rodenroth of asTech 

In this session Mike Anderson of Collision Advice will share with attendees the insights of scanning that many are missing and unaware of. Entitled it is NOT just about the DTC, Mike and Jake will share insights and real-world examples of why you need to also check the values of the ADAS Components on some OEM vehicles. They will explain why you can’t rely on just looking for DTC and how/why you need to view the LIVE Data.
Please RSVP to with your email address so that I can get Mike to log you into the meeting. Your SAAR membership has paid your admission!

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Our good friend Dave Luehr has been a wealth of information for collision shops across North America, I know many of you are participating in a number of Dave’s mentoring programs and getting awesome value. Check out Dave’s NEW ARTICLE: ‘Always Be Recruiting

New Article from Dave

Of all the factors limiting business growth, I can’t think of anything as costly as not having the people needed to properly conduct business. Each time someone quits, a sequence of devastating events occurs, perpetuating and worsening the situation. But what if, you had a secret weapon prepared…read on to discover the solution!


Lisa here, your SAAR Marketing Admin. I’ve been working really hard on creating a new digital supply chain network to support Canadians during the tough economic times. We just launched and I would love for you all to join! It’s called Canbaba and is Canada’s first fully digital wholesaling marketplace.
You’re invited to sign up here!
Canbaba is a brand new all Canadian wholesaling marketplace where you can easily list, buy and sell wholesale equipment, supplies and inventory.

Suppliers: sign up to create your free virtual business storefront and unlimited product listings. Just set your minimum order quantity.

Shops: sign up to create your free buyer account to shop, compare and easily buy Canadian wholesale products.
Join Canbaba here now!

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Many of the shops that switched to the ARA in the past year and half are experiencing their first renewal as of January 1, and I can honestly say, I think they were all pleasantly surprised. The average renewal we saw with the ARA was about 1.5%. For those of you with current benefits in place you know that a renewal that low is not something you would usually see. With Covid-19 causing Disability cases to skyrocket, outside of the ARA we are seeing our plans increase an average of 30%.

It has been almost 2 years since we partnered with the ARA, we have built a strong relationship and they have earned our trust. They have proven that they have a solid plan, great customer service and lower rates when compared to a standard plan.

We are now working on new quotes for the New Year. Contact us to see how we can help you save money on your benefits plan this year and in the future.
 Leslie DeBoice
306-649-4000 x. 111

Lee Campbell
306-649-4000 x. 104