Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming
The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) is supporting legislation, SB 1059, sponsored by State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) that would penalize an insurer that requires a repairer to install an aftermarket part on a vehicle under a factory warranty. The bill, introduced January 7, 2008, seeks to protect both consumers and repairers in situations where the use of an aftermarket part might void the factory warranty.
Two recent political decisions – new energy legislation signed by President George Bush and the EPA’s denial of California’s tailpipe emissions waiver request – sent environmentalists on a roller coaster ride that ran smack into a wall like a crash test dummy with no seatbelts.
The California Autobody Association (CAA) recently surveyed its members and steering was ranked as the number one issue facing shops. The CAA has always ranked it as one of the problems facing the industry. A few years ago we pushed for legislation and were able to get SB 551 passed, which became a model for other states to use in their fight for an effective steering law. But even with steering legislation in place, members have seen steering escalate.
During the regular 2007 legislative session, a number of property/casualty insurance-related bills were considered and approved by lawmakers. Following are enacted 2007 bills (with brief summaries) that will become law January 1, 2008:
Southern California small business owners – including many autobody repair shops and related autobody businesses – were reminded by California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner to carefully review their insurance policies for business interruption coverage as recovery efforts get underway.
Alchemy Auto Painting & Collision Repair Inc., owned by Scott and Shelley Beetler of Corona, California, has opened its first location – one of the most advanced collision repair and auto painting facilities in the Inland Empire.
The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) announced that in a CA Department of Insurance hearing this month, consumer advocates argued that drivers with Allstate insurance policies deserve an 18.8% rate (averaging of $150 per car) under new rules that limit excessive profits by the industry.
The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) wrapped up its first appearance at NACE with accolades from shop owners and suppliers who praised the group for its effective, no-nonsense approach to advocating for a fair repair marketplace.
The annual 911 Collision Centers Charity Invitational Golf Tournament raised over $44,500 for local children, stated golf committee chair Jordan Schacht, director of marketing for 911 Collision Centers and former board chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson. “Once again we bettered ourselves and can help more youth in Southern Arizona. We want to thank our generous sponsors and loyal participants who have made this event possible.