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The Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) held its March 19 meeting at Greg and Bill’s Auto Body Shop in Medford, NY. The meeting was held in a Town Hall format with an open forum on claims handling problems and solutions. Members were invited to bring problems and solutions for discussion.
Greg and Bill’s Auto Body has been a member and supporter of LIABRA for many years. Greg Smith established Greg and Bill’s in 1967 and it is a family-owned and operated business. Greg and his son Scott, along with a staff of six, take care of the day-to-day operations and Greg’s wife Phyllis takes care of bookkeeping and finances. LIABRA thanks Greg Smith and family for providing their beautiful facility for the meeting and Enterprise Rent-A-Car for the food and refreshments.
Police arrested a 66-year-old Asbury Park, NJ, man who they say burglarized a body shop in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Andray Glover was arrested on charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools. Glover burglarized Samuel’s Auto Body on Nov. 4, said Police Chief Robert Adams. He said Glover was connected to the burglary after a thorough investigation, which included physical evidence. Glover is being held at the Monmouth County jail, Freehold Township, in lieu of $52,000 bail.
A fire damaged an auto body shop in Southport, NY, during the early morning hours of April 2. The fire broke out before 1 a.m. at Dalton Auto Body Shop at 1261 South Main Street. Witnesses heard a loud bang and heavy smoke was seen in the area.
The fire is considered suspicious, Undersheriff William Schrom said.
H&V Collision Center in Troy, NY, is now recognized as a Honda ProFirst collision repair facility.
Three other H&V locations in the New York communities of Colonie, Saratoga Springs and Queensbury are “on their way” to becoming qualified as a ProFirst facility, according to Gary Ledoux, Assistant National Manager for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
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If there was a unifying theme to the presentations at the East Coast Resolution Forum and Leadership Meeting held in Secaucus, NJ, in March, a statement by Charlie Bryant may have summed it up as the session opened.
“No one can tell me that we don’t have a chance to change things in our industry,” said Bryant, executive director of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) of New Jersey, which hosted the event along with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). “I don’t believe that.”
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At the NORTHEAST show I was able to talk to Charles Bryant of AASP-NJ and ask him what’s going on in NJ in general. Here’s what he told me:
There is always something interesting going on in New Jersey. First, we are proud that the NJ-MVC has abandoned the proposal to license Mobile Auto Body shops in our state. That was a battle that took over two years to accomplish.
After spending such a wonderful weekend at the AASP Northeast Tradeshow at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, on Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, I was curious to see how my reaction compared to those more experienced in the industry. Several industry leaders and a few exhibitors took a moment to talk to me about their reactions to the tradeshow.
Jeff McDowell, President of AASP NJ, was pleased with this year’s event, noting that, despite the snow, turnout was better than he thought it would be, and the number of attendees and the show as a whole “far exceeded expectations.” Regarding the seminars, McDowell stated that they were all much fuller than expected. He found Larry Montanez’s seminars particularly useful, and in regards to the parts procurement panel, he stated “It was great; a lot of information got disseminated to people who weren’t fully aware of what’s going on.”
AASP/NJ hosted the 2013 NORTHEAST™ Tradeshow at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, on Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. While the expo floor setup and number of seminars remained much the same as the past two years that I’ve attended, I was impressed with the great variety of exhibitors and seminar topics offered this year.
Insurer-Mandated Parts Procurement Program
For me, the highlight of AASP Northeast in 2013 was the panel on insurer-mandated parts procurement programs. On Friday night, from 6–8 p.m., Aaron Schulenburg, Executive Director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), moderated a panel discussion on insurer-mandated parts procurement programs. This seminar attracted a large number of attendees eager to discuss how programs such as State Farm’s PartsTrader may affect their businesses once it is instituted nationwide.
The finance manager for a dealership outside Pittsburgh faces charges of forgery, theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly submitting phony signatures on customer documents and keeping money for himself.
Thomas Carrigan, 35, of Monessen, PA, was arrested March 5, according to police records. Carrigan was working as the finance manager at C Harper Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac, in the Township of Ostrava in Belle Vernon, PA, police said.
According to police, Carrigan allegedly forged a customer’s signature on a contract after changing the amount of the down payment. A police “affidavit of probable cause” cited only one example, but Carrigan is charged with a total of 16 counts each of theft and receiving stolen property.
The current estimate of vehicles damaged as a result of Sandy is now set at 250,500 based on claims processed by insurance companies, according to latest figures released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
The complete list of states generating Sandy-related vehicle damage claims in descending order are:
New York 150,000
New Jersey 60,000
New Hampshire 2,000
North Carolina 1,500
District of Columbia 1,000
Rhode Island 1,000
West Virginia 1,000
The figures are for insured losses only and may change as additional claims are received and processed. Uninsured vehicles damaged by Sandy are not reflected in these figures.
Collision Care Auto Body Centers has opened its sixth location in the Greater Philadelphia area.
A former BMW dealership, Collision Care of Marlton is located at 120 Route 73 in Marlton, NJ. The 35,000-square-foot shop will employ 15 people.
Mayor Randy Brown served as master of ceremonies for the shop’s grand opening on March 7.
“When [Collision Care President] Val Fichera first contacted me indicating his desire to move into the former BMW location, my first response was, ‘Why?’” said Brown.
“At the time, the intersection of 70 and 73… was just tons of construction. Credit to Val and his vision, the intersection and Collision Care of Marlton is now an upscale and welcome addition to the booming Marlton area, and his company’s history has proven that it will serve our community well,” said Brown.