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Three national collision industry associations are working together to enhance the accuracy and functionality of the estimating systems used by the collision repair community to fix today’s high-tech vehicles. The Alliance of Automotive Service Professionals (AASP), the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) have teamed up to examine and enhance the content of the data found in the industry’s leading estimating systems.

The project is titled the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) and goals include the development of an industry Web site that would allow collision repair professionals to file requests for reviews of the various estimating systems and view the responses from the information provider(s) once available.

A message to CCRE members

To all CCRE member shops, the following is an example of what CCRE is actively doing constantly on your behalf. The following response from CCRE was recently entered into the debate at the Ohio DOI, concerning pressure from insurers and imitation parts certifiers such as CAPA, to change the wording of existing Ohio Rules to eventually have imitation parts be considered the same as OEM.

CCRE actively opposed such changes when they were twice considered, on a national level, at NCOIL meetings. Now, it appears that insurers and their imitation parts certifiers are going to go to individual state legislators to try to accomplish this on a state-by-state basis. Ohio appears to be among the first states to be hit. Your state may be next. So, watch what’s happening in your state, and keep CCRE informed. Together we can keep this “mad dog” at bay. 

    When the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) participants voted in opposition of holding a press conference about the CIC Anti-Fraud Committee’s findings on insurers lowballing initial estimates, a flurry of emails kept the issue alive.
   Many concerned with the committee’s findings - which revealed that insurers initial estimates account for about one half of what the final invoice is - planned two summits, one in Phoenix and one in Chicago in January. The summits were not a CIC function. Ohio attorney Erica Eversman was the common denominator as she served on panels at both the summits.
Monday, 05 March 2007 15:29

Write the first estimate and win

    I have a friend who made so much money in the body shop business that he had to retire because he was paying too much in taxes.
    It was obvious my friend, whose nickname is Fast Eddie, knew how to make a profit. He made a profit in large part because he knew how to write an estimate. His goal was always to write a complete estimate from the beginning. He wrote every estimate himself, taking whatever time he needed—sometimes hours—to tear down the car. He ordered every part, including nuts and bolts, needed to fix the car. Once the estimate was written, he pulled the car out of his shop and stored it in a lot across the street.

Caliber Collision Center's Costa Mesa, California location was closed for a week by the California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) as part of a settlement agreement reached by Caliber and BAR following the BAR's allegations of fraud, gross negligence, faulty record-keeping, and failure to comply with the regulations of the Automotive Repair Act.

    CAA members are reminded that they must post, at their place of business a summary of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2006. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) requires the summary be displayed from Feb.1 to Apr. 30 for employee review.
    This posting requirement is a vital part of every employer’s obligation to keep workers informed about conditions that affect their occupational health and safety,” said John Rea, acting director for DIR. It creates awareness among employees so they can understand how to avoid similar injuries in the future.