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Acting on complaints from the California Autobody Association (CAA) regarding the need for explicit specifications for determining autobody labor rates, the California Department of Insurance (DOI) has become the first in the country to propose regulating how insurance companies conduct surverys to determine the prevailing labor rate. 

Spend a few minutes talking to another shop owner —no matter whether he or she is across town or across the country —and you’re likely to hear about some concepts and ideas that are being tried – or have long been found successful. Here’s a compilation of some ideas, tips and processes successful shop owners have recently shared.

Neither side in the case of Avery vs. State Farm is willing to cry uncle. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2005 17:00

AQMD fails to pass stricter emission rules

A rule that would prevent businesses emitting certain levels of toxins from locating near schools - Proposed Rule 1401.1 - failed to pass a vote by a quorum of the Governing Board during a hearing in early October. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) tabled the rule until their meeting this month. 

Monday, 05 February 2007 14:59

MQVP files suit against Keystone Automotive

MQVP has sought at least $20 million in damages and other equitable relief on several claims filed against Keystone Automotive regarding their distribution of parts.

What do you get when you ask the industry to list what they see as the key issues they’d like to see addressed?


The leaders and participants of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) conducted just that exercise in recent weeks, and ended up with a list of nearly 600 issues submitted by more than 150 representatives of the collision repair, insurance and related segments of the industry.