State Farm's new Select Service DRP program, industry anti-fraud measures and estimating issues highlighted the discussion at the Collision Industry Conference, held in August at San Jose, California. CIC was held in conjunction with I-CAR's annual international conference - Getting Revved Up For Training. A power packed agenda filled the day for over 200 attendees.
Owners and employees of various auto body shops in Shasta and Butte counties were allegedly involved in fraudulent insurance claims - with loss estimates ranging from $2,000 - $4,386 in 19 separate occurrences.
A lawsuit brought against a body shop in San Francisco by a distributor of DuPont and Spies Hecker paints sheds some interesting light on current practices in the automotive paint distribution business. It may also serve as a warning to body shop owners that if you have a contract to buy paint from a particular jobber, think twice before you break that contract.
The newly-formed Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) has already achieved one major victory by directly challenging GEICO Insurance on their practice of paint and materials capping. CRA forced officials to enforce the law that makes it illegal to set an arbitrary limit like paint capping. With this decisive win behind them, CRA has proven that this will be an organization to contend with.
Hundreds of thousands of San Diego drivers will see their auto insurance premiums drop pending approval of the latest insurer filings with the California Department of Insurance (DOI).
The United States House of Representatives is taking a crucial step to make America' s roadways safer by ensuring valuable information is easily accessible to consumers. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL) along with Representative Charles Bass (R-NH), introduced the Damaged Vehicle Information Act (H.R.6093) in September.
If you didn't attend the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) and I-CAR annual meeting, both held in San Jose, California, in August, you may have missed out on some useful news and information shared at the meetings.
Alleging their vehicles' emissions have contributed significantly to global warming, harmed the resources, infrastructure and environmental health of California, and cost the state millions of dollars to address current and future effects, attorney general Bill Lockyer filed a lawsuit against leading U.S. and Japanese auto manufacturers.
It has been several months since Progressive Insurance opened its first Concierge location in the San Diego area without registering with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). On May 11, the BAR determined - based upon an on-site visit - that the Progressive Service Center, in fact, met the requirements of an Auto Repair Dealer (ARD) and must register with the BAR. (Autobody News, July 2006)