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    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.

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Jay Leno’s futuristic Eco-Jet will be on display at the March 28 panel hosted by BASF. Invited guests will have the opportunity to get a closer look at this rarity, which was painted with BASF waterborne product. Statistics show that California currently produces 20.7 tons of VOC emissions per day. The new state regulations have an overall goal of reducing these to 5.1 tons per day. BASF reported that their products will aim to help California achieve these goals by offering eco-friendly profitability to collision repairers.

    California B.A.R. Chief Sherry Mehl told an industry meeting on February 23 that the B.A.R. was withdrawing disciplinary guidelines that it had filed last year pending further review of those guidelines with the CAA and other automotive industry groups. According to CAA Executive Director David McClune, “Mehl wants to work on a set of guidelines that the stakeholders and B.A.R. can agree with.”