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The National Conference of Insurance Legislators Property and Casualty Insurance Committee (NCOIL) meetings commence next Thursday, Nov. 18, at the annual NCOIL meeting to be held in Austin, Texas. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has asked repairers to contact state legislators who serve on this committee prior to the meetings to oppose the proposed Model Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Crash Parts and Repair. This model act has several key provisions that are harmful to the automotive repair industry, including:
•  Concern about the provisions regarding aftermarket parts certification.
•  Lack of a formal consumer written consent process for the use of replacement crash parts.
•  Provisions equating certified aftermarket crash parts to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.
To contact your state legislators who are on the committee regarding these proposed NCOIL model acts, please go to ASA’s legislative Web site at www.TakingTheHill.com. The letter is found in the “Current Alerts” section.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), known for his 20 years as Connecticut's Attorney General and his outspoken work with the Auto Body Association of Connecticut against steering and insurance company trusts, was sucessful in securing the one Connecticut Senate seat open in this years midterm elections.

This November, CARSTAR Collision Centers will honor America's active duty and military veterans with a special celebration for National Military Month.  It will include a national recognition program, local market festivities for Veterans Day on November 11, and special fund-raising initiatives to help families of those serving the country.

CARSTAR, the nation's largest family of auto body repair experts, is working with national and local military support groups at nearly 60 locations around the country.  These CARSTAR stores will be participating in Veterans Day parades, hosting celebrations for local military members and saluting the many contributions made by America's military members.

GEICO is accused in a proposed class-action suit of “deceptively selling” auto insurance policies by failing to tell some of its policyholders the legal amount of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage they were required to buy.

If there is a constant in the collision repair world today, that constant is change. And shop owners and managers need to keep looking ahead to see where technology is taking the industry and then use those changes to help them succeed. So said PPG’s Randy Dewing, senior manager, MVP Business Solutions, in his opening remarks to more than 300 enthusiastic attendees at the recent PPG MVP Business Solutions Conference, held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Titled “Visionary Leadership: A Call to Action,” the three-day event offered speakers, seminars and discussion groups focusing on how collision shop owners and managers can enhance their leadership skills and play a visionary role in fostering a high-performance culture in the rapidly changing collision industry.

At their annual meeting of members in Austin, Texas, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced  that the organization has issued a formal complaint letter with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against two car manufacturers, Hyundai Motor America and American Honda.  Both companies have released statements that warn against the use of recycled auto parts, and indicate that their use will void vehicle warranties issued by the companies.  In the letter ARA said the statements made recently by these two companies and their threatened warranty refusals could be violations of the Magnuson-Moss Act.

ARA says use of these recycled parts, a 22 billion dollar industry, has been widely accepted for decades and there is a very long track record of their successful use.  Recycled parts are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.  They are fully functional and are in many cases identical to the original parts Hyundai Motor America and American Honda are requiring. Recycled parts were new OEM parts at some point, yet both Hyundai Motor America and American Honda are calling for the use of their own new parts in repairs.