Saturday, 13 September 2008 13:00

Audatex Reference Manual adds new CIC 'Best Practices'

Audatex North America announced that it has updated its Database Reference Manual for 2008--2009. The manual now includes the "Best Practices Guidelines" of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC). The CIC brings together leaders from the auto collision industry, insurance providers, paint suppliers and other major automotive vendors.

The CIC Best Practices Guidelines, adopted at the July CIC meeting by a unanimous vote, are the result of work conducted by the CIC's Insurer Relations Task Force. The inter-industry task force is chaired by Rick Tuuri, Associate Vice President of Industry Relations for Solera Holdings, Inc., whose companies include Audatex North America, Inc.

The CIC Best Practices Guidelines contain descriptions of reasonable and accepted expectations of insurers and collision repairers. The guidelines represent the industryÆs first agreed-upon set of standards that help ôlevel-setö expectations for all parties who are involved in the process of auto collision repair and claims resolution.

"Simply put, we now have an outline of minimum expectations for insurers and repairers in the collision repair process," said Tuuri. "With these overarching guidelines, we can agree on what "fair and reasonable" looks like, and we can provide a defined playing field for everyone in the auto collision repair and claims process.

This is truly an industry first, and a great step toward helping bridge historical differences between all involved parties, said Stacy Bartnik, CIC Chair and Assistant Vice President, Field Services for CARSTAR. We look forward to building on this important start.