John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).

He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Friday, 29 July 2016 10:19

Retro News: August 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011

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Give some thoughtful people who are knowledgeable about the collision repair industry a chance to shine up a crystal ball and look into the future, and you’re likely to hear some interesting things.
“I think we might see someone pilot a program where participating collision repair facilities will be given a standard flat fee to repair vehicles regardless of the amount of damage,” said Risley, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), when asked to look at where the industry might be in five to 10 years.
“The thought behind that is that it would simplify the repair process, reduce cycle time and reduce overall claims costs,” Risley said. “For example, the repair facility wouldn't have to spend the time and resources writing and submitting supplements and waiting for approvals.”


– As reported in Autobody News, August 2006. Risley went on to spend five years working for Allstate before becoming executive director of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) in 2013. The capitation model he describes has been only on a limited basis in the United States. But insurers have more recently been experimenting with “predictive analytics,” combining data about the crash from the vehicle with historical claims data to potentially reduce the need for traditional estimating.