| Chris Gardner with actor Will Smith. |
|WIN board of directors, seated from left, Geralyn Kottschade (chair), Sheila Loftus (executive director); standing, from left, Catherine Babiar (international), Trish Serratore (treasurer), Frederica Carter (advisory), Gigi Walker (Secretary), Marcy Tieger (advisory), Kathy Mello (vice chair).|
|Akzo Nobel’s Brad Jones completes a spot repair in the paint booth on a Dodge Caravan at the clinic.|
| Judy Chu, Calif. BOE |
|State Farm's George Avery said there is potential for less detailed estimates. |
The CAA is requesting that the Department of Insurance aggressively enforce Insurance Code section 758 B (2) (c) that prohibits insurers from steering after the consumer has chosen a repair shop. The Department has previously indicated that an arbitrary cap by insurers is illegal. The CAA is asking the department to address and resolve this issue as soon as possible. The insurance code reads as follows:
Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduced the Insurance Industry Competition Act. This legislation would remove the federal antitrust exemption from the insurance industry. Currently, the McCarran-Ferguson Act protects the insurance industry from federal antitrust laws.
Sen. Arlen Specter, (R-Pa.), Senate Judiciary ranking member, joined Leahy in introducing Senate Bill 618 – as did Sen. Harry Reid, (D-Nev.), Senate majority leader, and Sen. Trent Lott, (R-Miss.), Senate Republican whip.
A vehicle hits the Institute of Highway Safety bumper barrier. The results of the new crash tests reveal most car bumpers don't work in low speed crashes.
California Governor Gray Davis has signed into law SB 1146, a bill mandating that the independent aftermarket will have access to service information and tools necessary to repair and maintain vehicles equipped with on-board diagnostic computers (OBD systems).
As part of its strategic plan to create an online community for commerce, Ensera, Inc., www.ensera.com, eported today that it has finalized a progressive partnership agreement with BASF's Automotive Refinish Group.
Ensera, the Redwood Shores, California-based company is a leading provider of solutions that automate the marketplace process for the automotive collision repair industry.
If you think the collision repair industry is changing rapidly, spend a little time talking with the owner of your nearby auto salvage yard:
Seemingly conceding that its previous position on estimating system data was untenable, ADP announced in April it was putting on hold its plan to encrypt that data and make it unusable by unlicensed third parties such as Internet claims management companies.
California State Senator Jackie Speier (D - San Francisco/San Mateo) predicted that "there will be a battle in the legislature over quality crash parts" within the next year and that she may be "promulgating rules on anti-steering," an issue on which she expects State Insurance Commissioner Harry W. Low to take an aggressive attitude.
It is time for our community to call upon the true authority of the 1963 Consent Decree and utilize it as a tool to bring about a substantial change in the method in which consumer claims are handled in our collision repair environment.
When Allstate Corporation last month acquired Sterling Collision Centers Inc., a consolidator with 39 collision repair shops in seven states and nine metropolitan areas, it started a shockwave that resonated across the industry with as much thunder as the State Farm non-OEM parts verdict.
"If you're a good shop, you have nothing to worry about. If you're a bad shop, you have every reason to be concerned!" warned the California Bureau of Automotive Repair's Robert Trent. Trent, who works out of BAR's Oceanside office, was addressing the San Diego chapter of California Autobody Association at their July meeting. Trent and his associate Bill Neu discussed the BAR inspection program that began July 1. The inspection program was created by the Auto Insurance Fraud Act (SB 1998) of 2000.
New laws in China enable SEMA member companies to sell products legally, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. This historic announcement was presented during a recent meeting at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, and was received with appreciation and enthusiasm by the association's leadership.
The major paint companies, struggling to overcome federal charges of price-fixing and their largely unsuccessful and expensive "shop investment" programs of the '90's are now focusing on "value added" shop management programs to attract and retain customers.
Throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center the 35,000 attendees at last month's NACE seemed to be talking as much about the event itself as they did about the usual industry announcements, speakers and the "good deals" to be had on the trade show floor.
On the heels of a federal antitrust investigation into price-fixing by paint manufacturers in the automotive refinish industry, at least four lawsuits have been filed around the country by paint distributors and body shops accusing the world's five largest paint makers of price-fixing.
Auto body shops in California continue to get a black eye as the Bureau of Automotive Repair's (BAR) reinspection program picks up steam. A preliminary report issued in late January showed that 43% of cars inspected so far had evidence of fraud, with an average of $586 in overcharges for parts not used or labor not performed. BAR says that it has already inspected 507 vehicles and found evidence of fraud in 217, most often billing for parts not used or labor not supplied.