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Thursday, 12 December 2013 22:50

ASA-Ohio Supports Mechanical Shop Registration Legislation

Written by ASA staff

Ohio State Sens. Edna Brown (D-11), Tom Patton (R-24) and Peggy Lehner (R-6) recently introduced Ohio Senate Bill 232, legislation establishing a mechanical shop registration program in their state. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

The Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) was founded at the beginning of 2004 by a group of forward-thinking shop owners and vendors with the mission of promoting "professionalism and consumer awareness of the automotive collision repair industry in the state of Indiana." Near the end of 2004, IABA's Board of Directors asked Tony Passwater to fill the role of Director for the association because they felt it would be best to engage someone who was not a shop owner or vendor to grow the organization for the future. Passwater notes that, at the association's conception, "it had been almost eight to ten years since the last association had folded, and the timing was right."

On September 28, the Automotive Service Association of Michigan (ASA-MI) hosted the Great Lakes Event at Lansing Community College West Campus in Lansing, MI. This year’s event featured a full day of networking opportunities and training for just over 50 attendees.

Consumers play a vital role in the collision repair industry—and educated consumers are the best customers. Choice Autobody Repair Association (CARA) recognizes the importance of educated consumers as customers and believes that trade associations help repairers perform better for their customers.

Friday, 25 October 2013 15:12

IABA Urges All Repairers to Sign Petition Opposing Insurer-Mandated Policies

Written by IABA Staff

The Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) has organized a petition to stop insurer-mandated parts procurement programs and is urging collision repairers to sign it.

Thursday, 24 October 2013 21:58

AASP-IL Opposes State Farm Sand/Buff Policy

Written by AASPI

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) released a statement declaring its opposition to State Farm Insurance’s new "verbally imposed" policy regarding reimbursement of “wet sand and buff” procedures.

Saturday, 28 September 2013 19:08

AASPI Officially Denounces PartsTrader in Support of MSCRA Lawsuit

Written by AASPI

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASPI) Board of Directors has released a statement officially denouncing PartsTrader and supporting the efforts of the Mississippi Collision Repair Association (MSCRA) in their lawsuit against State Farm to halt the insurer from requiring that shops in Mississippi use PartsTrader.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:24

Indiana Autobody Association Expresses Support for SCRS Position Statement

Written by IABA Staff

The Indiana Autobody Association (IABA) has announced its full support of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists' (SCRS) recent position statement on insurer mandates.

After a four-year effort by AASP-MN, on May 23, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2013 Tax Bill which included legislation advanced by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, Minnesota (AASP-MN). The legislation changes the point of imposition of sales tax on auto repair paint and materials from the wholesale to the retail level. It will become effective on July 1, 2013.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:36

IABA Invites Ray Gunder to Hit the Road in Indiana

Written by staff

Ray Gunder has been invited by the Indiana Auto Body Association to share his legal journey with the state’s collision repairers.

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