Northeastern Association News

In March 2015, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) released a report claiming that insurance premiums in Rhode Island have increased drastically over the past decade. This is allegedly because of 17 pieces of legislation, sponsored by the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island (ABARI), that have been passed into law since 2003.

On Saturday, March 14, the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen's Association (LIABRA) held an aluminum repair seminar with guest trainer Larry Montanez of P&L Consultants at Touch of Class Collision in Valley Stream, NY. The event attracted 50 attendees.

On March 10, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held a town-hall-style quarterly meeting at the Country House Restaurant in East Haven, CT. Over 110 attendees, association members and non-members alike, joined ABAC as they began their 2015 season for an exciting evening of news, updates and guest speakers.

In February, legislation supported by the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island (ABARI) was introduced in the General Assembly. Both bills, H5491 and H5471, are intended to protect consumers and the interests of the collision repair industry. 

In February, CNN’s investigation into unsafe repairs performed with aftermarket parts at preferred shops, due to insurer pressure, generated a lot of attention from the general public and government officials. One person who took particular notice was Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal. He has asked the Department of Justice to investigate repairs that may have been performed with imitation parts that could possibly result in unsafe vehicles being returned to the road. Seeking to understand the issue of imitation parts in greater depth, Senator Blumenthal turned to the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC).

Collision repair industry professionals face a number of complex problems. Not only do shop owners contend with the day-to-day business of repairing vehicles, they also need to consider overhead costs, like utilities and marketing. That is why the Midstate Chapter of AASP-MA invited guest speakers Emily Stout and Frank Collins to present on these topics at their first quarter meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, January 13 at the Doubletree – Westborough.

Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

CCRS Has Productive First Meeting of 2015

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On Thursday, January 15, the Connecticut Collision Repair Specialists (CCRS) held their first meeting of 2015 at the Honda Motor Company Warehouse in Windsor Locks, CT. The meeting was busy and productive, including some training and a tour of the facility as well as Board elections.

Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

AIADA Announces Connecticut Dealer Bradley Hoffman as 2015 Chairman

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The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) announced on January 25 that East Hartford, Connecticut, auto dealer Bradley Hoffman as its 2015 chairman. Hoffman took over the position during AIADA's 45th Annual Meeting and Luncheon, held in San Francisco, California.

New Yorkers are known for always being on the go, and 2015 is starting off with a bang as the New York State Auto Collision Technician Association (NYSACT) has introduced a bill on behalf of all the state’s industry associations which, if passed, will require disclosure and consent before non-OEM parts can be used in a repair. Ed Kizenberger, Executive Director of the Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA), briefly discusses what is going on in New York.

Although the Auto Body Craftsmen’s Guild (ABCG) was founded in the early 1960s by a group of concerned shop owners, the association became stagnant over the past five years due to the absence of a dedicated administrator; only the Board of Directors was holding the association together. Matters changed this fall when ABCG enlisted the aid of Eddie Kizenberger Jr. as their Executive Director.