On May 21, the Auto Body Association of Connecticut (ABAC) held its May meeting, attracting a full house of collision repair professionals.
ABAC President Bob Amendola thanked those present for their support and “for the solidarity members have shown as the ABAC continues to grow.”
The association meeting commenced with a discussion about members’ concerns upon hearing that LKQ will be selling remanufactured suspensions in certain parts of the U.S. Amendola then mentioned a local concern member shops have brought up: “‘Accurate Nationwide Appraisals’ (IAnet), an independent insurance appraisal firm, is not leaving estimates, and according to The Conduct of Motor Vehicle Physical Damage Appraisers Regulations §38a-790-4, the appraiser must leave an estimate. We’ve started to see that after the appraiser leaves our shop, several days later, we get the appraisal by email and guess what? It’s less. It then takes a phone call to IAnet to get the correct appraisal.”
The ABAC then moved to the election of officers for the 2019-2020 term. Votes were cast for current officers to serve another year with Amendola as president, Ashley Burzinski as vice president, Mike Wilkowski serving as treasurer and Mark Wilkowski filling the role of secretary.
Next, Immediate Past President Tony Ferraiolo provided copies of the Conduct of Motor Vehicle Physical Damage Appraisers Regulations and reviewed each regulation with attendees.
“We need to hold appraisers accountable for their actions,” Ferraiolo said. “The list [of regulations] is plain and simple. The problem is that these regulations are not being enforced. The ABAC will be contacting the Department of Insurance for enforcement.”
Ferraiolo encouraged attendees to revisit the panel discussion during the association’s first quarter meeting. He shared, “I’ve been told that some shops have already begun implementing some of the ideas from that meeting and have had immediate success. There’s nothing wrong with sharing information. Now is the time to reflect on what you’re going to do in and for the future of your business.”
Ferraiolo concluded with a discussion on scanning, repair cost reimbursement and getting paid for work performed.
Amendola then encouraged association members to submit ideas and topics for future meetings so the ABAC can best address members’ needs.