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Monday, 14 June 2021 22:52

Rhode Island Collision Repairers Seek to Clarify Concerns with 2 House Bills

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...a vehicle of the same year or newer and have the same or less mileage than the vehicle receiving the used part;

 

"(2) To the extent practical, an insurance company shall not require the use of multiple parts distributors to provide parts for a single repair and shall limit the distance of the sourced parts to fifty (50) miles, and provide delivery unless agreed to by the vehicle owner;

 

"(3) Insurers specifying the use of used parts shall make allowances for the reasonable cost of any modifications to the parts which may become necessary when making the repair, and for the cost of fitting, removing and/or handling of used parts which do not result in the vehicle being repaired to its condition prior to the loss;

 

"(4) If the used part specified by the insurer does not result in the vehicle being repaired to its condition prior to the loss, the insurer shall then specify the use of an OEM part;

 

"(5) The automobile body shop shall promptly notify the appraiser if the used part specified by the insurer does not result in the vehicle being repaired to its condition prior to the loss and permit the appraiser to reinspect the vehicle and make appropriate supplemental authorizations, if necessary; and

 

"(6) The automobile body shop shall provide documentation of used parts, which do not meet the requirements of this section, as reasonably requested by the insurer. The insurer shall be permitted to exercise any available rights of recovery against the used parts distributor.”

 

The Rhode Island House Corporations Committee voted to hold House Bills 6234 and 6235 for further study. Concerned collision repair professionals and consumers can contact their Rhode Island representatives or senators to urge them to support this legislation.

 

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