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Jan. 4 Vote Could Lead to Higher Auto Body Repair Costs in Rhode Island


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The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) is warning Rhode Island drivers to expect even higher auto body repair costs, and likely higher auto insurance premiums, if the General Assembly votes to override Gov. Daniel McKee’s veto of Senate 870/House 6324 when lawmakers convene on Jan. 4.

“In July, Gov. McKee stood up for Rhode Island consumers by vetoing S-870/H-6324, special interest legislation that would benefit a small number of auto body industry insiders at the expense of Rhode Island drivers who already pay the highest auto body repair costs in the nation,” said Frank O’Brien, vice president of state government affairs for APCIA. “This legislation would allow the auto body industry to charge a totally undefined, uncapped ‘industry standard markup’ on repairs.


"With an average repair cost of $4,500, even a 10% ‘industry standard markup’ could end up costing Rhode Island drivers an additional $450, and with no definitions or limits, these costs could well be significantly higher."


Continued O’Brien: “Unfortunately, the General Assembly is facing pressure from the auto body industry lobby to override the governor’s veto when they convene on Jan. 4. Put simply, overriding the governor's veto will only mean increased auto body repair costs for Rhode Island drivers, and likely increased auto insurance premiums as a result.


“With Rhode Islanders still struggling through the pandemic and facing rising costs for gas, groceries and other essentials, overriding the governor’s veto would...

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