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Southwestern News

1HomePageMap small sw 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, ColoradoTexas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Automotive and collision repair shop owners and service managers were recharged on shop management and communication skills May 2, 2009 when the Texas Independent Automotive Association sponsored the first-ever Texas Automotive Summit at the San Marcos Convention Center.

A special recognition dinner event was held last month at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, TX, to celebrate Westside Lexus as the recipient of the 2008 Toyota/ Lexus Certified Collision Center of the Year.

Sunday, 29 March 2009 17:00

Texas Telemarketers' Insurance Fraud

The chairman of the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud says telemarketers continue to harass the victims of auto accidents whether they have been injured or not. The group is endorsing a bill being introduced in the Texas House of Representatives that restricts telemarketers from purchasing crash reports from police departments for the first 30 days after the accident.

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 17:03

Louisiana Labor Rates Raising Heat

Labor rates have long been a contentious issue in Louisiana and now shop owners throughout the state are speaking out. Autobody News talked to several shops recently that feel the ‘reasonable’ $45 per hour labor rate currently imposed upon them by insurance companies is unfair and unrealistic in today’s market.

A few years ago, Texas collision repair shop owners stood strong in an effort to enact HB 1131, prohibiting “tied shops”—those owned in whole or in part  by an insurance company. Since that time, however, outspoken shop owners seem to have gone into hibernation.