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Thursday, 01 August 2019 15:50

Mid-Year Update From CAA Chapter President Tiffany Silva

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Tiffany Silva (center) is always looking to serve the collision repair industry by playing a wide range of leadership roles in the California Autobody Association while running Accurate Auto Body in Richmond, CA. Tiffany Silva (center) is always looking to serve the collision repair industry by playing a wide range of leadership roles in the California Autobody Association while running Accurate Auto Body in Richmond, CA. Accurate Auto Body

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A: Yes, chapter meetings long ago were the only way that members could receive new and updated information regarding our industry. Currently, many members find it a challenge to attend meetings; therefore, the CAA has embraced technology by sending out informative emails. Pete Bezeck’s Shop Tips are emailed out and Jack Molodanof’s Legislative Updates are bringing information directly to our members. We also have a website/portal where members can access information.

 

Q: What would you say to shops thinking about joining CAA?

 

A: The legislation that Molodanof works on benefits every shop in California. By being a member of the CAA, you are supporting the legislative process relevant to our industry. The CAA is not anti-insurance like many have said over the years. We actually work with the insurance companies on many issues. The MSO’s are coming back to the association because they see the benefit they are receiving and they also see our message of working with insurance companies. Of course, networking is a major benefit in my eyes. I have been able to seek advice and see my business sales grow 100 percent, with the help of other shop owners.

 

Q: I know recently you have run into issues disposing of plastic bumpers. Can you tell me about the problem and how it’s impacting your business?

 

A: We are filling up the landfills with plastic from damaged vehicles. I’m astonished that this is not an issue that everyone is concerned about. I’ve heard from two shop owners whose landfills have told them they can no longer put plastic bumper covers in their garbage. I have always had a reconditioned bumper cover company pick up my bumper covers. However, they recently went out of business and the remaining two local companies can’t keep up with all the shops in the area. I’m not sure where all these bumper covers are going to go.


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