Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming
AB 1200 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor at the last possible minute on Oct. 11. We were hoping for a different outcome, however, it is not the end of the world. The insurers presented this bill as consumer protection necessary to allow consumers to make an informed choice regarding collision repairs covered under insurance policies and it would be done in a specific truthful non-deceptive manner. This is their language and we as an association are prepared to hold them to that standard.
After luke-warm opposition from California body shops, and disappointment from the two auto body associations, AB1200 was signed into law by the governor on the last possible day, Oct. 11.
The California Autobody Association (CAA) has been in contact with various regulatory agencies and recently attended a meeting concerning inspections of auto body shops in Sacramento and San Jose by the Economic and Employment
The Boyd Group Inc. (“Boyd Group”) has acquired Advanced Auto Body’s Anthem, Arizona location, which will now operate under the Gerber Collision & Glass trade name. This acquisition was completed on October 6, 2009. The new location is approximately 16,200 square feet in size, and is well located to help serve consumers and insurance clients in the growing north suburban Phoenix market.
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The Assembly approved AB 1200 (Hayashi) 42-19 on September 9, 2009. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration. The CRA will ask him to veto the measure because it will hurt the independent collision repair shops that already suffering during the economic downturn while depriving claimants the benefits of a repair analyses based on the right thing to do, not the cheapest way to go.
The CAA has released an appeal to its members which reads as follows:
You may have read about the Commission on the 21st Century Economy, a blue ribbon tax panel tasked with finding ways to modernize California’s tax system.
What hasn’t gotten much news media attention are some of the specific tax changes that are very alarming for California taxpayers. Proposals under serious consideration include a property tax change that could lead to higher taxes for employers and higher rents for small businesses and average Californian and a doubling of the state gas tax that would cost billions every year.
AB 1200 (Hayashi) narrowly passed in the CA Assembly the evening of Sept. 10 by a vote of 41-19.
The bill is now on the governor's desk awaiting his signature or veto.
AB1200 would allow insurers to legally steer customers even after they have specifically chosen a body shop.
Both California body shop associations and many consumer groups are urging shop owners and consumers to call, fax, and email their opposition to AB1200 to the governor and ask for a veto:
The LA Times is reporting that AB 1200 will likely be approved by the California Assembly, based on the Assembly passing a previous version, and will likely go to the Governor next week.