Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a new plan to address the state’s budget deficit that includes charging sales tax on automotive repairs, which will include taxing labor on collision repairs.
|Rich Evans with family inside the Hardcore Knight|
Autobody News columnist and custom car builder Rich Evans, of Huntington Beach Bodyworks, has signed a television deal with studio Four In Hand.
Together Evans and Four In Hand will create a revolutionary show that will bring Evans’ creative genius and passion for customizing anything that moves.
Whether it’s trucks, boats, bikes or cars, Evans stamps his signature style on everything that leaves his garage.
“Four In Hand couldn’t be more excited about working with the world’s greatest customizing artist, Rich Evans,” remarked Henry Johnston, executive vice-president of Global Distribution. “He’s the best in the business and this show will prove it. We’ll have drama, intrigue, and some creative twists that will make this a break-out show for all to watch.”
“This is a dream come true,” said Evans. “Four In Hand is giving me the opportunity to bring my craft to the small screen and take on projects that no one else has done. The concept we’re developing will appeal to a wide audience and we hope everyone will tune in.”
The show is currently in the development phase and is scheduled to begin production in 2009. Four In Hand is a new multi-platform studio that develops and distributes cutting-edge, quality productions for television, film, Internet and branded entertainment. The studio has critically- acclaimed programs airing on national television and several new shows in production and in development. Four In Hand’s offices are in New York and Boston.
See Rich Evans columns on this site.
The October 23rd, 2008 Oregon Supreme Court decision supporting Oregon policyholders in collecting diminished value could solve other auto damage/repair related concerns as well. Oregon has joined the growing list of states which agree that policyholders are entitled to the loss (diminished) value of their vehicles when repairs do not fully restore the pre-loss value of their vehicle! Post Repair Inspections professionals across the country applaud the decision and applaud the consumer’s perseverance in seeing this matter through to conclusion.
The California Department of Insurance is inching closer to releasing long-awaited rules to clarify how insurers may use labor rate surveys in adjusting claims. Draft rules have been presented to a working group of insurer and repairer lobbyists, including Richard Steffen representing the CRA. The department wants initial responses submitted to the department by October 10 with a showdown meeting set for October 17 at the department. Eventually the department will formally issues the rules, affording all interested parties (consumers, repairers, etc.) an opportunity to comment in writing.
For those of you out there that haven’t heard, I have been elected president of the Collision Repair Association of California (CRA). I am proud to serve with a board that consists of all collision shop owners— Kim Andreatta, vice president; Blake Andros, treasurer; John Tyczki, secretary, Roy Carnevale, board member, Jim Boyle, board member, and Nathan Simmons, board member (see September Autobody News or website for photo.)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Anti-Capping legislation, vetoed Pro-Invoice legislation and vetoed Steering Study requirements. The first two actions are generally applauded by collision repairers, and the last one is positive, but more complicated because, although it would have required a task force study steering issues, it would have delayed action for up to two years, according to CAA.
The president of the CRA, Lee Amaradio, cautioned automotive repair dealers (ARDs) that voluntarily providing the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) with labor rate information could hurt more than help ARDs to obtain reasonable labor rate payments from insurers.
Farmers Insurance announced that in a plea agreement with the San Jose District Attorney's Office in a criminal prosecution on 17 counts of insurance fraud, Gia Van Tran, owner of Tommy's Auto Body, San Jose, was sentenced to three years prison time for violation of Penal Code section 550(a)(1) (false statements in support of claim for insurance benefits).