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Hearing set for Feb. 25

California’s Department of Insurance (CDI) will hold a public hearing to provide all interested parties the opportunity to present comments with respect to a new regulation on Insurer Recommendations of Automotive Repair Dealers.

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.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 12:34

Rich Evans to Star in his own TV Show

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 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.

Diminished Value Case Law

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.