Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming
California Attorney General “Jerry” Brown Jr. announced on Jan. 25 a $1.8 million settlement preventing Maurice Irving Glad, owner of 22 Midas auto shops throughout California, from owning or operating an auto repair shop in the state, after the franchisee “deceptively lured” customers with cheap brake specials and then charged hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs.
An L.A. City Council decision to ban new auto-related business from opening in the area and force existing shops to come up to code has stoked debate about what exactly belongs in Cypress Park and adjacent Glassell Park.
Bob Devereux, public affairs assistant manager for State Farm California Media Relations, specifically addressed G&C Autobody owner Gene Crozat, who has alleged in a public meeting (see Autobody News, Dec. 09) that a class action lawsuit is necessary to stop State Farm from steering customers in California.
The California Autobody Association (CAA) is considering petitioning the California Department of Insurance (CDI) regarding at least two insurer’s labor rate surveys that CAA believes do not comply with current regulations.
Hundreds of Southland businesses and public utilities forced to delay plans to expand, modernize or relocate can move forward after Jan. 1, 2010 now that Gov. Schwarzenegger has signed a bill lifting an air quality permit moratorium.
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.