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1HomePageMap small w 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in California, NevadaOregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska and Wyoming

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Jan. 4 that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved amended regulations submitted by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) regarding the use of non–original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement crash parts, generally known as aftermarket parts. These regulations were sought by Commissioner Jones to further protect California consumers from physical and financial harm caused by defective or inferior aftermarket parts and to enhance insurer accountability in the claims process.

“The amendments build on existing protections by requiring insurers to settle automobile insurance claims using repair standards described by the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and not the insurer’s own standards of repair,” said Commissioner Jones. “This also places greater accountability on the insurer when they require use of an aftermarket replacement part so that damaged automobiles are repaired properly and safely.”

Caliber Collision Centers announced today that it has acquired Hi-Tech Collision and Glass Centers. Recognized as one of the premier collision repair companies in California, Hi-Tech Collision and Glass Centers has 10 locations in the Los Angeles and Orange County markets.

Jeanette Lorenzo with the Robert Bosch Corporation was recently appointed to CAWA's 2013 Manufacturers Advisory Council. She was appointed by the association's board chairman, Steve Sharp.

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Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes hosted its invitation-only A-Plus Network Vision Conference in Palm Springs at the beautiful La Quinta Resort Dec. 5–7. The theme of the conference was “Focus on Your Business.”

More than 100 leading A-Plus network collision repair owners and managers from the U.S. and Canada attended.

The event kicked-off with a round of golf at the TPC Stadium Course “PGA West” and was followed by an outdoor welcome reception at La Quinta’s “Hotel Waterfall.”

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The Christmas season got a whole lot jollier for a handful of people in Contra Costa County, CA, when Mike’s Auto Body presented five refurbished vehicles to four families and one non-profit organization on Dec. 12 as part of the company’s annual benevolence program.

Since 2001, Mike’s Auto Body has presented a total of 40 automobiles to families and organizations in need, according to Sal Contreras, marketing director at Mike’s Auto Body, with 10 Bay Area locations.

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The California Autobody Association’s East Bay chapter once again hosted its Model Truck Customizing Competition on Nov. 20 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, CA. More than 200 CAA members and friends attended this hugely popular event consisting of a dinner, raffle, and spirited truck competition, which raised toys for Toys for Tots and money for four northern California Regional Occupational Programs.

Eight companies customized model trucks and entered them into the competition, including T.G.I.F Auto Body, Crockett’s Premier Auto Body, Jim’s Auto Body, FinishMaster, D & S Auto Body, National Auto Parts, Uptown Auto Body and NEO Autoworks. In addition, all four regional occupational schools entered trucks for the contest. Each competing organization took an identical plain white Nylint die-cast truck and turned it into a unique piece of art.