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The Montana collision industry broke records on Saturday, March 2  at the Montana Collision Repair Specialists Spring Meeting in Helena. Approximately 105 attendees came to Montana’s state capitol for this industry day, including guests from Utah, Colorado, Florida and the Idaho Auto Body Craftsman.

 

The auto body repair industry is rallying behind and supporting one of their own, Linda Holcomb of J.R. Sandoval Enterprises in Monrovia, CA. Linda is President of the Glendale/Foothill/Pasadena chapter of the California Autobody Association chapter and is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Linda is facing a long road ahead and says she just finished her second chemotherapy treatment and has four more to go. Her treatment will include surgery, radiation and breast re-construction, followed by a year of herception therapy and five years of hormone treatment.

The Nevada Legislature proposes to revise the charges for storage of motor vehicles that are imposed by body shops. It referred SB170 to its Committee on Transportation on Feb. 19 and the law is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013.

Existing law provides that a body shop may charge for storage of a motor vehicle if the owner or insurer of the motor vehicle elects to take possession of the motor vehicle instead of authorizing certain repairs and fails to take possession within 24 hours after that election.

Seidner’s Collision Centers, a 13-shop operation based in Los Angeles, has named industry veteran Mike Stacy as director of corporate strategy.

Seidner's Collision said Stacy has more than 40 years of industry experience. He launched his career in the collision industry in 1972 before opening his own collision repair shop in 1981. Stacy later served as zone vice president for CCC Information Services Inc., and most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing for VeriFacts Automotive.

“Having Mike with his vast industry experience, knowledge and energy will allow Seidner’s Collision Centers the opportunity to continue our growth strategy to better serve our customers,” said Steve Seidner, vice president and co-owner of Seidner’s Collision. “Mike will be an important part of our executive management team.”

“I have had the great honor of visiting many remarkable shops in my career and I absolutely can’t think of a better organization to be aligned with than Seidner’s,” said Stacy. “I am honored to be an integral part of Steve and his teams vision for the future.”

The Nevada Legislature proposes to revise the charges for storage of motor vehicles that are imposed by body shops. It referred SB170 to its Committee on Transportation on Feb. 19 and the law is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013.

Existing law provides that a body shop may charge for storage of a motor vehicle if the owner or insurer of the motor vehicle elects to take possession of the motor vehicle instead of authorizing certain repairs and fails to take possession within 24 hours after that election.

Section 2 of this bill authorizes a body shop, under certain circumstances, to impose a charge for storage of a motor vehicle that is in the possession of the body shop: (1) before the body shop receives authorization to repair the vehicle; and (2) not less than 24 hours after the person authorizing the repairs has been notified that the repairs are complete.

Section 2 also provides that any such charge for storage of a motor vehicle must not exceed an amount that is one and one-half times the average prevailing rate for storage charged by body shops in the same geographic area, as determined by the Department of Motor Vehicles, except that a body shop may request a hearing by the Department to show good cause as to why the body shop should be allowed to impose a charge which exceeds that limit.

Under existing law, a body shop must complete an on-line survey to report certain information, including the labor rate charged by the body shop, to the Department of Motor Vehicles within 60 days immediately preceding the date of submission of the application for renewal of the license of the body shop. (NRS 487.685) Section 5 of this bill requires that a body shop also report to the Department in the on-line survey the daily rate charged by the body shop for storage of vehicles, if any, including both an indoor vehicle storage rate and an outdoor vehicle storage rate, if those rates differ. Section 6 of this bill requires the Department to calculate and post the prevailing storage rates for each specific geographic area in a report that must be made available to the public on-line.

Existing law requires a body shop to provide to a person requesting or authorizing the repair of a motor vehicle a written estimate or statement indicating the total charge for the repair, including the charge for labor and all parts and accessories necessary to perform the work. (NRS 487.6875) Existing law also requires a body shop to display in its place of business a sign setting forth various rights of the customer, including the right to receive a written estimate of charges for repairs made to the vehicle which exceed $50.

Thursday, 07 March 2013 13:13

CAWA Appoints Doug Stanley

CAWA Chair of the Board, Ed Jimenez , has appointed Doug Stanley of Levin’s Auto Supply in Sacramento, CA, as the 2013 Vice – Chair of the Association’s Membership & Education Committee. He will assist Borise Cota, of Akebono Corporation, who is the current Chair of the Committee. The Committee is responsible for developing recruitment and retention programs, training programs, oversight of the scholarship awards, recommends new services and programs and evaluates and recommends vendor endorsements.