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A proposed bill that would have changed the way collision repair shops in Arizona do business has been held over to the next legislative session. House Bill 2394, introduced by state Rep. Nancy McLain (R-3) in the Arizona House of Representatives, would have had a negative impact on auto body shops throughout the state with the original text. The bill used to read (key language in bold):

It is an unlawful practice for a person who repairs motor vehicles to knowingly: Submit a false claim to an insurer for motor vehicle repair.

Submit a claim to an insurer for fees not directly related to the repair of the motor vehicle unless required by law. All fees not required by law must be posted by the motor vehicle repair facility. The motor vehicle owner or lessee must acknowledge in writing that any fees that are not directly related to the repair of the motor vehicle or required by law may be the owner’s or lessee’s responsibility.

Submit a claim to an insurer for storage fees incurred up to the time the motor vehicle was determined to be a total loss if the motor vehicle repair facility was paid by the insurer for tear down or repair services. Storage fees may accrue from the date the insurer determined the motor vehicle to be a total loss.

The San Diego chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) held their first meeting of 2012 on January 24th at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.

The 40+ people in attendance witnessed the swearing in of the chapter’s new officers by Dave Picton, the California Autobody Association’s (CAA) incoming President for 2012. Dave came down from Sacramento to swear in the officers and give a brief summary of the state of the collision industry. He also provided bullet points of what the state CAA is going to be working on and addressing as this year continues.

The new CAA San Diego officers for 2012 are as follows: Secretary, Amanda Smith, Mitchell International, San Diego; Secretary, Angie Hernandez, Mitchell International, San Diego; State Board Rep., Monte Etherton, Fender Mender, Encinitas; Vice President, Simon Freese, Drew Collision Center, La Mesa; President, Shon Craft, Rancho Collision Center, San Diego; Treasurer, Hop Sanchez, FinishMaster, Vista;  Sergeant at Arms, Kurt Liobl, Mossy Auto Group, San Diego.

Dave Picton also presented the honorary lifetime membership award to Dale Delmege of Chelsea Group, Inc., and DD Partners, Inc., in recognition for his dedication to the collision industry, the CAA, and the group’s members. Dale has donated countless hours educating various CAA chapters and members across the state with his thought provoking presentations.

For more information about the CAA please visit www.calautobody.com.

BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that enables consumers to solicit custom auto repair estimates by uploading a photo, announced February 21 its expansion to the state of California.

Accessible for free via iPhone, Android and the Web, BodyShopBids connects consumers who need auto body repairs with body shops through a unique bidding system. Consumers upload a photo of their damaged vehicle and receive several custom quotes from nearby body shops within 24 hours. From there, the consumer can select an estimate and book an appointment with the body shop.

The west coast move comes weeks after the company announced its expansion to the Pacific Northwest. The BodyShopBids network will initially focus on California’s major metro areas, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Oakland and Anaheim.

“The response from body shop owners across the country has been outstanding,” said Brad Weisberg, founder and CEO of BodyShopBids. “Body shops are recognizing that this technology fills a void in the industry, and that consumers are demanding information in ways that have never before been possible.” 

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 08:59

Caliber Acquires California MSO 101 Collision

Caliber Collision Centers, operator of collision repair facilities in California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas, announced Feb. 1 that it has acquired 101 Collision, a five shop MSO with locations along the Southern California coast: Westlake Village, Burbank, Oxnard, Santa Barbara and Simi Valley.

“Today’s announcement is a Caliber Collision milestone with an acquisition that brings Caliber to 100 centers.  This acquisition further cements our strategic expansion plans across core markets as we provide our insurance clients with the customer focus, cost management, and operational consistency they require in today’s competitive insurance market” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision Centers’ Chief Executive Officer.

“We recognized that 101 Collision and its management team provided Caliber with the perfect opportunity to expand our market presence along the Southern California coast behind a high quality brand committed to complete customer satisfaction” added Grimshaw.

Another MSO acquisition is likely to be announced shortly.

The Inland Empire chapter of the California Autobody Association (CAA) held a Tech education and appreciation night on January 25th at the Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Cucamonga.

Insurer representatives' reaction to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) Jan 25 meeting to discuss proposed labor rate survey and steering regulations has been critical of pro-shop benefits, saying "these regulations would merely benefit vendors, like auto repair shops."