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The California Autobody Association (CAA) testified in front of the Senate Business and Professions Committee against Senate Bill 427 on April 14.

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Left to right: Richard Steffen, Erik Sumen, Luis Alonso, Lee Amaradio, Nathan Simmons and Allen Wood, outside of Commissioner Steve Poizner's San Francisco office

Parts Certification Provision Eliminated

California Senate Bill 350, “The Motor Vehicle Insurance: Automobile Repairs: Restraint Systems Act,” has been re-referred to the California Senate Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee. State Sen. Leland Y. Yee (D), author of S.B. 350, amended and re-introduced the bill to the committee.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2009 09:42

Unfair Competition Law in California

Auto Body Shop vs. Insurer

Unbeknownst to the majority of consumers, auto insurance companies are unlawfully steering them away from the repair shop of their choice and dictating where they can go and what parts can be used in the repair process. Many shops are cognizant of this anti-competitive business practice, but are reticent to act for fear of Insurer retribution. Unfortunately, the law has also made it difficult for auto body repair shops to do anything about unlawful steering. The solution lies in the missing link—consumers.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 09:55

Rich Evans Takes ICAR Waterborne Class

I-CAR, the Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair welcomed a celebrity visitor to its classroom recently. Celebrity car builder Rich Evans took the new training program Waterborne Products, Systems, and Application (REF07) on Tuesday, March 3 in Huntington Beach, California.