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Western News

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

The California Department of Insurance is inching closer to releasing long-awaited rules to clarify how insurers may use labor rate surveys in adjusting claims. Draft rules have been presented to a working group of insurer and repairer lobbyists, including Richard Steffen representing the CRA. The department wants initial responses submitted to the department by October 10 with a showdown meeting set for October 17 at the department. Eventually the department will formally issues the rules, affording all interested parties (consumers, repairers, etc.) an opportunity to comment in writing.

For those of you out there that haven’t heard, I have been elected president of the Collision Repair Association of California (CRA). I am proud to serve with a board that consists of all collision shop owners— Kim Andreatta, vice president; Blake Andros, treasurer; John Tyczki, secretary, Roy Carnevale, board member, Jim Boyle, board member, and Nathan Simmons, board member (see September Autobody News or website for photo.)
 

Body Shops in California had a good month in the legislature with THREE in the "win" column, but more subtle problems remain

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Anti-Capping legislation, vetoed Pro-Invoice legislation and vetoed Steering Study requirements.  The first two actions are generally applauded by collision repairers, and the last one is positive, but more complicated because, although it would have required a task force study steering issues, it would have delayed action for up to two years, according to CAA.

Friday, 19 September 2008 07:30

GEICO Opens Auto Repair Xpress in Sacramento

GEICO has opened its newest Auto Repair Xpress (ARX) facility in the Sacramento area at Shanahan's Auto Body on Power Inn Road.

Collision repairers are being asked to contact their congressional representatives to support passage of House Resolution 5840, which would establish an Office of Insurance Information within the Treasury Department to address differences in insurance regulatory standards among the various states.
Friday, 19 September 2008 07:19

BAR Labor Rate Survey Controversial

The president of the CRA, Lee Amaradio, cautioned automotive repair dealers (ARDs) that voluntarily providing the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) with labor rate information could hurt more than help ARDs to obtain reasonable labor rate payments from insurers.