AB 471 is a multi-faceted piece of legislation created to address consumer protection and transparency within the automotive repair industry.
Among other things, it will significantly enhance state Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) programs for consumers, protect consumers from unsafe salvage vehicle repairs, improve the current citation and fine regulatory program and allow for a more efficient and expediated disciplinary processes.
The California Autobody Association (CAA) supports this bill because it protects consumers, improves the current BAR citation and fine process and streamlines disciplinary hearings while preserving due process.
The bill was authored by California Assembly Member Evan Low (28th Assembly District, San Jose and Silicon Valley.) Last year, AB 2454, also authored by Low, was introduced but paused in order to allow BAR to address the Trusted Dealer Certificate portion of that bill.
To this end, BAR has responded and has successfully developed the Auto Shop Locator, a new mobile-friendly search tool that allows consumers to perform location-based searches for automotive repair dealers, filter results by the type of services needed and quickly verify if a licensee is on probation or the subject of a pending accusation.
One of the goals of AB 471 will be to support and expand the consumer protection and transparency of this platform.
Jack Molodanof, registered lobbyist for CAA and the president of Molodanof Government Relations in Sacramento, CA, has watched this bill as it’s gone through several reincarnations.
Molodanof believes the bill will be good for all automotive repair dealers, including auto body shops, that go by the rules, while making shady operators responsible for subpar repairs.
“One of the goals of AB 471 is to make it easier for consumers to find out which shops have training and educational credentials to properly and safely perform repairs before they decide where to take their vehicles,” he said.
AB 471 will allow BAR to collect additional information from automotive repair dealer application, including educational and training certifications that are nationally recognized and generally accepted by the auto repair industry---ASE, I-CAR, etc. It also will...