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Wednesday, 08 September 2021 16:37

Consultant Says CA Auto Body Shops Need to Know the Laws that Affect Them

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Juan Martinez leverages two decades in the collision repair industry to help auto body shops as a consultant through JM Business Solutions, Inc. Juan Martinez leverages two decades in the collision repair industry to help auto body shops as a consultant through JM Business Solutions, Inc.

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...non-removable markings. But, most of them don’t---they use stickers.

 

The legislation also says the parts have to be the same in fit, quality, safety and finish along with the non-removeable markings. The majority of these aftermarket parts aren’t the same because if they were they would be counterfeit parts.

 

Aftermarket parts have to be physically different, that’s the fact. That’s why they don’t fit and why you’ll see gaps and other irregularities.

 

When this happens to one of my clients, I direct them to write a new estimate to re-repair the car and submit it with their final bill. It states that the shop used aftermarket parts and they don’t fit. The insurance company will then say hey---why didn’t you tell us? They wanted the cheapest parts they could find, and now they’re shocked. But they know they’re on the hook, so they have no options.

 

Once they see you understand the legislation, they will never try that again.

 

You are an active member and have served twice as president of California Autobody Association’s Foothill chapter. Tell us about the importance of the organization and its role in the industry in California.

 

The shops that join CAA are always the top shops who see the value in the organization and what they do. The CAA provides its members with a lot of valuable information through people like Jack Molodanof, their lobbyist in Sacramento, and speakers we’ve had such as Michael Anderson, BAR representatives and industry leaders.

 

I think the MSOs would benefit from joining CAA too. We plan on meeting again soon as opposed to Zoom calls, and we have some big plans for 2022, so now is the perfect time to join.

 

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