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CAA East Bay Chapter Hosts 120 People for BAR Presentation

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CAA East Bay Chapter President Tiffany Silva, left, and CAA Lobbyist Jack Molodanof, right, were happy to finally meet in person after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic. CAA East Bay Chapter President Tiffany Silva, left, and CAA Lobbyist Jack Molodanof, right, were happy to finally meet in person after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic.

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On Nov. 16, the East Bay Chapter of the California Autobody Association held its first meeting since April 2020, when the pandemic hit.

With approximately 120 collision repair professionals in attendance at Accurate Autobody in Richmond, CA, the evening’s keynote speaker was Matthew Gibson, an enforcement operations branch program manager for the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR).

 

Gibson discussed a wide range of topics, including the ramifications of the passing of AB 471, BAR’s Auto Shop Locator and other subjects such as citations and fines.

 

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Marcos Magdaleno, left, owner of Precision Paint & Collision, and Rob Hengemihle, right, PPG regional manager, networked at the CAA meeting held at Accurate Auto Body in Richmond, CA.

 

The BAR exists to protect consumers, but it can also protect auto body shops. If a repair you’ve performed has been questioned by a customer, the playing field is level for both parties. So, in many ways, BAR acts as a barometer that weighs the facts.

 

One shop owner said, “If I don’t hear from BAR, it means I’m doing a good job, and that’s the way I like it.”

 

In addition to Gibson, Jack Molodanof, a California attorney and lobbyist who has distinguished himself in areas of automotive legislative and regulatory law over the past 30 years, traveled from Sacramento to attend the meeting.

 

CAA members rely on Molodanof’s insights into how to work effectively with the BAR, and many of them refer often to articles he has written over the years, like “Avoid Getting Fined and Losing Your BAR License (Tips for Auto Body Compliance.)” As a member of the BAR’s Advisory Committee, Molodanof is able to provide input about its processes and approach to enforcement.

 

Molodanof was pleased by the evening’s attendance and saw genuine value in a meeting with a BAR representative.

 

“As a shop, you want BAR’s feedback and they want your input too,” he said. “Within the next year, BAR will be adopting a lot of new procedures and finding ways to effectively respond to AB 471, so this type of interaction is invaluable to the members of CAA.”

 

In 2000, BAR began instituting methods to educate the public about what they do, significantly enhancing its communications and marketing, including its website, www.bar.ca.gov. Since then, BAR has worked hard to be a more shop-friendly organization, and meeting with CAA on a regular basis is an integral part of its master plan.

 

One of the first topics Gibson discussed Nov. 16 was AB 471 (Low), the administrative citations/safety inspections regulations bill...


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