Friday, 17 April 2009 08:06

Senate Bill 427 Opposed in Testimony by CAA

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


SB 427 would authorize a shop customer to receive copies of invoices from the automotive repair dealer for all crash parts installed for which the customer is charged in excess of a specified amount. Current California law requires a repair dealer to provide to the customer written disclosures, affirmations and certifications twice---on the estimate and the final invoice---that all parts were installed on the vehicle. Failure to do so subjects the automotive repair dealer to severe penalties. The CAA position is that SB 427 is unnecessary and duplicates existing law, leading to increased administrative costs for the shop.

Shops already are required by BAR to post signs providing consumer disclosures if a consumer has concerns regarding service work.

The bill will be continued till the next committee hearing on April 27.

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