Minnesota Bill Seeks to Strengthen Prohibition
of Insurer-Specified Vendors
While Minnesota has had a law prohibiting insurance companies from specifying the use of a particular vendor for the procurement of parts or other materials necessary for collision repairs to a vehicle since 2007, a new bill proposes a more comprehensive ban on insurer requirements. Bill also seeks to tighten requirements on where vehicles must be presented for inspection by an insurer.
Insurance Industry, Non-OEM Parts Suppliers Line Up Against Maryland Parts Bill
Collision repair facility operators advocate for less insurance company control of the repair process and consumer protection in support of proposed legislation. Insurers and non-OEM parts suppliers find common ground opposing bills they say limit choice and raise specter of higher premiums for consumers.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q4 2013
Repair facilities continue to hold on to gains in sales but the percentage of repairers reporting higher sales declined in last quarter. Optimism improves with large jump in repairers who believe business will be better in six months.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Up in December
While gas prices were down just one percent compared to last year, three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in December compared to 2012. Effects of early storms may have impacted Northern U.S.
Michigan Bill Seeks to Address Insurance Company Steering, Non-OEM Parts Usage and Parts Procurement
Comprehensive bill would ban insurance companies from compelling the use of specific collision repair or claim centers, restrict non-OEM parts usage, and prohibit an insurer from specifying specific vendors for parts or other materials.
Dan Risley, Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association, Provides an Update on NACE 2014
With the NACE Trade Show and Industry Week just over five months away, Risley details planning for the July events in Detroit.
Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation
Auto insurance prices increase at more than twice the rate of overall inflation during 2013. Body repair prices finish year with increase just over a half point more than the Consumer Price Index.
Collision Repair Education Foundation Organizing Regional Working Groups
Effort seeks to allow donors to make an immediate impact on their local market with the schools that support their business.
Collision Repair Industry Production Declines in November
Industry reports slight decrease in staff in November. Hours worked increases, but not enough to offset declining staff. Total production decreases versus previous month, but still nearly one percent higher compared to last year.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Declines Slightly in November
While gas prices are still down more than 6 percent compared to last year, three of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in November compared to 2012.
OEM Collision Repair Roundtable Website Seeks to Educate Consumers on Collision Repair Topics
Gary Ledoux, chairman of the Roundtable, explains the details behind the creation of the organization’s consumer outreach website.
Maryland Reintroduces Insurer Parts Procurement Prohibition Legislation
Bills introduced this week in Maryland House and Senate seek to eliminate insurance company mandated procurement processes. Bills also provide for "Genuine" parts for three years after manufacture.
Automakers Make Announcements at CIC in Palm Springs
Consumer information website launched and repairability of 2015 Ford F-150 detailed. Committee also shares findings of survey of electronic parts procurement system providers.
U.S Average Length of Rental Hits Five-Year High in Q4 2013
Northeast region has highest length of rental, used as a proxy for cycle time, at 12.1 days.
UK Competition Commission Releases Provisional Findings on Motor Insurance Investigation
Report raises concerns about consumers’ ability to determine quality of repairs as “… too many repairs are substandard.” Provisional findings recommend compulsory audits of the quality of vehicle repairs and measures to control cost of repairs paid by at-fault insurers. MFN clauses on insurance pricing comparison websites also may hinder competition.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up for Fourth Straight Month in September
Industry reports flat production and non-supervisory staff in September. Total production improves with small increase in average hours worked.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Continues Up in September
With gas prices down more than 8 percent compared to last year, four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in September.
ABPA Files Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Ford Design Patents
Seeks to have body repair part design patents ruled invalid. Alleges Ford uses patents to limit distribution and increase cost of repair parts.
CIC Panel Examines Mandated Electronic Parts Procurement Processes
Collision Industry Conference panel discussion and participant surveys detail repairer and supplier opinions of insurance industry requirements on direct repair facilities’ parts procurement.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2013
Repair facilities hold on to gains in sales but optimism declines over concerns about the economy.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up Again in August
Industry reports small increase in production and non-supervisory staff in August. Total production improves for third straight month despite small decline in average hours worked.
Houston Digital and Summit Software Solutions Part Ways
Arbitrator allows termination of agreement between providers of Summit collision repair management system. Houston Digital to continue customer support and development of management system.
The U.S. Independent Collision Repair Shop Population is Growing Again
Final data for 2012 confirms that the independent collision repair shop population is growing- something we haven't seen in over 10 years.
A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our four-part annual series, by Vincent Romans and Mary Jane Kurowski, examines the largest shop groups in the industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers. This year's report expands to include Canada.
Mitchell’s Greg Horn on the Q3 Industry Trends Report
Fewer more expensive parts shown in repairable estimates. Labor component increasing as well, without a rise in labor rates.
Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index
Repairers rate the claims handling
performance of the nation's 15 largest personal automobile insurers.