Collision Repair Industry Production Up 7% in November Versus 2013
Production increases for third straight month. Increase in both hours worked and employment.
U.S. Senator Reiterates Call for Justice Department to Investigate Auto Insurance “Scheme”
A frequent critic of both insurance companies and vehicle manufacturers, U.S. Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut asks Attorney General to investigate possible illegal practices by auto insurers. Asks for DOJ update on 1963 Consent Decree’s applicability to today’s marketplace.
Traffic Volume Increased 2.5 Billion Vehicle Miles in November
Three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in November compared to 2013.
Collision Industry Conference Chairman, Committees Detail 2015 Priorities
Parts procurement, Class A Collision Repair Facility guidelines, steering, changing repairer-insurer relationships among topics CIC committees will address in future meetings.
CNN Report Highlights Poor Quality Parts and Repairs, Body Shop Lawsuits against Auto Insurers
Collision repair industry reacts to Anderson Cooper 360 segment in prime time warning of unsafe repairs due to poor quality parts and repair work. Antitrust lawsuits against insurers detailed.
Collision Repairers File 2nd Amended Complaint in Antitrust Suit against Auto Insurers
As expected, collision repairers have filed another amended complaint seeking to address concerns that led Judge to dismiss the case for a second time last month.
Judicial Panel Denies Progressive Insurance Request to Consolidate Price’s Collision Center Lawsuit
Panel denies insurer’s request to consolidate Tennessee case that was opposed by the multiple collision repair shop operator. Approves consolidation of another suit filed in Missouri.
Mississippi Labor Rate Cap Bill Dies in Committee
Bill would have limited the maximum labor rate a collision repair facility could charge without permission from the Insurance Commissioner.
Ford CEO Says Edmunds' F-150 Repairs Should Have Taken Half the Time
Addressing a financial analyst’s question about 2015 F-150 cost of ownership during the manufacturer's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, Mark Fields said body repairs should have taken less time than the dealer charged. We analyze R&R labor and part prices between the 2014 and 2015 F-150.
Collision Repair Industry Production Improved in October
Production increases for second straight month. Increase in hours worked offsets slight decline in production employment.
Antitrust Suits against Auto Insurers Suffer Setback
U.S. District Judge finds problems with the complaint brought by collision repair facilities alleging antitrust violations. Allows plaintiffs until February 10 to amend complaint on six of seven counts. 1963 Consent Decree found not to apply to current case.
Length Of Rental Climbs in Q4
Both U.S. and Canada length of rental increased in the fourth quarter compared to 2013.
Bill Seeking to Prohibit Insurance Co. Parts and Materials Mandates Reintroduced in New York
Proposed legislation seeks to ban insurance company requirements for collision repair parts and materials procurement programs.
Connecticut Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in $34 Million Labor Rate Lawsuit Appeal
On Tuesday, The Hartford Fire Insurance Company made its case before Connecticut’s highest court in its appeal of suit brought by Connecticut Auto Body Association and several of its members.
Collision Claims, Frequency and Losses Continue Rise
Major auto physical damage indicators see dramatic increases since 2012.
Traffic Volume Increased 6.6 Billion Vehicle Miles in October
For the second month in a row, all five regions in the U.S. report increased driving compared to 2013.
NY Senate Bill Seeks To Expand Crash Parts Disclosure and Consent
Bill would amend existing regulation to clarify disclosure requirements and require consumer consent. Requires new, OEM parts for at least two years after year of manufacturer.
Big 4 Collision Repair MSOs Surpass 1000 Total Locations
ABRA, Boyd, Caliber and Service King see increased rate of growth in new locations during 2014. Unit growth in 2014 nearly triple 2012 expansion.
Lawsuits by Louisiana Attorney General and Crawford’s Consolidated in Florida
Despite opposition by plaintiffs in both lawsuits, the cases brought by the Attorney General of Louisiana and a Pennsylvania collision repair facility against automobile insurers should be consolidated with antitrust actions in Florida.
Permanent Injunction Issued against Commercial Speech Restrictions in Connecticut Glass Anti-Steering Suit
Connecticut Attorney General and Insurance Department will not enforce requirement for glass claim administrators to provide competitors names after selecting their business.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q3 2014
Improvements in both sales and earnings slow down during the summer. Collision repair facilities reporting declining earnings and sales, however, set historic lows for the second quarter in a row.
Traffic Volume Increased 5.6 Billion Vehicle Miles in September
As gas prices continued to decline, all five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in September compared to 2013.
Collision Repair Industry Production Down in August
After five straight months of growth, Industry expansion stalls in August. Decline in hours worked offsets growth in production employment.
The Collision Repair Industry: A Private Equity Perspective
Maggie Todd, senior associate with TZP Group, details collision repair industry fundamentals driving interest by private equity firms, how repair business operators can benefit from investment and key considerations when considering private equity.
Automakers Announce Privacy Principles to Protect Vehicle Personal Data
Consumer advocates and the automotive aftermarket are cautioning that the newly announced principles don’t go far enough to protect consumer privacy and competition for repair services.
Incoming CIC Chairman Lays Out His Philosophies, Goals for the Conference
Randy Stabler, co-founder and president of Pride Collision Centers, will take the helm of the Collision Industry Conference in January.
Additional Antitrust Suits Filed Against Auto Insurance Companies
Ten additional suits have been filed by collision repairers and associations alleging antitrust violations by auto insurers.
Interview: Collision Industry Conference Chair George Avery
Avery details topics on the agenda at this week’s meeting in Las Vegas and reflects upon his two-year term as Chair of the conference.
New Antitrust Suits Filed Against Insurers in Michigan and Arizona; Price’s Collision Centers Opposes Consolidation with Antitrust Actions in Florida
Seven-location MSO’s suit against Progressive had been nominated as a potential tag-along to the collision repair facility antitrust suits already consolidated in Federal Court in Florida. Crawford and Louisiana opposition scheduled to be heard in December.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Who Helped Overturn Aftermarket Parts Verdict against State Farm at Center of Election Controversy Again
Effort to get Justice Lloyd Karmeier voted off the court gains the financial support of Plaintiff Attorneys who could gain from reinstatement of judgments in class-action lawsuits.
Traffic Volume Improved Slightly in August
Three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in August compared to 2013.
Collision Repair Industry Production Up Through July
Industry expansion continues beyond winter months. Both production staff and average weekly hours worked have increased through the first seven months of 2014.
Length of Rental Climbs Modestly in Q3 2014
U.S. results above last year and average for the last five years. Canada continues stable trend.
Collision Claim Severity Up 6.6% in 2013
Data published by the Insurance Information Institute shows third consecutive year of rising collision severity. However, though increasing, severity remains below 2006 peak.
A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our annual series by Vincent Romans and Mary Jane Kurowski examines the largest shop groups in the North American collision repair industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers.
Traffic Volume Up 1.5% in July
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in July compared to 2013.
UK Competition and Markets Authority Releases Final Report in Motor Insurance Probe
Report recommends ban of Most Favored Nation clauses by price comparison websites that prevent auto insurers from offering lower prices. Will not regulate insurance replacement car pricing.
Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation through August
Both auto insurance and body repair prices continue to increase faster than the rate of overall inflation through August 2014.
Appeals Court Grants Preliminary Injunction against Connecticut Glass Steering Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District has overturned a lower court decision and has granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of Connecticut’s auto glass anti-steering law.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q2 2014
Improvements in both sales and earnings continue. Collision repair facilities reporting lower earnings and sales hit historic lows.
Interview: Dan Risley, President and Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association
One year after announcing that the NACE | CARS Expo was moving from its traditional fall timeframe, the Automotive Service Association launched a revitalized Industry Week in Detroit. In our exclusive video interview, Risley discusses this year’s event and plans for next year.
MSO Acquisitions Alter the Competitive Landscape
Just last week, we provided an update of acquisition and new store activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators through Q1 2014. Monday’s acquisition activity by Boyd and Service King, stunning in its scope, continues to change the competitive landscape for collision repairers.
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