Tampa Television Station Highlights Poor Quality Repairs, Body Shop Lawsuits Against Insurers
Report highlights repair quality issues and collision repairer lawsuits against insurers. Warns consumers their families could be “…at risk on the road.”
Fuel Economy Standards Drive Change
Susanna Gotsch examines how regulations are impacting materials usage in vehicle construction, how those materials are surfacing in CCC's data, and the impact they have on the cost of collision repairs and shop processes.
Crawford’s Auto Center Doesn’t Want RICO Suit Against Insurers Consolidated with Other Antitrust Actions
While the plaintiffs in several cases seeking to be consolidated didn’t seek to bring in Illinois RICO suit, a defendant has proposed the suit as a potential “tag-along” action.
Federal Reserve Reports All Districts See Economic Activity Expanding
The Fed’s Beige Book commentary on economic conditions sees moderate to modest growth across the U.S.
Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q2 2014
Hailstorms most prevalent weather factor in second quarter. Results above last year and average for the last five years.
Honda Demonstrates Non-OEM Parts Affect Airbag Deployment During Crash
Video asks: Can a vehicle body part affect safety system performance? According to an independent crash test conducted for Honda, the answer is Yes.
Auto Glass Steering Controversy Continues in Connecticut
Local NBC affiliate investigates allegations of steering in violation of new law.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Improves Again in April
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in April compared to 2013. Gains erase year-to-date decline compared to 2013.
New Jersey Latest State to Introduce Legislation to Ban Fake Airbags
State Assembly and Senate bills introduced last week seek to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or installation of counterfeit or nonoperational air bags in a motor vehicle.
U.S. House Hearing Examines Intelligent Transportation Systems Impact on Crash Reduction
U.S. House Committee examines research needed to develop technologies that could prevent thousands of automobile crashes annually. DOT plans additional pilot programs in 2016.
Florida Lawsuit Against Insurers Dismissed
Federal lawsuit, one of five nearly identical cases across the country, dismissed by judge because complaint “suffers from a host of problems.”
UK Competition and Markets Authority Releases Provisional Remedies in Motor Insurance Probe
Will require additional information on consumer rights following accident. Proposed repair quality monitoring process not included.
Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q1 2014
Given the harsh winter season, we could only expect that collision repair facilities would see increasing sales. Record numbers report higher overall sales and earnings.
Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Increased in 2012
Latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the decline in the collision repair facility population reversed in 2012. Is it the return to growth temporary?
Vehicle Miles Traveled Improves in March
Two of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in March compared to 2013. Other regions see lower declines than in February.
NADA Estimates Dealer Body Shop Count Increased in 2013
Number of dealerships operating on-site body shops increased in 2013 after falling in 2012.
Massachusetts ADALB Issues Advisory Ruling on Video Use during Appraisal Process
The Commonwealth’s Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board issues advisory ruling stating that using “quality video or digital images” to prepare an appraisal satisfies regulation. Shops concerned about how ruling could impact consumers and repair facilities.
Federal Lawsuit Filed Against 7 Insurers Alleging Conspiracy to Control the Cost of Collision Repairs
Repair facility alleges violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Fraud and Unjust Enrichment by the largest U.S. insurers. Seeks class action status.
Ohio Anti-Steering Legislation Scheduled for First Hearing Before Insurance Committee
Proposed legislation seeks to prohibit insurers from requiring collision repairs be made by specific providers or providing recommendations without being asked by a consumer.
Louisiana Passes Bill Criminalizing Counterfeit Airbags
Bill passage May 8 makes Louisiana the sixth state to approve legislation making it a crime to use counterfeit airbags in auto repairs.
Association Reaction to Automechanika Chicago Announcement
Until last week’s announcement of the new event, the major national and regional trade shows in the U.S. have been organized by non-profit repairer and supplier associations. CollisionWeek asked the associations that sponsor and organize some of these shows for their reaction to the new event.
Florida Passes Legislation Banning Counterfeit and Non-Functioning Airbags, Changes Total Loss Thresholds
Bill raises damage threshold percentage for total loss vehicles before they are required to receive certificates of destruction.
Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation in Q1 2014
Both auto insurance and body repair prices increase higher than the rate of overall inflation during the Q1 2014.
Collision Industry Conference Looks at MFN, OSHA and Ford Network
The most recent CIC meeting in Portland, Oregon addressed issues with Most-Favored Nation Clauses, heightened OSHA inspection activity and Ford’s new collision repair network.
Judge Dismisses Suit Against GM’s Aftermarket Part Price Matching Program
Ruling states aftermarket parts distributor’s amended complaint against General Motors’ “Bump the Competition” price matching program was insufficient to prove antitrust, predatory pricing or conspiracy claims.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Continued Decline in February
Four of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in February compared to 2013 as Winter storms impact much of the country.
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.
Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q1 2014
Severe winter weather conditions take their toll on U.S. and Canada length of rental during the First Quarter according to Enterprise.
Big Four Multi-Region MSO Growth a Record in 2013
The acquisition and new collision repair facility activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators reached record levels in 2013. We compare 2013 with prior years and examine growth in Q1 2014.
Largest Auto Insurers Add Market Share in 2013
The largest private passenger auto insurers gained market share in 2013, though the decline in 2012 has not be recouped. A change in ranking among the top five auto insurers.
California Legislation on Vehicle Data Access Pits Insurers Against Automakers
Proposed Consumer Vehicle Information Choice and Control Act would require vehicle manufacturers to disclose data generated by vehicles and provide registered owners access and the right to distribute to 3rd parties. Prohibits data from being downloaded without permission of owner.
Vehicle Miles Traveled Declined in January
Three of five regions in the U.S. report decreased driving in January compared to 2013. Effects of winter storms may have impacted Northern U.S.
Proposed Legislation in Rhode Island Addresses Parts, Repair Facility Licensing and Labor Rate Surveys
Four bills in Rhode Island, scheduled for a hearing today, touch upon collision repairers and insurance claim practices.
Maryland Parts Bill Receives Unfavorable Vote in House Committee
House Economic Matters committee votes 16-7 against the proposed legislation that would ban insurance mandated parts and materials procurement processes and provide for only OEM crash parts for three years after a vehicle is manufactured.
Partnering Against the Unknown
With potential effects of the Affordable Care Act still murky, proactive collision repair shop operators are seeking out qualified third-parties that can help prepare for the unexpected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index
Repairers rate the claims handling
performance of the nation's 15 largest personal automobile insurers.