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Future automotive technicians at Columbia College in Sonora, California, are getting some hands-on experience using Smog Check inspection equipment seized by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair (DCA/BAR) pursuant to a court order.
Friday, 12 January 2007 17:11

Quotes of Note for 2006

State Farm's new 'Select Service' program; a Texas court's upholding of a state law banning insurer-owned shops; the increasing percentage of vehicles being declared total losses; and the ongoing battle over the "right to repair" were among the most talked-about topics in the industry this past year.
Encompassing a list of accomplishments that spans the decades, the California Autobody Association (CAA) celebrated its 40th anniversary last month.

Two class-action lawsuits with major implications for body shops have been filed in California against six major insurers, challenging the basis upon which insurers require policyholders to pay out-of-pocket for choosing body shops that charge more than what the insurer claims is the prevailing labor rate. 

If refinish labor times on repaired panels are going to be adjusted from those in the estimating systems - something 96 percent of shops say they have seen insurers do - the printed copy of the estimate should show what the original labor time is. 

Thursday, 30 November 2006 17:00

CAA becomes newest regional affiliate of SCRS

The California Autobody Association (CAA) has become the latest regional association to join the growing affiliate ranks of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS).

Scott Daffron, owner of Daffron's Body Shop and Used Cars Inc. in Cortland, Ohio, received the Automotive Service Association (ASA)/National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Top Score Award during NACE. The award recognizes the ASA Collision Division member who received the highest score on the ASE master collision repair/refinish certification test. 
Lucky thirteen vehicles - including four cars, seven SUVs, and two minivans have earned Top Safety Pick awards for 2007, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Institute). This award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on ratings in Institute tests. Winners also have to be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC).
Two class-action lawsuits with major implications for body shops have been filed in California against six major insurers, challenging the basis upon which insurers require policyholders to pay out-of-pocket for choosing body shops that charge more than what the insurer claims is the prevailing labor rate.