The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) hosted two meetings Sept. 19 in Virginia and Maryland to discuss issues related to State Farm Insurance’s parts procurement program through PartsTrader.
Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), gave an in-depth presentation on State Farm’s pilot program.
“Understanding that not every repair facility can participate and hear the discussions taking place at national meetings, we wanted to bring the discussion to the local level and share with regional areas of the country,” Schulenburg said. “These insurer mandated parts procurement programs have the potential to drastically affect every repairer if our industry isn’t cautious about understanding the potential ramifications. This isn’t about one carrier, one process or one business model. It is about insurer control over repair facility processes, and insurer intrusion into your business. If these programs are launched nationally, and the repair industry watches it happen, business for repairers and parts vendors will be affected.”