Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine
A Waterbury man was arrested August 7 after allegedly stealing tires and rims from a car at an auto body shop in Watertown, CT, then trying to sell them online.
A customized 1951 Ford wearing a gleaming PPG finish stole the show and drove off with the coveted Winfield Award for automotive excellence at the recent 18th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals held July 14–16 at the New York State Fairgrounds. Owned by Bruce Leven of Auburn, WA, built by Craig Wick and the team at Wicked Fabrication and painted by John Byers, Byers Custom—both also from Auburn—the dazzling Ford drew the approval of the crowd when the award was announced.
A grand jury has indicted a New Windsor, NY, auto body shop owner on charges he stole a 1978 Porsche 911 and falsified paperwork to cover the crime and claim the car for his own.
On July 10, members of the New York State Auto Collision Technicians Association (NYSACTA) wrote to the Department of Financial Services to outline their position on photo appraisals and certain insurers' positions on initial inspections.
Last June, representatives from shops all around New Jersey gathered at the Holiday Inn in Totowa and the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Toms River to partake in two nights of education on collision repair business practices led by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) Executive Director Charlie Bryant. As any shop owner knows, navigating the minefield of this industry and owning a successful shop while dealing with insurers can be a difficult task. Bryant shared wisdom from his decades of experience in the industry with attendees, giving guests tips and notes on how to get the most out of their businesses without suffering from stagnating insurance practices.
On July 7, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 288 into law, increasing the penalties for drivers failing to comply with PA’s Steer Clear law. The new law will go into effect on Sept. 7, 2017.
In June, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) vetoed Legislative Document 1540, which sought to require insurers in ME to communicate a specific auto body shop choice disclosure. The House voted 102-41 to override the veto, but the Senate failed to acquire the two-thirds margin required to override the Governor’s veto with a vote of 20-14.
When Jim Pfau talks to his customers at Alan’s Collision Center, he often asks if they are familiar with their vehicle insurance policy. The general manager of the Philadelphia, PA body shop said that since the average person does not have a clear understanding of their policy, he takes the time to explain the issues associated with the repair process, such as labor rates and parts usage.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a controversial bill that exempts auto glass claims from anti-steering legislation. The bill was introduced in January 2017 by Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli. The legislation amends the state’s insurance law to require disclosing that consumers have the right to choose to have their vehicle serviced in a particular shop, except in insurance claims solely involving auto glass.
Pennsylvania State Police are actively searching for a man and woman who were involved in an armed robbery on Saturday morning.
A Cochranton area woman will serve probation and perform community service after pleading no contest to attempting to commit theft by deception over an auto insurance claim.
An applicant for Class II license was none too pleased with the Norwood Board of Selectmen after he was denied the license.
Duncan Autobody with two locations in Allentown and Quakertown, Pennsylvania and Scott’s Collision Centers, with two locations in Easton and Stroudsburg, announced they have merged effective June 1, 2017 to form the Legacy Autobody Group.