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Thursday, 14 January 2016 17:46

Virginia Senator Files Bill to Change "Personal Inspection" of Claims Settlement Laws

The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association has voiced concern over proposed changes to the Unfair Claims Settlement language requiring insurers to perform personal inspections for settlements.

Repairers should be on alert that Senate Bill 193, filed January 4, would amend the appraisals section (38.2-510 17.) of the unfair claim settlement practices code, to essentially allow for the use of digital photographs in lieu of physically seeing the vehicle to make the final repair appraisal.

The association said it believes that bill will open the door to abuse by insurers and third-party interests in arbitrary reduction in prices, capping of costs, and after-the-repair adjustments without ever having seen the vehicle.

The association said it is working diligently to set up a meeting with Senator Richard H. Stuart to discuss the consumer implications of short pay, either when they get their vehicle repaired or take the cash option.

To contact Senator Richard H. Stuart, Republican-District 28, visit

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