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Southwestern News

1HomePageMap small sw 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, ColoradoTexas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana

Sunday, 29 March 2009 17:00

Texas Telemarketers' Insurance Fraud

The chairman of the Texas Committee on Insurance Fraud says telemarketers continue to harass the victims of auto accidents whether they have been injured or not. The group is endorsing a bill being introduced in the Texas House of Representatives that restricts telemarketers from purchasing crash reports from police departments for the first 30 days after the accident.

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 17:03

Louisiana Labor Rates Raising Heat

Labor rates have long been a contentious issue in Louisiana and now shop owners throughout the state are speaking out. Autobody News talked to several shops recently that feel the ‘reasonable’ $45 per hour labor rate currently imposed upon them by insurance companies is unfair and unrealistic in today’s market.

A few years ago, Texas collision repair shop owners stood strong in an effort to enact HB 1131, prohibiting “tied shops”—those owned in whole or in part  by an insurance company. Since that time, however, outspoken shop owners seem to have gone into hibernation.

AUSTIN – Two of the state's largest auto insurers – Allstate and State Farm – are boosting their rates to offset the rising number of claims.

In the bed of a gold pick-up truck on the side of the road the trap is set: shiny chrome wheels. It doesn't take long for thieves to bite or for the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force to move in. The sting is all part of their operation targeting thieves out to steal 22-24-inch chrome wheels worth thousands of dollars and considered a must have by many drivers.

"The numbers show that Texas has an even larger number of uninsured drivers than we had realized," said Mark Hanna, spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas, in a story Tuesday in the online editions of the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.

The shops along Fort Worth Avenue in north Oak Cliff, Dallas, are supposed to be the type of businesses where customers can take their cars for repair, but some say they act more like illegal salvage yards.

Steve Wood, second from right, represented the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) when presenting BASF its Best in Texas Award. BASF representatives on hand to receive the awards were, from left, Tom Yura, Steve Reed, Bob Brennecke, Bryan Stewart and Leonard Schooler.

ADESA, a vehicle auction operator, has signed a 20-year lease for a new auction center at the Dallas Logistics Hub with The Allen Group, the site's San Diego-based developer. The facility will be built on 175 acres at the northwest corner of Wintergreen Road and North Lancaster Hutchins Road in Hutchins, Texas.