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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.
At the end of the 30-day response period, the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) et al. presented its Answer to the petition for Writ of Mandate filed by the Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) in an attempt to force BAR to settle licensing issues regarding the Progressive Service Center of San Diego. BAR has already determined, as far back as May, that the center qualifies as an Auto Repair Dealer (ARD), and therefore must have a license to operate.
The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) has honored the “top ten” users of its S/P2 e-learning program among General Motors ASEP schools.
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