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Used vehicle costs rising, but possibly not enough to convert totals to repairables

Reduced OEM output of new vehicles and other factors related to COVID-19 might have prompted the current skyrocketing used vehicle costs. However, a CCC analyst earlier this month said the gains might not lead to [...]

2020-09-11T21:08:28-04:00September 11th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Consultant: Idea of subjectivity in safe and proper repair ‘absolutely nonsense’

A automotive claims consultant earlier this summer blasted the suggestion that the definition of a safe and proper repair was subjective. A written question submitted to a virtual Reuters Events’ Auto Insurance USA 2020 panel [...]

2020-09-11T18:08:56-04:00September 11th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

AASP-NJ: Insurers demanding same deal as DRP shop would owe same perks as well

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey last month offered repairers and consumers a defense against insurers attempting to force Garden State non-DRP shops to match DRP terms. Carriers might cite New Jersey 17:33B-36.1, [...]

2020-09-11T07:09:08-04:00September 11th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

CCC: August auto claims only down 14.9%, but miles driven remains an issue

Significant weather events helped keep work coming in to body shops during an August that opened with less traffic on the road, according to CCC. Overall, repairable auto appraisals last month fell 14.9 percent below [...]

2020-09-11T07:08:35-04:00September 11th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

NABC celebrates behind-the-scenes Recycled Rides help from OEMs

Typically, the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides efforts involve collision repairers securing parts for the restoration project from their own connections. For OEM parts, this would be the local dealership of the vehicle make [...]

2020-09-10T07:09:24-04:00September 10th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Ford-State Farm, Ford-Metromile, Honda-Verisk among insurer-OEM telematics connections

The auto and insurance industries continue to see examples of OEMs opening up connected car data to carriers. Honda on Aug. 6 announced Honda and Acura owners with HondaLink and AcuraLink connected cars could opt-in [...]

2020-09-09T14:39:01-04:00September 9th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

IRC survey: Telematics prompts driving behavior changes, but not always permanently

Research has shown that telematics tracking real-world vehicle activity can turn people into better drivers. A new study from the Insurance Research Council produced similar results — but also found that the improvements might not [...]

2020-09-09T14:38:30-04:00September 9th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

AASP-NJ proposes private right of action legislation as solution to insurance issues

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey late last month encouraged lawmakers to permit consumers to sue auto insurers for violations of the state unfair insurance business practices law. AASP-NJ said Tuesday that [...]

2020-09-09T07:24:01-04:00September 9th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

Gerber Collision parent to resume buying locations, restarts capital spending in own shops

Gerber Collision owner Boyd Group Services last month told investors it had re-entered the mergers and acquisitions game and had resumed spending to upgrade existing facilities. CEO Tim O’Day told an earnings call Aug. 12 [...]

2020-09-09T07:23:30-04:00September 9th, 2020|RDN News Feed|

BMW, certified independent auto body shop discuss expanded collision network

BMW and a newly certified collision center recently offered independent auto body shops a look at the experience of joining the OEM’s repair network. BMW had historically allowed sponsored independent collision repairers to participate in [...]

2020-09-08T11:08:35-04:00September 8th, 2020|RDN News Feed|
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