OEM auto body procedures bill back in N.H. after near-miss in 2019

New Hampshire lawmakers have reintroduced a bill demanding insurers pay for OEM repair procedures except on parts. House Bill 664 passed the Legislature easily in 2019, only to see opposition by Insurance Commissioner John Elias [...]

2019-12-06T15:38:24-05:00December 6th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Vt. Insurance Division: In-person auto inspection necessary if requested

The Vermont Division of Insurance on Wednesday warned insurers that they must promptly inspect a vehicle in person if requested by a claimant. Bulletin No. 206 signed by Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak [...]

2019-12-06T09:07:46-05:00December 6th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

‘Who Pays?’: Percentage of shops always, mostly researching procedures up to 54.2%

The proportion of shops reporting they research automaker repair procedures at the time of the estimate has grown to 21.5 percent, an improvement over 2015’s 16.3 percent but still too low, according to Collision Advice [...]

2019-12-05T17:08:23-05:00December 5th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Mass. advocates announce 102K signatures to get ‘Right to Repair’ update on 2020 ballot

Citing “a lack of progress on an update to the law in the Legislature,” the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition announced Thursday it had provided 102,000 signatures to get the measure on the 2020 ballot. [...]

2019-12-05T13:52:19-05:00December 5th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

See the CIC interview with John Eagle plaintiffs Matthew and Marcia Seebachan

Collision repairers who missed the Collision Industry Conference interview with John Eagle plaintiffs Matthew and Marcia Seebachan now have an opportunity to watch footage of the powerful conversation. The CIC posted video of the conversation [...]

2019-12-05T11:52:18-05:00December 5th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Can’t find the answer in the procedures? OEMs explain how to share feedback, inquiries

Auto body shops can submit questions about seeming absent OEM repair procedures or feedback about potential improvements to those instructions, leading automakers confirmed last month. Representatives from Subaru, FCA, Honda and Toyota explained how to [...]

2019-12-05T07:07:25-05:00December 5th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Private equity company Searchlight offers $236M for Drew parent Opus

A private equity firm on Monday announced it had offered $236 million, or 81 cents a share, to buy DriveCRASH scan tool manufacturer Opus. Searchlight Capital Partners gave Opus, a publicly traded company listed in [...]

2019-12-04T14:22:22-05:00December 4th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Gerber parent company Boyd shifts structure, can sell more shares in U.S.

The Boyd Group’s shareholders overwhelmingly voted Monday to convert the publicly traded firm from an income trust to a public corporation. The action removes a limit on non-Canadian stock ownership and could allow the Gerber [...]

2019-12-04T12:37:34-05:00December 4th, 2019|RDN News Feed|

Rocker moldings in Audatex, translucents, emblem reuse: More tips from the DEG

The Database Enhancement Gateway, which allows repairers and insurers to make inquiries and suggestions of the estimating providers at no cost, offers weekly tips for repairers on the Audatex, Mitchell and CCC programs online and through the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ email list. [...]

2019-12-03T17:22:22-05:00December 3rd, 2019|RDN News Feed|

CCC revises P-pages; sectioning, refinishing, roof guidance among refinements

CCC last month significantly updated its Motor Guide to Estimating P-pages, adding much new information but deleting some passages as well. Changes are denoted with a star next to the section icon, and new text [...]

2019-12-03T17:08:11-05:00December 3rd, 2019|RDN News Feed|