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Michigan Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Access to Aftermarket Parts

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have required auto repair shops to use only new or re-certified parts from original manufacturers, limiting the use of aftermarket repair parts. The bill would have applied during the first five years of warranty. According to Governor Snyder, the bill would have increased costs to consumers through higher costs for replacements...

California Proposes Anti-Steering Regulation Focusing on Deceptive Statements

Through a recently proposed regulation, the California Department of Insurance seeks to amend the rules preventing insurers from steering claimants to specific auto repair shops. The proposed amendments relate to a variety of issues, such as when a claimant has “chosen” an automotive repair shop and what constitutes an unreasonable distance for a claimant to travel. The...

New Auto Body Labor Rate Survey Regulations

The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation recently adopted amendments to regulations in the Division of Insurance and the Division of Commercial Licensing governing auto body labor rate surveys. The amendments provide that insurers writing less than 1% of the total premium volume of auto insurance during the prior year can either voluntarily conduct a survey or adopt a labor...

Upcoming Vote on Auto Glass Repair in Arizona

A vote before the Arizona House of Representatives is anticipated this March on an amendment to a bill regarding unlawful practices relating to glass repair. The amended bill makes it a Class 6 felony to commit acts such as representing what auto glass coverage is available under the insurance policy, threaten or coerce an insured to file a claim for auto glass repair, or waive or...