Fight Brewing over Insurer-Backed California Bill That Includes Autobody Shops

By | February 22, 2021

  • February 22, 2021 at 2:10 pm
    Experience says:
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    It’s true that there can be delays with a claims department that are their own fault, but generally there is some participation in those delays by the insured. Some delays are perfectly reasonable. What does not add up are the actual storage fees that are charged. Put aside any delays and explain why one shop will charge $50/day in storage while another down the street will charge $150+/day. It’s on the insurer to try and negotiate that storage cost down FOR THE INSURED/CONSUMER. Guess who ends up paying for these ridiculous storage costs…that’s right…the INSURED/CONSUMER. On a total loss it will come right out of the final settlement and on a repair it will get passed on to everyone in the form of higher rates. I would love to see storage fees separated out to be strictly between the insured and the shop while excluding insurance. Choice of shops used would quickly make the fees more competitive, consistent, and fair. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the storage fees became a cost of doing business and disappeared entirely. How could someone like Lara not go for that!?

  • February 23, 2021 at 3:36 pm
    Bond says:
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    One more layer of bureaucracy, again do we need another department and another budget to solve these issues?

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