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REPAIR INDUSTRY STATS: Number of shops declining

The latest data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that there were 785 fewer autobody shops reporting payroll information at the end of 2009 than there were at the start of the year. The U.S. shop population… Read More

HEARD IN THE INDUSTRY

“We are pleased to be able to provide consumers with insights from one of the most important sources in the insurance marketplace: their fellow consumers.” – Cesar Diaz, founder of a new website that allows consumers to compare the consumer… Read More

GOVERNMENT: Alaska clarifies standards for total loss settlements

The Alaska Division of Insurance has issued a bulletin (a follow-up to one on the same topic in 2010) outlining an insurer’s obligations in valuing vehicles in a total loss claims. The bulletin states, for example, that settlement offers must… Read More

INSURANCE INDUSTRY TRENDS: Frequency rising but claims counts still down

Frequency rising but claims counts still down. The Insurance Service Office reports that the frequency of auto insurance claims rose for the third consecutive quarter in the first three months of this year. Claims frequency is up 1.3 percent since… Read More

INDUSTRY VIDEO: Two sides in parts debate take to YouTube

Ford has posted a 7-minute video on YouTube explaining the crash-testing and other recent research the automaker has done related to the differences between Ford and non-OEM parts. Ford explaining the crash-testing differences in parts But to counter Ford’s effort,… Read More

CLAIMS HANDLING NEWS: Insurer hopes to improve non-DRP processes

Ameriprise, which sells policies in 44 states and is the 35th-largest personal auto insurer in the U.S., has launched a new “Shop of Choice” program to allow collision repair shops outside its direct repair program to upload estimates and photos… Read More

TRENDS: Alternative parts gain ground–but not as much as some measures indicate

The non-OEM parts industry continues to chip away at automakers’ collision parts marketshare. As a percentage of total dollars spent on parts, according to Mitchell International, OEM parts slid from 73.4 percent in the third quarter of 2008 to 68.1… Read More