The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) has announced that it will be holding a seminar on how to stay legal in your shop on June 23 at 10 a.m. at the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association headquarters, 440 Interstate North Parkway SE, Atlanta, Ga.
Ray Gunder of Gunder’s Auto Center in Lakeland, Fla., and Barrett Smith of Auto Damage Experts, with Gunder’s attorney, Brent Geohagan, will offer information on legal basics including an overview of the much discussed processes involving "Power of Attorney" and "Assignment of Proceeds" (a.k.a. Assignment of Benefits). Other topics will include:
Understanding the repairer’s legal responsibilities
Understanding the customer’s legal responsibilities
Understanding the insurer’s legal responsibilities
Understanding the difference between first and third party claims for repairers
Understanding tortious interference
Relationship building based upon knowledge and respect
Recognizing legal liabilities and how to avoid them and/or channel them to the appropriate parties
How to turn potential liabilities into significant profits and improve your bottom line
Making your repair authorizations legally iron-clad and profitable
The importance of knowing and understanding your state’s laws and regulations as they relate to your business
Recognizing and understanding "unfair trade practices" and how to avoid them
Post-repair inspections…a quality repairer’s best friend and a poor repairer’s nightmare!
Understanding "diminished value" and its benefits to repairers and their customers
Understanding "federal anti-trust laws" and what repairers can and cannot discuss openly without fear
Summary of the March 2012 Coalition of Collision Repair Excellence meeting held by the Pennsylvania Collision Trade Guild
This seminar is open to all collision repair professionals and industry-supporting vendor representatives. There is a fee of $25 for GCIA members ($35 non-member). Lunch and refreshments will be included.