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Collision Repair Association of California Sponsors Two Bills


The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) is sponsoring S.B. 1167 to stop insurers from driving through two holes in California’s anti-steering law. The legislation, introduced Feb. 7 by state Sen. Pat Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa), requires insurers to first determine if the claimant has selected a shop before any discussion of repairs; it prohibits insurer discussions of DRPs if a claimant has selected a shop.

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The CRA’s lobbyist, Richard Steffen, says that insurer representatives argue that they have the right to explain the benefits of DRPs to a claimant. “Insurers are using the DRP concept to skirt California’s anti-steering law,” he says. “The CRA’s position is clear. If a claimant doesn’t know where to take a damaged vehicle, then the insurer can recommend shops. When a claimant has made a choice, the choice should be protected and not manipulated through DRP rhetoric such as ‘we don’t guarantee the work at that shop,’ or ‘you’ll be responsible for extra charges.’”


The CRA is also sponsoring S.B. 1059, which prohibits an insurer from requiring a repairer to use aftermarket parts.

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