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Collision Repair Association of California Sponsors Two Bills

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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.’”

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

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