The Collision Repair Association of California (CRA) has asked California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto A.B. 2825 (Assemblywoman Wilma Carter, D-62nd). This bill would require repairers to give customers wholesale invoices for crash parts that cost $50 or more and mandates that estimates and final invoices contain a disclosure that part switching is illegal.
Dubbed the "paperwork act of 2008" by the CRA, this bill, which passed the state assembly Aug. 18, would make California the first state in the nation to require businesses to turn over wholesale records to customers. The CRA, the California Autobody Association (CAA) and the California Motor Car Dealers Association oppose the bill.
The bill is similar to the author’s legislation that vetoed last year. Given that the state Bureau of Automotive Repair updated invoice requirements through rulemaking last year, the CRA believes the purpose of A.B. 2825 is unclear.