The Missouri House of Representatives is considering a bill that would prevent steering by insurance companies.
The bill, H.B. 834, would require that estimates for damage claims written on behalf of an insurer include a written notice that says the following:
NOTICE UNDER MISSOURI LAW, THE VEHICLE OWNER AND/OR LESSEE HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE REPAIR FACILITY TO MAKE REPAIRS TO THEIR MOTOR VEHICLE. NO ONE SHALL USE INTIMIDATION OR COERCIVE TACTICS TO ALTER THE OWNER’S CHOICE.
The bill also says insurers cannot require a claimant to present the automobile for loss adjustment or inspection at any facility under the control of the insurer or attempt to “persuade, require, coerce or pressure” a claimant to use a repair facility other than the facility of his or her choice.
The bill would also create a board of auto body repair that would establish and regulate licensing systems for shops and physical damage appraisers.
Click HERE to read the bill.