News: N.H. Body Shop Owner Bests State Farm in High Court
Insurer believes the allegations in the lawsuit filed by the attorney general in Louisiana are not in line with its mission to serve the needs of its customers and its history of achievements in advancing vehicle safety.
State Farm, which was singled out along with Progressive in the Feb. 11 CNN report, “Are Cheap Repairs Part of an Insurance Scheme?” has issued an official response to the newscast.
Perhaps the best way to respond to the CNN report is to provide you with our response to CNN’s inquiry, a small portion of which was used in the report.
The allegations in the lawsuit filed by the attorney general in Louisiana are not in line with State Farm’s mission to serve the needs of its customers and our long, proud history of achievements in advancing vehicle safety. Here is a link to State Farm’s safety history: GoodNeighbors.com.
Our customers choose where their vehicles are going to be repaired. We provide information about our Select Service program, while at the same time making it clear they can select which shop will do the work.
A vibrant, profitable auto collision repair industry is in the interest of State Farm. At the same time, we are advocates on behalf of our customers for reasonable repair costs. We believe repairer profitability and quality auto repairs that are reasonably priced can both be achieved.
State Farm is a defendant, along with dozens of other insurers, in the litigation relating to issues that have been raised by some auto body repair facilities.
We want you to know that State Farm has excellent working relationships with thousands of body shops across the country, and that they are serving millions of our customers who consistently indicate their satisfaction with our handling of their claims. Here is some evidence of that:
- The just-released American Customer Satisfaction Index from the University of Michigan rates State Farm above all other national insurance companies.
- State Farm has consistently scored well above average in the JD Power auto claims satisfaction surveys. Among the 23 auto insurers included in the latest survey, State Farm was third.
These findings should surprise no one given that State Farm has been the leading insurer of autos in the nation since 1942.
We also want to point out to you that our customers are totally free to choose where to take their vehicle for repair. If they choose an independent auto body repair facility that takes part in our Select Service program, they receive from that repair facility a national, limited lifetime repair warranty, something they don’t necessarily receive from a repair facility that is not part of our Select Service program.
We are disappointed that CNN did not choose to report [other media] have already reported, that all of the counts in the multi-district litigation in Florida that are specific to the state of Florida have been dismissed twice, although the court has permitted the Florida plaintiffs a third chance to re-plead. Moreover, a magistrate judge has recently recommended to the district judge that the Mississippi complaint also be dismissed. We did make CNN aware of those rulings.