Legal Archives - Page 14 of 14 - BodyShop Business
Florida Repairer Gets GEICO to Take 10 Percent Parts Discount Off Estimate

It took a little work and a lot of frustration, but Florida body shop owner Eddie Quintela was finally able to get GEICO to take a 10-percent parts discount off one of his customer’s estimates.

ARA Tells W.Va. Attorney General to Stop Using the Term ‘Junkyard Parts’

This week, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) sent a formal letter of complaint to West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw urging him to refrain from using the term “junkyard parts” when referring to recycled/salvaged automobile parts. The group believes the phrase is “derogatory and misleading.”

Injunctions Filed Against Four Ohio Body Shops

Shops accused of being in violation of Ohio’s collision repair registration laws. Agency director says state is stepping up enforcement efforts.

Post-Repair Inspector Files Assault Charges Against North Carolina Body Shop Owner

Billy Walkowiak, owner of Collision Safety Consultants in Belmont, N.C., claims that Rick Russell of Rick’s Body Shop in Gastonia physically assaulted him for exposing bad repairs that the shop allegedly performed.

West Virginia Body Shop, Insurer Sued Over Use of Salvage Parts in Repair

The lawsuit states that Liberty Mutual began requiring that Chandler’s, a DRP for the insurer, used reconditioned “junkyard parts” on vehicles three years old or less from the date of the crash, a violation of state law.

Insurers File Motion to Dismiss Antitrust Suit Brought by New York Glass Shop

Case has many parallels to suits brought by body shops against insurers.

Massachusetts DOI Fines Progressive $125,000 for Misleading Customers on Rate Setting

According to the DOI, Progressive communicated to roughly 3,200 Massachusetts consumers that their credit information was used to calculate their auto insurance rates – contrary to state regulations, which prohibit insurers from using credit information to set rates.

Florida Body Shop Owner Takes GEICO to Task for Deducting 10 Percent Off Domestic OE Parts Cost on Estimates

Eddie Quintela, owner of Collision Concepts Inc. in Delray Beach, Fla., has written a letter to GEICO to voice his objection over the insurer deducting 10 percent of the cost of domestic OE parts written on estimates, thereby leaving the insured with the cost – which Quintela says can be as high as $300 to