The Wisconsin Assembly is considering a bill that would prohibit auto
insurers from requiring that claimants have auto body damage repaired at
a particular shop. Currently, Wisconsin law prohibits insurers from
requiring that auto glass damage be repaired at a particular facility.
Under A.B. 121, the insurer also must confirm that the claimant hasn’t
selected a collision repair facility before recommending a shop. The
bill also requires that estimates and insurance cards contain a notice
stating that insurance companies can’t require that
repairs be made by a particular repair facility, and a similar notice
must be posted in body shops and insurance claim facilities.
Insurers would also be required to cover all “reasonable and necessary” repair costs, regardless of which facility a claimant selects.
Finally, the bill prohibits insurance adjusters from preparing vehicle damage estimates and from altering estimates prepared by other parties without first performing physical damage inspections.
Click HERE for more information on the bill.