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Auto body & insurance industries face off in debate over auto body parts bill

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WNAC) – Jina Petrarca, Spokesperson for the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island, and Frank O’Brien, Vice President of state government relations for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, joined Dan Yorke to debate a new collision repair bill that has passed the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee. Original article here

The Outlook for Rhode Island’s Two-Tiered Shop Licensing System

Auto Body Association of Rhode Island (ABARI) spokesperson, attorney Jina Petrarca-Karampetsos, explains the state’s move to designate Class A and Class B shops. This spring, Rhode Island will begin to fully implement its new, two-tiered collision repair business licensing program, in which body shops will be designated as either Class A or Class B businesses. The law, which passed during last summer’s legislative sessions, was backed heavily by the Auto …Read More

What to Expect in 2017 from ABARI

The Auto Body Association of Rhode Island is proud to have served our community for over a decade. Each year, we make a commitment to ensure that consumers receive the highest level of quality and service from honest, hardworking shops across Rhode Island – our ABARI certified members. 2015 brought with it exciting new changes. We added new members, further strengthening the reach and integrity of Auto Body shops throughout …Read More

What to Do About a “Total Loss”

Keeping or buying a total loss vehicle if your vehicle has been declared a total loss may leave  you wondering what that actually means in legal terms. Simply stated a “Total Loss” means that an insurance company decided it was more practical to pay for the value of the car than it was to pay for the repair of the car. This does not mean the car is not safe to repair just not practical …Read More

RI “One of the The Top 10 most profitable states for Auto Insurers”

CrashNetwork.com: Overall profit margins for personal auto physical damage insurers improved to 5 percent in 2013, an increase of 1.6 percent over 2012, and right in line with the average profit margin enjoyed over the past 10 years. The data, the most recent that has been released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and analyzed by Auto Insurance Report, shows that the most profitable states for physical damage insurers …Read More

U.S. Senator Reiterates Call to Investigate Auto Insurance “Scheme”

This article has been provided by CollisionWeek.com and is being reproduced in its entirety with the intent to inform consumers. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 U.S. Senator Reiterates Call to Investigate Auto Insurance “Scheme” A frequent critic of both insurance companies and vehicle manufacturers, U.S. Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut asks Attorney General to investigate possible illegal practices by auto insurers. Asks for DOJ update on 1963 Consent Decree’s applicability to today’s …Read More

CNN Exposes Auto Insurer Schemes

This 2015  featured investigation from CNN’s “AC360” with Anderson Cooper brings to light the fact that insurance companies are often times skimping on safety by using “recycled, remanufactured” and often “junk” parts to repair your car – and pad their profits. • Click here to view the segment in full on CNN.com Excerpts from the segment: Car repair shops say auto insurance companies are coercing them to use cheap parts …Read More

Insurance Company Problems?

Do you suspect your insurance company is handling your claim in an unfair manner? You deserve to be treated professionally and with transparent information from the insurance company every step of the way after an automobile accident. If you would like to report a potential unfair insurance claims practice, contact: THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS REGULATION INSURANCE DIVISION 1511 PONTIAC AVENUE, BLDG 69-2 CRANSTON, RI 02920 TELEPHONE 1-401-462-9520 ➨ More information …Read More

Support ABARI = Support RI

Trying to do the right thing for consumers isn’t always easy. Supporting ABARI will just take a few minutes and ensures that we’ll be here on your behalf when you need us. Why ABARI Matters to You ABARI continually fights for consumers and our local Auto Body Repair industry. Members work tirelessly to uphold and amend legislation in the state. ABARI advocates a level playing field for all companies in the Auto Body …Read More

Aftermarket Parts: A Risky Business

The insurance companies want you to use aftermarket parts after your accident because it’s cheaper for them. You don’t, and shouldn’t stand for Some shops use aftermarket parts on older vehicles. The law in Rhode Island currently states that the insurer cannot force a consumer whose vehicle is 30 months or newer to accept aftermarket parts in the repair. In this instance, they can only be used with written authorization. ABARI …Read More