This week the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed an amended House Bill (HB) 664, which addresses the issue of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The amendment specified that if a repair procedure from an OEM includes the need for additional operations such as pre- and post-scans, calibration, or diagnostic test of the vehicles systems, the insurer shall reimburse the repairer for those operations; however, it excludes glass repair and replacement when done by a glass company. The amendment also acknowledges paint and materials pricing used by repairers. The bill was passed by a floor vote of 202-105 and will move to the Senate for further action.
This week the Connecticut Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate held a public hearing on House Bill 7266, addressing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The ASA supports this legislation and has submitted comments to the Committee including a proposed amendment. The amendment assures no insurer shall condition payment of a claim to the insured or to any person conducting a collision repair based upon the utilization of any repair procedure or specification that does not confirm to the original manufacturer’s repair procedures. Additionally, it is critical that pre- and post-scans are part of the repair processes as this is more important than ever with emerging vehicle technologies. This will ensure that the State of Connecticut has done as much as possible to protect consumers, small businesspersons, and the motoring public.
To view the full letter to the Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate, click here.