Category: Collision

GEICO Reports Collision Claims Severity Up 7-9% in First Nine Months of 2020

November 24th, 2020 by

  Frequency remained down 24-26% so far this year compared to 2019. On November 7, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reported its third quarter earnings, including details about its GEICO subsidiary, the second largest auto insurer in the U.S. According to the company’s quarterly report, GEICO generated a pre-tax underwriting earnings of $276 million. The company reported […]

Collision Claims Declined Over 35% in Second Quarter Compared to 2019

November 24th, 2020 by

Coronavirus lockdowns in the U.S. dramatically impacted quarterly claims and losses in the first half of 2020. Earned car years, however, continued to grow. The latest available Fast Track Monitoring system data from the Independent Statistical Service Inc. (ISS) quantifies the historic impact of coronavirus lockdowns on private passenger collision claims and losses during the […]

Estimating Tip: Audatex – Section 5-2 FAQ

October 5th, 2020 by

In 2020 Audatex DBRM was updated with new FAQ (Frequently asked questions) regarding refinishing of the back side of replacement panels. Question: Does Audatex refinish times allow for refinishing the backside of the panels like fenders and quarter panels? Answer: The replacement refinish allowance for fenders and quarter panels does not account for refinishing the […]

CCC – Lowering Headliners for access

October 5th, 2020 by

Recent DEG Inquiry 16791 addresses when an headliner “lowering” operation is included with another component labor operation time that “If the repair facility decided to remove the headliner rather than raise/re-lower, that would require an on the spot evaluation and manual line entry. MOTOR cannot predict how many times the shop would need to raise/lower […]

Audatex – Flex Additive Materials NOT INCLUDED

October 5th, 2020 by

Some repairers may experience a bill payer stating that “Flex additive Materials are included in Audatex”. To clarify this topic, Audatex users should reference the following information in Audatex DBRM guide to clarify the following information on Flex Additive Materials: On Page 43 Section 4-2 Labor exclusions: “Refinish Materials are NOT INCLUDED in Audatex Refinish Labor Values” […]

SCRS Successfully Advocates to Preserve the 1963 Consent Decree

September 1st, 2020 by

SCRS Successfully Advocates to Preserve the 1963 Consent Decree Mechanicsville, Virginia, August 13, 2020 – The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has received assurances from contacts in the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Senate Judiciary Committee that the agreement in U.S. v. Association of Casualty and Surety Companies, et al (1963 Consent Decree) […]

Estimating Tips – Collision

September 1st, 2020 by

Estimating Tips CCC: Adhesive Wheel Opening Moldings (Audi Q5) – Inquiry 16513 “Note: The Wheel Opening Molding is standard equipment on the S-Line and SQ5 model Bumper Covers. MOTOR only lists the Wheel Opening Moldings in those bumper groups. The estimated work time is for installation only and is included with R&R and Overhaul.“ In […]

TechForce Announces Griffin Howland FutureTechs Rock Grand Prize Winner

April 24th, 2020 by

The TechForce Foundation announced the 2020 FutureTechs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner is Griffin Howland, a senior in high school attending Pickens County Career and Technology College, in Liberty, S.C. TechForce the award to honor our student community and recognize those who have a promising future and will shape the transportation industry. Griffin’s nominator stated, […]

Absent Traffic Jams, Many Drivers Getting More Reckless

April 24th, 2020 by

Emptier streets may be encouraging some drivers to flaunt traffic safety laws, including speed limits. Despite there being far fewer vehicles on the road due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, state highway safety officials across the country are seeing a severe spike in speeding. Many states have reported alarming speed increases, with some noting a significant […]