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How to get paid in full for your collision repair services

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 15:52
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In the second of two legal seminars designed for body shop owners whose operations interact with insurers on a regular basis, the Pennsylvania Collision Trade Guild (PCTG) and the Coalition for Collision Repair Excellence (CCRE) brought in several attorneys with expertise in this field.

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Topics covered how to avoid entering into contracts of adhesion, designing repair authorization and repair contracts, and how a body shop should document its services. The seminar, attended by about 250 repairers, focused on how to get paid in full for your repair services.

In this edition of the seminar three attorneys spoke – Erica Eversman of Bath, Ohio; John Parese from New Haven, Conn.; and Kurt Lundgren, whose New York practice specializes in representing doctors in their disputes with insurance companies.

Eversman’s practice advocates for body shop owners and operates the Vehicle Information Institute, an Ohio- based firm with a specialty in settling claims for loss of value.

Eversman also has formed the Automotive Education & Policy Institute – a non-profit organization created to fill in the information void where government regulation and other automotive services leave off. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversees the manufacturing of safe motor vehicles, there is no federal governmental agency and very few state agencies that have the power or obligation to make certain that consumers’ motor vehicles stay safe throughout their lifetime.

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