Some Random Thoughts

August 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Collision Repair Industry 

New Web Host

I apologize to those who have found this site down the past couple of weeks. My web host decided to upgrade its servers without letting anyone know. I’ve had other problems in the past with this particular web host and this time they pissed me off so I changed hosts and had to move my entire site to other servers and then manually rebuild my database (something this blog will not run without) before anything would work again. And typical of the collision repairer community, no one bothered to send me an email to let me know the site was down.

Insurers Pay For Hypocrisy

Everyone who buys car insurance knows that the more miles you drive the more you pay for insurance. Simple logic dictates that more miles driven corresponds to more chances for accidents. Well the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) have released a paper urging politicians and regulators not to equate fewer miles driven due to high gas prices with fewer damage claims. Huh? What you have here is a panicked insurance industry getting together and coming up with some unintelligible report trying to convince government overseers that it’s OK for them to charge you more because you drive a lot of miles, but it is not OK for the government to force insurers to charge you less because you are now driving fewer miles. And if that is hard for you to understand, it’s because this is so far from making sense that even insurance industry can’t understand it. They all must be bright red from embarrassment.

Progressive’s Peak is in the Rear View Mirror

Progressive’s income for July 2008 is about 30% less than it was for July 2007. Gee, ya think? Looks like they have fooled just about everyone in the country who can be fooled, and their phenomenal growth has turned to phenomenal shrinkage. Didn’t anyone tell Progressive about shrinkage? Look for long lines of former Progressive managers at your local unemployment office. The folks at The Hartford, Nationwide, Travelers and all the other companies so impressed with Progressive trained monkeys are probably feeling pretty stupid about now.

Screw Green

If I read another headline about some body shop going green I’m gonna puke. You want to go green? Get your head out of your “insurance partner’s” ass and start charging realistic prices. Stop stealing other shop’s work. Start doing something for your industry, and not just yourself. Plenty of green will come your way.

CIC Making You Proud

Your so-called ‘leaders” at CIC (Collision Insurer Conspiracy) have been doing the grown up thing and discussing the fairest way of determining who gets on who’s DRP list. In case anyone is thinking, “Gee, I wonder what Shortell would say.” here’s your answer. The fairest thing to do is to eliminate DRP’s and let the market (the customers) decide where their car’s get fixed. What a concept!

I’ve got a column about dealership body shops coming soon. Stay tuned.

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