If an insurance representative tries to persuade you to go to one of their partner body shops, they are breaking a federal mandate. Are you being manipulated by an insurance representative?
The federal mandate they are breaking is The Original 1963 Consent Decree (Pay special attention to pages 13 and 14) Click Here - Representatives for 265 insurance companies signed an agreement stating they would not do what they are doing today.
Why Does The 1963 Consent Decree Need To Be Enforced Today?
1. Insurance companies may be colluding with body shops to cut costs on repairs at your expense.
2. Insurance preferred DRP shops are not allowed to include any hidden damage on their estimate. If the damage cannot be seen in a photo, regardless if they know it's damaged or not, they are not allowed to include it.
3. Some preferred DRP shops will use counterfeit parts, and they are trained to tell you those imitation parts are just as good as factory original parts. They are not! Counterfeit parts may affect the safety of your vehicle and may also void your factory warranty and decrease its value. Check with your local dealer about factory warranty before using an insurance preferred shop.
4. Preferred DRP shops may help the insurance company swindle you out of what you are rightfully owed in a total loss situation. Find out the value before you settle.
Note: Ask yourself why do the claims adjusters try so hard to get you to use one of "their" discount, DRP facilities. Don't be manipulated! 60% of people fall for their tricks. Many claims adjusters have a psychology degree in order to help them manipulate you.
For more information about the 1963 Consent Decree, here is an article on Body Shop Business Magazine: http://www.bodyshopbusiness.com/consent-decree-enforceable-or-forgetable/
1963 Consent Decree