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ASA-Michigan to Host Gunder for ‘Short Pay’ Meeting

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Dec. 6, 2013—The Automotive Service Association of Michigan (ASA-Michigan) announced Thursday that it will host a discussion about short-pay issues in the collision repair industry.

The meeting will take place on Jan. 18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich.

“There is a big difference between being cost-effective on processing a claim and downright failure or refusal to pay for necessary work performed,” said Ray Fisher, president of ASA-Michigan. “The escalation of short pays these past years is threatening the collision repair industry here in Michigan and we have been looking for help on changing that.”

As part of the presentation, Florida shop owner Ray Gunder will share his personal experience pertaining to short-pay issues with various insurance companies, including State Farm.

Gunder’s attorney Brent Geohagen will also be speaking, as will attorney John Eaves, who will provide an update about the injunction he filed in Mississippi against the State Farm PartsTrader electronic parts procurement system.

“It’s unfortunate that our repair industry feels that lawsuits are the only remedy for proper compensation, especially when most of the differences are actually documented procedures, costs, materials or repair techniques that are needed,” said Fisher.

Those interested in learning more about the meeting can visit the ASA-Michigan website.

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