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ASA members Scott Benavidez, AAM, and April Hernandez, AAM, both volunteer leaders on ASA’s Collision Division Oper ations Committee, have co-authored this article to ignite conversations about “Market vs. Need” within the collision repair industry. Each day, repairers discuss with insurers what is needed to completely repair a damaged vehicle vs. the limitation from insurers due to “what the current market does” in repairing a vehicle. ASA’s collision volunteers are bring- ing this conversation to the forefront on behalf of consumers and repairers. If you would like to share your thoughts with ASA on this important topic, send an email with your name, contact information and comments to info@asashop.org. In the collision industry, we battle the age-old “market price” vs. “need” argument on a daily basis. Market price says we can only pay you “this much” to perform this repair, and need tells us how to repair the vehicle. Market price: The process by which the prices of goods and services are established. Webster defines market price as “a price actually given in current market dealings.” Need: Requires (something) because it is essential or very important. Webster defines need as “necessary duty or obligation.” Now, need could be interpreted in many different ways ... 1. We need to turn on our headlights when driving at night. 2. We need to pay workman’s compensation insurance. 3. We need to make sure we are in compliance with OSHA requirements. But we are talking about need in a totally different way. Let’s say you are replacing a quarter panel on XYZ vehicle and the manufacturer of this vehicle tells us to reapply corrosion protection (cavity wax) for the vehicle to meet the manufacturer’s safety standards. This would be considered a “need.” Now let’s say Johnny down the street at XYZ body shop does not charge for this and does not replace it. Is my “market price” now set by XYZ body shop, and can my repair facility continue to charge for reapplying the material? Should a repair facility get paid for procedures that need to be performed or parts that need to be replaced per a manufacturer’s requirements? Who sets the market price? Some say it’s the shops setting the market, and some say it’s the insurance company setting the market. We all know that it is both. You see, Johnny at XYZ body shop down the street may have different reasons why he did not reapply the cavity wax. • He could have failed to verify the manufacturer’s recommended repair procedures. • He may have seen no need to reapply the cavity Market vs. Need Please Turn to Page 22

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