IGA Objects to Pricing Stipulations in Massachusetts
August 5, 2010
The Independent Glass Association (IGA) is urging its members in
Massachusetts and other state auto glass business representatives
to speak out against the pricing stipulations outlined in Section
3 of House Bill 952, which recently was referred for a study
952, introduced by Rep. Ron Mariano, contains anti-steering
verbiage, Section 3 of the bill states that it would only apply
to "auto glass repair shops registered under the provisions
of chapter 100A, and who will accept payment from insurance companies
according to pricing discounts published and set from time to time
by said insurance companies."
"Simple economics dictates that as pricing declines, quality
in both parts and service will be compromised," writes
Mike Russo, executive director of the IGA. "Cost controls are
encouraging the widespread use of inferior glass and shops to cut
corners in their installation practices."
Russo adds, "Insurance companies should not be allowed to
fix pricing, and shops should not be required to accept pricing
set by insurers. This concept only hurts consumers."
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