3.10.22 - The countdown is here as the NORTHEAST® 2022 Automotive Services Show is just days away! The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey’s (AASP/NJ) flagship event - the largest regional automotive event of its kind - returns March 18-20 to the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, NJ. 

Collision and automotive repair professionals from the northeast and beyond will be making their way to the MEC to take in all that NORTHEAST has to offer along the aisles and in the classrooms! 

This year’s educational slate is designed to arm repairers with the knowledge and resources needed to get through the challenges and changes auto body professionals deal with on a daily basis. 

Collision repairers will not want to miss out on “Mastering the Appraisal Clause,” featuring a panel of professionals who will discuss how the Appraisal Clause, or Right to Appraisal, allows policyholders to demand an appraisal of loss when there is a disagreement on the amount of loss. The consumer’s policy dictates the responsibility of their carrier; yet, collision repair facilities are often placed in the position of writing off losses due to low repair costs or sacrificing the quality of repairs. 

Moderated by veteran auto body journalist Joel Gausten, this panel features Charles Bryant (AASP/NJ), Robert McDorman (Auto Claim Specialists), Barrett Smith (Auto Damage Experts, Inc.) and John Walczuk (ZB Negotiations). 

Attendees will learn how the Appraisal Clause can be utilized as a resource to improve customer satisfaction and retention while also resolving loss disputes in a fair, timely and cost-effective manner. This discussion will take place Saturday, May 19 at 11:30am. 

“With the problems collision shops are currently experiencing while attempting to reach an agreement on the cost of repair with certain insurers, this is certainly one presentation that cannot be missed,” suggests Bryant. “The combination of the pandemic, along with the changes to today’s modern vehicles, is causing more and more shops to experience a standoff with numerous insurers. Some are taking the position of: ‘That’s all we are going to pay; take it or leave it, or take it and we’ll refer it to our DRP shop.’ Shops may be unaware that they do not have to accept these strong arm tactics. The Appraisal Clause is an effective method of dealing with this type of improper activity. I strongly encourage anyone experiencing this standoff to attend this panel as we will discuss how best to deal with this issue effectively. Don’t miss it!”

Limited seats remain for this panel and other educational classes pertaining to the Labor Rate, ADAS, tech shortage crisis and more. Act now and sign up to reserve your seat at aaspnjnortheast.com/education

This year’s show marks the 45th year of AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST. This annual event continues to offer repairers the best of the best in equipment, tools and more as over 150 vendors are anticipated to return to the MEC. 

To save time in line, pre-register for FREE show badges and to keep up with the latest information and announcements, be sure to visit aaspnjnortheast.com.