July 2023 Collision Report

Jul 12, 2023 | Dateline

July 2023 Collision Report

Highview Capital announces partnership with B&R Auto. B&R Auto, headquartered in Oregon, is one of the nation’s largest independent auto recyclers, operating 19 locations across the Western U.S. B&R Auto, headquartered in Oregon, is one of the nation’s largest independent auto recyclers. Founder owned and operated by the Perlenfein family since 1980, B&R provides recycled parts to automotive collision and repair centers and do-it-yourself customers. The company operates 19 locations across the Western U.S. focused on best-in-class dismantling processes, technology, and customer service. B&R has established itself as an industry leader in the environmentally friendly disposal of salvage vehicles. Following the close of Highview’s investment, both the Perlenfein family and Jeff Helget, B&R’s president, will retain significant stakes in the business. Helget will continue to serve as B&R’s president.

I-CAR and the Society of Collision Repair Specialists are conducting a survey of technicians designed to solicit information to help the industry “collectively continue to improve collision technician careers” and better address the technician shortage. Click on the link below to take the survey.


OLYMPIA, Wash. — Registration and the meeting agenda are now available for Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s July 17 workshop on the rising number of auto and homeowners insurance complaints.

The workshop, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. virtually on Zoom, will provide a public forum for representatives from the insurance industry, national and regional repair professionals, claim experts, and consumers to share their expertise and experiences. The workshop is scheduled to end at 1 p.m., but the Zoom meeting will stay live until every member of the public who wants to provide a comment has the opportunity to do so.

The meeting will also be streaming on twv.org and available to watch during, and after, the meeting.

The OIC is also accepting written comments instead of speaking during the meeting. You can share your story and experience, and help contribute to a solution, by contacting us through our online form. We’ll be taking comments until August 15, 2023.

The OIC has reported a historic volume of complaints since 2021. Our Consumer Advocacy Program received 467 complaints in April 2023, up from the historic average of 287 a month — a 63% increase.

The information and testimonies gathered during the July 17 workshop will help the OIC determine how to move forward in addressing the rising number of auto and homeowners insurance claim issues.