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No body shop? Don’t worry about new SOS affidavit

November 18, 2010

Among paperwork in the 2007 dealer license renewal process, the Illinois secretary of state’s office includes an affidavit for applicants to pledge their adherence to the Illinois Automotive Collision Repair Act. It is not necessary for dealers without a body shop operation to complete the affidavit.

 

Instead, dealers without a body shop can simply complete and mail all the other paperwork; dealers with a body shop must sign and submit the affidavit. 

The written declaration is the result of a public act, effective Jan. 1, 2007, requiring that "(a)ll automotive repairers shall provide proof that they comply with all requirements of the Automotive Collision Repair Act."

 

The act attempts to help drivers of collision-damaged cars make informed repair decisions by making it standard practice for repairers to issue written estimates of any work and make other disclosures. The collision repair act is similar to the Illinois Automotive Repair Act, but with considerations for collision-damaged cars. 

A link to the entire act is on the CATA Web site, http://cata.drivechicago.com. The link is under the Legal/Legislative category, along the row across the top of the site’s home page.

 

Sen. Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) sponsored this year’s Senate Bill 2233, which led to the new law. A spokesman for Link said the provision leading to the affidavit was spurred by the Springfield-based Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois. 

The alliance represents about 150 "small, mom and pop operations scattered around the state," said Randy Witter, the group’s lobbyist.

 

Witter said the AASPI sought the measure to combat body shops that failed to post signs or make necessary disclosures to their customers. He said the new affidavit increases the enforcement ability of secretary of state police. 

"Ninety-nine percent of people who are diligent about getting the (repairer’s) license and doing the right thing are going to do the right thing," Witter said

 

The irony in Witter’s assessment is that the 1 percent of repairers who are unconcerned about doing the right thing would not be applying for the license and therefore would not be signing the affidavit.

 

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