Auto glass shops and insurers in Florida continue to battle
“An effort to crack down on alleged fraud in the auto-glass repair industry, particularly along the Interstate 4 corridor, is spurring an insurance battle in the state Legislature.
A proposal by Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, that went before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday would prohibit repair shops from offering rebates or other incentives, such as gift cards, in exchange for motorists making insurance claims for windshield repairs or replacement.
The proposal (SB 312), tied to a long-running controversy about the state’s “assignment of benefits” insurance laws, would also ban repair shops from compensating people to solicit for insurance claims.”
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Perhaps no other state in the U.S. has experienced such widespread fraudulent auto glass claims than Florida. It’s been so bad in recent years that state congress has had to take measures such as these to prevent this abuse. One can hardly blame the insurance agencies, especially when shops offer incentives that entice such behavior. Still, there are plenty of times where these agencies outright raise to fulfill a legitimate claim which puts a strain on their policyholders’ wallets.
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