PCI: Auto Glass Fraud is a Growing Problem in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today applauded the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee for advancing Senate Bill 396, introduced by Senator Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange), relating to motor vehicle insurance coverage for windshield glass. SB 396 now moves to the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee. The following statement can be attributed to Logan McFaddin, PCI regional manager.

“PCI applauds members of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee for advancing SB 396 today.  With assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse in the auto glass marketplace rapidly increasing, it is imperative that we curb abusive practices associated with windshield glass repair this session.

According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, in 2006, approximately 400 auto glass AOB lawsuits were filed against auto insurers. In 2016, nearly 20,000 lawsuits were filed.  These numbers are concerning.  Florida drivers deserve to have insurance benefits they can rely on without having to worry about some auto glass repair shops looking to take advantage of them in vulnerable situations.

“PCI encourages legislators to pass meaningful reforms this session to stop these abusive practices burdening their constituents.”

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PCI promotes and protects the viability of a competitive private insurance market for the benefit of consumers and insurers. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write more than $183 billion in annual premium, 35 percent of the nation's property casualty insurance. Member companies write 42 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 27 percent of the homeowners market, 32 percent of the commercial property and liability market and 34 percent of the private workers compensation market.