Managed Direct Repair Network
AutoBody Alliance supports a managed, turn-key Direct Repair Network of automotive
body repair facilities available to multiple insurance companies throughout the
United States. We strive for the ultimate goal of simplifying and streamlining the
collision repair process for the insurance carrier, repair facility and the vehicle
owner. The program provides a full-coverage, searchable directory of reputable automotive
collision repair facilities with the ability to electronically
dispatch assignments and communicate through our online tools.
Benefit to Collision Repair Facilities
AutoBody Alliance provides two strong fronts in bringing your body shop to the
right audiences. The first is through bringing your shop information direct to consumers
through online marketing. The other is through our nationwide Direct Repair Program
The AutoBody Alliance DRP works with not just one, but many insurance carriers who
take advantage of our continuously managed list of shops. Carriers can use the tool
to provide options to their insureds when looking for a body shop in a particular
geographical area, which is especially useful in unfamiliar, out-of-network areas
for the insured. Carriers can also direct the insured individual to the website
themselves to let them find shops near their location along with directions, contact
information, hours, services provided and more to help the vehicle owner select
the best facility for them and get in contact with you, the repair facility, as
easily as possible.
It's important to note that although some of our carriers might be "regional"
carriers that are not located in your geographical area, it doesn't mean that
they are not important to you. Often these carriers and their insureds are utilizing
a managed network like this one in order to find coverage outside of their
own familiar area.
Unlike many other direct repair programs who charge a assignment fee, AutoBody Alliance
charges only a single, annual fee in order to help with the fees associated with
hosting and maintaining the program. There are no additional charges associated
with being a member.
If you are interested in having your body shop become a member of the AutoBody Alliance,
you can start by either searching for your shop in our directory and then "claiming"
it to verify your information, or if you do not find it by searching, create a free
account and request to add your shop to our directory.
From there you can follow the steps on your dashboard to apply for Network Certification.
Approval of your application is dependent on meeting the
required criteria for being a member of the AutoBody Alliance network, as
well as geographical coverage requirements.
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Benefit to Insurance Carriers
The benefits to insurance carriers through the Managed Repair Network quickly
become apparent when reviewing the tools and information available through the program.
AutoBody Alliance provides a customizable, single point to dispatch estimate requests
to network shops, independent appraisers and owner's choice repair facilities.
To begin with, our managed network provides a searchable list of reputable collision
repair shops with coverage throughout the United States. All of the shops in our
certified network must meet and maintain our certification requirements. The list
of shops can be searched by geographical location as well as a number of additional
parameters such as services provided, features of the facility, hours of operation
and many others. The list is also customizable per carrier, so insurance carriers
could choose to modify the list by adding or removing repair facilities allowing
them to sync the list with their own or just modify it to their own preferences.
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Benefit to Consumers
The main benefit our Direct Repair Program provides to consumers is convenience.
The searchable directory of shops is available free online to everyone and is geared
towards helping the average consumer search and find a collision repair facility
that works best for them.
Our directory provides many options to help consumers make their decision in choosing
a body shop. Features include the ability to narrow their search by geographical
location to find shops near their location, services such as body work, paint, frame
repair, storage and hours of operation to name a few. It also provides direct communication
to the shop through phone, fax, email and the shop's website if available, as
well as mapped, turn-by-turn driving directions to the facility.
This online tool helps consumers to find options available as well as the right
services and features for them to make a better decision for a simpler and convenient
collision repair experience.