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New legislation in Minnesota brought by the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers is designed to protect the repair shops that are selected to service vehicles that have been involved in accidents.

The new law will make it illegal for insurers to alter an estimate by a repair shop when the damages are being disputed. The law states that only when an insurer carries out a physical inspection of the vehicle, can the repair shop estimate be amended. The bill already outlined that a representative of an insurer is not to negotiate repairs to damaged vehicles that they insure through intimidation or other techniques aimed at the repair shop, to reduce estimates or actual costs.

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