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Repairs take five to seven days longer at body shops that aren't a part of a direct repair program.

Each year, approximately 6% of drivers submit claims for comprehensive and collision damage to their vehicles, causing U.S. insurers to incur tens of billions of dollars in automobile physical damage losses. A large portion of these incurred losses is paid to automobile collision repair facilities, often referred to as body shops.

To mitigate the costs of vehicle repair, insurers have created direct repair programs (DRP). While DRPs have existed since the 1970s, the most significant growth came in the 1980s and 1990s. Recent surveys estimate 44% to 50% of body shops participate in a DRP. Among the shops that participate, nearly 57% of sales are referred by insurance companies. In a DRP, carriers identify and contract with body shops that are able to perform high-quality repair work. In exchange for referrals from the insurer, the body shop agrees to warrant repairs and provide consistently measurable standards of service and quality for each repair.

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