Beware of auto glass fraud. Parts-shifting is a common form of auto glass fraud that insurers should watch more carefully. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If your policyholders live in sunny Florida, is there really any reason for their vehicle’s damaged auto glass to be replaced with a winter package upgrade that includes a heated wiper park area? Not likely.

“Parts-shifting” is a common form of auto glass fraud – one that Allstate recently took to court in California to the tune of $1.4 million, according to GlassBytes. And while the billing discrepancies on individual repairs are generally small, the cumulative cost to an insurer’s bottom line is not.

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