Consumers' Auto Detective
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I-Can, with the support of our Local Help Advocates and working in concert with professional and trade associations / coalitions, has become an effective force in the struggle to improve the way Auto - Home Owner insurance companies treat consumers.
Consumers' Auto Detective continues its association with Collision Consulting, a nationwide organization with like background, experience and goals. We look forward to serving our clients as in the past with honest information and accurate reports.
Information on choosing a repair shop:
Review the Fox Chicago News report below for information on shop selection as well.
Information on Illinois Body Shop Association:
Alliance-of-Automotive-Service-Professionals-of-Illinois When it comes to collision repair, who can you trust with your vehicle? The members of the AASPI are dedicated to service and professionalism.
The following link shows how some major insurance companies function.
Fox-Chicago-Story Investigative reporter Larry Yellen reports on Insurance steering in Illinois featuring Consumers' Auto Detective's Ken Klein
An on-line forum to ask questions of repair professionals
Prodiscussions.com A great source for consumer help including a consumer discussion board..
The following link looks at Insurers committing fraud.
Insurerfraud.com "Every so often you see on the news a story about the bust of an insurance fraud ring, or an article or government report on how insurance fraud costs insurance companies billions of dollars each year. What amazes us is the lack of discussion on how insurance companies cheat their insureds and third party claimants, and how the department of insurance of a given state is indifferent to the complaints of its citizens against insurers. This web site was established so that consumers could share their experiences regarding various insurers, the response of state regulators to the complaints of consumers and to establish some balance in the insured/insurer relationship."
Used Car Information
Illinois- Secretary- of- State FREE service from Jesse White's Office. Use the "Title and Registration" link in the left column to check the VIN for clean title and registration.
National-Insurance-Crime-Bureau "NICB's VINCheckSM is a FREE service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a previously declared total loss vehicle by cooperating NICB members. To perform a search a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is required. A maximum of 5 VINCheck searches can be conducted within a 24 hour period."
If the VIN is reported as Flood or Total Loss by Collision the information can be reasonably depended on, however if it is reported as clean it may or may not be. The NICB is relying on insurance companies to disclose this information to them and not all companies do. See the related link below for additional information on the NICB VINCheck: See-New-York-Times-"Background-Checks-for-Cars"
Should you have a need to pursue someone for a small dollar amount, under $10,000.00, you might be interested in a video produced by the Circuit Court of Kane County in Illinois. Going to Small Claims Court
Referrals to other sources of assistance does not constitute an endorsement.
Additional information and resources follow
Books and/or Movies:
Rainmaker Book (John Grisham) and Movie (Francis Ford Copola 1997). An idealistic young lawyer (Matt Damen) and his cynical partner (Danny DeVito) take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company.
A Civil Action Book (Jonathon Harr) and Movie (Steven Zaillian 1998). The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer (John Travolta).
Sicko Movie (Michael Moore 2007) A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.
From Good Hands To Boxing Gloves Book (David J. Berardinelli) The dark side of Insurance. This book is not authorized, sponsored, or endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with, Allstate Insurance Company. ALLSTATE and GOOD HANDS are registered trademarks of Allstate Insurance Company and are used here for purposes of identification, description and comment only.
Vulture Culture: Dirty Deals, Unpaid Claims, and the Coming Collapse of the Insurance Industry Book (Eric D. Gerst) Hard-Hitting Expose of the Problem-Plagued Insurance Industry
The information contained is for the general public and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction for legal questions or issues.