Munich The alliance requires that vehicle damage be repaired more frequently in the future rather than repaired with new parts. So-called green repair methods would make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions.
Allianz board member Klaus-Peter Röhler told an insurer event on Wednesday: “If insurers increase repair fees in Europe by just two percentage points per year, our experts have calculated that almost 30,000 tons of CO2 emissions.” corresponds to that Energy consumption of about 5100 apartments per year.
In the past, damaged parts were often exchanged for new parts in the event of insured accident damage. The move by Europe’s largest insurer has a second dimension in addition to the environmental aspect: the industry has been complaining for years about rising prices for spare parts.
Motor vehicle insurer Allianz wants to protect the environment with green repair methods and save money
The General Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) recently calculated price increases of more than eight percent within a year for fenders, windshields and lamp housings.
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Jörg Asmussen, CEO of the GDV, complains: “Last year, damage to a car cost the motor vehicle liability insurer an average of 3,375 euros, also around eight percent more than the last year”. about 2,400 euros. The result is an increase in contributions, which many customers experience, especially after an update, due to accidental damage caused by their fault.
Insurers criticize design protection
The dispute between insurers and automakers is about the “design protection” of a car. This also regulates that all visible body parts can only be obtained from the manufacturer.
Asmussen therefore criticizes “a quasi-monopoly”. The use of used parts is already established in France and Great Britain. Christoph Lauterwasser, Managing Director of AZT Automotive (Allianz Technology Center), says: In Germany you need to catch up.
This is an accusation that Klaus-Jürgen Heitmann, head of Huk-Coburg, has been making to car manufacturers for years. As a countermeasure, the German market leader in car insurance acquired around a quarter of the Pitstop garage chain in the summer.
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Salary costs, which sometimes reach hourly wages of 200 euros and more in workshops contracted for insurance claims, could be reduced if the customer agreed to a so-called workshop commitment in his contract. Then your damaged car would be repaired in the insurer’s network of workshops.
From Allianz’s point of view, repairing a breakdown rather than replacing it with new parts would be a step towards more sustainable motor vehicle insurance. According to CEO Klaus-Peter Röhler, this also includes the uniform certification of European workshops according to sustainability criteria. This is the only way to consciously include these aspects in the selection of a workshop.
Plus: Huk-Coburg insurer joins Pitstop.
First published: 10/20/22, 04:00.