Report: Severe Weather Impacting Collision Repair, Auto Insurance

July 3, 2024

The latest report focuses on how severe weather events — particularly hurricanes and convective storms — are impacting the auto insurance and collision repair industries.

Notably, there have been significant increases in repair times and costs due to storm-related damages.

For example, hail-related auto claims rose to 11.8% of all comprehensive claims in 2023, up from 9% in 2020, with average repair costs for hail-damaged vehicles increasing by 15% over the past three years.

Source: CCC Intelligent Solutions Inc.

In addition, hail claims are on average 21.7% more costly to repair than the average comprehensive claim and 25.6% costlier than the average repairable claim.

The report is based on information derived from 300 million claims-related transactions and millions of bodily injury and personal injury protection (PIP) /medical payments (MedPay) casualty claims processed by CCC customers. CCC found that geographic shifts where there has been influx of new residents to hurricane- and hail-prone areas like Florida, Colorado and Texas have intensified the impact on insurers and repair shops, leading to higher volumes of claims and stressing the existing repair infrastructure.

A case study in the report highlights Hurricane Ian’s impact in 2022, where comprehensive estimates tripled in affected states and increased nearly sevenfold in Florida.

The average total cost of repair (TCOR) increased 3.3% in Q1 2024 compared to Q1 2023, with labor rates and parts costs contributing to the rise.

Q1 2024 saw significant improvements in repair cycle times, with vehicles entering repair shops six days sooner compared to Q4 2023.

Electric vehicles (EVs) accounted for 2.4% of all repairable claims in Q1 2024, up from 1.6% in Q1 2023.

The average repair cost for EVs is 46.9% higher than for non-EVs, primarily due to higher labor costs. For vehicles three years and newer, the average repair cost for EVs is 19.5% more than non-EVs.

The report found that casualty and medical costs associated with auto claims continue to rise, with high-dollar procedures experiencing significant inflation.

Additionally, uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) injury claims frequency increased by 44%, rising from 9.4% in Q1 2023 to 13.5% in Q1 2024, as households struggle with rising auto insurance premiums.

High turnover among adjusters is hindering subrogation efforts, leading to a 16% decrease in referrals.

Carriers are increasingly using technology to streamline subrogation processes and improve recovery rates.

“Extreme weather events are increasing in severity, becoming major disruptors in the auto claims and repair industry,” said Kyle Krumlauf, director of industry analytics at CCC and co-author of Crash Course. “Our Q2 report delivers critical insights, showing that the frequency and severity of storms are not just a seasonal issue but a persistent challenge that demands strategic planning and swift adaptation from industry players.”

Previously published annually, the Crash Course report is being released quarterly in 2024 to provide more frequent updates on key trends and insights. The Q2 2024 report is the 30th edition of Crash Course.

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