§ 146.8. Standards for prompt, fair and equitable settlements applicable to automobile insurance.
(a) Insurers may not recommend that third-party claimants make claim under their own policies solely to avoid paying claims under the insurers insurance policy or insurance contract.
(b) Insurers may not require a claimant to travel unreasonably either to inspect a replacement automobile, to obtain a repair estimate or to have the automobile repaired at specific repair shops.
(c) Insurers shall, upon the request of the claimant, include the first-party claimants deductible, if any, in subrogation demands. Subrogation recoveries shall be shared on a proportionate basis with the first-party claimant, unless the deductible amount has been otherwise recovered. A deduction for expenses can not be made from the deductible recovery unless an outside attorney is retained to collect the recovery. The deduction may then be for only a pro rata share of the allocated loss adjustment expense.
(d) If an insurer prepares an appraisal of the cost of automobile repairs, the appraisal shall be in an amount for which it may be reasonably expected the damage can be satisfactorily repaired. The insurer shall give a copy of the appraisal to the claimant and may furnish to the claimant, upon his unsolicited request, the names of two or more conveniently located repair shops.
(e) When the amount claimed is reduced because of betterment or depreciation information for the reduction shall be contained in the claim file. The deductions shall be itemized and specified as to dollar amount and shall be appropriate for the amount of deductions.
(f) When the insurer elects to repair in a first-party claim, the insurer shall cause the damaged automobile to be restored to its condition prior to the loss at no additional cost to the claimant other than as stated in the policy and within a reasonable period of time.
(g) The insurer may not use as a basis for cash settlement with a first-party claimant an amount which is less than the amount which the insurer would pay if repairs were made, other than in total loss situations, unless the amount is agreed to by the insured or provided by the insurance policy or insurance contract.
The provisions of this § 146.8 adopted December 15, 1978, effective December 16, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 3575.
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