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Insurance companies 'in cahoots with accident management firms'

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New research has suggested that some insurance companies are working alongside accident management firms.

Retail Motor Law's combination of motor industry and legal expertise provided shocking details that has sparked tonight's Dispatches: Secrets of Your Car Insurance show on Channel 4 (January 7th).

Managing director of Retail Motor Law Andrew Moody said the Dispatches team was shown that there are certain agreements in place between certain paint manufacturers and distributors with insurance and accident management companies.

Mr Moody added that the number of bodyshops has dramatically fallen in the last ten years.

The majority have fallen by the wayside as they have less business from used car owners because they refuse to work with insurers.

"An unfortunate culture has developed where policyholders call their insurers as soon as they have a crash. With a few words from a claims handler they will be steered into an approved repairer network," he continued.

The rising number of whiplash claims in the UK could soon be tackled by the government, as it stated last month there would be a consultation on the matter.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801518024-ADNFCR

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