No insurer issuing or renewing in this state any motor vehicle insurance policy, nor any agent or adjuster thereof, may require the insured or any person making a claim under such policy to use a particular company or location to obtain automobile glass replacement or repair services or products insured, in whole or in part, by that policy.
No such insurer, agent or adjuster may engage in any act or practice of intimidation, coercion or threat for or against any such insured or claimant to use a particular company or location to obtain automobile glass replacement or repair services or products covered, in whole or in part, by the insurance policy: Provided , That nothing contained in this article shall prohibit an insurer, agent or adjuster from entering into an agreement or arrangement with any company regarding automobile glass prices or services for the repair or replacement of automobile glass.
(a) Nothing contained in this article prohibits any insurer, agent or adjuster from providing to an insured or claimant a list that includes the names of automobile glass companies or locations that are reasonably close and convenient to the insured or claimant, and with which the insurer may have made special arrangements with respect to automobile glass prices or services.
(b) If an insurer, agent or adjuster provides an insured or claimant with a list of automobile glass companies or locations, such insurer, agent or adjuster shall advise the insured or claimant that he or she may use any other automobile glass company or location of his or her choice.
(c) All insurers shall fully and promptly pay the cost of automobile glass replacement or repair services or products from any nonlisted automobile glass company or location, less any applicable deductible amount payable by the insured according to the terms of the insurance policy, at no less than the prevailing market price charged by other automobile glass companies or locations providing comparable services or products in the same geographic area within the state.
(d) No automobile glass company or location may waive insurance deductibles or offer rebates, discounts or other incentives for automobile glass repair which is being reimbursed by insurance. An insurer may limit payment of all glass claims to a glass company or location that has violated this provision to the lowest competitive price. The glass company or location may not seek reimbursement for any amounts not paid directly from the insured or claimant.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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