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Mitchell Transforms Estimating Platform to Meet the Needs of Electric Vehicles

September 13, 2022

Company pioneers new industry advancements that support accurate and efficient collision-damage appraisals of electric vehicles as market prepares for rapid growth. SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced enhancements to Mitchell Cloud Estimating that can simplify the collision damage appraisal process for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). These enhancements—which come as the electric vehicle (EV) sector is bracing for unprecedented growth—establish Mitchell’s position as a trailblazer in the development of advanced appraisal and claims management solutions for automotive insurance carriers and collision repairers. Historically, estimating platforms have not accounted for the design differences between EVs and their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. This can create challenges for insurance appraisers and collision repairers. Without EV-specific parts and categories, they have to write BEV damage assessments using ICE alternatives, which can impact estimate accuracy and appraiser efficiency. The enhancements to Mitchell Cloud Estimating will address these challenges by incorporating new functionality not available in other appraisal platforms. This includes tools designed to simplify the estimating process and support proper, safe repair. Among those new tools are EV-specific: Vehicle Types–Once the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is decoded, Mitchell Cloud Estimating automatically updates the user interface, making it specific to BEVs instead of ICE-powered passenger, commercial and specialty vehicles. Part Categories–New part categories dynamically surface the relevant parts data in a way that specifically relates to EVs. Data Organization–EV data is now consistently organized, helping appraisers easily locate the information needed to complete the estimate.   Qualifiers–Mitchell has established industry-standard definitions for EV battery capacity and motor size that appear on the vehicle selection screen and under the vehicle description detail on the printed estimate.  According to Bloomberg, the US surpassed 5 percent of new car sales powered only by electricity this summer—a critical tipping point that signals the start of mass EV adoption. In Canada, IHS Markit reported that 1 in 20 new vehicle registrations in 2021 were for BEVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), a jump of nearly 6 percent from 2020. With some car manufacturers shifting to all-electric fleets, EVs will inevitably appear in a greater number of collision claims going forward. “We’re seeing more EVs in the shop than ever before,” said Jeff Baggett, owner of Classic Car Motoring, Inc., an EV-certified collision repair facility for Mercedes, Tesla and Rivian. “Having an estimating platform that accounts for the differences in EV design and construction is really going to save us time. And being able to use that same platform for damage appraisals on all vehicle types—passenger, commercial and specialty—is a real game changer.” “Gas prices are accelerating EV adoption and driving one in four Americans to say that they will likely buy an EV the next time they purchase an automobile. This makes having a damage appraisal platform that can support these vehicles critical,” said Debbie Day, executive vice president and general manager of Mitchell’s Auto Physical Damage division. “Mitchell continues to lead the industry in the development of ground-breaking technology that streamlines the automotive claims process and supports the safe return of both EV and ICE vehicle owners to the road.” The patent-pending EV enhancements to Mitchell Cloud Estimating will be available later this year. For more information on the company’s cloud-based appraisal solution, visit the Mitchell website. You can also follow Mitchell on Twitter @MitchellClaims and @MitchellRepair for property casualty and collision repair updates. About Mitchell International Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Mitchell International, Inc. delivers smart technology solutions and services to the auto insurance, collision repair, disability and workers’ compensation markets. Through deep industry expertise, connections throughout the insurance ecosystem and advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and cloud-based solutions, Mitchell enables its customers and clients to succeed in today’s ever-changing environment. Each month, Mitchell processes tens of millions of transactions for more than 300 insurance providers, 20,000 collision repair facilities and 70,000 pharmacies. Its comprehensive solution and service portfolio empowers clients to restore lives after a challenging event. Mitchell, Genex and Coventry have recently aligned their joint industry expertise and advanced technology solutions to form Enlyte, a parent brand with more than 6,000 associates committed to simplifying and optimizing property, casualty and disability claims processes and services.

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Mitchell Accelerates Total Loss Settlements for Auto Insurers and Policyholders

August 30, 2022

Company teams with LossExpress and Claim Toolkit to deliver the industry’s first total loss valuation solution with integrated loan payoff capabilities and automated tax and fee calculations. SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Mitchell, an Enlyte company and leading technology and information provider for the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced that its advanced vehicle valuation solution now delivers full lender coverage and automated tax and fee calculations for total loss claims. These enhancements are designed to streamline the total loss settlement process for carriers by integrating Mitchell’s advanced WorkCenter platform with market-leading technologies from LossExpress and Claim Toolkit.  “Mitchell is absolutely committed to automating and expediting the claims process for our customers,” said Debbie Day, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mitchell’s Auto Physical Damage division. “By joining forces with LossExpress and Claim Toolkit, we can help insurers reduce settlement cycle time—allowing them to provide better, faster and more accurate outcomes to their policyholders.” Mitchell WorkCenter Total Loss combines the company’s best-in-class physical damage claims handling solutions with J.D. Power data analysis and pricing techniques to generate fair market values for vehicles declared a total loss. Integrating the LossExpress technology with WorkCenter Total Loss gives U.S. and Canadian carriers access to the largest active lienholder network and lender coverage for loan payoff amounts. It also offers document procurement for all finance, vehicle, and asset types within Mitchell’s cloud-based solution as well as access to electronic lien and title information. “We collaborate closely with both Mitchell and LossExpress,” said Mark Mitchell, State Physical Damage Manager of Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. “The integration between the WorkCenter Total Loss and LossExpress solutions is a natural fit for settling total loss claims quickly while meeting our customers’ expectations for an efficient claims experience.” Through the integrated WorkCenter Total Loss and Claim Toolkit platforms, U.S. insurers have the ability to accurately and automatically calculate state-specific taxes and fees for total loss settlements. They can then use WorkCenter Total Loss to export a market value report along with a more detailed breakdown of the applicable taxes and fees for that particular loss vehicle. Automating this process assists carriers in decreasing settlement time and increasing customer satisfaction. Automotive insurers interested in WorkCenter Total Loss and its value-added integrations with LossExpress and Claim Toolkit can contact Mitchell or visit the company’s website for more information. About Mitchell International Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Mitchell International, Inc. delivers smart technology solutions and services to the auto insurance, collision repair, disability and workers’ compensation markets. Through deep industry expertise, connections throughout the insurance ecosystem and advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and cloud-based solutions, Mitchell enables its customers and clients to succeed in today’s ever-changing environment. Each month, Mitchell processes tens of millions of transactions for more than 300 insurance providers, 20,000 collision repair facilities and 70,000 pharmacies. Its comprehensive solution and service portfolio empowers clients to restore lives after a challenging event. Mitchell, Genex and Coventry have recently aligned their joint industry expertise and advanced technology solutions to form Enlyte, a parent brand with more than 6,000 associates committed to simplifying and optimizing property, casualty and disability claims processes and services. For more information, follow Mitchell on Twitter @MitchellClaims and @MitchellRepair for property casualty and collision repair updates.

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Lemonade Selects Mitchell’s Solutions to Support Entry into the $300 Billion U.S. Auto Insurance Market

August 11, 2022

Mitchell’s claims management solutions are powering Lemonade Car and its successful U.S. introduction. SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Mitchell, an Enlyte company and leading technology and information provider for the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, today announced that Lemonade selected its claims workflow, automation and total loss solutions to support Lemonade Car, the insurer’s latest product offering. Mitchell’s solutions—which span auto physical damage and auto casualty—will help Lemonade streamline and optimize claims handling. Lemonade Car launched in Illinois in November 2021, expanding to Tennessee and Ohio recently thereafter, and will continue to roll-out nationwide. Lemonade Car features perks for safe and environment-conscious customers, including discounts for low-mileage drivers as well as environment-friendly EVs and hybrid cars. The Lemonade app uses telematics to measure how much and how safe people drive. It also provides 24/7 on-location roadside assistance, real-time crash detection, and dispatch of emergency services. After an extensive search, Lemonade chose Mitchell’s comprehensive claims management platform to assist in its delivery of an efficient, digital claims experience for consumers purchasing auto policies. Mitchell will support Lemonade through the automation and online delivery of auto physical damage claims management functions including loss reporting, loss profiling and triage, and damage appraisal. Lemonade is also leveraging Mitchell’s auto casualty injury claims processing solutions to automate both first-party auto and third-party liability claims. Automating these functions is intended to align with the insurer’s goal for Lemonade Car: to use technology to handle emergencies and settle claims seamlessly, providing the best possible experience for customers. “We’re honored to support Lemonade’s entry into the auto insurance market,” said Debbie Day, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mitchell’s Auto Physical Damage division. “At Mitchell, we continue to invest in the development of innovative, cloud-based solutions that are designed to allow our customers to work more efficiently while meeting consumer expectations for an automated, digital claims experience. Our auto physical damage and casualty solutions help carriers like Lemonade scale quickly as they bring best-in-class offerings to market.” Those interested in Lemonade Car can visit the company’s website to receive a quote or notification as the product becomes available in additional U.S. states.  For property casualty and collision repair updates and perspectives, follow Mitchell on Twitter @MitchellClaims and @MitchellRepair. About Mitchell International Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Mitchell International, Inc. delivers smart technology solutions and services to the auto insurance, collision repair, disability and workers’ compensation markets. Through deep industry expertise, connections throughout the insurance ecosystem and advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and cloud-based solutions, Mitchell enables its customers and clients to succeed in today’s ever-changing environment. Each month, Mitchell processes tens of millions of transactions for more than 300 insurance providers, 20,000 collision repair facilities and 70,000 pharmacies. Its comprehensive solution and service portfolio empowers clients to restore lives after a challenging event. Mitchell, Genex and Coventry have recently aligned their joint industry expertise and advanced technology solutions to form Enlyte, a parent brand with more than 6,000 associates committed to simplifying and optimizing property, casualty and disability claims processes and services.

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Average Length of Rental for Repairable Vehicles: Q2 2022

August 3, 2022

U.S. Length of Rental—Q2 2022 The 2nd quarter of 2022 saw average Length of Rental (LOR) for collision replacement-related rentals at 17.7 days, a 4.5-day increase from the 2nd quarter of 2021. This represents a decrease of half a day from the 1st quarter of 2022 when average LOR was 18.2 days. While the overall totals in 2022 are much higher than previous years, this quarter-to-quarter decrease of a half-day fits historical trending from the 1st quarter of the year to the 2nd quarter. While trending seems to be reverting to historical normalcy, the results themselves continue to illustrate a “new normal.” U.S. Average Length of Rental (LOR) By State—Q2 2022 Excludes total losses. Overall Alaska recorded the highest LOR in Q2 2022 at 22.1 days, which is also the highest year-over-year increase (7.0). Louisiana recorded an LOR of 21.9 days; Rhode Island was third highest at 21.0 days, followed by Oklahoma (20.7) and Georgia (20.4). Eight additional states had a replacement LOR of 19 days or higher, with nine more states recording LOR of 18 days or more. The states with the lowest LOR were Hawaii (13.1), North Dakota (13.2), Iowa (13.3) and Nebraska (13.7). Hawaii also had the lowest increase from Q2 2021 at 1.2 days. Nebraska (2.5) and Iowa (2.7) were the only other states to have increases less than three full days. As we noted in Q1 2022’s results, there was little regional difference in the results, confirming the increases as a national occurrence resulting from many factors, including parts availability and delays, staffing, backlogs and processes. Regarding parts, we spoke with Greg Horn, PartsTrader’s Chief Innovation Officer who oversees their data analytics department. From their data trending, Horn observed: “We look at the median plus two standard deviations to properly capture the impact of delivery days for all parts on the repair. PartsTrader’s Q2 2022 median of 14.9 days, compared to the Q1 2022 median of 15.6 days represents a reduction of 0.7 days, which aligns with the quarter-over-quarter LOR reduction.” Horn continued: “New OEM parts availability is still driving many delays, but the good news is there are fewer brands showing big delays. Six OEM brands had median (plus 2 standard deviations) delays of more than 20 days in Q1 of this year, while the same was true for only three OEM brands in Q2 2022. As we head in the second half of 2022, aftermarket and recycled parts supply and deliveries are returning to pre-COVID levels. Most OEMs have made significant improvements as well”. John Yoswick, editor of the weekly CRASH Network newsletter, also shared information regarding parts and repair backlogs: “More than 100 of the 650 shops responding to the latest CRASH Network survey included a written comment about backlog of work. Of these shops, more than one-third cited a similar refrain. “Almost every car waiting on parts. Swamped with work,” a shop owner in San Diego said, according to CRASH Network. We also spoke with Ryan Mandell, Director of Claims Performance for Mitchell International, who offered some additional observations that reflect on LOR and cycle time. Mandell noted, “Luxury vehicle frequency increased to 12.9% in Q2 2022 (compared to 10.3% in Q2 2021). In addition, BEV frequency increased from 0.63% of repairable claims in Q2 2021 to 0.83% in Q2 2022. BEVs on average have 1.3 days longer keys-to- keys cycle times in the US.” Mandell also provided another interesting analysis. “Comprehensive claims involving a catalytic converter increased from 1.9% in Q2 2021 to 3.5% in Q2 2022. Thefts of catalytic converters are being driven primarily by the increase in rare earth metal prices, which have only been exacerbated by the Ukraine-Russia conflict,” he said. Drivable Claims Drivable LOR was 15.2 in the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 3.7 days from Q2 2021’s 11.5 days. Louisiana had the highest LOR for rentals associated with drivable repairs at 19.0 days. The next highest state was Rhode Island at 18.6 days, followed by Georgia at 18.0 days. Three states had an LOR greater than 17 days. Eight more had an LOR of 16 or more days, and 13 states had an LOR of 15 days or more. North Dakota had the lowest drivable LOR at 10.1 days, followed by Hawaii (10.7), Iowa (11.2) and Nebraska (11.7). Rhode Island, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, and Georgia had the largest drivable LOR increases in Q2—all being five or more days higher than Q2 2021. Hawaii had the lowest year-over-year increase, with LOR only up 0.7 days. Non-Drivable Claims Overall, LOR for rentals associated with non-drivable claims was 26.4 days, up 7.7 days from Q1 2021. In Q1 2022, we noted that five states with non-drivable LORs 30 days or greater for the first time. In Q2 2022, that number rose to eight states: Alaska (34.7); Montana (32.9), Louisiana (32.0), Colorado (31.8), West Virginia (31.6), Oklahoma (30.9), Delaware (30.5), and Washington (30.0). Markedly, eight states had non-drivable LOR increases of 10 days or greater over last year, with Washington representing the highest increase (12.3). Fourteen states had year-over-year increases of 9.0 days or greater, and nine other states plus DC had increases of eight days or greater. Iowa had the lowest non-drivable LOR at 22.1 days. New York was second at 22.5, followed by Nebraska at 22.8. Massachusetts had the lowest year-over-year increase of “only” 4.2 days. Given recent trending, we broke down LOR by first-party insureds and third-party claimants. Overall, insured replacement rental LOR was 17.1 days in Q2 2022, whereas claimant rental LOR was 18.7 days. Focusing specifically on non-drivable rentals, insured LOR was 24.1 days in Q2 2022, a six-day increase from Q2 2021. West Virginia’s insured non-drivable LOR was 28.6, followed by Delaware at 28.1. Sixteen additional states had insured non-drivable LOR greater than 25 days. Virginia came in lowest at 19.9 days. Claimant non-drivable LOR was 33.8 days, a 12.8-day increase from Q2 2021. Alaska’s claimant non-drivable results help explain some of the increase—their LOR was 52.9 days in Q2 2022. This is a 25-day jump from Q2 2021. Vermont (43.8), Louisiana (42.5), Montana (41.4), Colorado (40.6) and West Virginia (40.2) were other LORs greater than 40 days. According to the weekly CRASH Network newsletter, the national average repair backlog remains near record levels. While scheduled work at shops nationwide eased somewhat in the second quarter, it was not nearly as much as generally happens heading into spring. The length of time a customer is likely to currently wait to get their vehicle repaired has not changed significantly from this past winter’s record-high backlogs. Shops on average are still scheduling work out a full month—4.3 weeks compared to 4.5 weeks in the first quarter of 2022. The decline of 0.2 weeks is only about half the usual decline in backlog between the first and second quarter, when spring brings a seasonal drop-off in winter weather-related accidents and the average shop backlog has typically fallen by 0.4 weeks. General trending of repair volume correlates with historical trending of LOR. Yoswick shared: “More than 13% of shops are still scheduling more than eight weeks out, a percentage that, until this past winter, hadn’t exceeded 2%. Shops with three months of backlog are not uncommon.” “Cosmetic work is 11 weeks out, non-drivers are four to five weeks out,” the manager of an independent shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, shared with CRASH Network. An estimator in Georgia, when asked about current backlog last month, said simply, “Middle of July!” Almost four in five shops (79%) are scheduling two or more weeks into the future. Less than 3% of shops have no backlog and can start on a new job right away. Only two regions in the country (South Central and West) have an average backlog of less than four weeks. The shortest average backlog in the West, including California, is 3.1 weeks. Until this past winter, that region had never exceeded an average backlog of 1.5 weeks (in the more than five years CRASH Network has been tracking the statistic). The longest backlogs are in the Pacific Northwest, where shops are scheduling work 5.2 weeks in advance, on average. When describing parts availability’s impact to the repair backlogs, PartsTrader’s Horn agreed: “While there are parts availability improvements in Q2 2022, delays still exist in the OEM parts supply chain and consequently, shops are scheduling farther out to protect themselves from potential parts delays.” Another consideration with non-drivable LOR is in the communication process between shop and insurer. We spoke with Dominic Martino, owner of Gold Coast Auto Body in Chicago, who shared: “We are consistently seeing 7 to 10 business days elapse between initial estimate or supplement submission and repair authorization. And if the submission requires reconciliation, we could see an additional 3 to 5 days. When insurer staff are coming into the shop in-person, we see reconciliation times drop to 24-48 hours.” Total Loss Claims The LOR for rentals associated with total loss claims was 17.3 days in Q2 2022, up 3.1 days from 14.2 in Q2 2021. Washington was highest at 22.8 days, followed by Oregon (20.9), West Virginia (20.8), Alaska (20.2), Idaho (20.1) and North Carolina (20.1). Iowa was lowest at 14.2 days, followed by Wisconsin (14.5), Nebraska (14.5), Wyoming (14.6), Florida (14.8) and Maine (14.9). While Washington’s results were an increase of 8.4 days from Q2 2021, Hawaii (17.2) dropped 1.2 days, and Wyoming saw a small drop of 0.2 days. Notably, California (16.6) was only up 0.6 days. Mandell noted: “With used vehicle values reaching new highs in Q2 2022, total loss frequency continued to decline to the lowest level in the past six years at 14.2% (compared to 17.1% in Q2 2021).”   Canadian Average Length of Rental (LOR) By Province—Q2 2022 Excludes total losses. Canada Length of Rental—Q2 2022 The first quarter of 2022’s results showed a four-day increase in Length of Rental (LOR) for collision replacement-related rentals in Canada. Would the second quarter show similar results? Would the historical trending of the second quarter as lowest in LOR return? Overall The overall Canadian LOR was 16.0 days in Q2 2022, an increase of 5.8 days from Q2 2021 and an increase of almost a full day (+0.9) from Q1 2022. Canada’s results seem similar to those observed in the US—with historical quarter-over-quarter trending returning to normal while year-over-year LOR continues to increase. For comparison, the overall LOR in the US in Q2 2022 was 17.7, so while Canada’s results are superior, the gap has significantly lessened. Ontario’s LOR increased 7.2 days to 18.3, which is both the highest overall LOR and the largest increase. Nova Scotia increased 7.1 days to 17.4 days, while Quebec was up 6.9 days to 17.2 days. The lowest overall LOR was New Brunswick at 13.4 days, followed by Newfoundland and Labrador at 14.6 days. Drivable Claims LOR for rentals associated with drivable claims was 11.4 days in the second quarter of 2022, a 3.3-day increase from Q2 2021. Ontario’s drivable LOR was highest at 13.2 days, a 4.5-day increase from Q2 2021. Nova Scotia came in second highest at 11.7 days, followed by Alberta at 11.4 days. The lowest drivable LOR was New Brunswick at 8.7 days. Non-Drivable Claims The non-drivable results from Q2 2022 were significant. LOR was 30.3 days – an increase of 13.2 days over Q2 2021. All provinces saw large increases; while PEI was highest at 35.4 days, only Quebec (24.1) and New Brunswick (28.4) came in under 30 days. Total Loss Claims LOR for total loss-affiliated rentals was 20.6 days in the second quarter, a seven-day increase over Q2 2021. PEI had the highest result at 30.3 days—an increase of 19.7 days. PEI’s results dwarfed Ontario, next-highest at 22.4 days. Data excludes the private carrier provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Summary The results for the second quarter of 2022 offer several items of note. As noted in the first quarter, the second quarter results are traditionally the lowest of the year. While the historical trending seems to have returned, the results themselves continue to be exacerbated by supply chain disruptions, parts delays, collision repair backlogs, claims process challenges and technician shortages. And with the complexity of vehicle repairs only increasing, for both ICE and BEV models, the entire industry must play a part in ensuring all collision-related businesses are aligned—not just for procedural solutions, but to ensure our mutual customers receive safe and proper repairs, and excellent experience and peace of mind. Enterprise is committed to partnering with insurers, repairers, and suppliers on each one of these issues. Through foundational support provided by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Enterprise is spearheading the Collision Engineering Program, in partnership with Ranken Technical College. The program, designed to attract and develop entry-level talent to fill essential roles within the collision repair industry, is piloting at four schools nationwide. For more information, visit www.beacollisionengineer.com. The quarterly LOR summary is produced by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Through its ARMS® Automotive Suite of Products, Enterprise provides collision repair facilities with free cycle time reporting with market comparisons, free text/email capability to update their customers on vehicle repair status, and online reservations. More information is available at armsautosuite.com.