Birth of IADA
When the war ended in 1945, civilian registrations for cars and trucks hit a new high. Accident frequency increased. Auto body repair costs skyrocketed 134 percent over pre-war prices. The body shop bonanza soon began costing consumers plenty. Rising auto body repair claim payments were passed on in higher auto insurance premiums.
During 1946 the insurance industry surveyed the problem and found many auto body garagemen who recklessly inflated their repair estimates, consumers who exaggerated damages to insured vehicles, and insurance agents and adjusters who did not have the automotive technical skills needed to avoid paying inflated auto repair claims.
Founded in 1947 as the Independent Appraisal Plan, its mission was “to protect insurance consumers from overpaying for auto body repairs.” This was done by having an unbiased automotive specialist “appraiser” assess vehicle damage and establish a fair cost of repair instead of relying on body shop estimates or estimates prepared by unqualified personnel. The Independent Appraisal Plan was approved in 1947 by the Association of Casualty and Surety Companies and the National Association of Mutual Companies. The Plan reorganized in 1964 as the Independent Automotive Damage Appraisers Association (IADA), a national not-for-profit organization.
The IADA is a nationwide network of appraiser specialists with the knowledge and experience to assess vehicle damage and to make unbiased repair decisions based on the manufacturer’s specifications, accepted industry procedures, and safety concerns. Having the expert knowledge to make these important decisions without favoritism toward the insurance company, auto body shop, or vehicle owner is what sets the IADA appraiser apart.
For nearly 75 years, the IADA has been setting the standard of excellence for vehicle appraising. Today, the vigor and forward-looking spirit of this association of independently-owned companies is exemplified by the rapid strides being made by the IADA in implementing the latest technology to continue to reduce the cost of vehicle repair without sacrificing repair quality or customer service. IADA is dedicated to the goal of highly professional, unbiased appraisals to protect our customers against unrealistic repair methods, inadequate or faulty repair procedures, and fraudulent practice.