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Automotive Parts and Service Association (APSA) of Illinois today joined the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) in support of H.R. 5638, sponsored by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). Introduced in March 2008, the bill would amend Title 35, U.S. Code (Patents) to provide design patent exemption for alternative repair parts used for the purpose of repairing a vehicle to its original appearance, protecting consumers from monopolies imposed by the large automakers in the aftermarket collision parts market.

Nearly 100 men and women who work in the automotive aftermarket industry, including professional technicians from repair shops from around Massachusetts, converged on the Statehouse Tuesday, May 13th to call for passage of the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act (HB 296). Despite persistent claims by automobile manufacturers that repairers are getting the information they need, the repairers told their legislators they continue to be shut out on critical information despite the small fortune they are now paying for tools, software and diagnostic information.

Members of the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA) Collision Division Operations Committee met with Chris Andreoli, corporate PD process manager of Progressive Insurance, May 1 during ASA’s Annual Convention in Santa Clara, Calif.

Chrysler chief Bob Nardelli has announced a $2.99-a-gallon gas price guarantee program for people who buy or lease new vehicles.

Ford Customer Service Division has introduced the “2008 Summer of Savings” – a national program exclusively for independent auto repair and body shops.

Friday, 11 April 2008 11:30

CCC and Mitchell International to Merge

CCC Information Services Inc., of Chicago, Illinois, and Mitchell International, Inc., of San Diego, California, have signed a definitive agreement under which they will combine in a merger-of-equals transaction valued at $1.4 billion.