Thursday, 31 January 2008 09:00

CAWA Joining Forces to Secure Permanent Legislative Change

The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) has joined with CAWA in the growing consortium of independent parts and industry organizations, insurance companies and consumer groups working to preserve competition in the automotive collision replacement parts industry.

With quality replacement parts 26 to 50 percent less expensive than manufacturer-issued parts, the freedom to choose the parts that go into their vehicles saves consumers up to $1.2 billion each year.  Alternative replacement parts often carry warranties that exceed those offered by automobile manufacturers, thus giving consumers more value for a lower price.

In addition to saving consumers money, the independent alternative body parts market feeds the U.S. economy by employing tens of thousands of workers. Without a permanent legislative solution, the current and rising trend of automaker design patents on collision replacement parts could eliminate the entire alternative replacement parts industry, thus removing competition in the marketplace.

“From its work with legislators on some of the most important issues facing our industry today to its proven track record connecting the diverse interests of members to reach a common goal, CAWA is a strong force in the aftermarket industry,” said Eileen Sottile, executive director of the QPC. “CAWA’s leadership will help solidify our coalition’s foundation as we work to incorporate the “repair” in U.S. design patent law.”

Since its formation in 1955, CAWA has focused on active participation in government affairs. Along with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), which is also a member of the QPC, CAWA ensures that the industry is represented on a local, state and federal level, providing its members with a voice in Sacramento, Carson City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

“As the industry voice for a region that often shapes dialogue on the federal level, the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association is pleased to join forces with the Quality Parts Coalition to strengthen our outreach,” said Rodney Pierini, president and CEO of CAWA. “Our partnership with the QPC will allow us to continue our rich tradition of leadership on behalf of the aftermarket industry and the people of California.”

For more information, visit www.cawa.org and www.qualitypartscoalition.com.