According to Edward T. Salamy, executive director of ABPA, “Though noble intentions were behind their origination, we are seeing an increase in the addition of anti-aftermarket language that is detrimental to an important segment in the collision repair chain and to the American consumer.”
Thus far in 2019, 13 states have introduced OE Repair Procedure requirement bills, in addition to similar bills being introduced in nine states in 2018 and in six states in 2017. ABPA anticipates that this trend will continue into 2020 in other states.
“The current wave of OE Repair Procedure legislation many times contains embedded language that, in effect, limits repair competition, said Christopher Northrup, ABPA chairman. “Consumer rights around safe, quality and economic repairs are threatened with these proposed bills. The result would be a detrimental effect on the cost of the repair, the total loss valuation outcome, and in time, insurance premiums, all of which hurt consumers and threaten the vehicle repair supply chain.”
ABPA believes the use of OEM Repair Procedures are self-serving methods to eliminate the aftermarket collision repair industry. Salamy added, “As always, the ABPA will continue to address any legislation that looks to restrict the aftermarket. The ABPA would also like to stress that having a healthy aftermarket ensures competition and helps protect the wallets of American consumers.”
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