Consumer Choice in Auto Body Repairs
Industry Issues | Auto Body Repair
Auto Body Repair
PCI is committed to ensuring your insurance company can continue to provide you with information and auto body repair options that have a track record of providing quality repairs, lifetime warranties and a hassle-free claims process. Additionally, PCI is focused on legislative and regulatory activities that help to ensure repair costs are reasonable, which benefits all consumers. Helping to contain the cost of auto insurance helps to control auto insurance rates.
To encourage greater competition in the collision repair parts industry, PCI is supporting the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act, (S. 780) which is in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The coalition recently produced a video: The Hidden Monopoly on Your Auto Repair Parts
, which highlights how car companies are trying to force you to buy auto repair parts only from them after a car accident, limiting your choice and increasing your cost.
The availability of aftermarket parts has created competition in the market and helped bring about lower costs for replacement automobile parts. A study by PCI
found that rebuilding a 2012 Toyota Camry entirely with OEM (original equipment manufacturer) replacement auto body parts costs about $157,000 — seven times the car's original retail price. This research highlights
what the dramatic cost impact could be if quality alternatives to car company parts were no longer available.
In the states this year, PCI was successful in helping to defeat harmful auto body repair/glass legislation in Arizona, Maryland and South Carolina. In Rhode Island PCI helped to defeat the “right to sue” bill (HB 5522/SB 472), but HB 5263/SB 465, which would leave the decision to repair or total a vehicle in the hands of auto body shops became law.
PCI Urges Members to Oppose Maryland Auto Body Repair Tax
PCI Testifies Against Rhode Island Auto Body Repair Regulations
Providence Journal Editorial: Car Wreck
PCI Expresses Disappointment with Auto Body Repair Legislation Becoming Law
PCI Radio Ad: The Time is Now; Stop the Auto Body Rip Off
Caution: Higher Repair Costs Ahead
Special Report: Aftermarket Parts
Certified Automotive Parts Coalition
Quality Parts Coalition