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.
This year PCI opposed auto body repair legislation in Rhode Island known as the “right to sue” bill (HB 5522/SB 472), which essentially provided a body shop a blank check to charge whatever it wanted by depriving insurers of the ability to negotiate a fair price on behalf of the consumer. Additionally PCI opposed legislation (HB 5263/SB 465) that would leave the decision to repair or total a vehicle in the hands of auto body shops. While the right to sue bill was defeated, HB 5263/SB 465 became law.
To encourage greater competition in the collision repair parts industry, PCI is supporting the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act, which was recently introduced in Congress. The availability of aftermarket parts has created competition in the market and helped bring about lower costs for replacement automobile parts. Despite the benefits to consumers of aftermarket parts, some automobile manufacturers are attempting to eliminate competition. A recent 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.
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