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ABPA denounces auto body repair legislation in Maryland

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 09:00
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The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is publicly denouncing auto body repair legislation recently introduced in Maryland that, if passed, will limit consumer choices when having their vehicle repaired.

Maryland Senate Bill 1007 would require auto body repairers to use only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts or non-OEM aftermarket parts that have been certified by a narrowly defined independent testing organization for repairs made to vehicle damaged in an accident. The bill would also require insurance companies to only approve payment on repairs made with these narrowly specified parts.

“The Automotive Body Parts Association strongly opposes any attempt to curtail the rights of the consumer, to artificially restrict a competitive business environment, and to use legislation to award a virtually monopoly on the parts certification process,” said the ABPA’s Executive Director Edward Salamy. “This legislation favors special interest groups without regard to the negative economic impact it will have on consumers.”
 
“We also have concern about the limits this bill places on a consumer’s desire to use alternative parts and how this would affect them financially.”
Based on the language of the bill currently under consideration, Senate Bill 1007 further limit choice in the marketplace by eliminating a large portion of the certified parts inventory by excluding parts certified by certain testing organizations that are widely accepted within the industry.

“If passed, Maryland Senate Bill 1007 will severely limit consumer choice and raise the price of auto body repairs so that a small number of manufacturers and certification organizations can benefit,” said the ABPA’s Ed Salamy. “That would be an abuse of the law to favor a chosen few over the welfare of the general public.”

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