The Michigan Legislature is considering legislation that addresses automotive parts mandates: Senate Bill 430, introduced by Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Joe Hune (R-22). If implemented, this bill would amend the insurance code to prohibit insurers from requiring automotive repairers to use a specific vendor or process to procure parts and other materials.
ASA believes the legislation will benefit both consumers and automotive repairers in the state of Michigan. Approval of the bill will protect free-market competition among parts providers because shop owners would then be able to do business with the vendors they choose. In turn, this translates into better products and services for the consumer.
Ray Fisher, president of ASA-Michigan commented, “We need our Michigan auto repairers to contact their legislators immediately asking them to express support for S.B. 430. Parts mandates overstep boundaries and are a distraction to the repair process for our members, consumers and the industry as a whole. This bill addresses the parts mandate issue only, providing a solution to a problem collision repairers face every day.”
To view S.B. 430 and send a support letter, please visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.
The Automotive Service Association is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA serves an international membership base that includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.
ASA advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. To take advantage of the many benefits of membership in ASA, please visit www.ASAshop.org or call (817) 514-2900.
For additional information about ASA, including past media releases, go to www.ASAshop.org, or visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com.