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OEM repair procedures lead 2019 state policy conversation

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 09:00
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The Automotive Service Association (ASA) recently hosted a webinar for the collision repair media to discuss Original Equipment Manufacturer Repair Procedures including Pre- and Post-Scanning of vehicles that have been involved in an accident.  ASA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance) held a press conference this summer, in Atlanta, Georgia, stating an interest in highlighting OE repair policies in a number of states during the 2019 state legislative sessions.

Participants in the recent webinar included:

  • Wayne Weikel, senior direct of government affairs, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Jake Rodenroth, director of industry relations, asTech
  • Darrell Amberson, ASA Immediate Past Chairman and president of operations, LaMettry’s Collision

Robert Redding, ASA Washington, D.C. Representative, served as moderator of the webinar. After a review of 2018 related legislation in Indiana, Illinois and Rhode Island, Weikel discussed automakers efforts to make shops and consumers aware of OEM repair procedures including a website that outlines automaker policies relative to vehicle repair, www.oem1stop.com. He also discussed the scope of how OEM Repair procedure policy should look in states. Finally, Weikel gave participants a sample of states that will be of focus in 2019 for legislative activity. It’s important to note that only in Rhode Island did OEM repair procedure legislation become law.  Both Indiana and Illinois bills died during the session. The final Rhode Island bill fell short on policy in that the new law only applies when OEM parts are used.

There has been much interest in requiring OEM repair procedures amongst collision organizations since the John Eagle Collision Center decision in 2017 that profiled the risk of not adhering to OEM repair procedures.

Although some would divide this policy debate between shops following OEM repair procedures or separately scanning, many of the automakers have publicly stated that scanning is part of the repair procedures recommended by the OEM’s. 

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