Car accidents happen, but luckily you've had a choice for decades on whether to repair your car with generic car parts or with car companies' parts, a choice that saves consumers approximately $1.5 billion a year.
However, big car companies are now trying to make you buy car parts exclusively from them by placing a 14-year design patent on replacements parts, such as fenders, grilles, headlights, and mirrors. Giving the car companies even more control over a market they already nearly monopolize.
In February 2015, U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales Act or the PARTS Act (H.R. 1057 and S. 560), which strikes a balance between protecting intellectual property and preserving competition in the automotive repairs parts market. Similar legislation was introduced in the 113th Congress.
by keeping costs down and preserving access to alternative, lower-priced, high quality auto parts.
by ensuring availability of quality, low cost parts at more than 40,000 collision repair shops nationwide.
by supporting and protecting tens of thousands of jobs in cities and small towns nationwide
by preserving 60 years of competition and stopping the car companies from growing their monopoly at your expense.
by bringing the U.S in line with other countries, including the EU and Australia, who have similar laws.
Major car companies control more than 66% of the collision repair parts market, and they are trying to expand their monopoly by securing U.S. design patents on collision parts like bumper covers, hoods and mirrors.
By enforcing design patents on seven collision repair parts for the 2004 Ford F-150, Ford effectively eliminated competition for seven F-150 collision repair parts.
Dramatically increasing since the 1990s and more than doubling since 2005, the design patent problem will only worsen as more car companies seek to expand their monopoly in the market.
The ability to choose alternative collision repair parts currently saves consumers approximately $1.5 billion each year. These parts – while equivalent in quality – are often priced 26-50 percent less.
If the car companies are allowed to use design patents to eliminate competition for collision repair parts, American car owners will be left with very limited options.
A new exterior, cosmetic generic part (made in many of the same factories that make car company parts). Examples of these parts include lights, grilles, door panels, fenders, bumper covers and hoods. These are also known as aftermarket crash parts
The quality is assured by manufacturers and distributors who provide warranties on their parts. QPC members often have warranties that exceed those offered by the car companies. Many quality alternative parts are certified by an independent third party.
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The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) represents the interests of the independent parts industry, repairers, insurers, consumers and seniors. The Coalition consists of associations, coalitions and businesses committed to preserving competition in the collision parts industry.
The goal of the QPC is to develop and secure a permanent legislative change to U.S. design patent law to protect the consumer’s right to benefit from quality, lower-cost alternative replacement parts and to preserve competition.
We believe competition is good for everyone and we are fighting every day for consumers’ right to have a choice. That is why we are supporting the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales Act or the PARTS Act.
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