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Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate that would fix this loophole and, the QPC states, “safeguard consumers against price gouging.” The QPC says that the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2013 (H.R. 1663 and S. 780) would “ensure consumer choice for auto collision repair parts is preserved and protect 60 years of competition that has existed in the auto repair parts market.”

“It is simply not fair to saddle consumers with higher repair and insurance costs as a result of car companies seeking to eliminate competition and charge monopolistic prices,” said Jack Gillis, director of public affairs for the Consumer Federation of America. “This report highlights the extraordinary consumer savings inherent in a competitive marketplace and the need for Congress to pass the PARTS Act without delay. Consumers need to make their voices heard to ensure that happens.”

Clearly, there are strong opinions on this subject and depending on your opinion or side, you need to speak to it. The only way that there can be change is if everyone’s voice can be heard. Think about it, if we allow just one company or just one industry (vehicle manufacturers) to dictate what we buy and who we buy it from, then we open the door for many, such as insurance companies, who will see it as weakness. A hole in the fabric of collision repair. For this reason alone, it’s worth standing up and speaking out. The hard truth is that if we don’t stand up now then we really have no right to complain later. The same theory is applied to voting for the President. For those that don’t vote, they have no real leg to stand on when things fall apart. Yet, these are the ones that will complain the most. Just like every vote counts, so does every voice.

So for the lack of another word, rally together everyone in the collision repair industry, make a difference. The Body Shop Business newsletter provided some of the information on this subject matter.

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