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What if you no longer had access to lower-cost, quality crash parts for your vehicle? Major car companies are trying to squash competition and force consumers to buy their higher-cost parts when less expensive quality alternatives are readily available.

But competition is good for everyone. It’s good for consumers because it keeps costs down. It’s good for businesses because it ensures availability. And it’s good for the U.S. economy because it supports tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.

A recently released report conducted by the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) revealed a dramatic price gap between OEM and aftermarket or alternative versions of the top 20 most commonly sold certified auto collision repair parts from 2009-2014.

The study found that the top 20 aftermarket parts that were tested by the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) were priced up to 50 percent less than OEM versions of the parts. Aftermarket versions of all of the top 20 were priced lower than the OEM versions; the average was 29 percent less expensive. The QPC claims these price differences have led to more than $80 million in consumer savings since 2009.

“This report reinforces the importance of consumers having a choice when making collision repairs to their cars,” said Ed Salamy, executive director of the QPC. “Without competition, auto manufacturers would be free to charge inflated prices, and consumers would have no other options.”

The QPC says that in recent years, automakers have begun “exploiting” a loophole in design patent law to limit access to alternative collision repair parts, forcing consumers to pay car companies more to fix their vehicles.

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