The ABPA is proud to announce that it is a founding member of the Consumer Access to Repair (CAR) Coalition! The CAR Coalition is a group of independent automotive parts and repair companies, associations and insurers dedicated to preserving and protecting consumer choice, transparency, and affordability in the post collision repair market.
From the CAR Coalition’s official launch press release dated 7/1/20:
“In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the CAR Coalition urged Congress to examine issues related to secure and transparent ways to expand consumer choice over vehicle data. The letter follows a June 3, 2020, letter from auto companies/original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to impose a five-year federal preemption on any state taking action on the sharing of telematics data. The CAR Coalition is opposed to any federal preemption and is instead asking Congress to review the relevant issues and protect consumer choices.
The CAR Coalition stands ready to work with Congress to hold an appropriate hearing on this and other matters related to consumer choice and access in the post-collision repair process. In addition to ensuring consumer access to data, the CAR Coalition seeks to advance additional policy solutions that will address the rising cost of automotive collision repair for consumers. The Coalition will be highlighting automotive design patent abuses and will work to prevent steering techniques and first notice of loss from OEMs, which directs consumers to dealers first, limiting repair choices.”
More information on the CAR Coalition including the full text of their press release and letters to Congress can be found on the CAR Coalition website www.carcoalition.com and at the links below. If you are interested in finding out more or to contribute to the CAR Coalition, please contact ABPA Executive Director Ed Salamy at 800-323-5832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.