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Should consumers have the right to choose which parts are used to repair their vehicles? That’s the question behind an on-line petition being sponsored by PCI PAC, a political action committee representing the property and casualty industry, and a member of the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC). PCI PAC is seeking grassroots support for their efforts in support Read more…


Austin was huge. Chicago was even bigger. But the “Windy City” was a little cold for some, so for our next annual meeting we decided to seek out the sun. Therefore… We are pleased to announce that the 2016 ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention will be held in sunny Miami, Florida! The meeting will be held from Read more…


ABPA sued Ford Global Technologies LLC (FGTL) in the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) for a declaration that FGTL’s design patents are invalid and unenforceable. FGTL moved to dismiss the case, claiming that ABPA lacked associational standing to challenge the patents. ABPA won the motion and became the first association ever to win an associational standing challenge Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The annual Car-Part.com Industry Conference was held August 6-8 at the Holiday Inn in Erlanger, KY, just a stone’s throw away from the Cincinnati airport. Our friends at Car-Part.com, in particular Jeff and Janice Schroder, hosted a great convention that was not only educational, but entertaining. Many ABPA members know the Schroders Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The “Motor City” of Detroit played host to NACE, one of the automotive industry’s largest events. This was the second year in a row that NACE was held in Detroit, and it will return again in 2017, after a stop in Anaheim, CA next year. NACE officials claimed attendance was up from Read more…


Speaking at a panel discussion at the recent NACE conference, GM wholesale dealer channel general director Kris Mayer said the automaker’s “MyPriceLink” dynamic pricing program may be introduced nationwide as early as October. A test of the program began last week in the Denver market, with five insurance companies participating. MyPriceLink is being integrated with the CCC, Mitchell Read more…


Independent certification helps consumers and insurance companies identify a repair shop’s capability to provide high-quality repairs NSF International, a global organization with 70 years of certification and testing experience, has launched the NSF Automotive Collision Repair Shop Certification Program providing independent, third-party oversight of collision repair shops. The certification verifies the shop’s ability to conduct high quality Read more…


Legislation would ensure consumers continue to benefit from more affordable collision repair parts The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) is excited to announce that the bipartisan and bicameral “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales Act” or the PARTS Act (H.R. 1057 and S. 560) now has 15 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. They include: Darrell Issa Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director Summertime means that NACE is just around the corner. Last year was the show’s first in Detroit and attendance seemed to have increased significantly compared to the prior shows in Las Vegas. Personally, I will not miss having to attend two shows in Las Vegas, separated by only two weeks. I will Read more…


LKQ, Inc., the largest aftermarket parts distributor in the U.S., just got bigger. The company has acquired PartsChannel, Inc., the country’s second largest aftermarket parts distributor, from Prudential Capital Partners, a private equity firm. LKQ has thus secured an estimated 70 percent of the North American non-OEM parts distribution market. PartsChannel began in 1985 with a single Read more…

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