ABPA - Automotive Body Parts Association

Automotive Body Parts Association

Association » Advocacy

The ABPA represents the interests of its membership and supports strategic positions that will enhance their business climate. Below are some current advocacy issues that ABPA members need to be aware of.

Current Efforts

Vehicle Data and Telematics Restrictions

As a member of Autocare, the ABPA is working with Autocare leadership in educating and engaging ABPA members in vehicle data restrictions. Autocare is currently marketing the “Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice.” Campaign. To find out more on this issue and how you as an ABPA member can act and make your voice heard, please follow the link below to the Autocare portal.


Section 232 Tariffs


ABPA vs Ford Global

On November 25, 2013, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Ford Global Technologies, LLC (Ford Global). The lawsuit requested a declaration that certain Ford Global design patents directed toward automotive body repair parts are invalid and unenforceable under the doctrines of functionality and patent exhaustion. ABPA is proceeding on the basis of associational standing.


Donate to the ABPA Legal Fund

The ABPA welcomes support from our Members to assist in advocacy efforts. To make a donation to the ABPA Legal Fund, download the Pledge Form below. If you opt for a regular contribution, you will receive a monthly invoice from the ABPA. All funds are directly deposited to the ABPA Legal Fund Account.

PDF: ABPA Pledge Form

Donations can also be made via PayPal by clicking the button below:


Quality Parts Coalition (QPC)

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. Website: www.keepautopartsaffordable.org


Partslink Numbering System
Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) / Intertek
DEPO Group / Maxzone Auto Parts
Automotive Manufacturers Equipment Compliance Agency, Inc. (AMECA)

Body Language

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