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Source: Federal Trade Commission Agency Orders Require Companies to Fix Warranties, Come Clean with Customers, and Compete Fairly with Independent Repairers The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC and Westinghouse outdoor generator maker MWE Investments, LLC for illegally restricting customers’ right to repair their purchased products. The FTC’s complaints Read more…


Source: Matthew Gault, VICE The investigation would look into the auto industry’s self-regulation on the issue and how the government can keep people safe while letting them repair their own vehicles. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Indiana has sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) demanding it examine Washington’s role in regulating the automotive industry Read more…


Source: CAR Coalition The REPAIR Act has added two new co-sponsors — Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford (R-AR) and Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL). This brings to 10 the number of REPAIR Act sponsors since its introduction by Rep. Bobby Rush in February. This thoroughly bipartisan legislation now boasts 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans. Other co-sponsors include: Rep. Read more…


Source: Adam Malik, Auto Service World The entire automotive industry is seeing record retail sales and the aftermarket is no exception. Data from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants show the first quarter of this year was very good to the bottom lines of the entire industry. DesRosiers reported that automotive parts, accessories and tire stores saw retail sales climb Read more…


Source: GlobeNewswire Abstract: What’s New for 2022? -Global competitiveness and key competitor percentage market shares. -Market presence across multiple geographies – Strong/Active/Niche/Trivial. Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Automotive Repair and Maintenance Services Industry“: Online interactive peer-to-peer collaborative bespoke updates Access to our digital archives and MarketGlass Research Platform Complimentary updates for one year Global Read more…


Source: Melanie Alnwick, FOX 5 DC WASHINGTON – A consumer alert for car owners as a global shortage of repair parts means you could be in for long delays and higher prices the next time you need your vehicle fixed. When your car needs repair – consumers have become used to a quick turnaround. Bring it in Read more…


Effective 6/15/2022, new Partslink data is available for download for existing subscribers. For information on the Partslink program, including market intelligence, and how to subscribe to Partslink, please visit www.autobpa.com/partslink. Partslink Monthly Statistics Partslink is more than just a database of part numbers. Information pertaining to part pricing and supersession are also available to subscribers.


Source: CollisionWeek After more than two decades, the largest auto insurer in the U.S. will test the reintroduction of certified non-OEM collision repair parts. State Farm announced to its Select Service shops in Texas and Oklahoma on June 14 that due to supply chain issues it will conduct a test of expanded specification of non-Original Manufacturer (OEM) Read more…


Kentwood, MI – The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non-profit standard-setting and certification organization for automotive crash parts, is pleased to announce that Stacy Bartnik, Industry Relations Manager – CAPA Certification Program, Intertek, will again serve as a judge for the SkillsUSA Championships Collision Repair Technology skills competition. Bartnik previously served as a judge at Read more…


Source: Christian Hinton, Tire Review The need for federal right to repair protections in the auto industry was top of mind for key legislators and regulators at a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing held on May 18. Chair Mike Quigley (D-IL) began by noting the importance of “initiatives that I have long supported like increasing consumer rights to Read more…

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