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Providence, RI – The Rhode Island Senate is considering a bill that would require written consent from consumers if insurers or body shops specify aftermarket crash parts for vehicles that are newer than 48 months beyond their manufacturing date. ABPA Executive Director Ed Salamy, who is also a Rhode Island resident, recently wrote a piece that was Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek Senate Bill 2679 would expand non-OEM parts prohibition to 48 months, require OEM repair procedures. Rhode Island Senate Bill, that was introduced in March by State Senators Maryellen Goodwin, Dominick Ruggerio and Michael McCaffrey, is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow, May 8 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ruggerio is President of the Senate and McCaffrey Read more…


WASHINGTON — Nat Wienecke, Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) issued the following statement applauding Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for raising the importance of the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act to preserve competition in the aftermarket parts market during today’s Senate Committee on Judiciary hearing Read more…


The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) has announced its continued support of the “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales Act” (The PARTS Act – S.812 and H.R.1879) which were reintroduced in both houses of Congress on Tuesday, April 4. The PARTS ACT was jointly reintroduced in the 115th Congress by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Read more…


Smithfield, RI – March 28, 2017: The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is publicly supporting auto body repair legislation recently introduced in the West Virginia Legislature (SB 544) that would eliminate the OE requirement on newer vehicles and change notification language. West Virginia’s Senate Bill 544 seeks to revise a current state law that requires written consumer Read more…


As previously reported, Congress is considering imposing a “Border Adjustment Tax” (BAT). The BAT would levy a 20 percent tax on imported goods, in the hopes of raising over a trillion dollars of tax revenue over the next decade. The purported benefits of a border adjustment tax is to give tax breaks to American companies that ship Read more…


In a sign of how divisive the battle between OEM and aftermarket parts remains, legislation has been introduced in two states that take diametrically opposing stances on aftermarket parts. In New York, Assembly Bill 6617 would require collision repair facilities in the state to obtain a signed customer authorization form before using any non-OEM parts on a Read more…


UPDATE: After receiving a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Committee on Insurance and Commerce, the Arkansas Senate overhwelmingly passed a bill (SB291) repealing the state’s law requiring that only OEM parts be used to repair a vehicle under manufacturer’s warranty. The vote was 21-9, with 1 abstention. The measure now goes to the House Insurance and Commerce Read more…


While Maryland continues to try to throw roadblocks up against aftermarket parts, Arkansas may be going in the opposite direction. A hearing today in the Arkansas General Assembly will discuss Senate Bill 291 (SB 291), which seeks to repeal a state requirement that OEM parts be used to repair any damaged vehicle while it is still under Read more…


By Bill McDonough, Editor, Body Language According to a report in Collision Week (Feb. 9, 2017), the Maryland Senate is considering yet another bill that, if passed into law, would require automobile insurers to authorize collision repairs only if they are made with OEM parts or certified aftermarket parts. Parts covered by the bill include fenders, bumpers, Read more…

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