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QPC urges consumers to sign petition to protect automotive parts competition

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Las Vegas, Nov. 4, 2011—The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) shared updates on its efforts to secure a legislative fix to U.S. design patent law during the 2011 SEMA and AAPEX Shows, and is urging consumers to sign the QPC’s petition to protect competition and keep auto parts affordable.

The QPC said it is using the petition to garner support for competition in the collision repair parts industry as part of its legislative push. The QPC will share petition signatures with members of Congress to demonstrate constituent support for continued availability of alternative repair parts.

The petition states the following:

“I support competition in the automotive parts industry because it is good for everyone. It is good for consumers because it keeps the cost of collision repair parts down. It is good for businesses because it ensures availability of collision repair parts, which means more cars can be repaired more quickly, and that helps repair shops stay in business. And it is good for the U.S. economy because the alternative collision parts industry employs tens of thousands of American workers in cities and small towns across the country in all 50 states. The interests of consumers, businesses and the economy are best served by protecting competition in the automotive parts industry.”

The petition can be found on the QPC’s Facebook page under the “Sign the Petition” tab: facebook.com/KeepAutoPartsAffordable.

“Competition keeps costs down and ensures that consumers are getting a fair price for repair parts,” said Eileen Sottile, executive director of the QPC. “We’re calling on consumers to send a message to Washington that their right to more affordable parts must be preserved, especially in these times of economic uncertainty.”

The QPC represents the interests of the independent parts industry, repairers, insurers, consumers and seniors. The goal of the QPC is to develop and secure a permanent legislative change to U.S. design patent law to protect the consumer’s right to benefit from quality, lower-cost alternative replacement parts and to preserve competition.

For more information, visit KeepAutoPartsAffordable.org.

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