The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association believes bill S.B. 2104 would limit the use of quality aftermarket parts by demanding written consent for the use of non-original equipment following crashes.
Auto Care Association (ACA) president Bill Hanvey penned an op-ed opposing two Rhode Island bills that could expand the time frame and extend restriction on the use of non-OEM parts to any part damaged in a collision, not just body parts, to 48 months.
Honda has revised its position statement on glass repair and states that aftermarket parts may present "unforeseen circumstances causing the driver assist or other safety systems to operate abnormally, or not at all."
Aaron Schulenburg, executive director for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists, shares some facts in the OEM vs. aftermarket part debate that you can use when speaking with customers or negotiating with insurance companies.
On Oct. 6, Clay Hoberecht, owner of Best Body Shop in Wichita, Kan., uploaded a video to Facebook in which he states that Farmers Insurance wanted the shop to complete repairs on a 2016 Ford Fusion with aftermarket parts exclusively.