In July, two bills that sought to expand restrictions on aftermarket parts were passed in Rhode Island. On this episode of CollisionCast, Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, and Tom Tucker, director of state affairs for the association, discuss why they believe those bills set a bad precedent for the collision repair industry.
On top of industry players and OEMs, legislators in Rhode Island participated in the OEM vs. aftermarket parts debate as well. Here’s a breakdown of the bills that were passed and what national precedent they could set.
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.
Automakers, industry organizations and legislators have recently become vocal in the OEM vs. aftermarket part conversation. Here’s what reignited the debate, and how each side of the discussion is arguing its respective case.