Vermont legislation seeking to regulate aftermarket parts

Feb. 3, 2022
The bill, House 522, would regulate the use of aftermarket parts in automotive repairs covered by insurance.

A Vermont bill that would regulate the use of aftermarket parts in automotive repairs covered by insurance was introduced on Jan. 7, 2022, by Vermont State Representative Patricia McCoy.

The bill, House 522 (HB522), would ban insurers, or “a person licensed to issue any insurance policy or insurance contract in the state,” from the use of aftermarket parts in repairs unless the parts are certified by the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA).

As defined in the bill, aftermarket parts are “sheet metal or plastic parts that generally constitute the exterior of a motor vehicle, including inner and outer panels.”

Additionally, an insurer that requires the use of aftermarket parts would “be liable for the cost of any modifications that may become necessary when making a repair.”

If aftermarket parts are installed, the customer must be clearly informed by the insurer in writing, either on the estimate or on a separate document attached to the estimate.

Aftermarket parts manufactured after Jan. 1, 2023, must be permanently marked to identify the manufacturer.

Lastly, as noted on the bill, aftermarket parts are not required by an insurer in the repair of vehicles “placed in service during the two years immediately preceding the claim report and that have 30,000 or fewer miles recorded on the odometer.”

If approved, the bill would take effect July 1, 2022.

About the Author

Kayla Nadler | Associate Editor | Vehicle Repair Group

Kayla (Oschmann) Nadler is a former associate editor for the Vehicle Repair Group.

With an education in journalism and public relations, Nadler contributed to Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) and Professional Distributor magazines, as well as VehicleServicePros.com.

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