March 16, 2017—The Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) on Wednesday voiced its opposition to Senate Bill 544, which was recently proposed in West Virginia and would eliminate the requirement for consumer-written consent when using aftermarket parts in a vehicle that is still under a manufacturer’s warranty.
The WMABA feels that West Virginia is an example of how a state can protect consumers when it comes to the collision-repair parts used during the repair process. The WMABA noted that it hopes to have legislators thoroughly review and analyze potential consequences of Senate Bill 544 in an effort to protect consumers who may not fully realize the type of parts they’re always receiving during repairs.
The Washington auto organization argues that fine-print parts disclosures required at the end of each repair estimate or repair order are a necessary protection to ensure that customers are fully informed during the repair process. The group does not want the fine-print disclosure process altered from its current form.
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