WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC), a group of independent automotive parts manufacturers and distributors, auto body repair shops and parts stores, insurers, and consumers committed to preserving competition in the collision parts industry, released a comic strip to highlight the importance of having competition in the auto repair industry.
The comic strip compares what an accident looks like today and what it could look like if competition were eliminated from the marketplace. For decades, consumers have benefited from competition in collision repair parts between car companies and alternative suppliers – saving an estimated $1.5 billion to $2.4 billion per year. However, in the past 10 years, some car companies have increased their number of design patents for collision parts from 100 patents to nearly 800 patents in order to eliminate competition from the marketplace.
“The QPC is dedicated to working with the 114th Congress to support the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act,” said Ed Salamy, Executive Director of the QPC. “This bi-partisan bill will protect consumers’ right to choose between purchasing parts from their car company or an alternative supplier.”
The Quality Parts Coalition represents the interests of the independent parts industry and stores, car repairers, insurance companies, and consumers. 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 www.KeepAutoPartsAffordable.org.