The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has announced its support of the Mississippi Collision Repair Association’s recently filed suit against PartsTrader and State Farm that aims to prevent the two entities from bringing the program to Mississippi.
"What part of ‘no’ doesn’t State Farm understand?” says AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant. “The collision industry has clearly rejected the concept of PartsTrader, yet State Farm is taking the position that they are going to force PartsTrader on the collision industry like it or not. This lawsuit should be a wake-up call for State Farm. State Farm’s attempt to create the appearance that they are trying to help the collision industry solve a problem has clearly failed.
“It has become blatantly clear that State Farm is really attempting to further line their pockets on the backs of the collision industry by transferring part of the profit derived from parts from the collision industry to the insurance industry. If PartsTrader was good for the collision industry, State Farm would have been able to convince the industry to accept the concept by now. Instead, the collision industry has spoken not ‘No,’ but ‘Hell no!’ If State Farm doesn’t wake up and back off now, I predict that this lawsuit is only a taste of what is to come."