The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has sent letters to state insurance regulators and state attorneys general regarding State Farm’s nationwide rollout of changes in its Select Service DRP. The letter requests that state regulators review State Farm’s mandate to use PartsTrader to determine if it violates state law.
Under the rollout, which will be completed by 2014, State Farm will mandate that its Select Service shops use PartsTrader’s software to electronically order parts.
ASA contacted State Farm and PartsTrader after the pilot program was made public, expressing members’ concerns with the program. The association dispatched a team of collision repair leaders to State Farm’s headquarters to discuss the pilot, the impact of the program on collision repairers and any expanded program rollouts.
Dan Risley, ASA executive director, states in the letter:
“We believe this mandatory parts procurement program stifles competition and harms both the consumer and the small businessperson.”
State Farm’s mandate has the potential to impact repairers in the following ways:
Limit a repairer’s right to choose the parts vendors from whom they purchase parts
Limit a repairer’s right to choose an electronic parts ordering vendor
Increase the number of days to repair the customer’s vehicle
Increase the indirect costs to the consumer
Increase the repair facility’s administrative time
Negatively impact the repair facility’s profitability
Reduce local automotive parts sales, negatively impacting local economies