The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC), a group of independent automotive parts manufacturers and distributors, auto body repair shops and parts stores, and insurers and consumers committed to preserving competition in the collision parts industry, announced it has 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 the QPC believes 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,” the QPC stated. “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.”
Added Ed Salamy, executive director of the QPC, “The QPC is dedicated to working with the 114th Congress to support the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales (PARTS) Act. This bipartisan bill will protect consumers’ right to choose between purchasing parts from their car company or an alternative supplier.”
The comic strip titled, “Consumers Benefit from Competition,” can be viewed on the QPC website.