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Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) today welcomed the New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association (NYSAAA) as an integral part in the Coalition’s fight to secure legislation preventing what the QPC views as potential monopolies in the automotive aftermarket parts market.
The QPC formed in March 2007 in response to an International Trade Commission ruling mandating exclusive rights to manufacture seven repair parts for the Ford F-150 (model years 2004-2007). Since Ford is the only source for these new replacement parts, the QPC claims that Ford is forcing consumers to pay a monopoly price repeatedly first when the consumer purchases the car and then again for replacement parts whenever repairs are needed. The QPC says Ford’s 14-year patents will raise repair prices and insurance costs and increase the number of cars totaled after a fender-bender.
Recently, Ford filed another ITC case which the ITC announced it will investigate targeting Mustang owners.
“The appearance of the vehicle plays an important role when it comes to the consumer choosing a new car,” Eileen A. Sottile, executive director of the QPC, said. “The QPC and the NYSAAA aren’t arguing that overall patent designs are needed to protect the design of the vehicle. What we’re saying is that consumers deserve a choice when it comes to repairing the vehicle. A double monopoly will raise costs, with the largest impact hitting the consumer.”
NYSAAA says it’s committed to strengthening the automotive aftermarket industry, promoting education and professional development, and helping its members derive maximum success from their business operations.
“If the monopoly on aftermarket replacement parts continues, I think drivers need to stop and ask themselves if they can really afford to own a Ford,” said Dick Shea, executive director of NYSAAA. “Through our work with the QPC, we look to educate consumers on the impact these monopolies will have on potentially every make and model across the board.”