LAS VEGAS (Nov. 3, 2011) — Members of the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) are urging consumers to sign the group's petition to protect competition and keep auto parts affordable.
The QPC held a meeting during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) shows in Las Vegas to share updates on the coalition's efforts to secure a legislative fix to U.S. design patent law and draw attention to inequities it claims exist in the pricing of automotive parts—specifically in the collision repair industry. With legislation anticipated in the coming weeks, the QPC said its members are urging consumers to sign the group's petition, available through its Facebook page under the “Sign the Petition” tab.
The QPC is using the petition to garner support for competition in the collision repair parts industry as part of its legislative push, and plans to share petition signatures with members of Congress to demonstrate constituent support for continued availability of alternative repair parts.
“Competition keeps costs down and ensures that consumers are getting a fair price for repair parts,” said QPC Executive Director Eileen Sottile. “We're calling on consumers to send a message to Washington that their right to more affordable parts must be preserved, especially in these times of economic uncertainty.”
The QPC petition states:
“I support competition in the automotive parts industry because it is good for everyone. It is good for consumers because it keeps the cost of collision repair parts down. It is good for businesses because it ensures availability of collision repair parts, which means more cars can be repaired more quickly and that helps repair shops stay in business. And it is good for the U.S. economy because the alternative collision parts industry employs tens of thousands of American workers in cities and small towns across the country in all 50 states.
“The interests of consumers, businesses and the economy are best served by protecting competition in the automotive parts industry.”