A bill (HB 8013) that would extend the time frame requiring the use of OEM aftermarket parts in collision repair from 30 months to 48 months after the date of vehicle manufacture was passed by the Rhode Island House by a vote of 59-8.

If enacted the bill would prevent collision repairers from using or insurance companies from requiring the use of aftermarket parts unless they receive written consent from the vehicle owner. In addition, written notification of the use of aftermarket parts would be extended to include all claims, not just first party claims.

Further, the bill prohibits insurers from requiring a repairer to use repair procedures that are not in compliance with vehicle manufacturer recommendations whenever OEM parts are used. Licensed glass repair and replacement shops are exempt.

The legislation is supported by collision repair associations, including the Automotive Service Association of Massachusetts (ASA MA/RI) and the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island (ABARI), and has been opposed by insurance associations including the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI).

A marked up version of the bill can be downloaded here.

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