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A new bill was recently introduced in the New York State Assembly that would require auto body shops to adhere to OEM repair procedures but would let current alternative parts laws that don’t mandate an OE part stand.
The new bill provides that in the repair of a collision damaged motor vehicles, no motor vehicle repair shop or insurer shall deviate from the collision repair guidelines, procedures, recommendations and service bulletins issued by a vehicle or original equipment manufacturer(OEM) without the written authorization from the vehicle owner or such owner’s representative.
Bill 8050 is sponsored by Assemblyman William Magnarelli and is currently with the Assembly Insurance Committee.
In addition, the bill holds insurers to the same standards while also mandating any recommended or required scans and recalibration:
“No insurer shall directly or indirectly require the deviation from the collision repair guidelines, procedures, recommendations and service bulletins issued by a vehicle or original equipment manufacturer in the repair of a collision damaged vehicle without the written authorization from the vehicle owner or the vehicle owner’s representative. If a repair procedure or specification from a vehicle or original equipment manufacturer includes a directive to conduct a scan, calibration, diagnostic test of vehicle electronic systems before or after the commencement of repairs, such directive shall be considered as a required part of the repair procedure.”
The new bill, currently under review, will alleviate the pressures many auto body and collision repair shops are under in regard to OEM procedures. Oftentimes, repairers are asked to repair vehicles with lower rate collision repair practices that could lead to less desirable collision repair results.
As a family-owned and operated collision repair shop, Straightline Collision is continually doing our part to ensure the utmost integrity and safety when performing collision repair service. We strive to follow OEM procedures and repair your car properly, the first time!
What OEM Repairs Mean to You
You did all the research before choosing a reputable auto collision insurance policy, pay your premiums each month and you should receive proper collision repair service without compromise.
If you are in need of auto collision repair service it is important to have a general understanding of OEM parts vs. aftermarket parts.
OEM parts are designed exactly like the original parts used to manufacture your vehicle. Aftermarket parts, however, are designed only similarly. Sometimes aftermarket parts can function just as well, if not better than OEM parts. If you know a lot about your own car and its parts, then you may be ready to dive into aftermarket parts. If you don’t know much about the parts in your car, OEM is a safer choice. But both parts available have their pros and cons. Check out the table below to weigh your options accordingly.
Straightline Collision is dedicated to you and focuses on providing the best customer service regarding your auto body needs during what can be a stressful time. Our team strives to make your visit as seamless and hassle-free as possible. Should you find yourself in need of collision repair services, stop by for a free estimate at 2912 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island, NY 10309 or call us at 718.966.8900 Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:00pm to speak to our expertly trained staff.