The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has joined the groundswell of shops and associations in opposing State Farm’s pilot parts-bidding program.
“We are in total agreement with our fellow industry associations and members such as AASP National, SCRS, AASP/MA, AASP Illinois and the many individuals who showed up at last week’s CIC meeting in San Antonio, who are standing together to voice complete opposition to this latest intrusion into our members’ businesses,” says AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant. “We are calling for all of our colleagues across the country to speak up and voice their displeasure with a program that could potentially devastate the industry.”
AASP/NJ President Jeff McDowell echoed Bryant’s statements. “How many more times are we going to let the insurance industry change the rules to their advantage? Things are hard enough out here. Enough is enough,” McDowell said.
Although the PartsTrader pilot program has only been introduced in a few test areas, AASP/NJ said it is encouraging members to get as much information as possible before it reaches New Jersey.
“You will see that the vast majority of shops who have ‘volunteered’ for the program have regretted it. We don’t want that happening in New Jersey and we will do everything we can to prevent it,” said Bryant.
Bryant thinks the controversy is one the collision industry needs to act on immediately. “We hope the rest of the country continues to step up and join us. It is our industry. We need to keep it that way,” Bryant said.