Apparently there is never enough choice choking regulation for some in our legislature.
Incredibly, that first line above was a last minute ‘fix’ in HB4344. Prior to it being added as an amendment by Pete Petallia, there was no wiggle room for any aftermarket part that wasn’t subjected to the extremes set up by the automakers to make their parts competitive. Meaning, if I wanted Miata wheels to replace the factory wheels on my Miata for any reason, I’d have to go through a lengthy process obtaining them EXCLUSIVELY from the manufacturer, creating time/effort hassles noone wants to deal with. The section of HB4344 addressing this:
House Bill No. 4344 as amended May 31, 2016
1 original warranty, or during the first 5 years of the vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty, whichever is less, the motor vehicle repair facility shall replace the major component part, and a person that is an owner or operator of the motor vehicle repair facility shall ensure that the major component part is replaced, with 1 of the following:
(a) A new original equipment manufacturer part.
(b) A used or recycled original equipment manufacturer part.
(c) A part that meets any applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards established under 49 CFR 571, and meets the standards for parts recognized as OEM comparable quality as verified by the Certified Automotive Parts Association, NSFInternational, or another nationally recognized automotive parts testing agency.
(d) A part that does not meet subdivision (a), (b), or (c), if the facility is directed by the owner of the motor vehicle in writing to install that part.]
Michigan Capitol Confidential might be thanked for bringing this up originally.
Recognizing early on, the anti-competitive nature of the legislation, Cap Con pointed out that “Most of the changes are uncontroversial, but not so the provision relating to auto parts.” Had it not been for that early reporting, perhaps there would be ZERO options for consumers (by design).
Petallia, who sponsored the bill as a “consumer protection bill” failed like so many legislators have, to recognize the damage that increasing regulatory garbage like this does to the economy. Even with the last minute insertion (part d.) the shop owners must still maintain additional record keeping, and those seeking repair will pay more.
Add to this, there are hundreds of machine shops in Michigan that manufacture for the auto parts industry, with at least a small selection (16) listed specifically for aftermarket auto parts in the Thomas Registry.
Raise prices, put Michigan business owners out of work, reduce choices ..?
Pure Michigan nonsense.