A -The insurance industry has no authority to mandate the use of parts, materials or procedures to be employed in the repair of our customer's vehicles . . .
B -The most appropriate body parts to be employed in the repair of our customer's vehicles are those parts manufactured by, or on behalf of, the vehicle's original manufacturer . . . these parts are generally referred to as "OEM" parts . . .
C -Non-OEM ("Imitation") replacement body parts do NOT meet "OEM" standards for fit, finish, corrosion protection, construction or safety . . .
D -Non-OEM Hoods have come open at hi-way speeds, blocking the view of the driver, causing body and glass damage to the host vehicle, putting the safety of the occupants at risk and endangering the occupants of other vehicles in the vicinity (Actual Case Histories) . . .
E -Non-OEM body parts are Not warranted by the vehicle's manufacturer and may compromise the remaining warranty on the undamaged portion of the vehicle . . .
F -A recent survey* has shown that when non-OEM body parts are used to repair collision damage, the amount by which the resale value of a given vehicle is reduced for having a collision history (Diminished Value) is Double what would be expected if the vehicle were to have been repaired with "OEM" body parts * Survey conducted by the Insurance Consumer Advocate Network (www.ican2000.com) . . .
G -For the reasons outlined above, theCCRE does NOT approve the use of non-OEM body parts. Using non-OEM body parts will damage the shop's reputation - will compromise the value and safety of the customer's vehicle and will expose the repairing shop to an unacceptable down-line liability!