Texas Bill Could Raise Auto Repair, Insurance Rates

Texas Bill Could Raise Auto Repair, Insurance Rates

SB 1083 would dictate use of OEM car parts for common repairs and limit access to more affordable aftermarket parts, the CAR Coalition says.

A bill currently making its way through Texas legislature could drive up costs for drivers in the Lone Star State, according to reports from the CAR Coalition. 

If passed, SB 1083 would create a new government mandate on car repairs that the CAR Coalition says would drive up costs for Texas drivers, force new auto insurance rate increases, and hurt local Texas businesses and jobs. SB 1083 would dictate use of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) car parts for common repairs and limit access to more affordable aftermarket parts, according to the CAR Coalition report.

The bill received pushback during last week’s Texas House Committee on Insurance hearing. Of 11 testifying witnesses, nine spoke out against SB 1083. Groups speaking out against SB 1083 included Texas-based associations, such as United Services Automobile Association (USAA), Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, Texas Automotive Recyclers Association, Association of Fire and Casualty Companies of Texas (AFACT), and automotive aftermarket organizations and businesses, like Automotive Body Parts Association, Auto Care Association, LKQ Corp. and Safelite. 

You can learn more about SB 1083 and how it would restrict Texas drivers’ right to repair their cars HERE

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