RetireSafe Urges Seniors, Repairs Shops to Support PARTS Act during AAPEX/SEMA Week

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Las Vegas, Nevada (Oct. 29, 2012) – According to AAA, experts predict that 37 million Americans will be age 65 or older by the year 2020, and at least 90 percent of them will be licensed to drive. As with any large group of drivers on the road, there will be accidents and collision repairs. As thousands of attendees gather in Las Vegas for the 2012 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) and the SEMA Show, RetireSafe is urging seniors and the collision repair shops who serve them to support the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act, a bill that would continue seniors’ access to affordable repair parts after a collision that impacts their vehicle.

The PARTS Act or H.R. 3889 was introduced this year by U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and aims to stop efforts by car companies, which already control more than 72 percent of the market, to limit access of collision repair parts that seniors would need to fix their cars after an accident. RetireSafe President Thair Phillips calls the PARTS Act “critical legislation for older Americans.” Phillips notes, “Without H.R. 3889’s legislative fix, consumers will be forced to absorb an estimated $1.5 billion in additional repair costs – a 26 to 50 percent repair part price increase.” He adds, “Any increase in repair costs is a major hit to older consumers.”

In today’s economy, paying for collision repairs is increasingly difficult for many drivers, especially retired seniors on a fixed budget, many of whom end up paying out of pocket for repairs. If seniors cannot afford to fix their cars, they may forgo collision repairs and keep unsafe cars on the road, endangering themselves and others. Or they may be forced to stop driving altogether, thus losing the ability to go to the grocery, pick up medicine or visit the doctor. Access to alternative collision repair parts gives consumers the option for lower repair costs without sacrificing quality so that seniors can quickly return to the road following an accident and maintain their independence. “H.R. 3889 is must-pass consumer legislation for seniors, and this is a great week to highlight its importance,” Phillips concluded.

Visit www.KeepAutoPartsAffordable.org to let your member of Congress know you support this bill.

About RetireSafe

RetireSafe is a grassroots organization that advocates and educates on behalf of America's seniors on issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, health and financial well-being. RetireSafe expects its government to keep its promises, protect our nation, and maintain the safety and personal freedoms of its citizens.
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