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Gov. vetoes bill that would limit use of after-market vehicle parts

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Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would require shops to install only parts from the maker on newer cars.

It would have eliminated the option for less expensive after-market products.

"For us, it would be an industry killer," said Dave Kowalski, owner of Euclid Automotive Supply.

The bill is known as the Motor Vehicle Service Repair Act. Kowalski looked at it as something that could end the business.

The bill said if certain parts of a vehicle break down, body shops and mechanics would only be able to replace them with an original manufacturer part, but only if your car is less than six years old.

That means you could not go somewhere like Kowalski's store to buy and after-market part. He said this would mean the consumer would pay a pretty penny for their parts.

"Because manufacturers are trying to capture the market. It's very simple. They're trying to grab the biggest piece of the pie they can," Kowalski said.

Some said the bill took into consideration the safety of the driver.

"It's mainly going to be you want original equipment parts on your car so you get as good as service out of it as you originally intended it to have," said Bob Beyer, owner of Beyer's Service Center.

Beyer was all for the bill. He said manufacturer parts are the best option to making sure your car is up to par.

"You want the car to be right and work as good as you originally did for you. For the price of cars these days, you want your money's worth," Beyer said.

Kowalski said the after-market products are just as good and he's fearful of what the passing of the bill could mean for the auto parts industry.

"How can you possibly, in this day and age, eliminate competition? And that is the bottom line," Kowalski said.

Below is the reason Gov. Snyder gave for vetoing the bill. 

“House Bill 4344 amends the Michigan Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act to make a number of updates modernizing the Act that I support,” Snyder wrote in his veto letter. “However, it also includes revisions relating to the use of certain aftermarket parts used for automotive repairs. As Michigan continues its comeback and continues to be a leader in promoting new technology in the automotive industry, it is imperative that we ensure all components of that industry can remain strong, including Michigan’s robust aftermarket parts industry. On its face, this policy seems to be intended to protect consumers and ensure vehicles are safely repaired. That is a laudable goal. However, this bill…limits use of safe, high-quality aftermarket parts designed specifically for particular vehicles.”

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