§ 27-10.2-3. Standards for use of aftermarket parts.
Whenever aftermarket parts are used for repairs to physically damaged motor vehicles, the following standards shall apply:
(1) The aftermarket parts shall be at least equal in kind and quality to the OEM parts in terms of fit, quality and performance;
(2) To the extent practical, an insurance company shall not require the use of multiple aftermarket parts distributors to provide parts for a single repair;
(3) Insurers specifying the use of aftermarket parts shall make allowances for the reasonable cost of any modifications to the aftermarket parts which may become necessary when making the repair, and for the cost of fitting, removing, and/or handling aftermarket parts which do not result in the vehicle being repaired to its condition prior to the loss;
(4) If the aftermarket part specified by the insurer does not result in the vehicle being repaired to its condition prior to the loss, the insurer shall then specify the use of an OEM part;
(5) The automobile body shop shall promptly notify the appraiser if the aftermarket part specified by the insurer does not result in the vehicle being repaired to its condition prior to the loss and permit the appraiser to reinspect the vehicle and make appropriate supplemental authorizations, if necessary;
(6) The automobile body shop shall provide documentation of aftermarket parts, which do not meet the requirements of this section, as reasonably requested by the insurer. The insurer shall be permitted to exercise any available rights of recovery against the aftermarket parts distributor.
(P.L. 2003, ch. 239, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 368, § 2.)