It’s a bill that could have a significant impact on the price of auto insurance if passed. According to the Argus de l’assurance, a text proposing an end to the manufacturers’ monopoly on automotive spare parts is currently being submitted to the National Assembly.
A reform that cannot find its vehicle (legislature)
The promise of such a reform was given in March 2019 by former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe before it was postponed several times, particularly because of the Covid-19-related crisis. The crisis is not over yet, but LREM MP Damien Pichereau is preparing to raise the issue again.
Again, because the proposal has already been included in two laws censored by the Constitutional Council: the Mobility Orientation Act (LOM) and the Act to Accelerate and Simplify Public Measures (ASAP). In both cases, the council of elders ruled that lifting the builders’ monopoly had nothing to do with the rest of the law. We then speak of “Legislative Drivers”.
Obviously, the government wants to avoid further censorship and is looking for the right bill. We already know that it will not be the climate whose proposals come from the Citizens’ Convention. This text is still included Regulations on spare parts for bicycles and NVEIs.
The announced end of a monopoly
Three measures are currently in preparation, even if their legislative instrument is still unknown. The most emblematic concerns them Monopoly on the design of mirrors, glass parts, optics and bodywork : They would no longer be the property of the manufacturer. Such a change would allow any dealer to make and sell these pieces.
For other spare parts, the text would take into account that the models are in the public domain ten years after their marketing. Finally, a final axis would concern the fight against license plate fraud and technical controls.
Above all, however, the liberalization of trade in spare parts is being carefully examined by policyholders and consumer associations. Because this measure could enable considerable savings. The cost of these components has actually been rising for several years: an average of + 6.6% in 2019 and + 8% in 2020.
An uncontrolled car budget
An outbreak associated with the collective rise in labor costs contributed to the Increase in the average bill for the garage owner over the past year :: + 6.7%. The problem is that this inflation is being felt in your auto insurance premium as well, as your insurer will have to compensate you more if you go through the garage and those extra costs for them will be carried over to the tariffs.
The end of the manufacturers’ monopoly on spare parts would make it possible to counteract the strong upward factors in car premiums. In particular, we think of the general increase in the cost of the fleet, with the fashion for SUVs, as well as electric and hybrid cars full of technology is always more expensive to insure.
As a reminder, this measure should have been in force in France for several years. Indeed, the European Union has decided since 2004Liberalization of the spare parts market in all member countries so that manufacturers other than manufacturers can also offer their products (often cheaper). However, 17 years later this provision has not yet been transposed into French law. Without competition, manufacturers have so far been able to afford to maintain high prices.
This fact contributes in particular to the fact that the expenditure item is linked to “Transport”, in the broadest sense the second most expensive for French households (after living space): they spend An average of 5,000 euros per year for your car.
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