As AAPEX Gets Underway, RetireSafe Reminds Americans that Aftermarket Parts Ensure Car Repairs Don’t Crash Seniors’ Budgets

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As thousands of attendees gather in Las Vegas for the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX), RetireSafe urges seniors to keep in mind that aftermarket parts can help ensure they are able to repair their cars following a collision without crashing their budgets.

As thousands of attendees gather in Las Vegas for the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX), RetireSafe urges seniors to keep in mind that aftermarket parts can help ensure they are able to repair their cars following a collision without crashing their budgets. In today’s economic climate, paying for auto repairs is increasingly difficult for many drivers, especially retired seniors on a fixed budget. Aftermarket parts help lower repair cost without sacrificing safety or quality so that American seniors can quickly get back on the road.

A recent AAA survey found that one in four American drivers could not pay a $2,000 dollar car repair and one in eight could not pay for a $1,000 dollar repair. “It’s not easy for retired seniors relying on social security or a fixed income to afford rising cost in food, healthcare, and auto maintenance,” says Thair Phillips, the President of RetireSafe, a grassroots organization that advocates and educates on behalf of America's seniors. “Many seniors need low-cost options for products and services because they are no longer working.”

The U.S. Government Accounting Office says aftermarket parts are viable alternatives to buying new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. American drivers typically save 25% to 50% by using aftermarket components instead of purchasing branded parts supplied by car companies.

The aftermarket industry also creates competition which keeps average part prices affordable, reducing the price of car company replacement parts by 30 percent, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Without the aftermarket, car companies would monopolize the repair parts industry allowing them to charge higher prices.

Tests have proven aftermarket parts to be safe, quality alternatives to comparable components from car companies. Nonprofit organizations including NSF International and the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) do sophisticated, independent testing of aftermarket parts to certify their quality.

Besides price and safety, aftermarket parts are widely available, making it easy to find parts so cars can be repaired and returned to their owners quickly. “Losing a vehicle to a lengthy repair can be quite an inconvenience for seniors,” says Phillips, “Retired seniors need reliable transportation for running errands, doctor visits, seeing loved ones and carrying on their daily lives.”

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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