Auto Parts Channel Monopoly Breaks Online Can Buy Original Parts

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2023-09-15 14:31

Sina Auto News On September 18, 2014, 10 departments including the Ministry of Transport, the National Development and Reform Commission, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission jointly issued the Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Transformation and Upgrading of the Automobile Maintenance Industry and Improving Service Quality, which will be officially implemented on January 1 next year.

The "Opinions" clearly put forward "allowing authorized parts distribution companies and authorized maintenance companies to resell original parts to unauthorized maintenance companies or end users", "automobile manufacturers should disclose automobile maintenance technical data to authorized maintenance companies and independent operators", etc. The relevant requirements to break the monopoly of auto parts channels, and encourage "full use of the Internet, big data, cloud computing and other technological means to innovate mechanisms and models".

Luo Lei, secretary-general of the China Automobile Dealers Association, told Sina Automobile that the first draft of the Guiding Opinions had been put forward in June. This official release shows that the ten ministries and commissions have reached a consensus on this issue, whether it is the circulation field or insurance., Quality inspection, and industrial and commercial departments no longer hold objections, and the next step is to wait for the formal implementation of the document on January 1 next year.

Luo Lei believes that the most critical point of the opinion is to make it clear that "from next year, automobile production enterprises should disclose the technical data of automobile maintenance to authorized maintenance enterprises and independent operators." if the maintenance technology is not disclosed, it means that the specific operation links cannot be carried out, and there is no way to implement it. The second point is to break the channel monopoly of parts in the past, the automobile after-sales system will enter a new era, and independent maintenance enterprises will get huge growth space.

Regarding the "full use of Internet, big data, cloud computing and other technical means to innovate mechanisms and models" mentioned in the "Guiding Opinions", Luo Lei said that the country used to have relatively vague management in the field of online sales of parts and components. Given a clear attitude, it is possible for consumers to purchase original parts through online platforms such as Taobao in the future.

Liu Xiaoming, a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Transport and Director of the Transportation Department, believes that in recent years, technologies such as mobile Internet, big data and cloud computing have changed with each passing day, logistics and supply chain management technologies have developed rapidly, e-commerce models have continued to innovate, and online payment and other Internet financial methods have become increasingly popular, effectively reducing social transaction costs. Auto parts e-commerce, online and offline interactive maintenance services, and remote diagnosis services have shown good development momentum and potential, providing new opportunities and injecting new impetus for the innovation and integrated development of parts circulation and maintenance business models.

At the same time, the "opinion" puts forward the principle of adhering to the principle of "equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal rules" of market subjects. Liu Xiaoming said that the new regulations will, to a certain extent, break the usual practice of 4S stores authorized by automobile manufacturers to abuse automobile warranty terms and infringe upon consumers' rights and interests during the new car warranty period, and fully protect the maintenance options and car warranty rights of automobile consumers.

In addition, in the official regulations and policy documents issued by the State Council and various departments, the "Opinions" put forward the concept of "automotive aftermarket" for the first time, clarifying the role and status of the maintenance industry in the aftermarket. For the first time, the concept of "homogeneous parts" for automobile maintenance is proposed, which eliminates the discriminatory understanding of non-original parts. This will help guide the healthy development of the auto parts industry, enrich the supply of maintenance parts market, enhance the transparency of parts circulation channels, and provide consumers with Diversified choices.

With regard to the monopoly of technical data, the "opinion" requires automobile manufacturers and imported automobile sales enterprises to use available information forms, convenient information channels, and reasonable information prices, within a specified period of time, to disclose maintenance technical data to all kinds of maintenance enterprises and relevant operators. For those who have not been published within the time limit, the relevant qualifications shall be revoked.

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