I Had A Wreck And The Insurance Company Wants To Repair My Car With Non-Factory, Generic Parts. I Want Factory Parts. Can They Do This?

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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They are required to return the car to an equivalent of its pre-wreck condition. They will undoubtedly argue that the generic parts will do that in a cost-effective manner. If you can show that the generic parts are inferior to the factory-made parts, you should prevail. But this is a hotly contended issue. A number of consumer groups have pending lawsuits against insurers complaining that the generic, or after-market, parts are inherently inferior. The issue has yet to be resolved.

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