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Body shops upset about State Farm's "Parts Trader Program"

Body shops in Mississippi have gone to Hinds County Chancery Court trying to stop the state's largest auto insurer from, in essence, forcing them, to buy parts from the lowest bidder. State farm is implementing what it calls its "Parts Trader Program."

The program forces body shops to try to get cheaper parts to use to fix wrecked vehicles. Clinton Body Shop owner John Mosley, Capitol Body Shop owner Doug White and attorney John Arthur Eaves, Junior, were at the attorney general's office Thursday where they had been discussing the legal action against it.  

"We are asking the court to look at this and realize what a harm it can be to the consumer," said Mosley. 

"it's going to be a saving for the insurance company, and the lack of concern about the quality of repairs, for the consumer," added Doug White.

"We were on the phone with about 15 different states, 75 different shops around the country," said Eaves. "They know this is gonna devastate their industry, but also this is gonna devastate public safety.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is involved because any consumers harmed would likely go to his consumer protection division for help.

"They are tired of the insurance industry as a whole dictating to them what they should do with somebody's else's vehicle," added Hood.

State Farm Insurance did not return our calls.

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