Know Your Rights
When Things Don’t Go Right
The GM Genuine Parts Difference
So, you’ve been in a collision and your car needs to be fixed. Fortunately, you have certain rights* when it comes to collision repair that can help make this ordeal much less daunting.
Your Right to Repair
Knowledge is power. And that can certainly be true when it comes to collision repair. Here are some helpful things to know that your vehicle gets back on the road in a proper, complete, and safe manner:
You have the right to choose your repair facility.
You have the right to request new GM Genuine Parts and
ACDelco Original Equipment(OE) parts.
You have the right to a proper repair using GM approved procedures.
The Choice Is Yours. Not Theirs.
Ultimately, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to which replacement parts are used. But some insurance policies may limit compensation for repairs that use aftermarket collision parts, which may not provide the same level of original fit, form, and function as GM Genuine Parts and ACDelco OE parts.
Not All Parts Are Created Equal
Ensure that your GM stays a GM during repairs. Alternative parts made by other companies may fit poorly, exhibit premature durability/corrosion problems, and perform below standards. Only GM Genuine Parts and ACDelco OE parts are designed, engineered, tested, and backed by GM.
What Are Patented Parts?
Certain GM collision parts are protected by United States design patents. This means that unlicensed making, using, and/or selling of a protected part could constitute an infringement of a GM design patent. It’s important to know this because the use of non-OEM parts on newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicles could constitute an infringement of a GM design patent. When in doubt, always insist on GM Genuine Parts.Collision Parts Covered by GM Design Patents >
Use These Helpful Resources for Your Collision Repair
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Schedule a visit to your select preferred Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac dealer for service.
If your GM vehicle is equipped with an active OnStar
subscription, you can simply press the blue button for
Roadside Assistance.** If not, dial the appropriate Roadside
Assistance number below for assistance.
*Rights vary by state. These are untended
as general guidelines. For specific laws,
visit your state’s website to get more information.
**Additional charges may be incurred for some services.