Bill ensures competitive market

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2006

Would you agree that when you buy a vehicle, you and not the car company, should choose where it's fixed? The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (House Resolution 2048) aims to keep you in the driver's seat by requiring that the same service information and tools that car manufacturers provide to new car dealerships also be made available to your neighborhood repair shop.

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The act was introduced in Congress by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Since its introduction, more than 100 members of Congress have signed on to support this very important legislation.

Why is this bill necessary? Because car companies and their franchised dealers are trying to "lock out" the independent repair shops by making it difficult and sometime impossible for independent shops to obtain the technical service information and tools needed to work on your vehicle. If permitted to continue unabated, car owners will soon be forced to return to dealerships for service rather than patronizing their trusted repair shop.

That's why passing the Right to Repair Act is vital to preserving the right of consumers to choose where they have their vehicles repaired. The theory behind the bill is simple: On a level playing field, car owners make the choice on where the vehicle is repaired, not the car company.

The motoring public can help make this legislation a reality by contacting their legislators and telling them that that they want open access and freedom of information as it relates to their vehicle. Visit Right to Repair online to learn more about the Right to Repair Act and to send a letter to your elected official.

Kathleen Schmatz

President and CEO

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association

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