Your Right to Repair Your Vehicle Where You Want
Your car is important to you. It gets you and your family where you need to go. Advances in vehicle technology are demanding new tools and information for car repairs. However, car company actions to restrict access or increase costs to these tools and information will force you to go back to the new car dealer for even the simplest of repairs.
And you know what that means – higher costs and less convenience.
Modern cars and light trucks contain advanced technology that monitors or controls virtually every function of the vehicle including: brakes, steering, air bags, fuel delivery, ignition, lubrication, theft prevention, emission controls and in some cases, tire pressure. Car owners and independent shops must have full access to the information and tools necessary to accurately diagnose, repair, or re-program these systems. This information and equipment is necessary to ensure vehicle safety, performance, and environmental compliance. Vehicle manufacturers are making access to such vital information increasingly difficult and costly to obtain for the independent aftermarket and its customers.
Without access to critical information and tools, motorists are forced to patronize new car dealerships, which may not be convenient, accessible or otherwise desirable to the car owner. Moreover, the lack of competition and consumer choice will inevitably lead to higher repair prices. Failure to perform necessary maintenance for any reason will result in unsafe and high-polluting vehicles populating the nation’s highways
It’s not fair! But you can do something about it right now.
More Congressional Support for “Right to Repair Act”
27 Co-Sponsors Support H.R. 2694
BETHESDA, MD – September 6, 2007 – As Congress resumes this week, the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (H.R. 2694) gained three more supporters, it was announced today by Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). The proposed legislation currently has 27 co-sponsors.
“We want to thank the three new co-sponsors for supporting this vital piece of legislation that benefits every car owner and small independent repair shop,” said Schmatz. “The growing support of the Right to Repair Act shows that Congress is taking this piece of legislation very seriously and wants their constituents to have the right to choose where to have their vehicles serviced and repaired.”
The three new legislators supporting the “Right to Repair Act” are Reps. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Todd Platts (R-PA) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). A complete list of co-sponsors can be found by visiting www.RightToRepair.org.
- Full Text of H.R. 2694
- Right to Repair Fact Sheet
- State Right to Repair Legislation
- Right to Repair Opinion Research Study (10MB .pdf)
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Right to Repair Act
- Right to Repair Issue Sheet
- Congressional representatives who support The Right to Repair
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