Massachusetts New Car Dealers and R2R Coalition Agree on Compromise BillWritten by staff
On June 20 the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association (MSADA) and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition announced an agreement on compromise “right to repair” legislation that, if passed, would avoid the November ballot question fight.
“We are especially pleased that the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association has joined us in pushing for a legislative solution to the Right to Repair issue,” said Art Kinsman, spokesman for the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition. “At the heart of it, Right to Repair has always been about fairness in creating a level playing field between the car and truck manufacturers, franchise new car dealers and their independent counterparts in the aftermarket.”
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition, representing 40 consumer and aftermarket organizations, more than 2,000 independent repair shops and 32,000 jobs across Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association, which represents the 410 franchise new car and trucks dealers in the Commonwealth employing almost 25,000 men and women, sent a joint letter to Massachusetts lawmakers asking them to act on the Right to Repair legislative proposal in advance of the final July 3 deadline for certified signatures on the Right to Repair ballot initiative to be submitted to the Massachusetts Secretary of State. Both MSADA and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition would prefer a legislative solution to the Right to Repair issue as long as it contains strong consumer protections and remedies as proposed in the ballot initiative.
“Our fight has always been with big out-of-state car manufacturers on this issue. Now legislators can be assured that the Right to Repair legislation before them will be a great benefit for all their constituents who make a living in the local automotive repair business. Of course, the greatest beneficiary is the car owner, who will have a true, unfettered choice of where they get their cars fixed. Today’s accord proves that both new car dealers and independent repairers together have their customers’ best interests at heart,” said Kinsman.