Friday, 23 May 2008 10:26

Three More Auto Repair Groups Endorse Passage of MA Right to Repair Bill

Repairers say MA law needed to protect independent shops and consumers

Three additional independent automotive repair organizations have announced their support for the Right to Repair bill currently before the Massachusetts Legislature on the eve of what is expected to be a critical vote by the committee that has been considering the legislation.

The Right to Repair bill, co-sponsored by state Rep. Vincent Pedone, D-Worcester, and state Sen. Mark Montigny, D-Dartmouth, would require automobile manufacturers – and their dealers – to give independent automotive repair shops equal and fair access to diagnostic repair information. Independent mechanics – and their customers – have long complained that they frequently do not get timely and accurate information and often are forced – against their preference – to get repairs at a dealer shop.

Joining the Massachusetts Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) in its longstanding support of the legislation (House Bill 296) is the New England Service Station & Automotive Repair Association, Inc. (NESSARA); the Massachusetts Auto Body Association (MABA); and the Central Mass. Auto Rebuilders’ Association.

"We want to make sure that our members, and the industry as a whole, retain the ability to locate the information needed to repair all vehicles. We fully support this legislation’s effort to keep the choice of where to have your vehicle repaired in the hands of the consumer,” said NESSARA Executive Director Paul F. O'Connell.

“The Massachusetts Auto Body Association fully supports House Bill 296. This legislation would ensure fair and equitable competition in the marketplace, which ultimately benefits consumers by providing greater choice at lower prices,” said MABA president Ed Boermeester.

CMARA President Tom Ricci concurred, saying “it is time to deal with this issue and bring some integrity back into the process. Saying there isn’t a problem doesn’t make the problem go away, and this issue is becoming more serious and affects local jobs and the consumer’s satisfaction.”

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