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Thursday, 08 July 2021 22:38

Auto Care Association Comments on Biden Right to Repair Announcement

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Recently, the Biden Administration announced its intention to issue an executive order directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address right to repair concerns for tractors and calling on the Federal Trade Commission to address repair barriers erected by manufacturers, specifically citing mobile phones.

While the order has yet to be released, the Auto Care Association was pleased the administration recognizes the importance of right to repair to ensuring consumer have access to a competitive repair market. 

 

Unlike many industries, the aftermarket has been fortunate to have made major progress in the right to repair efforts highlighted by the memorandum of understanding signed by the Auto Care Association, the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) and the vehicle manufacturers in 2014, and ensure access to the repair information, tools and software needed to repair late model vehicles.

 

Notwithstanding the progress, manufacturers continue to place barriers in the way of independent repair shops being able to service vehicles.
 
Ranging from car company OE parts marketing practices to access to in-vehicle data, independent repair shops and their suppliers continue to be challenged in providing repair maintenance for U.S. car owners. Many of these issues facing the vehicle aftermarket were outlined in the recent FTC report, “Nixing the Fix, a Report to Congress."

 

On June 30, the Auto Care Association, along with six other automotive aftermarket trade groups, sent a letter to the FTC calling for it to take action to address concerns outlined in their report. 

 

The Auto Care Association will be meeting with the FTC in the coming days to urge it to...


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