More than 40 Cape Cod independent auto repair shops have joined together as part of the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition to support a much-needed update to the Commonwealth’s Right to Repair law.
By 2020, advancements in vehicle technology will result in more than 90% of new cars being equipped to transmit real-time diagnostic and repair information wirelessly to vehicle manufacturers, threatening the rights of Massachusetts car consumers to choose to get their cars fixed at trusted independent repair shops or do the work themselves.
The Cape Cod independent repair shops and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition support bipartisan legislation filed in January by twelve State Representatives and two State Senators to update the Commonwealth’s Right to Repair law. The legislation would further protect Massachusetts car owners’ rights to choose where they have their cars repaired, shop around for the best deal, and control who has access to the repair and diagnostic data compiled and transmitted by their car, but has not advanced on Beacon Hill, Boston, MA.
“We need Beacon Hill to move more quickly to update the Right to Repair law,” said John Fay of Fay’s Automotive in Provincetown, MA. “We want a hearing so that this common-sense reform can move forward to protect jobs and consumers' rights to shop around for car repairs. Automakers are starting to use the next generation of wireless technology to shut us out and that’s bad for drivers,” he continued.
Justin Morrison of Morrison Motor Works in Hyannis, MA, added, “In 2012, Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly to force car companies to provide access for car owners and shops like mine to get repair and diagnostic information. This is a simple update to that law to stay ahead of the wireless technology now present in cars and trucks. It should be a no-brainer to update Right to Repair immediately.”