"Car manufacturers are taking advantage of this wireless loophole to keep independent car repairers from accessing diagnostic information they need to fix cars," said Tommy Hickey, Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition Director. "In 2012, voters overwhelmingly voted in support of having the choice of where to take their cars for repairs. That right should be protected."
As of this year, more than 90% of new cars are now equipped to transmit diagnostic and repair information wirelessly to vehicle manufacturers.
"This threatens the rights of our customers to shop around for the best deal," said Leo Malo from Advanced Technologies repair shop in Gloucester, MA, who attended the forum. "They won't be happy if they have to pay more for repairs. We need the legislature to update Right to Repair."