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Wednesday, 04 November 2020 16:59

MA Consumers to Automakers: We Want the Right to Repair Our Vehicles

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Election Day in the U.S. proved to be a moment of victory for the auto care industry. 

On Nov. 3, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly voiced their support at the ballot box for Ballot Question 1, which will preserve their right as vehicle owners to have access to and control of their vehicle’s mechanical data necessary for service and repair at the shops of their choice. 

 

“The Auto Care Association is extremely pleased that Massachusetts voters have overwhelmingly supported passage of Question 1 on this year’s ballot,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “Approval of Question 1 ensures that car owners can control the mechanical data that is being transmitted by their vehicle through telematics.

 

"This referendum also means that despite advances in technology, owners will be able to have their repair data shared directly with their trusted independent shops.," Hanvey continued. "Not only is this a clear win for the Right to Repair Coalition that is comprised of thousands of shops throughout the state, it is also a victory for the car owners of the commonwealth who saw through the scare tactics from the manufacturers. 

 

"The people of Massachusetts have decidedly favored competition in auto repair," Hanvey concluded. "Furthermore, we are greatly appreciative of each and every aftermarket company around the country that stepped up in support of this important campaign.” 


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