New ‘Right to Repair’ Legislation Resurfaces

Mechanic Auto

Light & Medium Truck - June 30, 2011

The “right to repair” issue is resur­fac­ing with the intro­duc­tion of new ini­tia­tives by sev­er­al states and Con­gress. This would require vehi­cle and equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers to pro­vide inde­pen­dent repair shops and vehi­cle own­ers with the same repair infor­ma­tion they pro­vide to deal­er­ships. Sup­port­ers say inde­pen­dent repair shops are at a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage because vehi­cle and equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers are selec­tive about pro­vid­ing detailed repair data. Oppo­nents argue that leg­is­la­tion is not nec­es­sary and might result in increased costs for inde­pen­dents.