The ‘right to repair’ debate is heating up in Massachusetts after the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition was successful in having the issue added to the November ballot. The voters of the state will now be able to decide if automakers must sell their diagnostic tools and software to independent repair shops at the same price that they do to their franchised dealers.
Independent repair shop owners took this unusual step because right to repair legislation was stalled in the Massachusetts legislature. They claim that increased computerization of today’s vehicles and diagnostic tools makes leveling the playing field essential.
Franchised dealers want to preserve their advantage over the independents. Automakers say that the right to repair jeopardizes their intellectual property and ability to control the quality of repairs.
If the right to repair effort is successful, look for this movement to spread to other states. For this reason the fight may get brutal and expensive.