With the “Right to Repair” bill passing through the Massachusetts House of Representatives, what’s next?
Within the next three months after Gov. Deval Patrick signs the bill (which is expected soon), automakers have to provide independent shops in the state with full access to repair information, and the independents have the ability to purchase factory-authorized computer scanning tools.
Small independent operators now have access to the scanning tools that franchised dealers utilize. Automakers and dealers had been fighting the bill for the about three and a half years, but lost the argument, and are now going to see a few changes in the way the repair business is carried out in Massachusetts.
A survey by AAA says that 88% of its Massachusetts members were in favor of the bill passing. So, it is here, and automakers and dealers will have to watch what happens next and how it changes service operations.