CAR Coalition Pushes for Right to Repair Laws

By Staff Writer March 24, 2024 605
The GAO report "Vehicle Repair: Information on Evolving Vehicle Technologies and Consumer Choice" features an analysis of current regulations and interviews with vehicle repair stakeholders. The GAO report "Vehicle Repair: Information on Evolving Vehicle Technologies and Consumer Choice" features an analysis of current regulations and interviews with vehicle repair stakeholders.

The CAR Coalition, a group of independent automotive parts, management and repair companies, associations, and insurers committed to preserving consumer choice and affordable vehicle repair, on March 21 pointed to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) focused on vehicle repair as evidence that federal vehicle right-to-repair laws are needed.

The report entitled “Vehicle Repair: Information on Evolving Vehicle Technologies and Consumer Choice” highlights the limited options vehicle owners have due to repair restrictions imposed by auto manufacturers. These include data limitation and an inability for independent repair shops to service vehicles without manufacturer tools. The bipartisan SMART (H.R. 1707) and REPAIR (H.R. 906) Acts would provide consumers and independent repair shops with the data, tools, and parts they need to service vehicles in a safe and efficient manner.

Justin Rzepka, CAR Coalition Executive Director.

“This new report from the GAO is more evidence that repair options for vehicle owners are being limited by auto manufacturers,” CAR Coalition Executive Director Justin Rzepka said. “It’s beyond time for the Congress to address this issue and ensure that Americans can choose where and who repairs their vehicles. If they want to go to an independent repair shop, they should be able to do so. The bipartisan SMART and REPAIR Acts are specifically focused on righting this wrong.”

The report featured an analysis of current regulations and interviews with vehicle repair stakeholders. Among the key takeaways in the report were: “If independent repair shops face limitations in access to the information, data, and tools needed for repair or are otherwise disadvantaged compared to dealerships, consumers may have fewer repair choices, which may reduce competition and make repairs more expensive and inconvenient.”

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