Oregon Right to Repair
2014: Right to Repair MOU Celebrates a Victory and the Beginning of Effort to Address New Industry Challenges
POSTED BY AARON LOWE ON JANUARY 27, 2014
Yes, it is finally done. You have probably read by now that AAIA and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) announced that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) had been signed with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers regarding the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act. The MOU ends a more than 12-year battle between the aftermarket and the car companies over a law that would require car companies to provide our independent repair industry and consumers access to all of the tools, software and information needed to repair today’s and tomorrow’s computer controlled vehicles.
Northwest Automotive Trades Association unanimously supports House Bill 3243.
Independent repairers maintain late model and other vehicles, and know that newer vehicles are "computers on wheels. Without the "Oregon Right to Repair Bill,” shops around the state and rural automotive businesses, in particular, have difficulty getting the diagnostic and tooling information they need to repair a vehicle. Often these vehicles must be sent back to their dealership to repair or complete a repair. This increases the cost to the consumer, can endanger their safety while operating their vehicles, and increases their carbon footprint, especially if the drive to a dealership is many cities away.
Consumers complain about the convenience factor in getting their car repaired, along with the expense and time it takes to get their car back, fixed expertly. By allowing the consumer to own the repair information, it enables them to choose the vehicle repair shop of their choice to have their car repaired in the most cost-effective and shortest amount of time possible.
For more information, visit the RightToRepairOregon.com.