ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Florida motorists
and the automotive independent repair industry thank State Senator Dave
Aronberg (D-Greenacres) for introducing 'The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to
Repair Act', SB 2890," stated David Parde, president, The Coalition for
Auto Repair Equality (CARE).
The reason for the bill is to allow motoring consumers the choice of
where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired. "Most motorists
believe that when they purchase their vehicle, they own it and are able to
make decisions on its repairs. Not when the car companies have complete
control of the repairs. Vehicles that are 1994 and newer (and some earlier
models) are equipped with computers that control the repair information on
vital systems of the vehicle, among them: air bags, brakes, steering
mechanisms, ignition keys and systems, tire pressure, oil changes, climate
control, transmissions, fuel injection, batteries and much more.
The only sure way for motorists to have these systems and their
"entire" vehicle repaired is to return to the car dealerships. This has
created a potential monopoly that hurts everyone who drive and owns a
vehicle, especially low- and fixed-income motorists, such as senior
citizens, it creates safety hazards for those who need immediate repairs
but do not live near the appropriate car dealership or may be traveling
without any car dealership nearby, and hurts the environment (the more
vehicles that can be repaired at the maximum number of locations the
cleaner running the vehicles thus the cleaner the air).
"The question for motoring consumers is, 'Who owns your car? You or the
car companies? SB 2890 says, you do.' That means that consumers who own
property, this time their vehicles, have the right to make repair choices
that best suit their needs.
"There are nearly 13,000 independent repair location in Florida. They
provide quality and affordable repairs for millions of vehicle owners every
year. Senate Bill 2890, if passed, will ensure that continues," said Parde.
The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act has many supporting
organizations, among them: AAA, headquartered in Orlando; National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); RetireSafe, which represents
400,000 seniors nationwide; National Grange; Retail Industry Leaders
Association; and many others.
"Those who will gain from the coming car company monopoly are the car
companies their dealerships, which is why they oppose the consumers and
will fight to kill this bill. Senator Aronberg has proven that Florida
legislators are more concerned with consumers' rights than big car
companies," concluded Parde.
The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), is a national
organization representing companies in the automotive aftermarket, among
them: NAPA, Midas, CARQUEST, AutoZone, Advance Auto, O'Reilly's and others.
SOURCE Coalition for Auto Repair Equality