ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following a
favorable report out of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection and
Professional Licensure Committee, The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair
Act was placed on the House calendar for a floor vote. Due to the extreme
number of bills and issues before the Legislature, including the state
budget, the Right to Repair Act (H 4892) was not voted on by the close of
session on July 31, 2008.
"The Legislature worked hard to vote on as many bills as possible, but
they just simply ran out of time on several issues, including The Right to
Repair Act," stated Sandy Bass-Cors, Executive Director, The Coalition for
Auto Repair Equality (CARE). "Thanks to the enthusiastic work of the
Massachusetts automotive aftermarket, led by the Alliance of Automotive
Service Providers of Massachusetts (AASP-MA), Right to Repair continues to
be well received by a majority of legislators in Massachusetts," continued
The Boston Herald wrote in its May 22, 2008, editorial endorsing The
Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, "there is much credible evidence
that automakers and importers are holding back data." The editorial
concluded, "It (Right to Repair Act) deserves a favorable recommendation --
not just for the benefit of the independent shops but also for their
The May 2008, issue of Consumer Reports released its findings of a
study among consumers who were asked to give their opinion about where they
prefer to have their cars repaired. By a wide margin, consumers prefer
independent repair shops where they feel they are more likely to get better
service, a better price and with more reliability and convenience.
"The next few months will be crucial for Massachusetts's motoring
consumers and automotive aftermarket repair shops who continue to need and
want a competitive, affordable, quality option in their vehicle repairs,"
The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) represents companies in
the automotive aftermarket, among them: NAPA, Midas, CARQUEST, AutoZone,
Advance Auto and EZ Lube. There are five million employees working in the
aftermarket in over 495,000 nationwide locations.
SOURCE Coalition for Auto Repair Equality