Massachusetts Legislature Runs Out of Time on Right to Repair Act Vote, But Leaves Door Open for Passage, States CARE

Aug 01, 2008, 01:00 ET from Coalition for Auto Repair Equality

    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,"
 concluded Bass-Cors.
     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