ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "It's with great enthusiasm that motoring consumers and the automotive aftermarket applaud State Senator Warren Hardy, II, (R-Las Vegas) for his introduction of The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, SB 379", stated David Parde, president, The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE). Several State Legislators have taken a stand in favor of motoring consumers and small business with their introduction of The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act. Vehicles that are 1994 and newer (and some earlier models) are equipped with computers that control the repair information on systems such as: air bags, brakes, steering mechanisms, tire pressure, oil changes, climate control, ignition keys and systems, batteries, transmissions, radio and sound systems, transmissions and fuel injection. The only sure way for motorists to have these systems and their entire vehicle repaired and parts replaced is to return to the car dealerships. "Motoring consumers believe that because they own their vehicles that they actually have the ability to choose where they have their repairs done. They could be in for a real shock. Often, the independent repair technician must refer the motorists back to the car dealerships. "The question to motorists is, 'Who Owns Your Vehicle? You -- or the car companies? We say You do.' By the car companies controlling motorists' choices on where they can obtain convenient, affordable repairs, the car companies are creating a monopoly for themselves. This monopoly could create a potential for safety hazards for those who need immediate repairs but may not live near the appropriate car dealership or may be traveling without any car dealership nearby, they hurt low and fixed income motorists who depend on their neighborhood garages for affordable repairs, and they hurt the environment (the maximum number of vehicles that can be repaired at the maximum number of locations means cleaner running vehicles thus cleaner air)," continued Parde. Many organizations are supporting passage of The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, among them: AAA, National Grange, RetireSafe (represents 400,000 seniors nationwide); National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Retail Industry Leaders Association, Consumer Electronics Association and others. "The pro-monopoly car companies and their dealerships will stand to benefit the most from a vehicle monopoly. In the long run, passage of The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, SB 379, will allow consumers to benefit from the America's free-market system and competition. "CARE, along with Nevada's motoring consumers and small business thank Senator Hardy for standing up for the "little guys," concluded Parde. CARE represents companies in the automotive aftermarket, among them: NAPA, Midas, CARQUEST, AutoZone, Advance Auto, Jiffy Lube, O'Reilly's and others.
SOURCE Coalition for Auto Repair Equality