ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- "Despite misleading and
anti-consumer testimony from car company representatives, the New Jersey
Assembly's Consumer Affairs Committee today voted for the rights of
motoring consumers by unanimously passing the New Jersey version of 'The
Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act, A-931,'" stated David Parde,
president, The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE).
The New Jersey "Right to Repair Act" gives motoring consumers the
ability to choose where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired,
whose parts they wish to purchase, even work on their vehicles themselves.
"This empowers motoring consumers to actually exercise their rights over
their own property, this time their vehicles. It's about who owns the
vehicle--the consumers who purchased it or the manufacturers," continued
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, sponsor of A-931 and a Member of the
Consumer Affairs Committee (D-Trenton), stated, "A-931 takes great strides
in promoting fairness and equality in the marketplace for both service
providers and consumers. This bill is pro-small business and creates
competition in the auto repair industry which will give car owners greater
options in choosing who can work on their vehicles. In a state, like New
Jersey, where reliable personal transportation is a necessity, The Motor
Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act will help control vehicle upkeep costs
and ensure that those who rely on their cars can maintain them properly."
The catalyst for The Right to Repair Act is the inability of the
automotive aftermarket to fully repair vehicles that are equipped with
computers. Vehicles that are 1994 and newer (and some earlier models) are
equipped with computers that control the repair information on vital
systems such as: air bags, brakes, steering mechanisms, transmissions, fuel
injection, batteries, ignition systems, tire pressure, oil and more. The
only way for motorists to have these systems and their entire vehicle
repaired and parts replaced is to return to the car dealerships, creating
possible safety hazards and additional expenses for consumers.
Three New Jersey residents who are aftermarket technicians testified in
favor of passing A-931: Dave Scaler of The Mechanics Education Association
(MEA), John O'Connor, owner of Shade Tree Mechanic, and Robert Everett,
past president of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New
Jersey (AASP-NJ) and owner of Bayville Auto Parts.
The car company representatives, some of whom traveled from Washington,
D.C., testified that consumers don't have a right to their repair
information on their vehicles.
Among those supporting passage for A-931 are: Alliance of Automotive
Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP-NJ); Service Station Dealers of
America, Tire Industry Association, American Automobile Association,
Consumer Electronics Association, NFIB, Keystone Automotive, and others.
There are over seven thousand independent repair shops throughout New
Jersey. The next stop for A-931 is a second reading on the Assembly Floor.
A date has not yet been scheduled.
CARE represents companies throughout New Jersey, among them: NAPA,
Midas, CARQUEST, AutoZone, Advance Auto and Jiffy Lube.
SOURCE Coalition for Auto Repair Equality