"Without a doubt, this independent survey demonstrates the extensive problems being encountered by independent repair shops that cannot obtain the tools and information they need to be competitive with new-car dealers," said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA President and CEO. "Too many consumers are being inconvenienced by being forced to take their vehicle to a dealership after being turned away by their first-choice local repair shop.
"This comprehensive look at the repair issue further shows that while car companies claim the problem is solved, the reality does not support their assertions. Passage of the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act of 2005 (HR 2048) is the only way to provide a strong message for now and into the future that all information and tools must be made readily available to the independent aftermarket," said Schmatz. "Without the equitable access to repair information outlined in the Right to Repair Act, more and more repair shops will be forced to turn away customers and consumers will have no choice but to go to the car dealer to get their cars serviced."
The Right to Repair Act would require the car companies to make the same service information and tool capabilities available to independents that they provide their franchised dealer networks. For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.RightToRepair.org.