"This act is about keeping the decision as to where vehicles are maintained and repaired with the consumer and not with the vehicle manufacturer," said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). "Over two-thirds of car owners patronize independent service facilities, rather than new car dealerships, after their warranty has expired due to price, convenience and trust. If we are not careful, consumers could lose the right to get their vehicle serviced at their neighborhood repair shop and be forced to take it back to the dealer-an option that will lead to increased repair costs and reduced convenience."
Schmatz continued, "Don't let this freedom be taken away. The most American thing that consumers can do is to contact their congressmen or their senators and let them know how they feel about their ability to choose a local independent shop to repair their vehicle."
Visit www.righttorepair.org to learn more about the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act (HR 2048).