The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) has declared its support of the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2694) and strongly urges Congress to pass the legislation in order to ensure that car owners and their trusted repair shops have the same access to safety alerts and repair information as the franchised new car dealer network.
“Automotive parts remanufacturers have a real need for proper technical information. The need to effectively diagnose trouble spots and offer remanufactured products that solve these problems for the consumer is important. Remanufactured products provide the consumer with price conscious options as well as environmentally friendly options since remanufacturing is the ultimate form of recycling,” stated APRA President William Gager.
“For remanufacturers to be hindered in their effort to offer quality products to the consumer is not only un-American but also anti-environment,” Gager added.
The legislative intent of the Right to Repair Act is to offer protections for motor vehicle owners by making it illegal for vehicle manufacturers to withhold information necessary to diagnose service or repair motor vehicles. Right to Repair ensures that car owners can have their vehicle serviced at the repair shop of their choice, whether it’s their neighborhood repair shop or a franchised new car dealer.
“We encourage our members and all motorists to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to each of their congressional representatives, urging them to support the Right to Repair Act (HR 2694),” stated Gager.
About Right to Repair
The Right to Repair Act, which was introduced by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), would require car companies to make the same service information and tools capabilities available to independent repair shops that they provide to their franchised dealer networks. The legislation further allows a car company to protect any trade secret information unless that information is provided to its franchised dealers. The bill clarifies the responsibilities of the Federal Trade Commission in enforcing the bill’s requirements. For more information about the Right to Repair Act, visit www.righttorepair.org.