Aftermarket Insider Issue 77 - (Page 4)

A Massachusettsp:ir f Re a te o A Sta fter a decade-long industry, car companies and the new fight, the independent car dealers to use the Massachusetts automotive aftermarket bill as the template for a national bill. has won a battle against the most What happened? powerful car companies in the world. With the recent passage of the Right On Aug. 7, Massachusetts Governor to Repair Act in Massachusetts, Deval Patrick signed legislation independent repair shops will have “protecting motor vehicle owners immediate and total access to the car and small businesses in repairing companies’ tools and diagnostic and motor vehicles” (H. 4362). The repair information so consumers can action by the governor came after get their vehicles serviced and repaired the bill was overwhelmingly passed anywhere they choose. This is a large by the state legislature (House step for the automotive aftermarket, 153-0 and by unanimous vote in the and a giant leap for the potential of the Senate) on July 31, the last day and in the last minutes of their session, prior to adjournment for 2012. Passage came after the car companies, new car dealers and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition reached a last-minute agreement that addressed issues of concern for the new car dealers and provided additional time to vehicle manufacturers to comply with certain provisions of the bill. However, the bill as drafted will provide significant benefits to the independent aftermarket and to car owners, not just in Massachusetts, but nationwide. 4 | AFTERMARKET INSIDER | VOLUME 77

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aftermarket Insider Issue 77

Aftermarket Insider Issue 77
President’s Message
Technology Update
Massachusetts: A State of Repair
Meet Your Future Customers and Employees: Y Should We Care ?
Member Profile
Market Intelligence
Market Intelligence

Aftermarket Insider Issue 77