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The Two Faces of the Right to Repair Law

Posted by on 11/13/2012 to Info News
Right to Repair law has been a subject of heated arguments for years. The two opposing sides are the automotive manufacturers and the consumers with their trusted local repair shops. Despite not having a resolution, it has become an official law in Massachusetts as of election day, November 6. Is this a good legislative move? We hope it is. Though, the debate is far from over. Let’s take a look the two sides of the debate.

The law, otherwise known as Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information Law, requires manufacturers to make vehicle information, tools, and diagnostics available for purchase by independent auto garages at a reasonable price. At first glance, anyone can see why automakers are revolting: they will need to bring technological secrets out into the open, which can be damaging to their business. If we step in their shoes, we can understand where they are coming from. They don’t disclose certain information for a good reason: intellectual property should still be protected.

The other side of the story is that of the consumers and repair shops, which receive the most advantage from this law. It gives car owners full right to choose who they want to service their cars. For independent technicians, this will help them have an easier and faster repair turnover.

Who do you think is on the right side?

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