Bipartisan ‘Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act’ reintroduced in Congress to protect consumer choice, fair market

The legislation has received support from MEMA Aftermarket, Auto Care Association, CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

The Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act was re-introduced in the United States Congress on Feb. 10, 2023. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Neal Dunn (R-FL), Brendan Boyle (D-PA-02), Warren Davidson (R-OH-08), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA-03), aims to ensure consumers have the right to repair their vehicles while preserving a free and fair repair market.

The legislation has received support from MEMA Aftermarket, Auto Care Association, CAR (Consumer Access to Repair) Coalition and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). In a joint statement, they praised the bill’s sponsors for their efforts to protect the nation’s 292 million registered passenger and commercial vehicles, 70 percent of which are maintained by independent repair facilities.

The REPAIR Act would preserve consumer access to affordable and high-quality vehicle repairs by ensuring vehicle owners and their repair facilities have access to necessary repair tools and data. It would also ensure cybersecurity by allowing vehicle manufacturers to secure vehicle-generated data and requiring the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop standards for accessing this data securely. The bill would also provide transparency for consumers by informing them of their right to choose where and how they get their vehicle repaired.

“When it comes to repairing their automobiles, consumers deserve options,” said Rep. Dunn. “The REPAIR Act would give owners, including the rural communities in my district, secure access to critical data so the service center of their choice can replace parts and repair their vehicles.”

“There are hundreds of neighborhood mechanics in Philadelphia”, said Representative Boyle. “The last thing those small business owners need is to be boxed out of making a living. This legislation would not only protect the business relationships between automobile owners and their mechanics, but it also ensures consumers continue to have more options on where to go for repairs.”

“By prohibiting vehicle owners from accessing and sharing data they generate, manufacturers stop consumers from accessing third-party repair shops,” said Representative Davidson. “American vehicle owners have a right to control their data, and a right to access third-party repair shops, tools and parts.”

“Working families in rural America can’t afford to take a day off to drive their car to the dealership for a costly repair. The REPAIR Act is a bipartisan solution to improve vehicle data access laws to give working families more choices for repair when their car breaks down,” said Representative Gluesenkamp Perez. “I appreciate Representatives Dunn, Boyle, and Davidson for their leadership on this issue, and look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion to improve repair laws for families who work for a living.”

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