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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

February, 2008


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Guest Editorial
By Paul Fiore

Neighborhood Repair Shops in Jeopardy without "Right to Repair" Legislation
The Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades strongly supports the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2694) and views it as critical to the long-term survival of neighborhood repair shops throughout the country.
The legislative intent of the Right to Repair Act is to make it illegal for vehicle manufacturers to withhold safety and repair information from car owners and their trusted repair shops. In many cases, car manufacturers are making it difficult for neighborhood repair shops to obtain the information and tools needed to keep their customers' vehicles in safe working condition.

We fear the situation will only become worse in the future. Without full access, local repair shops will not be able to compete, thus creating a repair monopoly where the affordable and convenient repairs currently available to car owners are sacrificed to increase profits for the car companies.

The fact is that American motorists need the more than 200,000 independent repair shops located in every town across the country. There aren't enough new car dealerships in all the right places to keep every motor vehicle serviced, repaired and operating safely. Right to Repair levels the competitive playing field and ensures that car owners can conveniently and affordably of 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 all vehicle owners to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to their congressional representatives urging them to support passage of the Right to Repair Act.

Paul Fiore
Executive Vice President
Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT)

Bowie, MD
[email protected]

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