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Old 03-21-2007, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Great article and interesting bill, "The question for motoring consumers is, 'Who owns your car? You or the car companies? You're views....

The reason for the bill is to allow motoring consumers the choice of where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired. "Most motorists believe that when they purchase their vehicle, they own it and are able to make decisions on its repairs. Not when the car companies have complete control of the repairs. Vehicles that are 1994 and newer (and some earlier models) are equipped with computers that control the repair information on vital systems of the vehicle, among them: air bags, brakes, steering mechanisms, ignition keys and systems, tire pressure, oil changes, climate control, transmissions, fuel injection, batteries and much more.

The only sure way for motorists to have these systems and their "entire" vehicle repaired is to return to the car dealerships. This has created a potential monopoly.
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL and Vero Beach, Fl
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Hi - it's me again. True to a certain extent. Once you own the vehicle does this still apply? I would imagine someone who leases a vehicle doesn't have much choice. Or if its financed. Once you own the vehicle and its outside of the warranty period this becomes a mute point. Yes? No? Maybe?
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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Great article and interesting bill, "The question for motoring consumers is, 'Who owns your car? You or the car companies? You're views....

The reason for the bill is to allow motoring consumers the choice of where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired. "Most motorists believe that when they purchase their vehicle, they own it and are able to make decisions on its repairs. Not when the car companies have complete control of the repairs. Vehicles that are 1994 and newer (and some earlier models) are equipped with computers that control the repair information on vital systems of the vehicle, among them: air bags, brakes, steering mechanisms, ignition keys and systems, tire pressure, oil changes, climate control, transmissions, fuel injection, batteries and much more.

The only sure way for motorists to have these systems and their "entire" vehicle repaired is to return to the car dealerships. This has created a potential monopoly.
There is a lot of misconceptions about R2R act, and this is one. What you have described is the magnuson-moss act. Right to repair is about car manufacturers locking the aftermarket repair and parts industries out of critical service information, needed to do proper repairs. They will hide it in files mis-described as security information that they legally dont have to share. (European Carmakers are the worst). Maguson -moss act is to ensure warranties are not voided due to scheduled maintenance and aftermarket accessories installed on a vehicle while the vehicle is under warranty, thus allowing the owner to use any repair facility they choose to service their car and do repairs after the factory warranty has expired but extended warranty repairs are allowable at an aftermarket facility (i.e. Chain store, independant shop etc.)
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