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Old 12-02-2003, 10:34 PM
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IMPORTANT Car Legislation

I just stopped by the parts store earlier today and found out that U.S. car dealers are trying get a law pass that will make your parts stores illegal. We can't let this happen. Get a hold of your local auto parts store for more info.

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Old 12-02-2003, 10:44 PM
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Dude,that can't happen.That would basically mean that the aftermarket components and systems that we use would be terminated.That's just some bull***** that you heard from someone who didn't know what they were talking about.If it was true,it wouldn't fly in court because they wouldn't win on a subject like this.

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Old 12-02-2003, 10:50 PM
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ok I just found out the guy that i was talking to today went a little over board but not a whole lot you can get more info on whats going on for the advanced auto website.
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Hahahaha that would be kinda *****ty to have to buy from the dealership. Not only do they screw you on jacking the price of your brand new car that they claim will never break down, now they screw you again by jacking the price of the parts that you are forced to buy from them to fix your car that was never supposed to break down in the first place. All of a sudden, I feel like trusting an Iraqi.

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Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE)

From shade-tree mechanics, to hard-working repair shops, to serious auto enthusiasts, it has become obvious that America loves its cars. You may have noticed in recent years, that some light, most medium, and many advanced car care projects are getting more difficult to perform. In some cases, you can perform the job, only to have the vehicle’s computer fail to recognize the repair, and continue to function improperly. Without the vehicle computer’s access code, you are stuck.

Who wins when consumers don’t have the ability to service their cars how they see fit? You guessed it, the manufacturers.

A battle is being waged, one that would greatly diminish our ability to have our cars serviced where and how we want to.

Thankfully we have help. CARE, the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality is taking bold steps to guarantee us the right to protect the second largest investment for most of us, our automobile.



(Alexandria, VA July 15, 2003): "The Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), on behalf of its members, the hard working men and women in the automotive aftermarket and motoring consumers, applauds U.S. Representatives Joe Barton (R-TX) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) for today reintroducing HR 2735, The Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act," stated CARE President David Parde.

"HR 2735 allows motoring consumers to own the repair and service information on their own property—this time their vehicles, so that they—and not the car companies—can decide how and where to have their vehicles serviced, repaired and whose parts they wish to purchase, even allowing accessibility to those who wish to work on their own vehicles themselves.

"HR 2735 protects the 'rights and investments' of those who have purchased their vehicles and want a choice of where, how and by whom to have their vehicles repaired.

"Today's vehicles are equipped with computers that control the service and repair information on vital systems such as: air bags, brakes, transmissions, steering mechanisms, ignition, ignition keys, climate control and sound systems. With this type of sophistication it is more important than ever that consumers have as many choices as possible as to where to take their vehicles for service and repairs. This competition in turn helps keep prices competitive and affordable for everyone.

"Reps Barton and Towns moved forward with their "Fair Repair" consumer choice bill because they know that competition and the free-market are the back-bones of America," concluded Parde.

CARE, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, represents companies in the automotive aftermarket. Five million people work in the automotive aftermarket in over 495,000 locations.




Current automotive technology is being used to successfully "lock out" car owners from being able to repair and maintain their own vehicles. Modern automobiles contain many computers that control virtually every component such as the braking system, steering mechanism, air bags, ignition and the climate control system.
Lacking the ability to "talk" to the car's computers, owners or their auto technicians cannot accurately diagnose mechanical problems or install safe and reliable replacement parts that are compatible with the vehicle's computers.
This means that later model cars can only be serviced and repaired at automobile dealerships, which makes shopping around for the best prices and most convenient service locations impossible.
Without the ability to choose, consumers are denied competitive prices and the right to choose where, how, and when to have their vehicles repaired—at affordable prices and convenient locations.

Reaffirms the owners' right to repair their automobile and keep their families safe.
Promotes consumer safety by allowing owners or their auto technicians' access to the computers that control the systems and components that affect the safe operation of their automobiles.
Permits owners to choose the repair shop and the replacement parts to service and maintain their vehicles.
Authorizes the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) to promulgate regulations to protect consumers and to promote competition in auto maintenance and repair.
Provides car owners a cause of action in federal court for violation of this Act.

It does not unconstitutionally take the manufacturer's intellectual property.
It does not affect the dealer's warranty agreement with the vehicle manufacturers.
It does not require manufacturers to disclose manufacturing processes or trade secrets.

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They have tried to make it harder to find old car parts by demanding the old cars be crushed and wrecking yards closed?? No salvage parts or cars to pick over for parts. Those cars you see in peoples back yards and next to their garages may be the only resource future rodders will have???


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