Consumers should have the right to choose where and how to repair the products they purchase.
Car repair prices are on the rise, squeezing consumers who are keeping their vehicles for longer than before. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, vehicle repair costs are up more than 60% since 2000. Cost increases are due in part to tactics used by manufacturers, including patent misuse, to steer more business toward their networks – ultimately, limiting consumer options. Automakers are drastically increasing the number of patents they apply for, roughly 250% in at least one case, which hinders the aftermarket parts industry from providing access to critical and affordable replacement parts.
The time to act is now. Americans have a right to own their car’s data, the right to have their car repaired at independently-owned repair shops, and the right to choose the parts they want.
Tell Congress to Pass the SMART Act (H.R. 3664)!
Consumers should have the right to choose where and how to repair the products they purchase. However, Americans looking to repair their devices – from cars to smartphones – face increasing restrictions on access to data, tools, and parts.
The SMART Act is a critical bill in the growing, consumers-first right to repair movement. By providing consumers with more quality and affordable choices when it comes to repairing their cars, the SMART Act will empower consumers to make the decisions that are right for them.
Tell Congress to protect your right to repair your car.