Right to Repair
What's the Issue?
The future of the aftermarket is at risk.
Consumers’ rights to the repair data their vehicles produce are being restricted, effectively locking out the independent repair technicians and DIYers from choosing where and with what parts their vehicles are repaired and maintained.
Without governmental action preventing repair restrictions that lock independent service providers out of the market, repair restrictions will artificially distort consumers’ natural preference for less expensive independent maintenance and repair services.
New technologies will continue to create technological barriers that will impair the ability of vehicle owners and vehicle repairer to diagnose, repair, and maintain their vehicles. Additionally, federal and state requirements have not been updated to take into consideration emerging technological barriers. Taken together, technological, and legal barriers could eliminate consumer choice and a competitive market.
Why are we fighting so hard?
The independent aftermarket has maintained a 70% market share of vehicle repair for decades. This is what the marketplace looks like when there is free competition and consumer choice. Without federal intervention, according to a study by Roland Berger, the independent aftermarket share could shrink to just 54% in just over 10 years.
That is a scenario that is bad for the aftermarket -- and its a disaster for consumers.
Just doing the math, this means that by 2035, $86 billion in consumer service spending will be thwarted by repair restrictions.
$86 billion will be directed away from the service and repair shops that consumers prefer.
AND that is just the tip of the iceberg – the research says that number will grow quickly.
Why does it matter?
$63 billion in service dollars fueled by consumer choice would be diverted from the aftermarket by repair restrictions -- and that number will quickly grow.
Consumer choice – vehicle owners deserve the right to access and use the data their vehicle produces so they can choose where they repair and maintain their vehicle and what parts they use, whether it’s through the independent aftermarket or OEM channels.
We've done all the hard work, all you need to do is add your zip code and name and we'll direct a letter from you to your representative asking them to support right to repair and co-sponsor the REPAIR Act.
It only takes 2 minutes!
Host a Facility Tour
Hosting your representative at your facility is one of the most influential actions you can take as a supplier. When your representative can see your facility, meet your employees, and understand your impact - that's when change happens. And we'll do all the heavy lifting! We just need to know you are interested.
Activate Your Organization
Talk to your employees about the importance of repair access. Work with MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers staff to create a program to educate and spark action among your employee base.